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How To Fight & Prevent Fall Allergies Naturally

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Fall is creeping up on us, and with it comes those seasonal allergies that some of us know all too well and drudge all the same. More people are opting out of using traditional medicine to treat allergy symptoms as they are costly and often leave people feeling unnecessarily drowsy and lethargic. “The biggest trend we see in allergies isn’t technology and it isn’t medicine — it’s the tendency to go for a more natural treatment,” says Brunilda Nazario, MD, a lead medical editor at WebMD.

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If you’re also experiencing earlier than normal symptoms, there may be a reason for that also. “Climate change may actually be causing an earlier and longer fall allergy season,” said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in an ACAAI news release. “In addition, windy days can mean heightened allergy symptoms, because wind can carry the pollen from ragweed, grasses and trees up to 100 miles from its source.”

To help minimize your seasonal allergies, Tilles suggests minimizing the growth of mold in your home by limiting moisture exposure. “Mold is nearly impossible to eliminate. It tends to grow wherever there is water, particularly basements, bathrooms and near sinks. Mold also lurks outside, even in piles of dead leaves. Use fans in the bathroom and clean up standing water right away. Scrub visible mold from any surfaces and ensure they are kept clean and dry. Keeping the humidity in your home below 60 percent and routinely cleaning gutters is also a good idea.”

In addition to mold, it’s probably best to stay away from pollen as best you can, “Ragweed and other pollens that trigger allergy symptoms must not be brought into your home. Be sure to take your shoes off when you walk through your door. If you’ve been outside working, exercising or playing, take a shower and change your clothes to wash off any pollen that sticks to your hair or body. Keep your home and car windows closed and use an air conditioner, particularly when pollen counts are high. If you are doing yard work, consider wearing gloves and a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask. Those with severe allergies may want to avoid outdoor chores entirely.”

This information may make it seem like experiencing allergies are unavoidable but here are a few simple ways you can limit your exposure in addition to avoiding pollen and mold suggested by the ACAAI:

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  • Keep your windows closed at night and if possible, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools and dries the air.
  • Try to stay indoors when the pollen or mold counts are high. If your symptoms are severe, wear a pollen mask if long periods of exposure are unavoidable. When you return indoors, take a shower, shampoo your hair and change clothes.
  • Avoid being responsible for mowing lawns or raking leaves. This stirs up pollen and molds. Also avoid hanging sheets or clothes outside to dry.
  • When traveling by car, keep your windows closed.
  • Take any medications as prescribed.

Below are some natural alternatives you can try but like with all things, make sure to read the labels to ensure that you are able to use it and are using it properly. Some of these items can still come with side affects and may not be recommended to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Natural Alternatives

Butterbur

Butterbur is a herb that people use not only to treat allergies, but even migraines. They use the leaf, root, and bulb to make the medicine. One study showed that after only a week of being given butterbur tablets, participants showed significant improvement of their allergy symptoms and they contained smaller amounts of the allergy-producing substances leukotriene and histamines.  Butterbur seems most effective to treat nasal allergies and can be administered as an oil extract or in pill form.

TIP: Confirm before purchasing any Butterbur products that they are certified and labeled “PA-free.”

Nettle Leaf

Stinging Nettles have often been used to treat a number of health concerns like UTIs, benign prostatic hyperplasia, joint pain, sprain and strain, insect bites and hay fever.

They can be used in many forms like tinctures, teas and topical gels but are most effective dried in a capsule. Because they are a natural antihistamine, they are very effective in blocking the body’s ability to produce histamine.

TIP: Doctors recommend taking a freeze-dried preparation before hay fever season begins.

Eucalyptus Oil 

Eucalyptus is a pretty easy scent to detect and as an oil, is highly effective in minimizing the symptoms of allergies as they are happening.

A lot of respiratory medicines contain eucalyptus because of its antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. In a 2006 study, 14 essential oils were used to test the effectiveness of killing house dust mites, something most people are highly allergic to, and found eucalyptus oil to be the most effective. Not only that, when combined with a specific kitchen detergent, a high amount of dead dust mites also turned up.

Eucalyptus oil is great to have running in the day or through the night in your diffuser and if you’d like even more relief, try mixing eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and rub it on your chest and behind your ears.

TIP: A neti pot is also a great way to clear your sinuses during allergy season and if you choose to use it you can put several drops into your neti pot.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant responsible for helping make those superfoods super. It is a natural compound found in cruciferous vegetables, onions/shallots, green teas and citrus fruit, and displays anticancer properties. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. Because quercetin stabilizes the release of histamine, it helps to naturally control allergy symptoms.

In a 2016 study, quercetin was shown to be so effective that it can help calm down allergic asthma by reducing the hyperactivity of airways.

TIP: Start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.

Apple Cider VinegarACV is notorious for its many uses and we even highlighted them in a an article titled, 15 + Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Improve Your Life, and now we can add “allergy killer” to the list.

There are many ways you can utilize AVC in your allergy preventative routine. We’ve mentioned a neti pot before and how great it is at clearing the nasal passages of allergens and irritants, and in addition to the saline rinse, you can try adding 1 teaspoon of ACV at the first sign of an allergy attack. You can also mix a teaspoon of ACV into a glass of water and drank this three times a day.

TIP: Make sure that when you buy ACV it is raw (not pasteurized), certified organic and contains “The Mother”; a colony of beneficial bacteria.

Preventatives

Probiotics

When there is an imbalance in our immune system, it is due to the proportion of the antigenic stimuli. Generally speaking, the healthier you are with a strong immune system, the less likely you are to develop allergies to begin with, and studies have shown that more than 80% of your immune function is stored in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. So when you have beneficial bacteria in your gut, it’s likely you’ll experience reduced effects of allergies, which is why probiotics play a great role in helping to ward off allergy symptoms.

Research has found that pregnant mothers who regularly took probiotics reduced their child’s risk of developing allergies. In a 2007 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, non-pathogenic E. coli was administered to infants to stimulate their immune systems and at 10 years old and 20 years old, these children suffered from significantly fewer allergic diseases.

TIP: Consume fermented foods like sauerkraut or drink kombucha to help build your gut bacteria. Otherwise, a capsule daily should work just as well.

Local Raw Honey

Consuming local raw honey has not only been shown as a great preventative, but even helps to mitigate symptoms as they happen. Health blogger Mark Sisson experienced this firsthand when he bought raw local wildflower honey from a vendor on a camping trip after experiencing a bought of day fever. After consuming it on the hike, the next day he found his symptoms were 75% better.

Aside from anecdotal evidence, studies have been found to confirm the theory that consuming local honey from where you live will help you build a tolerance to allergens in the environment there. In 2011, subjects who were allergic to birth pollen were asked to ingest birch pollen honey and found that, “a 60% lower total symptom score, twice as many asymptomatic days, and 70% fewer days with severe symptoms, and they used 50% less antihistamines compared to the control group,” than those who took conventional medications.

TIP: Start ingesting a spoon of local raw honey a month before allergy season starts and continue to do so for the rest of the season.

As previously mentioned, a strong immune system really helps in the fight against allergies. In addition to diffusing your eucalyptus oil, you can also try frankincense oil as it can boost the immune system. Research also suggests acupuncture can help those who suffer from hay fever as it curbs inflammatory immune-system substances involved in allergic reactions.

 

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This Super Simple Breathing Technique Can Help Alleviate Anxiety & Depression

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  • The Facts:

    Small study finds breathing technique can help treat major depressive disorder and anxiety.

  • Reflect On:

    The answers to our challenges are much simpler than we thought, we have everything we need inside of us. Great alternative to prescription anti-depressant medication, or other substances.

The breath is one of the most underrated and under-utilized methods of healing. Breathing comes naturally to us, we do it without thinking, which is why it is not something we generally think of as a way to connect deeply with ourselves, calm our anxieties or even reach higher levels of consciousness. Something as simple as breathing can help those who suffer from severe mental conditions and those who have survived global disasters.

There are many forms of breathwork, there is the well-known Holotropic Breathing, made popular by the Iceman himself, Wim Hof. There is another technique known as transformational breathwork and the featured practice of breathing that will be featured in this article, resonant breathing or Coherent Breathing, which is a trademarked term.

This specific style of breathwork came from years of studying the ancient breathing practices of indigenous people all over the world including those from African, Hawaiian, and Native American traditions.

Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College, Patricia Gerbarg, studies the technique with her husband, Richard Brown, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “We wanted to identify a short program that could be given quickly to people, that they would have immediate relief within five or ten minutes, and that over time would produce long-term changes,” Gerbarg told Vice.

The Study

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine in 2017 led by researchers from Boston University asked 30 people with major depression to practice the breathing technique regularly as well as Iyengar yoga. After 3 months, results from a standard depression inventory test showed how the depressive symptoms had significantly declined.

Even though the study size was very small, it is comforting to know that something as simple as breath alone could help to alleviate symptoms of severe depression. No pills needed. This technique is especially powerful because it can be practiced anytime, anywhere. The process involved taking regular breaths in and out of the nose, at a pace of 5 breaths per minute, each breath in and out taking around 6 seconds. When starting out, it is recommended that this be practiced with the eyes closed, but once you get it under control you can easily do it with your eyes open, meaning while you’re driving, while in a meeting, anytime during the day that you may find yourself feeling anxious, stressed or down. Gerbarg says, “It’s totally private. Nobody knows you’re doing it.”

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The breath should be calm and gentle because the goal is to balance the sympathetic — fight or flight with the parasympathetic — rest and digest areas of the nervous system. Interestingly, when the couple first began looking into the power of the breath, the first thought was that this must send extra oxygen to the brain that we may have otherwise been lacking. However, they knew that there must be more to this to explain the profound effects they had been seeing in those who practiced the breathing technique. Not to mention, some types of breathwork actually decreases the amount of oxygen going to the brain.

Why Does This Work?

Gerbarg and Brown believe that the reason this technique works is thanks to the vagal nerves, those connecting the brain to the body and what tell the organs when to beat, digest, breathe and all other functions, have been found in recent years to send even more messages in the opposite direction from the body to the brain. “These ascending messages strongly influence stress response, emotion and neurohormonal regulatory networks,” stated in a book written by the couple, Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice.

According to Gerbarg, “Respiration is the only autonomic function we can voluntarily control,” it’s easy to see how changing the breathing pattern can shift the messages received by the brain.

The calm and even breaths send messages of safety, according to Gerbarg, this can reduce anxious or depressive thoughts and makes way for more loving and connected emotions to be felt. Adverse reactions are generally rare, but those with asthma or other breathing conditions should only try this practice under the guidance of a trained professional.

We really do have everything we need inside of us. Our human bodies are magnificent, and if something as simple as breathing can help alleviate symptoms of depression, then we should certainly be studying this more. If you are skeptical about this information and feel it’s too good to be true, give it a shot next time you find yourself feeling down or anxious and see if it helps!

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It’s Not New: Pictures Show The Fight Against Vaccines Is Well Over 100 Years Old

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  • The Facts:

    The struggle against vaccination, especially compulsory vaccination mandated by a government/industry coalition, was met with fierce resistance from people during the early history of vaccination over a century ago.

  • Reflect On:

    What does the pictorial evidence of opposition to vaccines from early in the previous century tell us about today's vaccine industry?

In the foreword to the book by Doctor Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bistrianyk entitled ‘Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History,’ Dr. Jayne L. M. Donegan sums up the vaccine ‘landscape’ that she and all MDs enter into as they become doctors:

Despite questioning the safety and efficacity of vaccination by reputable medical men since its introduction, debate has been, and is, increasingly discouraged. Information published in scientific journals is used to support this position, other views being regarded as “unscientific.”

It was a received “article of faith” for me and my contemporaries, that vaccination was the single most useful health intervention that had ever been introduced. Along with all my medical and nursing colleagues, I was taught that vaccines were the reason children and adults stopped dying from diseases for which there are vaccines. We were told that other diseases, such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, typhus, typhoid, cholera, and so on, for which there are no vaccines at the time, diminished both in incidence and mortality (ability to kill) due to better social conditions.

You would think–as medical students who are supposed to be moderately intelligent–that some of us would have asked, “But if deaths from these diseases decreased due to improved social conditions, mightn’t the ones for which there are vaccines also have decreased at the same time for the same reason?” But we didn’t.

The medical curriculum is so overloaded with information that you just have to learn what you hear, as you hear it: nonvaccinatable diseases into the social conditions box and vaccinatable diseases into the vaccines box and then onto the next subject.

What this book especially brought to light for me was not just that open ‘debate’ on vaccination is systematically stifled, but the gruesome early history of vaccination itself is hidden, suppressed, and denied. For me, just knowing the early history of vaccination has been enough for me to see that all along this phenomena has fundamentally been about power and money, in complete and abject disregard for human health. I believe an open-minded reading of the book mentioned above will lead you to the same conclusions.

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Early Resistance Against Vaccines

The early history of vaccines is fraught with egregious trial-and-error ‘science’ on humans treated as guinea pigs matched with strong-arm tactics at compulsory vaccination. But even though they were dealing with human populations that were not as educated as we may be today, the illness and deaths of children resulting from vaccination were not lost on parents–and in some cases, before the medical establishment had full control over their doctors’ muzzles, were admitted to by doctors. Here are a few among many pictorial examples and their heart-breaking stories:

Public Gatherings

At a time when mainstream media, government, and the medical establishment were not the well-oiled machine of elite propaganda they are today, public outrage and attempts to mobilize against compulsory vaccination were squarely in the public eye:

Anti-Vaccine Literature And Images

Like today, there were professionals and researchers speaking out against the dangers of vaccination, and probably suffered from the same lack of funding to proliferate their message.

Comparisons With Today

One would imagine that if the early vaccine industry actually cared about public health, that even the death or crippling of ONE CHILD that occurred directly after vaccination would cause them to shut down operations until they could verify that this death was not caused by vaccines. Alas, these pictures demonstrate otherwise. And if it did not happen then, it certainly is not happening now.

The outright lie found on government medical websites that ‘vaccines are safe and effective’ belies the fact that a special fund and a special court was set up by the government to issue compensation to sufferers of vaccine injury that has already paid out over $3.7 billion dollars. The fact is that this court was set up to prevent people from being able to sue vaccine companies directly, because it was forecast that all the vaccine manufacturers would go bankrupt if they were not protected from being sued. That’s how ‘safe and effective’ vaccines have proven to be.

Sure, today there is less of a push towards compulsory vaccination–but that is in part due to the awesome and tireless work of enraged citizens at the turn of the century as evidenced in these pictures! All that happened was that the vaccine industry realized that they could better ply their trade by focusing not on forced vaccination and the obvious resistance it generates, but rather by controlling the narrative with well-funded propaganda through coordinated efforts of the medical establishment, government, and the media. Part of this effort is hiding the history from us that we see in the pictures featured here.

If we are to become clear as a collective about the big picture of what is going on behind government and industry policy today, sometimes a brief look at history is all it takes.

 

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This Map Shows Which US Cities You Have The Best Chance Of Seeing A UFO In

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    There have been 8334 total reported UFO sightings. This means there are likely many more, but this is what has been reported. Wyoming and Vermont seem to be the hot spots.

  • Reflect On:

    Are UFO craft manned by humans or alien life? What is the reason for your interest in UFO's and aliens? What does the reality of their existence mean to humanities consciousness?

A team of researchers at Casino.org examined data records pertaining to reported UFO sightings and mapped out where the highest concentrations of sightings are across the US. Although many other countries are hotspots for UFO activity, the US is one of the biggest hotspots, and there are several reasons for that.

Editor David Sheldon stated, “While many of us are quick to dismiss UFOs as being the stuff of science fiction, there have actually been over 250,000 recorded sightings of UFOs in the USA alone. In addition, over 40,000 Americans are concerned enough about extra-terrestrial life forms to have taken out alien abduction insurance. And the US government takes them seriously enough to have set up The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, elements of which are still classified. If you are concerned about lights in the sky, we strongly recommend you move to Florida which enjoys the lowest odds of UFOs streaking across the night sky.”

While Sheldon focuses a bit on the fear element here, most researchers can attest to the fact that there is nothing to fear. Many abductions, although not all, are actually human military related. This next statement is something you are going to have to check within your heart to know if it is true or not, but this is also a common message many abductees and whistleblowers have corroborated, ET’s commonly seen in our skies are not here as any threat. They are here to help us in our journey of shifting consciousness and look forward to the day of a greater contact with our population.

The threat narrative seems to be an agenda of the deep state to keep people afraid of the subject as they attempt to control the disclosure narrative.

Why Sightings?

First off, many craft people see are actually military black budget craft that have been reverse engineered from ET crafts over the past few decades. Many whistleblowers have attributed to this fact over the years. Secondly, there are in fact ET manned craft as there have also been several instances where UFOs have shot down or deactivated nuclear missiles or testing facilities unannounced to the military or government.

Sightings also help as a means for people to begin thinking beyond their everyday world i.e. expanding their consciousness. What does it mean that we are not alone in the universe? Who is the life in the universe and what are they like? (Not talking about the sad excuse for disclosure the scientific community chooses which refers to life as “bacteria”. We’re talking intelligent beings here.)

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When we expand our consciousness outside of everyday life we begin to rethink what is possible and begin to reshape our world on a collective level. This, of course, happens over time, but the value in sightings is immense when you consider the change that can really be made as people begin to look into this subject and realize the true nature of our reality.

The UFO Sighting Map

Below you can check out the hotspots via the interactive map. If you have trouble using the map embedded below, click here to view it on their website.

 

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