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20% of the population suffer from allergies with hay fever being the most common. All sufferers complain about the very unpleasant symptoms which take the enjoyment out of spring and summer.
What are allergies (hay fever)?
An allergy is an excessive reaction by the immune system to an otherwise harmless substance such as pollen, house dust, pet hair or food. The most common symptoms are a runny or blocked nose, itching of the nose and eyes, excessive sneezing, trouble breathing or rashes. With every allergy, the body produces too much histamine which causes swelling in the skin and mucous membranes.
What does traditional medicine offer?
Allergies are usually successfully treated with antihistamines or cortisone in the form of tablets or nasal sprays. Desensitization decreases the bodies responses to allergens, but must be conducted over at least 3 years and results are not always satisfactory. The cause of the allergic reaction can be identified by means of a needle prick test or preferably with intracutan tests.
How can hay fever be treated naturally?
Nature has a gift for all allergy sufferers who are tired of taking medication: aronia extract (I recommend Aronia Vida). The aronia berry contains high concentrations of various anti-inflammatory and anti allergenic polyphenols, including a lot of OPC. This bouquet of polyphenols blocks the histamine responsible for the swollen mucous membranes.
In severe cases, a food intolerance test is recommended as well as a blocking of the histamine in the small intestine. This would require specialist treatment.
How should Aronia be taken?
In order to be practically symptom-free throughout the pollen season, 4 aronia extract capsules should be taken throughout the day. The capsules can simply be taken as soon as the first symptoms appear until the end of the pollen season. The effectiveness of aronia extract against hay fever is quite remarkable in my experience. Now you can enjoy spring and summer!
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic, progressive inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. The protective myelin sheaths of the nerve cells are slowly dissolved in different areas. The cause of the disease is still unknown although it is most likely an autoimmune disease which means the body forms antibodies which attack its own tissue. The disease is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40, but men are also affected. In Switzerland alone, more than 10 000 people suffer with this dreaded diagnosis.
What are the effects of multiple sclerosis?
Depending on where the lesions are located in the brain and spinal chord, the symptoms can vary. The most frequent are sensory disturbances in the arms and legs, loss of muscle strength, visual impairment, and bladder and bowel disorder. A pronounced fatigue is a common sympton. The disease reccurs in bouts with widely varying intervals in between. Severe damage is caused by each bout until the sufferer is wheelchair bound. Every known therapy aims to reduce the number of bouts of the disease.
Clinical treatment of multiple sclerosis
Clinical treatment includes medication, physiotherapy and psychosocial therapy. The medication is, unfortunately, anything but harmless and includes cortisone, beta interferon, immunomodulating drugs such as Copaxone or Gilenya or immunosuppressants . All of these have severe side effects and are hugely expensive One ampoule of interferon costs over 100 Swiss Francs, an ampoule of Copaxone costs 55 Swiss Francs and one Gilenya tablet costs 80 Swiss Francs. These treatments all improve and reduce the relapses, but there is no cure.
Treatment of multiple sclerosis with nutraceuticals
Treatment with nutraceuticals could be carried out at a fraction of the cost. Research has shown that changing to a raw food diet halves the number of relapses. The damaged myelin sheaths can be at least partially rebuilt with omega 3 fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 . The extreme fatigue can be counteracted with mitochondrial energy obtained from the correct vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and polyphenols found in aronia and grape seed extract can be used to combat inflammation. The immune system should be strengthened, not suppressed! And treatment with nutraceuticals has no harmful side effects!
A chronic illness such as multiple sclerosis must always be treated by a professional. Self medication with products obtained via the internet can be harmful.
Every one of us is dependent on a supply of vital nutrients in our food. Each individual cell is only able to maintain the metabolism and thus generate energy when all the essential nutrients are present. The energy in the cells is produced by the tiny mitochondria, which are small power plants in which hundreds of metabolic reactions take place. If only a few of the necessary vital substances are missing e.g. a vitamin, zinc or selenium, the whole cell is weakened and therefore the entire organism.
About 70% of the population unknowingly suffer from a deficiency in nutrients. The consequences are indeterminate symptoms such as fatigue, exhaustion, increased infections, lack of vitality, slightly depressive moods, anxiety, irritability, lack of concentration, etc. Few people go to see their doctor with such supposedly mundane ailments, but even if they do, these symptoms are usually blamed on age, stress or environment. Often the cause is a deficiency in one or more vital substances.
Should these deficiencies go untreated for years, the results can have serious health implications such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, allergies, cancer or dementia. There is therefore no better prevention from these dreaded diseases than a healthy diet containing all the necessary vitamins and nutrients or to take a targeted dietary supplement in the case of a deficiency. Many of the vital nutrients are,however, only available in fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, berries, lettuce, wholegrain products and also partially in fish and meat. It therefore stands to reason that it is far healthier to prepare healthy meals daily and to avoid fast food. But who has the time?
Those who do take the time are rewarded with healthy bodies!