1. How to beat allergy season

    The 'other' allergy season

    Forget "spring fever." So-called seasonal allergies can strike all year long -- and for many people, autumn allergy season can bring as much sneezy, wheezy misery as spring, if not more.

    The problem this time of year in many parts of the country is ragweed, and I'm already seeing reports that it's out in force -- especially in the Southeast and even parts of the Midwest.

    And if ragweed hasn't hit your part of the country yet... just wait. Ragweed is common in all 50 states -- and if that's not enough to get your nose running, there are other threats in the air.

    If you had a wet summer, expect mold -- and even mold you can't see can find its way to your sinuses and make you sick.

    Many people buy club-size packages of antihistamines and other medications to make it through allergy season, but that's a habit that can get expensive fast. It can also be frustrating, as the drugs can lose effectiveness over time.

    And many people battle side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness.

    There are much better ways to breathe easy no matter where you live, what allergy season it is or what you're allergic to. Start with butterbur supplements, which have been proven to be as effective as one of the best-selling allergy meds.

    But I consider that a short-term solution, or a solution for people with only mild allergies.

    For long-term relief, homeopathic remedies can desensitize you to the very allergens that are making you sick.

    I recommend allium cepa and/or nux vomica for classic hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose, and euphrasia -- made from the eyebright plant -- for symptoms more in the eyes. And for ragweed, try homeopathic ambrosia.

    A holistic medical doctor can test you for common allergens and help desensitize you to them naturally, so you can make it through allergy season without any worries.

  2. Dementia might not be dementia at all

    What if it's not dementia?

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or even Alzheimer's disease, be aware that the real source of the problem might be in your medicine chest.

    There are more than 100 drugs with side effects that can mimic dementia, including some of the drugs most commonly used by seniors for Parkinson's disease, heart disease, and more.

    Sleeping pills, painkillers, and antihistamines can also do the trick -- and even over-the-counter versions of these and other drugs can have you doing such a perfect impersonation of a dementia patient that your own doctor will be fooled.

    And it's not just the drugs.

    There are literally dozens of diseases and conditions that can mimic dementia -- and many of them are 100 percent treatable and curable. So are the nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances that can also look just like dementia.

    But they can't be treated or cured if your doctor can't recognize them -- and that's the real problem here.

    “Every Alzheimer's expert living today has been fooled,” admitted P. Murali Doraiswamy, chief of biological psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

    If anything, that's an understatement -- because up to a third of all supposed Alzheimer's patients don't actually have the disease, according to autopsies on patients.

    Autopsies are the only way to know for sure whether a patient really has the disease, because it's the only way doctors can examine the brain closely enough to find the telltale signs of Alzheimer's, such as the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque.

    But if you have to wait for an autopsy to get the diagnosis right, you've waited too long.

    While you still have a fighting chance, consult with a holistic doctor who can figure out which drugs might be causing your dementia-like symptoms... and what safe and natural alternatives you can use instead.

    In addition, holistic doctors can also diagnose conditions that mainstream docs often miss -- and they're far better at catching and treating nutritional and hormonal deficiencies.

    And in many cases, whether it's getting off the wrong med or simply getting treated for the right condition, the dementia will simply vanish like a bad dream.

  3. Deadly warning over common meds

    Pharmaceutical drugs are supposed to help you... not hurt you. Yet every time I turn around, there's ANOTHER report about ANOTHER way these meds can kill you. Here's the latest.

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