End the summer sniffles with natural allergy cures

If you're struggling to get your allergies under control... if the first days of summer have vanished in a haze of blurry vision... if you've got headaches, sore throats, and more from your hay fever... you need help.

Just don't expect to get it from the Food and Drug Administration!

They're out with a new cheat sheet for allergy patients, and they've been making the media rounds promoting their pointless advice.

But instead of sharing real and proven solutions for allergy sufferers, they're spreading the kind of misinformation that's almost guaranteed to lead to more misery.

Their "advice" is really just a recycled laundry list of all the usual mainstream options, including the drugs that either fail or pack big risks even when they do work.

Some of them will leave you drowsy, and don't be fooled by the ones that claim to be "non-drowsy" on the front of the package.

Flip it over and read the fine-print warning on the back, and you'll find they can leave you feeling like somebody put something in your drink.

One of the most common antihistamines of all, Benadryl, can do something even worse than make you drowsy.

It's a powerful anticholinergic drug, which means it alters activity in the brain, which is why studies show long-term use of these drugs can increase the risk of dementia.

The agency is even pushing the latest trend, immunotherapy, a.k.a. "allergy shots." They're expensive, require constant doctor visits, and, while they can work, studies show it can take years before the benefits really kick in.

If you're sniffling and sneezing today, you don't have years.

You want help right now.

That's where I come in, because I've got some much better, safer, and more effective ways to gain control over seasonal allergies.

For example, butterbur supplements have proven to be just as good as a popular allergy drug, but without the risks -- yet the FDA won't even mention it!

And while the feds are talking about immunotherapy, there's a faster, easier way to get very similar benefits.

There's a form of homeopathy called isopathy that works much the same way as immunotherapy. It exposes you to very low doses of common allergens in order to desensitize your immune system so it no longer reacts.

For example, if ragweed is running you ragged, homeopathic ragweed will help desensitize your immune system to it.

You can find these and other inexpensive homeopathic allergy remedies in any decent natural pharmacy. If it seems like there are too many choices and it gets a little confusing, either ask a pharmacist who specializes in natural medicine or seek the advice of a holistic physician.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can craft a custom plan to turn your own allergies around. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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