- Why your summer sniffles might NOT be a cold
- The importance of hundred-mile radius honey to your health
- Discover how to beat age related allergies
On Thursday, I wrote to you about allergies and intolerances…
If you missed that issue, let me assure you that it was mind-blowing. Or at least NOSE-BLOWING.
You can check it out on The People’s Doctor website, as you can do with all my back issues.
Now I wasn’t going to write something else on this subject so soon.
In fact, I’ve got something important to share about heart disease, but I’m going to leave it til next week. If you’re on statins or are concerned about them, this is something you must check out. (See my email on Thursday for details).
However, we’re still firmly in hay fever season, which runs from Spring ‘til October, so I thought you should have this information now.
My question is this…
Do you have a summer cold right now? Or do you regularly get summer colds?
If so, have you considered that you might actually have an allergy?
Many people grow up assuming they don’t have hay fever. They didn’t have it when they were young so why should they have it now?
What many of these people don’t realise that they’ve developed a late-onset allergy. Spring and autumn are considered the big peak periods for allergies. But even in the mid-summer months, grass pollens and mould spores can play havoc.
Often, sufferers put their symptoms down to a ‘summer cold’ when in fact it’s something far more avoidable.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) here’s how to find out whether your cold is actually an allergy or not:
- Are symptoms lasting for two weeks? Yes? Then it’s probably an allergy.
- Do the symptoms start small then escalate? This probably means it’s a summer cold. As with any cold you start with tickly throat or runny nose, then it worsens into tight chest, headaches, coughs and other symptoms.
- Check your mucus! Bit icky this, but with a cold the stuff coming out of your nose and chest is more likely to be yellow or green, while hay fever mucus tends to run clear.
- Itch or wheeze? Itchy eyes, throat, and nose indicate an allergy.
Now I’ve already mentioned a salt pipe for clearing the airways and reducing the symptoms. Definitely worth a try.
But there’s a way to your hay fever through your stomach, too.
How a bee can switch off an allergic reaction
While this is not a sure-fire cure, I’d recommend you try taking a spoonful of local honey each day for the rest of the summer, right into October.
Look for honey direct from a beekeeper within about a five mile radius of where you live, work or spend time walking. Local honey contains pollen from the local flowers which might have caused your allergic reaction. By introducing it into your body, you can desensitise your immune system and help switch off the reaction before it happens.
If it’s not possible to get hyper-local honey, then it’s fine to extend the range. The UK Bee Farmers Association say that even within a 100-mile radius you can get beneficial effects, as there’s not much differentiation in the flowers, grasses and plants over that kind of distance.
But whatever you do, always look for the rawest possible honey. The more the honey is left just as it came from the hive, the better.
As beekeeper James Hamill says: “If you get it from the supermarkets there’s a very high chance that it’s being made from outside the UK so the pollen is of no use. And in many cases they super heat the honey which bursts and kills the pollen and renders it useless.”
Now this is one of the places I strongly diverge from the medical establishment dogma…
Many scientists will tell you that the honey link is a myth. No evidence. Or “not enough” evidence. And that is fine – the whole point of a scientist is to test something until it’s proven.
However, my view is that this is one of those remedies passed down generations that millions across the world try and swear by.
“My hay fever used to be so bad that I was practically bed-bound when the pollen count was high – I even had nose bleeds. But since I started keeping bees I have been completely symptom-free, I don’t even need to take medication anymore.”
Just remember that while the traditional peak season for hay fever is in June-July, you’re not out of the woods. And if you’ve never considered the possibility that you have hay fever, get it checked out!
Oh, and for everything you need to know about honey, as well as other foods that act like medicines, get hold of this.
Okay, that’s it from me today. Please do look out for an email from me on Thursday.
This is important if you are on statins, considering taking them, or worried about high cholesterol, blood pressure or have medical history in that area at all.
I’m going to show you a side-effect-free way to reduce levels of bad cholesterol, help control blood pressure and sugar levels…
Until next time, stay healthy!