can allergies cause : sore throat, fever, headache, remedies .

  Sneezing, sniffling, swollen, itchy eyes got you down? You’re far from alone. We’re in full “break-up” mode now with spruce, willows, and birch pollen a-plenty plus our unseasonably warm, dry weather—as amazing as has been these gorgeous Alaska days—is stirring up dust with all of last fall’s pollen and other roadside hazards. As if that’s not enough, seasonal allergies exacerbate existing food allergies. Immune system run amok.


can allergies cause :  sore throat, fever, headache, remedies .

Your runny nose and red eyes know what’s bothering it. But do you?

The first step in building a healthy relationship with your eyes, nose, sinus, skin, digestion… is to understand your allergies. Normally, your immune system stands guard and defends your body against intruders that it thinks are dangerous to your health. When it does its job well, your immune system keeps you from getting sick and don’t permit bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast (which are everywhere—including dormant in you all the time—to reproduce out of control and create disease. Your immune system keeps them in check.

Allergies, are a misguided notion that something could possibly be harmful when it isn’t. However, research shows that allergies come about after experience. In other words, there had to be enough exposure to something that was harmful for the body to shift from surveillance, ready-when-needed mode, to everything’s bad, attack!

Over 50 million people suffer some kind of allergy torment; it doesn’t have to be you.

And with these allergies, there’s a lot of unnatural drugging going on—Claritin, Alavert, Benadryl—Americans spend billions of dollars annually on antihistamines to treat allergy symptoms. The problem is, not only do these these over-the-counter antihistamines cause drowsiness, cloudy thinking, dry mouth and, for some, accelerated heart rate, they don’t stop the problem!

Poor diet, previous exposure to pollutants or pesticides, stress, infections—almost anything in the environment—can predispose people to allergies. What’s more, allergy symptoms go beyond runny nose and itchy skin; allergies may also be responsible for ailments such as hyperactivity in children, mental fuzziness, and irritable bowel syndrome.

The body handles all foreign substances (pollen, virus, doesn’t matter) in pretty much the same way: “Bad!” “Ready on attack!” “Go!”

Immune cells recognize the foreign invader and surround it or attach things to it. Other immune cells blast it with natural attack chemicals. One of these chemicals is histamine, there are others. The end result to your body is elevated free radicals, inflammation, inflammatory hormones, and as part of the healing response you feel drowsy (part of the healing response), achy, unmotivated, red itchy eyes, you can get skin rashes or redness—and the same thing may be going on inside your intestinal lining or lungs, except you can’t see it.

Over-the-counter antihistamines not only mask the symptoms, they don’t last but a few hours, and because the body sees them as foreign toxic chemicals they can actually make the situation worse. Please, before you choose this band-aid for a few hours of respite—and I can completely understand the appeal—I implore you, please eat your antihistamines.

What? Eat my antihistamines?

For a change, East meets West both ancient Ayurveda and western medicine agree that the best antihistamines are edible and found in certain foods. In fact, work at the University of Maryland exploring a nutrient called quercetin (a powerful flavonoid, sometimes called bioflavonoid) is helping us understand exactly what body imbalances bring about our allergies and what to do about that.

Yes—there are body imbalances first, allergies second—in most cases.

How to turn off allergies?

Although the allergy treatment mainstay is avoidance; that can be impractical. But your allergy relief doesn’t have to include unwanted medications and their side effects. For immediate relief, see my Advanced Allergy Clearing Technique. For long-term rebalancing and quenching allergies, read on…

“I was constantly fatigued with allergic reactions, within a month those reactions have gone and I no longer experience facial swelling.”—FR

“I was becoming more and more dependent on asthma medication and had to limit even work, not just activities. Plus I couldn’t sleep as a drug side effect.

“Then I got the chemicals, drugs and other out—and cleaned up my diet so nothing to inflame the asthma. What a difference! Thank you for opening my eyes!!” —JC

“My energy has gone up, my emotions are more under control and I can eat food without any pain! Yay!” —HR

To begin healing, we need to do two things:

  1. remove enough of the offending substances and food to calm down the body and let it heal; AND
  2. remove the body’s mistaken response to not-harmful substances and food.

Healing begins with removing key stressors.

Remove chemicals and pollutants from your home and office.

Use a water filter or clean spring water. (Note: although reverse osmosis and distilled water lack pollutants, they also lack key minerals. They are “hungry” and will actually grab minerals from your body. Just know this.)

Did you know, Alaskans spend most of their time indoors exposed to toxic chemicals found in regular cleaning products? Open your windows and let the inside air exchange with clean outside air.

Use vinegar and water (or baking soda) to clean (streak-free windows!!) or explore the other options at the Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

Create an anti-inflammatory lifestyle

Stress causes elevated and inflammatory hormones. Researchers are finding that certain allergic disorders like hay fever, eczema and asthma are regulated, in part, by hormones and brain chemicals released into the bloodstream in response to stress. When it rains, it really does pour.

So make sure to manage life pressures and uncertainties with plenty of “me” time—walk outside, spend time with pro-survival people, hobbies, and explore your spirituality.

And eat your anti-histamines!

Eliminate processed foods, dairy, sugar, soy and cereal grains (and any meats from unhealthy animals fed this junk) by crowding them out with lots of fresh and local. You don’t have to read the label if it doesn’t have one. Try some of the amazing recipes at www.OurNutritionKitchen.com

Vitamin C from whole foods sources

One of nature’s great wonders, Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine; a powerful antioxidant fighting free radicals produced by the allergic reaction. What’s there to eat? Red bell peppers, asparagus, kale, cabbage, parsley, green sweet peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, spinach, watercress, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, squash, red cabbage, tomatoes, strawberries (if not allergic), berries of all kinds, lettuce, even rutabaga, and kohlrabi. Enough options?

Flavonoids (like quercetin); anti-oxidants from whole foods sources.

A group of plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers, quercetin is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize the immune system and prevent both the manufacture and release of histamines and other allergic and inflammatory compounds.

Studies show that foods high in quercetin can help heal rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune response most likely to foreign compounds taken in by cells), reduce asthma reaction (another allergy-related symptom), rebalance cholesterol, normalize blood pressure, reduce arterial plague lower the risk of heart disease (arterial plague is caused by inflammation, and recent research this may be a result of accumulated toxic chemicals and metals), reduce prostate inflammation and even cancer risks.

Good sources of quercetin are dark purple berries fresh lemon and lime juice, onions, garlic, parsley, red roiboos tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, and it is the much touted anti-oxidant in red wine.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce allergic reactions most likely through their anti-inflammatory properties. Soy, corn, and the other seed oils found in most cheap process foods, crackers, chips, etc. create an imbalance between the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids—most of which are inflammatory. Calming inflammation involves correcting this imbalance by including omega-3-rich foods like cold-water fish (think salmon season) flax seed oil and grass-fed meat and butter.

Prevent allergic reactions from happening in the first place.

Eat as much of these foods as possible, all year round, because there are plenty of allergens in our environment. Reduce the use of drugs and give yourself nourishing foods that overall make you healthier and happier, not to mention less congested!