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  1. Botox injections for allergy relief

    Poisoning your nose isn't the best way to beat allergies

    Pop an allergy pill, and the sniffles and sneezes might stop... for a little while, anyway.

    But since those meds attack the symptoms instead of the cause, the allergies always come back -- often with a vengeance, as anyone who takes them already knows.

    So I get why people with allergies are always looking for something stronger than Claritin or Zyrtec -- I just don't think Botox injections are the answer they're looking for, even if it might be marketed that way soon enough.

    That's right -- Botox injections. The famous nerve poison commonly used to temporarily smooth over wrinkles is now being tested for allergies. Instead of Botox injections, this one is rubbed on the nose. The theory is that it will sink in and freeze the nerves that react to allergens.

    If those nerves lock up the way wrinkles do, the wheezing, sneezing, coughs, and sniffles could get a little better.

    For a little while anyway.

    But just like Botox injections can only remove wrinkles temporarily, they won't provide lasting allergy relief either. In fact, the allergies are guaranteed to come back once the Botox wears off.

    It might take months instead of the hours it takes for an allergy pill to wear off, but they'll come back. And that'll leave you with a choice: more Botox, or more allergy pills. Either way it's a temporary fix... and either way you'll face a risk of side effects every time.

    So let me offer you a better choice -- a lasting and even permanent cure for seasonal allergies: Homeopathic allergy remedies that can desensitize you to the pollens that cause your symptoms.

    The exact remedy that will work best for you will depend on the cause of your symptoms, but I've found that allium cepa and/or nux vomica can help with the classic hay fever signs such as sneezing and a runny nose. For allergies that strike more in the eyes, I recommend a homeopathic remedy made from the eyebright plant, called euphrasia.

    In addition, there's a natural supplement that has shown in studies to be as effective as powerful allergy drugs. It's called butterbur, and you can find it in most vitamin stores, health food shops, or online.

  2. Probiotics can help beat the cold

    Cure your cold with probiotics

    I'm exposed to patients sick with the cold all the time, yet I haven't had a cold myself in years.

    It's not good luck, a powerful drug, or even a magic trick. In fact, you can avoid the cold yourself if you optimize your immune system so it has the power to fight off the virus that causes it.

    And even if you do happen to get sick, there are 100 percent natural remedies that can do what drugs cannot, reducing the symptoms so you're not as miserable and shortening the length so you're back on your feet as quickly as possible.

    One new study even finds that a dose of friendly gut bacteria can help give your immune system the boost it needs to beat the coughs and sniffles.

    Researchers gave 198 college students 1 billion colony-forming units each of two powerful probiotics in powder form, or a placebo, and then tracked both the duration and severity of their colds.

    Those who got the placebo had the typical cold: Six days of coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and a nose that runs like it's training for a marathon.

    Those who got the real probiotic had an average cold length of just four days as well as a 34 percent reduction in severity of the symptoms.

    It's worth noting that the company that makes this particular probiotic blend also sponsored the study -- an obvious conflict of interest. However, it doesn't surprise me in the least that probiotics could help beat the common cold, since gut bacteria can play a critical role in overall immune health and other studies have shown that probiotics prevent colds in kids.

    But don't rely on probiotics alone. Instead, make sure your cold-beating strategy is centered around more proven remedies -- and I don't mean NyQuil.

    Start with zinc. One study I told you about over the summer found that zinc lozenges can shorten cold duration by 1.6 days -- and some studies have found they can actually cut cold duration in half.

    In addition, don't forget the best natural immune boosters around -- vitamin D, which has shown to help beat the common cold and even the flu, as well as the old standby, vitamin C.

    They may not cure the cold. But together, they're the next best thing.

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