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NUTRITIONAL TESTING
Diagnostic Techniques


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  • Description
  • Elimination Diet
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Conventional Medical Opinion
  • Food Allergies Overview
  • Food Sensitivities Overview
  • Lifestyle & Dietary Recommendations
  • Holistic & Herbal Recommendations
  • Supplement Recommendations
  • Nutritional Testing Herbal & Supplement Products




  • DESCRIPTION

    The link between allergens (substances that trigger allergic reactions) and the symptoms they produce is often obvious, as in the case of pollen and hay fever. Less easy to identify are intolerances, or "hidden" reactions, said to cause problems ranging from depression and digestive disorders to asthma and eczema. These symptoms do not occur immediately and are less extreme than true allergic reactions. The tests described below are among those used by nutritional therapists and clinical ecologists worldwide to identify allergies and intolerances.
    Allergy Research began in the 20th century.

    Research into allergies began early in the 20th century.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies





    ELIMINATION DIET

    Patients are put on a diet of foods that are considered unlikely to cause a reaction. Once the symptoms fade, suspect food groups are reintroduced every 72 hours. Foods that bring the symptoms back are removed from the diet for at least six month; foods provoking a mild reaction can be eaten every four days. The technique is used to analyze how the digestive system as a whole reacts to food.

    An elimination diet of neutral foods.

    In an elimination diet, only "neutral" foods are eaten initially, such as cabbage, carrots, pears, rice, sunflower oil and seeds, lamb, and mineral water.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies





    DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

    CYTOTOXIC TEST

    In this test for food intolerances, a blood sample is taken and the white blood cells are isolated. They are then mixed with liquified concentrate of the suspect food, before being analyzed under a microscope. If the cells swell and form granules, this is said to indicate an abnormal reaction. Cytotoxic testing does not produced consistent results, and has been largely superceded by ELISA testing.

    ELISA TEST

    According to practitioners, true allergies are triggered by an antibody in the blood called immunoglobulin E (IgE), and some types of delayed, less severe reactions by another antibody, IgG. The ELISA (enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay) blood test was developed as an indicator of these so-called "hidden" food intolerances, said to be implicated in a range of conditions such as asthma, eczema, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, candidiasis, "leaky gut", and migraines. A small sample of blood is added to a number of foods in wells on a plate, and stored for 12 hours in a refrigerator. Any IgG that forms is measured using a spectrophotometer.

    Spectrophotometer.

    The spectrophotometer measures antibodies produced by a positive reaction in an ELISA test, which shows up as yellow in a blood sample.


    Patients are advised to eliminate any foods that have a strong positive IgG reaction. Mild- or medium-reaction foods can be eaten every four days or as tolerated.


    OTHER BLOOD TESTS

    There are a number of different blood tests used in nutritional testing.
      BLOOD VITAMIN ANALYSIS: A blood sample is tested for levels of as many as 12 vitamins, using a process known as HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography). Low levels of vitamins are blamed for a wide range of conditions - for example, anemia has been linked to folic acid deficiency, and dermatitis and dementia to lack of niacin (Vitamin B-3).

      WHOLE BLOOD MINERAL ANALYSIS: This is used to evaluate mineral levels in a blood sample. Optimal concentrations of 24 minerals are said to be necessary for the body to function correctly. Lack of zinc, for example, is linked to recurrent infections, and lack of calcium to disorders of the muscles and nervous system.

      BLOOD AMINO ACIDS TEST: Practitioners take a blood sample to determine levels of amino acids, which the body cannot produce by itself and must obtain from food. These include tryptophan, needed for the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters involved in regulating mood and sleep.

    For more information about nutrients and their functions in the body, see the following link.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index





    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION

    Conventional health care providers consider the elimination diet to be conclusive evidence of allergies and intolerances, but it is demanding for the patient. The accuracy of cytotoxic testing is seen as questionable; in a recent study, it identified substances that subjects had never eaten. The ELISA test is thought to be more reliable than cytotoxic testing in the diagnosis of food intolerances, but is expensive to administer. Many conventional health care providers question whether the nutritional deficiencies said to be identified in vitamin and mineral tests have any bearing on patients' real medical problems.

    Note: Most conventional medical practitioners are not educated about nutrition and nutritional therapy. What they do not know, they often do not understand and support. If you have allergies or intolerances, it is recommended you consider seeking out a good allergist to consult with about your condition. Become informed about medications that may be prescribed. There are many pros and cons to medicinal therapy and many of the drugs have serious side effects associated with them. If you can control your allergies and sensitivities through diet, this is always a preferred choice over drug therapy.





    FOOD ALLERGIES - A QUICK OVERVIEW

    Certain foods provoke a reaction in some people, which may be defined as an allergy or as an intolerance (see below). The symptoms of a food allergy are more sudden and severe than those of an intolerance. Allergies also differ from intolerances in that they are triggered by the immune system, which reacts to the food as though it were a harmful substance invading the body.

    SYMPTOMS

    Food allergies can trigger allergic disorders - allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, and hives - as well as indigestion and stomach cramps, diarrhea, and headaches.

    Symptoms can be mild, but for some people, an extreme reaction, known as anaphylaxis, can be caused by eating even a morsel of the allergen (the food that provokes the attack). Within minutes, a rash, wheezing, vomiting, and swelling of the lips, mouth, and tongue may develop. In severe cases, collapse ( anaphylactic shock) can result, and even death. Not all anaphylactic reactions occur immediately; some may take several hours, but can be equally as violent as reactions of swifter onset.

    CAUSES

    Nuts - especially peanuts - cause some of the most extreme food allergies. One in 20 people with peanut allergy will also react to soy, peas, and beans. Other common culprits include dairy products (lactose intolerance); gluten (Celiac disease; eggs; fish, especially cod, sole, and smoked fish; shellfish; preservatives (such as sulfite allergies), especially benzoic acid; colorings, particularly tartrazine; and other additives.

    CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

    A skin-prick test or RAST will usually identify an allergen. Anaphylaxis is treated with injections of cortisone and epinephrine.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies

    SELF-HELP

    A food allergy generally lasts for life, so it is important to avoid the foods that are responsible. Those at risk of anaphylaxis should take meticulous care with their diet, particularly when eating out, and should wear a medical alert tag.

    Cautions: Call 9-1-1 or an ambulance immediately if you suspect an anaphylactic reaction. Consult with your health care provider if any of the following symptoms develop an hour or two after a meal:
    • Itching or swelling in the mouth or over the whole body.
    • Nausea.
    • Stomach pains.
    • Sneezing, a runny nose.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Weakness in the muscles.

    COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS FOR FOOD ALLERGIES

    A food allergy may be a contributing factor in several conditions such as eczema, which are often broadly termed "allergic", but the specific cause may be more difficult to pin down. In these situations, complementary methods focus on "detoxifying" and strengthening the digestive system, improving the elimination processes, and increasing over-all well-being.

    Yoga: Mild or undiagnosed food allergies can disturb digestive processes and cause a general feeling of malaise. To help support the digestion, yoga teachers may emphasize postures (asanas) such as the Half Shoulderstand or the Relaxation pose, and breathing exercises (pranayama).

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    Naturopathy: To pinpoint the cause of a mild food allergy, a practitioner may advocate the skin-prick test or RAST, but is more likely to suggest an elimination diet. You will be advised to cut out all suspect foods from the diet for at least 2 weeks, or until there are signs of improvement. Once symptoms are no longer present, you reintroduce foods one by one, stopping if any of them causes a reaction.

    Practitioners may also recommend undertaking occasional juice-and-water fasts and raw-foods diets to help eliminate waste products from the body.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
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    Homeopathy: The homeopathic practitioner's approach will be guided by your particular constitutional type and the symptoms of your allergy. "Homeopathic Immuno-Therapy" may be recommended. This is a form of treatment in which you take extremely diluted preparations that have been made from the relevant allergen.

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    Western Herbalism: To complement an elimination diet, herbalists may recommend Slippery Elm and Marshmallow to soothe the digestive tract, Dandelion root to support the liver, Hops and White Horehound to stimulate digestion, Red Clover to strengthen the immune system. Astringent herbs such as Calendula and Goldenseal may be prescribed if damage to the gut will be suspected. Nettle soup may be suggested to calm the allergic response. See Holistic & Herbal Recommendations further down on this page for more information and general recommendations for allergies. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal during pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. Do not take hops if you have clinical depression.

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  • Nutritional Therapy: Nutritional supplements to boost the body's regenerative powers will be advised. These may include Selenium and Zinc to support the immune system, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5), thought to have antihistamine effect, Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, and Magnesium and Manganese, said to be deficient in some people with food allergies. See Holistic & Herbal Recommendations further down on this page for more information and general recommendations for allergies.

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  • Clinical Ecology: Practitioners are controversial diagnostic methods, including cytotoxic tests, pulse testing, hair analysis, Vega testing, and applied kinesiology. Many researchers and conventional health care practitioners doubt their accuracy. Treatment may take the form of Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD), in which an enzyme and a dilute mixture of common allergens are injected into the patient. This is said to work by "reprogramming" white blood cells that have been reacting unnecessarily to food substances.

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    Relaxation & Breathing: Hyperventilation (rapid breathing) stimulates the release of the chemical histamine. Learning to regulate breathing can help reduce the severity of the allergic response.

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    FOOD SENSITIVITIES - A QUICK OVERVIEW

    Unlike food allergies, food intolerances do not appear to produce IgE antibodies in the body. Some intolerances seen to disappear if the food is avoided for a few months, and people often report cravings for the very foods to which they are sensitive.

    SYMPTOMS

    While their is much debate over the symptoms, those most often linked with intolerances include:
    CAUSES

    Apart from conditions related to deficiencies in enzymes (such as lactase, needed to digest milk), many health care providers find the idea of food intolerance unconvincing. But according to practitioners of nutritional medicine, factors such as stress, "dysbiosis" - the overgrowth of unfriendly gut bacteria (candidiasis), and "liver congestion" may result in poor digestion, causing toxins to "leak" into the blood (Crohn's Disease). This in turn is said to cause ill-effects elsewhere in the body.

    stress and food intolerances


    STRESS & FOOD INTOLERANCES

    Inability to cope with stress is thought to contribute to poor digestion. The undigested food irritates the gut wall, causing it to become "leaky". Food molecules and toxic substances are believed to pass through to the bloodstream, affecting the liver, kidneys, and ultimately the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to illness.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Crohn's Disease (With Information About Leaky Gut)

    CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

    Those health care providers who do accept that food intolerances play a part in at least some cases of long-term illness usually suggest an elimination diet to identify the culprit food.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies

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    Skin Prick Test

    Some practitioners use a modified skin-prick test to identify the intolerance.


    COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS

    With such a wide range of symptoms, food intolerance is notoriously difficult to diagnose. A batter of tests (see above) helps practitioners pinpoint the culprit food. Stress appears to make food intolerance worse, and counseling and mind/body techniques may improve the ability to cope.

    Naturopathy: According to naturopaths, inadequate digestion causes irritation of the gut lining. Incompletely digested food molecules (see above) eventually permeate the mucous membrane. The naturopath will almost certainly advocate an elimination diet, in which suspect food groups are cut out for two weeks or until there is some sign of improvement. Initially, symptoms may sometimes get worse, but if they subsequently improve, foods are reintroduced one by one and stopped if there is a reaction. Research published in The Lancet in 1985 suggested that elimination diets relieved symptoms in people.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
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    Nutritional Therapies: According to practitioners, the "leaky" gut that results from irritation caused by poorly digested food leads in turn to loss of essential nutrients, especially Magnesium and Zinc. Treatment is tailored to the individual, but recommended nutritional supplements may include:
    If dysbiosis is a problem: Combined with live Yogurt. All of these contain beneficial bacteria to normalize gut flora may be suggested. See See Holistic & Herbal Recommendations further down on this page for more information and general recommendations for allergies.

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  • Clinical Ecology: Practitioners say that anyone eating an average Western-style diet is likely to ingest over 100 synthetic chemicals a day in food and water, and that these can encourage food intolerances. A number of controversial diagnostic tests may help identify the culprit; in addition, a practitioner will devise an elimination diet. You may also be advised to filter tap water and take antioxidant supplements. The practitioner may suggest an EPD injection or a treatment called provocation neutralization, in which a tiny amount of the irritant food is injected as a vaccine.

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    Psychotherapy & Counseling: Stress and emotional problems seem to play a role in triggering food intolerances. People may also become obsessed by their ailment, conditioning themselves to expect symptoms. Psychotherapy and counseling may help them to "unlearn" these responses.

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    Relaxation & Breathing: Symptoms attributed to food intolerances appear to be made worse by stress, and many people who have intolerances also have difficulty in coping with stress. Some also tend to hyperventilate (breathe too rapidly). Stress management techniques may be used to promote deep, slow breathing, reduce muscle tension, and relieve anxiety.

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    LIFESTYLE & DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Rotate your foods. Eat a different group of foods for each of four days and then repeat the cycle. You can select as many of the foods allowed on a specific day as you like, but it is essential that no type of food be ingested more often than every four days.

  • If you suffer from ragweed allergy (or other weed allergies) do not eat melon, cantaloupe, cucumber, bananas, sunflower seeds, chamomile, or any herbal preparation containing echinacea. These substances contain the same proteins as ragweed and can add to the symptoms during an episode.

  • See Detecting Your Food Allergies and fill out the Food Sensitivity Questionnaire. Then omit from your diet for 30 days any food you have listed as consumed 4 times per week or more.

  • Avoid the following foods until it is determined you are not allergic to them: bananas, beef products, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, dairy products, eggs, oats, oysters, peanuts, processed and refined foods, salmon, strawberries, tomatoes, wheat, and white rice.

  • Follow a fasting program. After a fast, you can try adding back the "foods to avoid" in very small amounts, such as one teaspoon at a time. Record your reactions after eating. If you feel bloated or have a slight headache, an upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, a rapid pulse, or heart palpitations after eating certain foods, eliminate them again in small amounts. If you experience a reaction again, eliminate them from your diet permanently.

  • Avoid mucus-producing foods, such as dairy products, sugar, wheat, and food additives (see below).

  • Avoid any food products that contain artificial color, especially FD&C Yellow No.5 dye. Many people are allergic to food colorings. Other food additives to avoid include vanillin, benzyldehyde, eucayptol, monosodium glutamate, BHT-BHA, benzoates, and annatto. Read labels carefully.

  • Take the Hypothyroid Underarm Temperature Test to determine if you have an underactive thyroid. Also see Hyperthyroidism.

  • Be sure to take only hypoallergenic supplements, as these do not contain potentially irritating substances.

  • Keep rooms free from dust and use a dehumidifier in the basement. Use mold-proof paint and a disinfectant on walls and furniture.

  • Do not smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.

  • Avoid taking aspirin within 3 hours of eating.

  • For airborne allergies, try using an air purification device. The Air Supply personal air purifier from Wein Products is a miniature unit that is worn around the neck. It sets up an invisible pure air shield against microparticles (including dust, pollen, and pollutants) and microorganisms (such as viruses, bacteria, and mold) in the air. It also eliminates vapors, smells, and harmful volatile compounds in the air. The Living Air XL-15 unit from Alpine Air of America is an ionizing unit that is good for purifying the air in the home or workplace. Shop around for an air purification device or unit that can serve your purposes and budget.

  • Purchase an air filter with fine enough filtering capability, such as the HEPA filter, to clean pollen, molds, and dust from your home or office. Standard air filters sold in most stores do not filter pollen. Make sure any filter purchased states on its label that it is suitable for filtering pollen and mold spores.

  • Depending on the severity of your allergies be sure to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when spending time outside. Change your clothes and shower as soon as you return indoors. For some, using a "high efficiency" mask (available in drug stores and medical supply stores) may be advisable.

  • Pollen counts in the late summer are highest between 5 AM and 10 AM, so schedule your gardening and other outdoor activities with this in mind. You can learn what trees and plants are pollinating around you and what the mold and pollen count is by contacting the National Allergy Bureau.

  • If you are a chronic allergy sufferer, avoid exercising outdoors.

  • On windy days, when more pollen is blown through the air, try to avoid going outside if your allergies are severe. The best time for you to be outdoors is after a rainstorm, when pollen levels drop significantly.





  • HERBAL & HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS

    BREATHE EASIER WITH EPHEDRA

    The Chinese have used the dried stems of the Ephedra also called Ma Huang, for at least 5,000 years to treat hayfever, colds and other inflammatory conditions. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, ma huang facilitates the movement of lung qi and controls wheezing. (Pronounced "chee", qi is the body's vital energy.) Ma huang is considered hot, bitter and warming, and its functions are to induce sweat, smooth breathing and promote urine excretion.

    Ephedra contains many active compounds, including small amounts of essential oil and one to two percent alkaloids composed mainly of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.


    Ephedra (ma huang) helps to dilate bronchial tubes, makes breathing easier, and reduces symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing.


    Researchers first isolated ephedrine in 1923 and found that it affected the body similarly to adrenaline: It helped dilate the bronchial tubes and allowed asthmatics to breathe more easily. However, it soon became clear that ephedrine had dangerous side effects. Although the alkaloids in Ephedra can benefit the body when used in appropriate doses, over-use can increase blood pressure and heart rate, resulting in insomnia and anxiety. This is true of the whole herb as well. Safe dosages are critical, say experts. Several states have recently passed laws and/or issued regulations controlling the sale of products containing Ephedra alkaloids due to concerns about safe dosages, especially in stimulant pills, which have become popular among people trying to lose weight. Last year, the FDA proposed a rule that would limit the maximum daily dosage of Ephedra alkaloids to 24 mg per day, equivalent to three doses of 8 mg each (Federal Register, June 1997, vol. 62).

    Taken in safe amounts, however, Ephedra can dramatically reduce symptoms of watery, itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. A 1985 study indicates that ephedrine, along with Ephedra other constituents, inhibits tissue swelling. Researchers found that the anti-inflammatory action of Ephedra is exerted at the early stage of inflammation. Additionally, it seems Ephedra's alkaloids inhibit the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins (Planta Medica, 1985, vol. 4).

    The sinuses are often involved in allergic reactions. The tissues lining air-filled cavities above, below and behind your eyes can swell, blocking the outlets of the sinuses to the nose. Mucus buildup in the sinuses can cause headaches, while mucus draining from the back of the nose into the throat can irritate the throat. Ephedra is a proven, effective decongestant because its active constituents, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, help constrict peripheral blood vessels, thereby relieving congestion in swollen tissues and allowing the sinuses to drain.

    Because Ephedra acts as a stimulant, long-term use can tax the adrenals. Also, Ephedra has strong central nervous system effects, and its actions are almost identical to amphetamine, only at one-fifth the potency. Do not use Ephedra if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid or heart disorders, are pregnant, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) 1- a type of antidepressant.

    EPHEDRA (MA HUANG) FOR NASAL & CHEST CONGESTION

  • Ephedra (Ma Huang) is good for relieving nasal and chest congestion. Caution: Do not use this herb if you suffer from anxiety, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or insomnia, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug for depression.

  • If you have no history of heart disease or high blood pressure, you may drink up to 3 cups of Ephedra tea (or capsules) daily during an attack. Do not use Ephedra extensively if you have high blood pressure, or if it makes you feel nauseous. In an emergency attack, a small amount of Ephedra can be used. Ephedra is the basis for the drug ephedrine, commonly used in pharmaceutical allergy and asthma medications. It was used in folk remedies for 5,000 years before it was "discovered" by pharmaceutical companies in 1923.


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  • GOLDENSEAL ROOT ABSORPTION AID

  • Goldenseal Root aids absorption of nutrients. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.


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  • BURDOCK ROOT FOR SKIN DISORDERS, ITCHING & IRRITATIONS

    Burdock Root is used as a food and medicine in cultures all over the world. It is traditionally used for skin disorders associated with adolescence. Burdock combines well with Red Clover, Yellow Dock, and Dandelion. Uses: Acne; Athlete's Foot; Blood; Bursitis; Calcium Deposits; Disinfectant; Eczema; Gangrene; Gout; Itching; Osteoporosis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Psoriasis; Rheumatism; Skin Disorders; Skin Irritations; & Swelling. Burdock comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. A standard dose of Burdock is 1 to 2 grams of powdered dry root 3 times per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.


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  • DANDELION FOR APPETITE & SKIN PROBLEMS

    Dandelion leaves are commonly recommended as a food supplement for pregnant and post-menopausal women because of the numerous nutrients they contain. This plant produces a mild diuretic effect and reduces serum cholesterol levels. Dandelion root is used to improve appetite, minor digestive problems, and works as a milk laxative. Some modern naturopathic physicians believe that it can help detoxify the liver and gallbladder. Clinical trials have shown Dandelion to be effective in treating pneumonia, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. It also helps with kidney function, pancreas, spleen, stomach, tinnitus, tonsillitis, osteoporosis, abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, and cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism and warts. Dandelion may aid in prevention of age spots and works well in treating warts, fungus infections, and external and internal malignant growths. It is also used for treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and arthritis conditions. This plant is used for ulcerations of the urinary passages, obstructions of the liver, gallbladder, and spleen. The roasted Dandelion root can even be used as a coffee substitute. The German Commission E suggests the Dandelion Leaf for loss of appetite and dyspepsia, such as feeling of fullness and flatulence. This info was published in August of 92. Dandelion comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For use as a tonic, take 3 to 5 grams of the dried root or 5 to 10 ml of a tincture from the root, 3 times a day. For use as a diuretic or appetite stimulant take 4 to 10 grams of the dried Dandelion leaves in 1 cup boiling water and drink 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.


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  • ECHINACEA FOR IMMUNE SYSTEM & SKIN INFLAMMATION

    Three species of the Echinacea herb are useful in medicine: Echinacea augustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea pallida. Research has shown that Echinacea increases production of interferon in the body, which helps increase antiviral activity against influenza (flu) and herpes, an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection. This herb is thought to be an immune stimulant. Taking this herb at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms can actually shorten the term of a cold or even abort it when caught early enough. Echinacea is usually taken at the onset of a cold or flu and continued for 7 to 14 days. When using a powdered extract, take 300 mg 3 times a day. The standard dosage of an alcohol tincture (1:5) is 3 to 4 ml three times daily. For Echinacea juice, take 2 to 3 ml three times a day, and the whole root, 1 to 2 grams, three times a day. Echinacea comes in many forms: Capsules, Tablets, Powder and Tincture, the best result is to follow the instructions on the package.


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  • BENEFICIAL HERBS FOR ALLERGIES

  • Other herbs that can be beneficial for allergies include Burdock, Dandelion, and Echinacea.


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  • YERBA MATE FOR ALLERGY RELIEF

  • For relief of allergic symptoms, take 2 to 3 teaspoons of Yerba Mate in 16 ounces of hot water on an empty stomach.


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  • EUCALYPTUS OIL FOR ANTI-MICROBIAL & LUNG-THROAT PROBLEMS

    Distilled Eucalyptus has been used externally and internally for ailments from fever, whooping cough, bronchial and throat infections, discharges, wounds and ulcers. The oil has been known to be effective against flu, staph and strep. Germany's Commission E recommends using a spray of Eucalyptus to soothe a sore throat. It has also been used as a room disinfectant. Eucalyptus Oil is even given to horses with influenza, dogs with distemper, and to all animals with septicaemia. If using the essential oil in tea, use no more than a drop and only use Eucalyptus globulus. For other uses, read product label directions. Eucalyptus Oil is generally regarded as safe when taken in the ecommended doses; however, it is best to consult with a health care provider for use of Eucalyptus essential oil internally. If you are pregnant, nursing, epileptic, have liver or kidney damage, or have cancer, do not use this or any essential oil without the guidance of a qualified health care provider. Not recommended for use by young children.



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  • ESSENTIAL OIL HOUSE REFRESHENER SPRAY

  • Spray the house after cleaning with a mixture of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Juniper Berry Oil, and Water.


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  • ALLERGY SEASON DIETARY SUGGESTIONS

  • During periods of attack, munch on Parsley and Celery sticks. Eat Brown Rice, Bananas, Almonds, peas, Kidney Beans & Lima Beans, and Tofu. Cook with Garlic and Onions. Sprinkle your salads with Sage. Add Molasses and Honey as sweeteners to whatever you can. Take Spirulina supplements. Eat Bananas.


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  • BLUE VERVAIN FOR CONGESTION

    Blue Vervain is used to treat jaundice, asthma, congestion, bronchitis, colds, fever, and flu. As an expectorant it helps loosen the expel phlegm from the throat and chest. Blue Vervain also acts as a sudorific, or agent that promotes sweating and thereby cools the body and reduces fevers. It clears congestion when there is wheezing. Blue Vervain is a mild laxative and has the overall effect of inducing relaxation. This herb has also been used as an analgesic to relieve earache, afterbirth pain, headache, intestinal cramps, and it promotes digestion. The standard dosage when taking a Blue Vervain tincture is 1/2 teaspoonful diluted in a glass of water, 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Blue Vervain is bitter, and while it stimulates digestion, it can cause vomiting when taken in high doses. Taken in the recommended doses, Blue Vervain is regarded as safe; however, safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.


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  • CHINESE LICORICE FOR ANTIBACTERIALRELIEF

    Chinese Licorice mainly comes from Glycyrrhiza uralensis. It is found in dry grassy plains, and sunny mountainsides from much of northern China, especially the Asian steppes to the west. Most of the supply comes from northwest China. Chinese licorice have been well studied. Up to 24 percent of the root weight is glycyrrhizin, the plant's major active component. Glycyrrhizin (also known as glycyrrhizic acid) is an extremely sweet glycoside, which foams in water. Glycyrrhizin has also shown estrogenic activity in laboratory animals, and is experimentally anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and antibacterial. In China, licorice root is used as an antacid.


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  • ALLERGY COUGH RELIEF

  • To stop allergic coughing symptoms, take 2 capsules or teacups of Mullein and Yerba Santa every 4 hours, along with 2 to 4 cups of Kava Kava and Blue Vervain per day. You may add the Yerba Santa, Mullein, Kava Kava and Vervain to any other tea formula you are using for the day. (Whenever you are drinking a lot of different herbs in a tea, add a full teaspoon of each herb, making the tea stronger, rather than mixing the herbs together and using only one teaspoon per cup. Drink two to three cups of the strong tea.) If the coughing is extreme and uncontrollable, add 1 teaspoon Lobelia, 1 teaspoon Ephedra, and 1 teaspoon Valerian to a tea bag. Steep 10 minutes. Sip slowly. Plan to take a nap afterwards. Do not do this any more than once a day for 3 or 4 days. Chew on Chinese Licorice sticks between doses. Keep away from stressful situations. Rest until the episode is over. Be sure the allergen is not near you.


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  • VIOLET LEAF FOR RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

    Violet, the whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma. Externally, it is typically used to treat mouth and throat infections. The plant can either be used fresh, or dried, and some reports suggest the dried material is much stronger in regards to its laxative qualities. The flowers are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of biliousness and lung troubles. The petals are made into a syrup and used in the treatment of infantile disorders. Taking excessive amounts may cause nausea and vomiting.


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  • ALLERGIC SNEEZING & SNIFFLE RELIEF

  • To stop allergic sneezing and sniffling, take 3 capsules of Garlic and Cayenne (Capsicum) powder with 4 capsules of Ginkgo Biloba, 3 times a day. Sip a tea of Yerba Santa whenever possible.


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  • ALLERGIC HIVES & SWELLING RELIEF

  • To relieve allergic hives and swelling, drink 3 cups of herbal tea made with:

  • Add all herbal ingredients. You may use the same herbs to brew all 3 cups of tea.
  • Take a hot bath with 1 pound of Baking Soda or Epsom Salts added to the water.
  • You may want to induce vomiting using 3 cups of Lobelia tea. After vomiting, drink a cup of Peppermint tea.
  • Clear the toxins out of the blood with an enema every morning and a three-day fast of just water and fruit juices.
  • Apply moistened Baking Soda or Epsom Salts to the itching areas.


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  • BREATHING PROBLEM RELIEF

  • To relieve breathing problems: Mix together;
    Put this into pill capsules or brew into a tea. If the sufferer is a child, make a syrup out of it by cooking 1 cup tea with 1 cup Honey until the liquid boils down into a syrup. Cool and bottle the syrup and use it by teaspoonfuls. Use a dark-colored, sterilized bottle with a cork in it. Refrigerate or keep in a dark, cool place until needed. St. John's Wort can be added to reduce stress and mellow the temperament. Do not make a habit out of taking this. A week is enough. Take a rest of 3 weeks before you take it again. Do not take St. John's Wort, or any prescription drugs that are MAO inhibitors at the same time.



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  • Honey Supplement Products
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  • DISINFECTING SPRAY

  • To disinfect the sick room or whole house where an allergic person lives: In addition to air filters on your heating system and cleaning of air conditioning ducts annually, fill a spray bottle with water and add Juniper Berry Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. Clean the room thoroughly first, then spray like an aerosol wherever the affected person will be. This will help to keep allergens settled and out of the nasal passages. Dust is often a trigger for allergic reactions.


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  • MOUTHWASH FOR HAYFEVER SEASON

  • To make a mouthwash for gargling: Put 1 heaping tablespoon of Salt in 1 pint warm water. Add a dropperful of Goldenseal and Milk Thistle tincture. Use as a gargle during hay fever season. Do not use all year long.


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  • IT'S HAYFEVER SEASON AGAIN!
    By Sue Frederick

    It's spring again. The birds sing familiar melodies, and you sing your familiar refrain: achoo! achoo! If hayfever is clouding your springtime revelry, herbs might help.

    Which city is the hayfever capital of the U.S.?  New York.


    To get a daily pollen forecast for your area, log on to The Weather Channel at www.weather.com/weather/maps/

    Many people barely enjoy a lovely spring day. Their immune system goes overboard responding to airborne pollens. Indeed, itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; sneezing; and inflamed sinuses make being outside a miserable experience for hayfever sufferers. And there are many of them: Hayfever affects 20 percent of Americans, making it the sixth most common chronic illness in the United States.

    Known medically as allergic rhinitis, hayfever is an allergy that occurs when our immune system attacks invading airborne plant proteins and binds them to an antibody produced in the body called IgE (immunoglobulin E). The IgE-antigen complex then binds to white blood cells called mast cells. This binding causes the release of histamine, a chemical produced in the body, which results in familiar hayfever symptoms.

    Any substance that causes an allergy such as hayfever is called an allergen. Ragweed pollen accounts for about 75 percent of hayfever in the United States. If hayfever develops in the spring, it's usually due to tree pollen. If it develops in the summer, grass and weed pollen are probably to blame. Many people also develop hayfever in response to mold or fungus spores, which commonly occur any time from mid-March to November.

    The first approach to treating hayfever is to reduce the airborne allergens you are exposed to, either by staying indoors or moving to another location. If these alternatives are not possible, the next step is developing healthy habits such as eating a diet of whole grains and fresh vegetables, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, and reducing stress. In addition, a good air filter in your home or office space will help lower pollen levels. All these steps can help reduce your IgE levels, according to Michael Murray, N.D., author of Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs (William Morrow & Co.). When you have done what you can to prevent hayfever episodes, but you are still suffering, herbs such as Ephedra, Eyebright and Nettles can help relieve symptoms. Consult with a health care practitioner before using herbs to treat your symptoms. For more information and recommendation regarding hay fever allergies, see:

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hay Fever


    HAY FEVER HERBAL BLEND

  • To make "hay fever" pills, mix:
    Put herbal blend into capsules. Take 2 capsules of "hay fever" pills plus 2 capsules of Garlic and Cayenne (Capsicum) twice a day with plain, nonfat and non-sugared Yogurt. Sweeten the Yogurt with Blackstrap Molasses and Banana slices. Often dairy products are an allergen, but Yogurt is an exception. If Yogurt is an allergen for you, substitute cold Brown Ricesweetened with Molasses and Banana slices.



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  • Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) helps decrease inflammation and soothes burning or tired eyes associated with hayfever.


    EYE-SOOTHING EYEBRIGHT

    Eyebright Euphrasia officinalis was used by ancient Greeks to treat eye infections. The name euphrasia is derived from the Greek euphrosyne, which means "gladness". It is believed the name was given to the plant because eyebright induced happiness by facilitating sight. Today, the United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to protecting endangered medicinal plants, has placed eyebright on its "to watch" list as the plant's numbers in the wild are dwindling.

    Eyebright contains tannins, iridoid glycosides, the flavonoids quercetin and rutin, vitamin C, essential fatty acids, the glycoside aucuboside, caffeic and ferulic acids, sterols, choline, some basic compounds, and a volatile oil.

    There has been no significant scientific research into the merits of Eyebright. None of its chemical components has been associated with a significant therapeutic effect, and there are no known controlled human studies to evaluate its effectiveness in treating eye irritations. Yet, Eyebright remains in high esteem among Western herbalists because it seems to soothe burning or tired eyes, often a result of hayfever. Eyebright has cooling and detoxifying properties that make it useful for inflammations, especially of the eyes and sinuses, notes Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., author of The Way of Herbs (Pocket Books).

    According to herbalist Ed Smith of Williams, Oregon, states that Eyebright contains flavonoids (plant pigments) that specifically affect mucous membranes in the eyes and nasal passages. "The flavonoids in Eyebright are anti-inflammatory and stabilize mast cells." "These cells are present in the tissues lining the nasal passages and are responsible for reactions to allergens. When you breathe in pollen, your body responds with inflammation, burning eyes and runny nose. Inflammation increases your sensitivity to pollen, which then intensifies the inflammation. Eyebright can help break this allergy cycle," Smith explains.

    Folk medicine has long advised use of Eyebright compresses applied to irritated eyes. However, the German Commission E monographs, a compendium of German regulations on herbal use in that country, advises against using compresses because their use may not be helpful, and the dried herb from which the tea is made may contain contaminants. In addition, German studies suggest that drops of eyebright tincture placed directly in the eye may cause significant side effects that include tearing, itching, redness and swelling of the eyelids.



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  • Nettles (Urtica dioica) helps treat nasal and respiratory problems, including coughs, runny nose and chest congestion.


    STOP A RUNNY NOSE WITH NETTLES

    Brushing up against an adult Stinging Nettle plant will probably make a lasting impression on you. The needle-like hairs of Nettles will sting your skin like a swarm of fire ants. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for needle, the Nettles (Urtica dioica) has been regarded as a powerful medicinal herb for centuries.

    Today, Nettles is recognized for being high in vitamin C and trace minerals and as a rich source of chlorophyll. Constituents include histamine, formic acid, chlorophyll, glucoquinine and iron. In one clinical study, researchers noted that freeze-dried stinging nettles relieved allergy symptoms in more than half of the participating patients. Indeed, 58 percent of the participants taking study doses of freeze-dried nettles for one week experienced reduced symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (Planta Medica, 1990, vol. 56).

    Do not be surprised that Nettles does, in fact, help relieve allergy symptoms, says James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy (Rodale). For centuries, cultures around the world have used this herb to treat nasal and respiratory troubles, including coughs, runny nose and chest congestion. Stinging nettle's diuretic activity has been the subject of a number of German studies. In 1989, German researchers reported that nettles root showed anti-inflammatory effects in animal trials and that it stimulated human lymphocytes in vitro (in a test tube) (Planta Medica, 1989, vol. 55).

    Toxic effects such as gastric irritation, burning skin sensation, edema and urine suppression from drinking Nettles tea have been recorded. Nettles also stimulates uterine contractions in animal studies, therefore pregnant women should not take this herb internally without consulting with their midwife.



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  • freshly squeezed orange juice


    SNEEZE EASERS

    To reduce hayfever attacks, naturopathic physicians recommend:

  • Large doses of Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine, during hayfever season. Vitamin C is considered to be a natural antihistamine because it inhibits the release of histamine by mast cells. Good sources of Vitamin C include red bell peppers, kale, kiwi fruit, orange or grapefruit juice, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, papaya and strawberries.

  • A Multi-Vitamin & Multimineral Complex supplement to enhance immunity.

  • Quercetin, a bioflavonoid shown to relieve or prevent hayfever.

  • Drinking an 8-ounce glass of Water followed by a pinch of Salt on the tongue every 15 to 30 minutes until symptoms subside.

  • Reducing consumption of mucus-producing dairy products.


  • Adding a few drops of a congestion-clearing essential oil such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Sage, Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils to 2 cups of boiling water and inhaling.

  • A week-long Cleansing Fast, taking in only water, fruit and vegetable juices and no solid food (as hayfever can be linked to food sensitivity).

  • fresh oranges



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  • ACUTE ASTHMA ATTACK REMEDY

  • To stop an acute asthma attack if medical assistance is not available: Quickly drink 3 cups of Black Coffee. Surprisingly, coffee is a specific medication for asthma.


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  • CAYENNE (Capsicum) FOR SORE THROATS & PAIN

    Cayenne Pepper contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, limonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster. Capsaicin can also stimulate and then desensitize the warmth detectors in the hypothalamus gland so that a drop in body temperature is evident. This enables natives in hot southern climates like Central and South America and Africa, to tolerate the heat a lot better than we would. Cayenne Pepper has been known for its ability to aid in digestion, improve circulation, and reduce or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. Taken internally it stimulates circulation and induces sweating to breed a fever. Some native people of Thailand believe that eating Cayenne Pepper everyday helps reduce blood cots. Herbalists recommend it to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. There is scientific evidence that suggests adding Cayenne Pepper to meals boosts vitamin C levels and revs up the metabolism. This pepper is also used with Lobelia to help soothe nerves. It is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. In naturopathic medicine, Cayenne Pepper is combined with Lemon juice, and salt to relieve even the worst sore throat pain for up to 4 hours. It also fights viral infection.

    When applied topically in a lotion or salve Cayenne Pepper works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Capsaicin for pain caused by shingles, an adult disease that is caused by the virus that causes chicken pox in children. Such over-the-counter (OTC) creams as Zostrix or Heet contain capsaicin and are applied externally to treat rheumatic and arthritic pains, cluster headaches, diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, and post-herpetic nerve pain. These creams usually contain 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin. In 2002 there was some research done that helped to determine Capsaicin's pain relieving effects. Creams that contain the compound lowered pain in arthritis sufferers' hands by 40 percent when used four times a day. A study done for pain from long-term shingles found that 77 percent of the people had reduced pain after using the cream for four months. The study also said that Capsaicin containing ream is less expensive and safer than other painkillers used for the same conditions. Cayenne Pepper comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For taking capsules, the recommended daily dose is 1 capsule 2 to 3 times a day. Adults and children two and above can safely use it topically 3 to 4 times a day.

    For treating a sore throat, combine the juice of one-half Lemon or Lime with one full tablespoon of salt. Stir both into one-half cup of lukewarm distilled water. Stir in one-quarter teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper. Gargle as needed, but do not swallow.


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  • COLTSFOOT FOR COUGHS & LUNG COMPLAINTS

    Coltsfoot is one of the most widely used herbs for the treatment of coughs and other lung complaints, and is the basis for many of the herbal cough preparations sold in Europe. The chemical constituents have expectorant, anti-tussive, anti-spasmodic, demulcent, anti-catarrhal and diuretic properties, making Coltsfoot extremely helpful in the case of racking coughs such as those that accompany chest colds, asthma and emphysema. However, the USDA classifies Coltsfoot as an herb of "unknown safety", and the presence of minute amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which have been found to cause liver toxicity and cancer, has led to its banning in West Germany. The amount of these alkaloids is extremely small, though, and the beneficial effects are generally believed to outweigh the miniscule risk. Coltsfoot should not be used by pregnant women, as it may be an abortifacient, and the alkaloids seem to have a particularly harmful effect on the liver of the developing infant. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids present in the plant are potentially toxic in large doses, but have not proven toxic in the doses usually used to treat coughs. Still, it is recommended that coltsfoot tea or syrup not be used for more than 4 to 6 weeks at a time.



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  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments

    Very Important
    Anti-Allergy Formula
    As directed on label. A combination of quercetin, calcium pantothenate, and calcium ascorbate (vitamin C).

  • Allergy Relief Supplement Products
  • Bee Pollen
    Start with a few granules at a time and work up to 2 teaspoons daily. Strengthens the immune system. Use raw crude pollen, preferably produced within 10 miles of your home. Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other allergic symptoms occurs.

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  • Calcium
    1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Needed to help reduce stress. Use calcium chelate form.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium.

  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP-6)
    As directed on label. Supports the immune system. Lecithin is a good source of inositol.

  • Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP-6)
  • Inositol Supplement Products
  • Lecithin Supplement Products
  • Kyolic Garlic Formula 102
    50 mg 3 times daily. Powerful immune enhancer with digestive enzymes. For improved digestion.

  • Kyolic Garlic With Enzymes (Formula 102) Supplement Products
  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • Liquid Kyolic
    With Vitamin B-1 & Vitamin B-12
    As directed on label. An excellent cell protector.

  • Liquid Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-1 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
    As directed on label. Has anti-allergic properties equal to or better than those of antihistamines.

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  • Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances.

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  • Raw Adrenal
    And
    Raw Spleen
    And
    Raw Thymus Glandulars
    500 mg each twice daily. To stimulate proper immune function.

    ADRENAL GLANDULAR: The adrenals are small, lima-bean shaped glands vital to the production of hormones that assist in alleviating stress and allergic reactions, improving muscle tone, regulating blood-sugar and endurance. Adrenal glandular supports the entire adrenal gland, both medulla and cortex portions. The adrenal cortex (bark) is the outer portion of the adrenal gland and is involved in the secretion of a variety of adrenal hormones, mainly cortisol and including dihydrocorisone and aldosterone. The cortical hormones are significant in basic defenses of the body against various infections, poisons, and other invasions or threats. They are also concerned with the regulation of the supply of salt and water and the maintenance of correct blood pressure. The medulla is the inner portion of the adrenal gland and is involved in the synthesis and secretion of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine.

    SPLEEN GLANDULAR: The spleen is a large, ductless, gland-like organ which lies in the upper part of the abdomen. It has a blood-cleansing function, and a key participant in the formation of red blood cells.

    THYMUS GLANDULAR: The thymus gland plays a vital role in the immune system by producing antibodies. It is located in the chest near the heart.

    MULTIPLE GLANDULAR: A mixture of glandulars, including adrenal, pancreas, thymus and spleen tissue. This natural glandular material is derived from government-inspected, range-fed animals, raised in New Zealand and Australia, whose animal husbandry regulations are among the strictest in the world. The material is lyophilized, which means it is immediately frozen, then subjected to a high vacuum that vaporizes moisture directly from the solid state.

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  • Vitamin B-Complex
    100 mg daily. Needed for proper digestion and nerve function. Use a high-stress formula. Consider injections.

    B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures. They also function as lipotropics which converts fats to other useful products.

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  • Plus
    Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5)
    And
    Vitamin B-12
    100 mg 3 times daily.

    300 mcg 3 times daily.
    Needed for proper assimilation of nutrients. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.

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  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids
    500 mg daily. Stimulates kidney function.

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  • Beta Carotene & Natural Carotenoid Complex (Betatene)
    As directed on label. Free radical scavengers that stimulates immune response.

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  • Multi-Enzyme Complex
    Or
    Pancreatin
    As directed on label. Take with meals. For improved digestion. Caution: If you have a history of ulcers, do not use a formula containing HCl.

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  • Infla-Zyme Forte
    As directed on label. Take between meals or an empty stomach. To aid digestion and destroy free radicals. Caution: Do not give these supplements to a child.

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  • Plus
    Bromelain
    100 mg twice daily. Digestive enzyme found in fresh pineapple. Enhances absorption of quercetin.

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  • Papaya Enzyme
    As directed on label. To relieve symptoms. Use chewable tablets form.

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  • Quercetin
    Quercetin-C
    Activated Quercetin
    500 mg twice daily. As directed on label. Increases immunity and decreases reactions to certain foods, pollens, and other allergens. Contains quercetin plus Bromelain and Vitamin C.

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  • Acidophilus
    As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach for easier access into the small intestine. Helps to maintain healthy intestinal flora. Use a non-dairy formula.

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  • Dimethyl-Glycine (DMG)
    As directed on label. Good for breathing difficulties. Enhances oxygen transport, increases interferon production, and has antiviral and anticancer properties. Use sublingual form if available.

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  • Aller Bee-Gone
    From CC Pollen
    As directed on label. A combination of herbs, enzymes, and nutrients designed to fight acute allergy attacks.

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  • Allergy Relief Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10
    100 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation and immune function.

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  • Germanium
    60 mg daily. Stimulates the immune system.

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  • Glucosamine Sulfate
    Or
    N-Acetyl-Glucosamine
    (NAG)
    As directed on label. Important for regulating the mucous secretions of respiratory system.

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  • Free-Form Amino Acid Complex
    As directed on label. Supplies protein in a form that is rapidly absorbed and assimilated. Use a sublingual form.

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  • L-Cysteine
    And
    L-Tyrosine
    500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Promotes healing from respiratory disorders. Helpful for stress and allergic disorders.

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  • Tyrosine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
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  • Manganese
    4 mg daily for 3 months. Take separately from calcium. An important component in many of the body's enzyme systems. Use manganese chelate form.

    Manganese, also called the "brain mineral," is important in the utilization of all mental facilities and functions. A cofactor in key enzymes of glucose metabolism. Deficiency is common in people with diabetes and is needed for repair of the pancreas.

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  • Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral Complex
    As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance. Use a hypoallergenic formula.

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  • Multi-Mineral Complex Supplement Products
  • Potassium
    99 mg daily. Necessary for adrenal gland function. Use potassium protinate or potassium chelate form.

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  • Vitamin A
    10,000 IU daily. Necessary for proper immune function.

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  • Vitamin D
    600 IU daily. Essential in calcium metabolism. Vitamin D helps the body to regulate the transport of calcium from the digestive system through the bloodstream to bone. It also assists in the retention of calcium and phosphorus.

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  • Vitamin E
    600 IU daily. Necessary for proper immune function.

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  • Zinc
    50 mg daily. Necessary for proper immune function. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.

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  • RELATED ALLERGY LINKS

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hay Fever
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Sulfite Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: The Rotation Diet For Allergies
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Gluten Restricted Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Allergy Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Allergies Links





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    AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Allspice Leaf Oil
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    Aromatherapy
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    Using Essential Oils


    AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Almond, Sweet Oil
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    Black Cumin Oil
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    Vitamin E Oil
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    HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index
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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction
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  • NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients
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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods
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