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  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. Natural allergy remedies work as well as shots

    New approach for allergy relief

    If you have allergies, you don't need a calendar to know when spring is in the air. Your sinuses will tell you the moment they get that first whiff of pollen.

    But you don't have to sneeze and bear it with the amount of natural allergy remedies available today, and you don't need shots or drugs to survive this or any other allergy season -- because there are much better and more effective ways to get the relief you're looking for.

    One promising technique widely used overseas -- and, increasingly, right here in the United States -- is sublingual immunotherapy. SLIT, as it's called, involves placing tiny doses of suspected allergens under the tongue to help decrease sensitivity to them.

    If that sounds familiar, it's because homeopathy works on similar principles. And isopathy, a form of homeopathic therapy, works on the exact same principle.

    In a new placebo-controlled study, SLIT led to a 40 percent improvement in symptoms -- especially in the worst areas, the infamous runny nose and leaky eyes that accompany hay fever.

    SLIT isn't approved by the FDA, which means U.S. docs who offer it currently do so off-label. And while I don't offer SLIT in my own clinic, it's not because it's off-label.

    I've never let dirty looks from the FDA keep me from using the safest and most effective natural allergy remedies and treatments for my patients.

    No, the real reason I don't use SLIT is because I've found homeopathic and isopathic remedies to be far more effective -- but you don't have to take my word for it.

    You can try homeopathic and natural allergy remedies on your own and judge for yourself.

    They're safe, inexpensive and easy to find -- just make sure you choose the right remedy for your symptoms. For example, allium cepa and nux vomica can ease a runny nose caused by allergies, while euphrasia is best for watery eyes.

    Some allergies are a little tougher to treat, and that's when it's time to call in the big guns of isopathy -- and for that, you'll need an experienced holistic doctor who can identify the source (or sources) of your allergies, and then use highly diluted extracts of those allergens to desensitize you.

    You'll start to feel the difference in a few weeks, although it may take a few months to complete treatment.

    If you're in Southern California, don't suffer through another allergy season. I'm not only experienced in homeopathic, isopathic and natural allergy remedies I'm also familiar with every single allergen floating around in our Pacific Coast air.

    For more information or to make an appointment, contact my clinic.

  3. The worst allergy season ever is here

    Allergy season is here -- and it's here with a vengeance.

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