Last Modified on Jul 09, 2014
Natural allergy treatments either attack the histamine causing the reaction, treat the symptoms or both. Strengthening the immune system with effective home remedies, cleanliness and avoiding high histamine foods are all important. Allergic reactions can increase in severity with multiple exposures, so knowing what foods or other allergens to avoid can be crucial. Apple cider vinegar is one home remedy that offers both long-term benefits and immediate relief.
What are Allergies?
Allergies are a problem for at least 2 out of every 10 people and are an abnormal immune system response to something that is harmless to most people (the allergen). Identifying the allergen is important, as the immune system’s response may worsen with each exposure. That shrimp or bee sting that caused itching or mild swelling the first time can become an immediate throat-swelling, life-threatening emergency with further exposures. Dealing with allergies is a two-prong approach: avoidance and treatment. There are many home remedies for allergies that will safely alleviate the symptoms. Avoidance is particularly important with food allergies or insect stings, as anaphylaxis is a whole-body allergic reaction requiring immediate emergency room treatment.
During an allergic reaction, the body attempts to bind the allergen with a specific antibody, IgE. The antibodies join with mast cells (a type of blood cell). The allergen (pollen, etc.) links to the antibody, causing the mast cell to release histamine into the blood stream; this causes the reaction – sneezing, itching, etc.
Natural Remedies for Allergies
There are numerous alternative remedies for allergies, undoubtedly due to how many people suffer from them. Removing the allergens from the hair, skin, clothes and home is important. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most widely used natural cures. ACV alleviates the immediate symptoms and also strengthens the immune system, helping to lessen or prevent further attacks. Horseradish and wasabi are excellent home remedies for draining the sinuses, getting rid of the clogged-up feeling. Certain herbal teas, especially peppermint, are wonderful for alleviating some of the symptoms and generally making the sufferer feel better. Certain foods can increase histamine (bad) or are antihistamine or neutral (good). A list can be found on this page. Look for ‘Avoid High Histamine Foods’ on the Table of Contents.
It may seem strange to think of water as a natural remedy for allergies, but it can certainly help. Saline solution (salt water) can be used to irrigate the nose, removing irritants and some of the inflamed cells. Red, irritated eyes can be rinsed with cool, pure water. Showers, shampoos and clean clothes are excellent home treatments for allergies. When you come in from outside, you (and your pet) bring pollen with you, in your hair and on your skin and clothes. An immediate shower and shampoo will remove most of it. A hot shower can also be helpful with a coughing attack in the middle of the night. A clean pillowcase every night during the pollen season can’t hurt. Don’t forget to change those HVAC filters and vacuum often.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Horseradish and Wasabi
Apple cider vinegar is the most popular home cure for allergies. This superlative natural remedy attacks allergies in two ways. First, ACV works very quickly against the itching, sneezing and coughing. Secondly, ACV works over time to repair the immune system and may reduce the severity of future allergic reactions. Of course, ACV is so good for you in so many ways that it’s a win-win, period. It can be consumed as a daily tonic or, when allergies are in ‘full bloom’, take 1/8 cup of ACV in a glass of water. ACV can also be mixed with natural supplements such as cayenne, turmeric or raw, local honey.
Horseradish and wasabi are definitely ‘love it or hate it’ foods. However, they are both well-known home cures for clogged sinuses. These natural remedies contain allyl isothiocyanate; sinuses and tear ducts will start working overtime to do their jobs, removing irritants from the system and providing relief. Just inhaling horseradish might be enough.
Peppermint tea is one of the best natural remedies for clogged noses and irritated sinuses. Essential oils, especially menthol, act as decongestants as well as having anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial benefits. Yerba mate tea (made from the leaves of a South American tree) has also been used to naturally cure allergies. Nettle leaf can be taken as a tea (alone or mixed with peppermint or red raspberry) or as a capsule for natural allergy relief.
Allergies make our lives miserable. Home remedies offer relief from the sniffing, sneezing and itching, but using alternative remedies that will strengthen the immune system should be the long-term goal. However, avoiding foods, etc. that cause severe reactions is critical, as anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment. It may be possible to eventually be able to reduce the system’s response to these particular allergens, but it is far safer to avoid them as much as possible.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Recipes and Dosage
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Local Honey
- Avoid High Histamine Foods
- Baking Soda
- Bee Pollen
- Black Seed Oil (Aka Cumin)
- Changing Air Filters and Misting
- Dietary Suggestions
- Echinacea, Golden Seal
- Exercise Allergies
- General Feedback
- Goat Colostrum
- Hair Dye
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Lemon Juice
- Lip Balm
- Metal Replacement
- Multiple Remedies
- Neti Pot
- Oil Pulling
- Oregano Oil
- Psyllium Husk
- Raw Milk
- Raw Milk Kefir
- Red Wine
- Remedies Needed
- Samter's Triad Remedies
- Sea Salt
- Sun Allergy Remedies
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Test for Allergies
- The Painkiller Link
- Vaseline Coated Inside the Nose
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Weather Related Allergies
- Yerba Mate Tea
"Apple Cider Vinegar is hands down our favorite remedy for stopping most allergies like pollen, dander, dust, animals food, etc. We aren't kidding! We wish more people knew about this amazing home remedy for allergies.
We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.
There are a couple ways you can drink apple cider vinegar. One way is to put 1/8th cup ACV in 16 oz of water and sip it throughout the day. The other method is to gulp the mixture at once. Depends on your preference, really. Sometimes you just have to take this dosage once to stop the allergy and sometimes you need to take it up to three times a day. If taken at the onset of symptoms, allergies will usually disappear between 1 -3 hours after taking the first dose of Apple Cider Vinegar. If you've been experiencing allergies for a day or more, your symptoms will disappear after about 24 hours. If they don't, make sure you continue to take water/vinegar mixture for several days! The great thing about apple cider vinegar is that it appears to repair the immune system over time. So while you may take it every day for a month or two to begin with, you can taper off it and then only take as needed.
Go to the Apple Cider Vinegar READER FEEDBACK!"Replies
05/04/2011: Aricegirl from Woodstock, Ct replies: "can you take the apple cider vinegar straight, without dilluting it? while it may be hard to get down, it is less to swallow. Is there any harm in doing this? Or is there any harm in dilluting it in less water so you can get it down in just a couple of gulps? I have had seasonal allergies for 13 years and the OTC meds are no longer working so I am giving this a try. I also use a netti pot, which helps but does not resolve all the allergy symptoms."
03/17/2012: Nisha from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "If you drink the ACV straight, it will be very harsh on your throat. I recommend drinking 1 - 1.5 spoonfuls of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a mug of hot water (don't boil the ACV in the water, or it will no longer be raw) with. 5-.75 teaspoon of raw, unheated honey. Raw, unheated honey also has anti-allergenic properties. You can add a little squeeze of lemon juice too. This is actually a really gentle way to drink ACV."
03/21/2012: Anthony from Melrose Park, Il replies: "I take a tsp straight, leave it in my mouth and swallow some ice water all at the same time. Can't even feel it go down that way."
04/25/2012: Marlee from Arizonia replies: "Is there an age requirement for this? My Daugther suffer from allergies and she is only 8 yrs old. Is it safe for her as well?"
08/31/2012: Melanie from Johannesburg, South Africa replies: "We have a mug of this every morning and it actually tastes delicious! I put 1 Tbs raw ACV in a mug, then half fill it with hot water. I add 1 teaspoon of raw honey and mix it up. Then I top it up with cold water and finally, the part that makes it taste delicious, I add a dash of ground cinnamon! It makes it taste like apple crumble in a mug! And we never have allergy issues because we start every day off with this drink. Highly recommend it to anyone!"
03/29/2013: Andy from Virginia, Us replies: "Does it have to b raw and unfiltered ACV or can the regular store bought kind have similar properties.. Also is this good for children in smaller doses? I have a 7 year old with allergies"
[YEA] 05/23/2008: Jodie from Oak Park, IL: "My allergies were the worst ever this spring so after reading about cures on your website I decided to try ACV and cayenne. Not only did it eliminate my allergy symptoms, but the unexpected side benefits are great! My chronically runny nose -gone, constant throat clearing -gone, red rimmed eyes -gone, HOT FLASHES - GONE!My complexion is clearer and I have more energy. This is unbelievable. I use generic ACV and don't feel the need to switch to unfiltered."Replies
[NAY] 12/31/2009: Tina from Bowling Green, Ohio, Usa replies: "Neither apple cider nor Cayenne have done anything for my allergies that I can tell."
[YEA] 12/17/2010: Kim from New York, NY: "For years I have been a huge fan of ACV for many common ailments, and recently I've discovered that a solution of ACV and water (about 1:10) works GREAT to immediately stop an itchy runny nose and clear up sinus congestion. I use an old nose spray bottle, well cleaned, and then filled with my solution. I spray a couple times in each nostril and then breathe deeply: watch out, as it does sting! But then immediately, all my aggravating symptoms stop and stay away for hours. This is so convenient and natural!"
[YEA] 05/25/2010: Busymom from Smalltown, Sunflowerstate, Usa: "Turmeric, ACV, and local honey cured my allergies AND acne
Two weeks ago I started an ACV and Turmeric regimen for allergies with a wonderful side-effect! My skin is georgeous! I take 1tsp of ACV in 8oz of water 4-5 times per day. I drink 8oz of warm soy milk, 4 dashes of turmeric, 1 dash of black pepper, and 1tsp of local honey once a day. I live on a farm with cows, horses, dogs, hay and LOTS of pollen. I was taking OTC drugs twice a day with little relief. My eyes would swell, tear up and itch; and I'd sneeze like crazy. For two weeks I have not taken ANY otc drugs, and the worst I've had is a little bit of eye itching. Another wonderful side-effect is that I HAVE ENERGY! LOTS OF IT! Everything I've used is straight off the grocery store shelf - not organic. Except the honey - local farmer's market. This website has saved me lots of money and grief...thank you!"Replies
05/27/2010: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "in the thick of this allergy season my old remedies of Freeze Dried Stinging Nettle, MSM & Quercetin didn't seem to be working as well... I started drinking them down with ACV & cayenne, and that did the trick..breathing through my nose again...and can concur with above, skin looks better..dark allergy circles under eyes are not as prominent."
05/28/2010: Lee from New York replies: "Hi Rob,
I have experienced NY spring allergies for years. This year I have been inhaling a little bit of h202 a few times a day (first thing in the a.m. - then, as needed) and it has helped tremendously. I think I will up my ACV/cayenne intake as well. Thanks for the reminder. Lee"
05/29/2013: Miked from Exeter, Nh, Usa: "Just wanted to post this b/c I am a teacher and I believe in helping people. I have suffered from allergies all my life. In the last 20 years it has been really bad. I started seeing an allergist. Got allergy shots for 10 years. Developed nasal pollyps which is inflamed sinus tissue that forms into little balloons that block your nose. I saw my allergist three weeks ago and I couldnt breathe through my nose and I had an ear infection. He gave me antibiotics and my ear healed but my nose was still plogged up. He also gave me more nasal sprays. Last week I got an infection in my face that felt so bleeping bad it brought me to tears. I went to my regular Dr. and he gave me antibiotics and my nose cleared up.
On Saturday I ate some broccolli in a bag and shrimp and my nose swelled up. I have been trying natural rememdies for about a year now and what I have discovered is that I diagnosed myself opposite and my remedies were hurting me even more and made me toxic.
Your body makes histamines in response to allegies or foreign material that freaks your body out. It causes inflammation and then mucus gets trapped in there and causes you to get stuffed up. Food high in histamine naturally are a lot of surprising bad foods and good foods like soda, spinach, tomatoes, cheese, alcohol, vineger and lots more. Ressearch if you would like. I dont seem to need medicine and doesn't seem that allergies bother me after eating foods low in histamine.
I eat bananas, fresh turkey (foods processed and bagged are not good for you at all), watermelon, apples, ricotta cheese, grapes, eggs were ok, potato salad without prapika.
If you have health problems there are answers for you that maybe your Dr. doesn't know about or just wants to pump you up with medicine. But, my problems might not be yours. But if someone feels better from cutting out histamine foods...... Great.
Common reactions to histamine are also skin rashes and hives. My 5 year old nephew suffers from this so I told my sister.
I also tried the ACV and GFSE. Vinegar is not good for histamine intolerance. I also tried all that sinuswars stuff. If I eat right I feel great and don't need anything. Here are some general pointers:
- Avoid or reduce eating canned foods and ready meals
- Avoid or reduce eating ripened and fermented foods (older cheeses, alcoholic drinks, products containing yeast, stale fish)
- Histamine levels in foods vary, depending on how ripe, matured or hygienic the foods are
- As much as it is possible, only buy and eat fresh products.
- Don't allow foods to linger outside the refrigerator - especially meat products
- Ensure that your food preparation area (kitchen) is always kept clean - but don't be manic!
- Everyone has their own threshold; you will need to find yours
- Consult a certified dietician about working out a balanced diet
- Learn to cook! It can be loads of fun once you get into it
Low histamine level foods:
- Fresh meat (cooled, frozen or fresh)
- Freshly caught fish
- Chicken (skinned and fresh)
- Egg yolk
- Fresh fruits - with the exception of strawberries, most fresh fruits are considered to have a low histamine level (also see histamine liberators below)
Fresh vegetables - with the exception of tomatoes
- Grains - rice noodles, yeast free rye bread, rice crisp bread, oats, puffed rice crackers, millet flour, pasta (spelt and corn based)
- Fresh pasteurised milk and milk products
- Milk substitutes- coconut milk, rice milk
- Cream cheese, butter (without the histamine generating rancidity)
- Most cooking oils - check suitability before use
- Most leafy herbs - check suitability before use
- Most non-citric fruit juices
- Herbal teas - with the exception of those listed below
High histamine level foods:
- Pickled or canned foods - sauerkrauts
- Matured cheeses
- Smoked meat products - salami, ham, sausages.
- Beans and pulses - chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts
- Nuts - walnuts, cashew nuts
- Chocolates and other cocoa based products
- Most citric fruits
- Wheat based products
- Ready meals
- Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colourings
- Most citric fruits - kiwi, lemon, lime, pineapple, plums
- Cocoa and chocolate
- Beans and pulses
- Wheat germ
- Additives - benzoate, sulphites, nitrites, glutamate, food dyes
Diamine Oxidase (DAO) blockers:
- Black tea
- Energy drinks
- Green tea
- Mate tea
- Yoghurt - depends on the bacteria culture used
- Egg white - it is a histamine liberator only when in its raw state
- Yeast - even though it does not contain histamine as such, yeast serves as a catalyst for histamine generation during manufacture. There is no yeast in the end product.
Maintz L, Novak N: Histamine and histamine intolerance, American Journal of Clinical"Replies
05/29/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Yes the allergy shots, the rotation elimination diet, the fear, the planning, the suffering... Been there and done that and then the stomach aches, back aches, neck aches... all for not. The water cure by Dr. Batmanghelidj answered all that was screaming for help inside of me.... Dehydration signals present themselves in the form of histamine. When the body is low on water or salt or potassium or magnesium or calcium or trace minerals it sends out histamine to get our attention..... Thanks for being a teacher and sorry you suffered the path I did.. Hope this cuts it short for you like it did for me. Love, Joy"
[YEA] 06/12/2008: Olkeriil from Portland, Maine, U.S.A.: "Allergy, I have a worst allergy problem than most people. But about 3 weeks ago I started to use baking soda to rinse my sinuses. I have no problem now and that is why I share this with your readers. Thanks, Olkeriil"
[YEA] 10/14/2008: Randyl from Richmond, VA: "Local bee pollen for allergy symptoms
I am extremely lucky to know a bee keeper who suffers as I do from allergies. It comes loose, rather than in capsules, and is from bees about 45 minutes from my home. Local pollen is very important to me.
While symptomatic, I use 1/2 tsp. in oatmeal or in an all-fruit smoothie daily. Otherwise, take 1/2 - 1 tsp every 2-3 days. Once I began two years ago, I have not had a single sinus headache or post nasal drip. The first time I tried it, I used a little more because I'd been ill for almost a month. The wad of phlegm that sat in my throat was gone overnight after taking my first 1 Tbl dose in a smoothie. After 3 days of taking 1 tsp daily, all symptoms were gone."
[WARNING!] 05/09/2010: Becky from Cleburne, Tx replies: "While I also highly recommend the bee pollen treatment, I do advise caution. The first time I had bee pollen was at a local honey tasting room. They had a little spoon you could get yourself a scoop and try it. I did like everyone else and got a small scoopful. I quickly had a sore and swollen throat, etc. If I had had much more I'm pretty sure I would have ended up in the hospital--something my allergies have never caused.
So, while I think it's a great desensitizer to allergies, to be cautious, especially if you have allergies. Start very small and work your way up.
I throw a couple pinches in my morning smoothie. Haven't noticed that it's hugely helpful for allergies, but I may need to have worked up to a greater amount by now."
10/18/2010: Lisa from New York, Ny replies: "Has bee pollen helped you so far?"
[YEA] 06/11/2008: Linds from Columbus, Ohio: "Bee pollen works by desensitizing your body to the pollen that travels through the air and causes your body to react. With small daily doses, your body builds up its defenses to fight off the allergens and avoid reaction in the future. Buy local if possible so it helps you build resistance against daily allergens."Replies
10/30/2009: Rosa from Columbus, Ohio replies: "Hi, This is Rosa from Columbus Ohio. I have seasonal allergies for many years. I hear that Bee pollen may help the allegies and I am wondering if you happen to know where to buy Bee Pollen that is within 45 miles from Columbus? Thanks!"
EC: You might try searching for and then contacting local honey companies.
Here's one link we just found for the U.S.: http://www.honeylocator.com
[YEA] 11/07/2008: Bridget from White Springs, FL: "Pure Black Seed Oil: I have suffered with allergies and asthma for years. It developed in my adult years. Have taken just about everything for both. They just seem to get worse and the meds work less and less. I tried this out of desperation. Guess what.... I don't take any meds for allergies or asthma anymore. Haven't had to in over 6 months. It is good for several things. It's an ancient remedy from Egypt. The liquid taste horrible. Get the black seed oil soft gels so you don't have to put up with the taste."Replies
[YEA] 07/04/2009: Bonnie from Ravenna, Ohio replies: "I have used the ACV for my asthma---it worked OK--but it's set off by my allergies-I researched the black seed oil--bought the oil----oh my gosh, it did the trick--I put a tsp. in my juice before bed and slept like a baby--put a tsp in my morning coffee-and found my nose not stuffy--enjoying the day--now I'm even putting a little with shea butter and using it as a face cream---my face looks to smooth-and it's helping my allergies at the same time. Bonnie"
EC: Proper plant name is Nigella sativa. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigella_sativa
[YEA] 04/02/2006: Audrey from Rocklin, CA: "I breast fed all my children. However, one of my babies was babysat for just 3 hours while I looked for a new home. My sister-in-law unfamiliar with breast feeding or the allergic dangers of cows milk on a 6 month old, fed my son a bottle of cow milk. My infant son went into pneumonia. He (we) suffered for 3 weeks and were at the brink of putting him in Children's Hospital. He cried all night, all day and I had to pump my breast because he could not breathe and suck at the same time. The doctor said his lungs were damaged.
The doctor told me that he would probably have weakened lungs and allergies when he got older. Exactly as predicted, my son has terrible allergies, sinus infections and occasionally pneumonia throughout his life (he is 28 now). My three other breast fed children did not have milk products introduced until 2 years old. They experience NO allergies or problems with milk products.
Infants were meant to grow on breast milk NOT prepared cows milk! I have seen this same scenario played out in families for years young and elderly friends will tell of similar incidents where they as infants were given cows milk formula or straight cows milk and led lives miserable because of early ingestion of cows milk.
Just one bottle in spite of breast feeding causes my son years of miserable respiratory illness! Breasts are meant to nourish infants, even animals know that! If breast milk without introducing milk products too early can prevent a life time of illness, why aren't young moms told by doctor's and nurses the complications that their children will bear?
My mom (born in 1912) saw in her generation (1920-30's) artificial milk in baby bottles introduced in the commercialized hospital. Babies were brought up on formula and often watered down formula were weak and sick all the time. She braved being labeled having "a third world" mentality (used to bully the new mom into a formula customer). Breast feeding nourishes the whole infant and prepares the digestive system as well as being the BEST first food that is the best preventative against allergies, sinus infections and digestive ailments for life!
A little time out of a mother's life can benefit the child and the mother from the beneficial hormones.
She also braved having a child at 39 in 1952, me! I learned from this old gal who used common horse sense and, yes, she also used good old fashioned organic apple juice to cure many ills.
Bird flu is the lightning rod of the pharmacopoeia media lately. Interesting to note that relatives that feed their relatives Kim Chi (fermented cabbage) who had bird flu completely recovered! The heck with costly, immune attacking bird flu injections..bring out the fermented cabbage - - - it kills the flu and lowers your blood sugar as well! Think fermentation! Apple Cider Vinegar may be more powerful than we think and should be on every table!"
[YEA] 07/10/2010: Peetred from Hastings, Ne, Usa: "We got two kittens only to find out that our 4 year old son was allergic. He would sneeze, cough, get congested, and his eyes would get swollen, puffy, and red. I started having him drink lukewarm chamomile tea when I read that it was a natural antihistamine. It seems to reduce his allergies significantly. When his eyes get swollen, I also apply a used chamomile tea bag to his eye/eyes. It brings down the swelling immediately."
[YEA] 08/05/2010: Paolo from Bloomington, In, Usa: "It's taken me years to realize it but the main source of my allergies has actually been my house itself. I noticed that often while outside they were considerably better. But I was so tired from the allergies it was hard for me to get out more. Then I changed my air filter and it was chalk full of dust and mold and quite moist. It only cost 1.19 per filter and now I do it once a month. On top of this often when my air kicks out I take a homemade misting solution of 30 drops of essential oils (it's always good to include a purifying oil something like eucalyptus), a dab of rubbing alcohol or vodka, and water and spray it over the vents. This purifies the air and has helped immensely. I noticed a huge difference by repeating these activities alone. Also allergies are also a part of an immune system problem so alkalizing the body on top of this is a good idea. Barley greens is an excellent supplement for such purposes. So far so good. A little sneeze and blow of my nose here and there but, nowhere close to where it used to be."
[YEA] 09/22/2012: Julie from Grand Rapids, Michigan United States: "My daughter has had asthma and allergy issues since birth and it got much worse the past few years. She is now 15 and free of medications for the first time ever! Last fall she was on seven different medications for asthma/allergies. The side effects were terrible and she had severe panic attacks as a result. She missed endless days of school and activities. She was in a vicious cycle because asthma and emotions are so closely related. She saw countless specialists and they kept giving her more and more medications that did not help. Allergy shots caused severe reactions so we stopped those. Not a single thing worked that the traditional medical field offered.
The only thing that has helped her is chiropractic care. She sees a chiropractor that performs the Torque Release Technique. He uses a small spring loaded tool that thunks the spine back in place. It is non-violent and does not hurt her one bit. Whenever the top of her spine is out she fills up with phlem and has a hard time taking a full breath. When a different part of the spine is out she gets sharp pains in the chest. These are only two examples but each symptom of her asthma can be allevaited by an adjustment. It has taken nine months of 1-4 adjustments a week to get her to this point. NO MEDICATIONS!!! She asks to go to the chiropractor whenever her symptoms emerge before her scheduled adjustment day. Now, nine months later, she is off every medication and no longer has panic attacks. Her asthma specialist is amazed and a lot annoyed. Her breathing tests have improved dramatically and she is happy!! The concept of chiropractic care is that the body heals itself from the inside out when the spine is in alignment. It takes time and repeatition to get the spine to align and stay there. She still goes for adjustments every week but that will eventually move to every other week and then monthly. The time and commitment has been worth the effort. My daughter has her life back and that is so important for a teenager!! Her body is truly healing itself from the inside out!!"
04/02/2014: Kezza from Gloucester: "Hi, I was wondering what I can do for allergies as I have sinusitis and always getting viral infections, I have been being sick a lot lately with inflammation of my chest. I stopped drinking milk and haven't been sick since. I feel a bit sickly lately as I ate cheese for 2 days, but the dr. said I can't have an allergy at my age, which is 32. I'm just wondering if all my illness is due to allergies. Thank you."Replies
04/02/2014: Rsw from Uniontown, OH replies: "Hi Keeza,
My Father was very healthy most of his life, but when he was in his fifties, he developed all kinds of allergies to many different foods and pollen. This led to adult onset asthma. So I can tell you that your doctor is incorrect and you can develop allergies at any point in your lifetime. The allergy shots my Father had for years, seemed to be of little help for him. If you can figure out what is causing the allergy, as you have with the milk, then avoidance may be the best plan. Best wishes."
04/02/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Kezza,
Yes you can get age related allergies. Your doctor is just wrong on that one. But the allergy might be more related to the lessening of enzyme activity due to the aging process. However you want to see it the effect is the same. So you could take enzymes to make up for the lessening production by the body. Or just cut back on what has become problematic.
I have found eating papaya works wonders on digestive issues."
07/08/2014: Mary from Ri/usa replies: "That Dr. is wrong. I am now allergic to mango, never was before. And I am allergic to the cold, I get hives. This is new also. 1st I say see a GOOD allergist get some tests done. 2nd do a body cleanse and liver cleanse, look for something on here that is gentle there are so many diff ways some cheap and easy some extensive. Look up on here ways to kill parisites pick A FEW gentle methods, STICK WITH IT may sound a bit crazy but it made a big difference in my life. Also try and find a probiotic drink. Your local health food grocery store can point u to a non dairy brand. We use one it comes in a tall cardboard quart container. Lastly this may sound even more crazy but look up info for a probiotic enema. I did one (plan on doing another) and other than the fact that I felt so alive and happy I can say that my sence of smell came back and my cold allergy was non existent for a lil over a month. Let me tell you I have been a devoted earth clinic user for MANY MANY years, your post struck me and I finally created an account to reply. Good luck."
04/29/2009: Al from Pompano, FL: "Why is CALCIUM or MILK(DAIRY) bad for you?? I have allergies and I notice that every time i eat or drink DAIRY, my allergies start up."Replies
04/29/2009: Selena from Chula, GA replies: "A lot of people are allergic to dairy. Because the milk has been pasteurized, all or most of the enzymes have been destroyed. This causes incomplete digestion of the milk protein. The body reacts to this when it enters the bloodstream. This is what causes the allergic response. Either avoid dairy or find an unpasteurized dairy source. Most food allergies are caused by this incomplete digestion problem, sometimes referred to as "leaky gut syndrome." Taking food enzymes with meals and incresing your intake of raw "enzyme rich" foods should help with your other allergies. I have found that locally produced honey helps tremendously with my pollen allergies. I buy mine from a person who lives within 30 miles of me."