The Natural Way

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Jim Fain

Are you ready? The jonquils are in full bloom the daffodils are getting ready. Evenings are longer and warm enough to enjoy while the days are still a little chilly. Must be close to springtime and sneezes, itchy eyes and nose. The green cloud of pollen we get every year is still a month or so away.

  Now is the time to start using ModuCare to help reduce allergies across the board. This is a product, when taken on a regular basis (3 caps/day), that helps your immune system moderate its response. It is pointedly effective at struggling with colds, infections and nasty things that cause us trouble and reduces the immune battle with allergens that will soon be floating through the air as a green cloud of pollen.

  ModuCare helps the immune system call out the full power of the armed forces for big nasties but only calls out the local cop for pollen, etc.

  It takes a little time for our bodies to adjust, so start using ModuCare sooner than later and keep using it through the worst of the pollen. Quercetin and a Neti pot nasal rinse are also very beneficial for springtime allergies.

  New science has shown Quercetin to not only reduce allergic reactions but to also help lower blood pressure if it is elevated. Unlike some synthetic over-the-counter allergy products, Quercetin is exceptionally safe. And, although she is definitely not a scientist or a medical person, Oprah has popularized the ancient Ayurvedic Neti pot used to flush the nasal passages clear of the green pollen cloud. If Oprah endorses, you know that people listen.

  Annoying bugs will not be far behind the blooming greenery. Now what about that chigger or tick? Likely, since we had such a mild winter, the ticks and chiggers will be out in force this year. The best way to deal with the bites is to avoid them. But that can be difficult if you step off the pavement or have a dog or cat that goes outside.

  I like Cactus Juice to spray on my neck, arms, waist and ankles. Though it cannot be legally called a bug repellent (it is a skin protectant), I find it keeps all sorts of flying biters, chiggers and ticks at bay. It is so safe (and DEET free) that it can be used on dogs, cats and children of all sorts.

  If you get a tick attached, cover it with a thick coat of petroleum jelly or lard to kill it. Then, with clean hands and fingernails, pull it out with steady pressure. Clean the bite and dab with tea tree or grapefruit seed extract. Keep an eye on the bite area and if you get an obvious bull's eye pattern showing up around it, see your health provider.

  I for one am very glad spring is near.

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