Sunday, January 30, 2011
I never dreamed it was as bad as this. Did you think those blue bits in your Kellogg's , Betty Crocker, General Mills and Target food store products are actually blueberries as pictured on the label and featured in the name of the product?
Though they may have a tiny amount of something derived from blueberries they are actually High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn flour, hydrogenated oil and petroleum derived dyes.
Watch this well produced seven minute video from Natural News. TV to find out more. I guarantee you it is much worse, much more misleading, much more unhealthy than you have ever imagined.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I have sinus problems year round (my DW says it is because I have a handsome narrow nose). Except for this part of the year I pop a Sudafed or generic Claritin whenever it gets bad enough. But, this is the month or so when I seek out alternative treatments for sinus and allergy symptoms.
Sometimes “Alternative Sinus Treatment Month” lasts 5 weeks, sometimes it lasts 6 or 7. It begins whenever I go into the local research facility to begin my term of guinea pigging for a mountain cedar study. It ends when the study ends.
Mountain Cedar (Ashe Juniper) pollen torments allergy sufferers in my region. I don't have it so bad but I do qualify for the study. Each year about this time the researchers monitor the pollen levels until they reach high enough to begin their study.
Once enrolled, participants (guinea pigs) like me are forbidden from using a long list of medications. This always includes prescription and OTC nasal sprays, decongestants and anti-histamines, which means my favorites are off the table. This year ibuprofen is banned too.
Over the several years I've been doing this I've switched from Neti Pots to the squeeze bottle style rinse. I get more rest and drink lots of fluid. I've tried emergen-C too. Ibuprofen helps with the head and body aches (though this year it will have to be aspirin). This morning I made a good chicken broth in the pressure cooker.
But my favorite alternative symptom treatment continues to be one I ran across in an alternative newspaper in San Francisco. In a notice for a class, a practitioner in Oakland wrote that by climbing stair cases while holding one's breath the nasal passages will open up and remain open for hours.
I tried it and it works well for me. Any trainer will tell you NOT to hold your breath while exercising. It can KILL you if your heart is weak. But when I do it my nasal passages clear and stay cleared.
I have no idea about the science but I think of it as a kind of movie standoff between my conscious mind (the guy with the gun) and my immune system (the cops). By holding my breath and exercising I tell my immune system “Open up that nose or the body gets it! ” My immune system says “He's just crazy enough to do it too! Open up those passages boys.”
I have found that I don't have to climb stairs to make it work. I can run, walk or just pump my arms while holding my breath and the nasal passages open up. When “Alternative Sinus Treatment Month” is over I'll stop with the rinses and pull out the Sudafed and Claratin, but I'll keep climbing the occasional stair case just to keep those coppers in line.
What alternative treatments for sinus have you found helpful?
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