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Posted by Karen on April 02, 2000 at 09:39:45:

In Reply to: Re: Not sure what i'm allergic too, but its bad posted by Heather on March 06, 2000 at 22:59:59:

I've struggled with allergies for all of my adult life. I've gone through allergy testing and shots, avoiding foods, and more. One thing to remember is that if you are prone to allergies, you will have to be very cautious, because you can develop new allergies to new substances over time. I'd do lots of research about the subject. I recently became frustrated and went to my doctor to get a referral to an allergist. She would not give it to me and insisted that I take the five prescriptions she gave me. I just don't think that will help me in the long run. So, it is my mission to figure out the best treatments for me. One thing is to find a doctor who incorporates alternative/naturopathic methods. Another is to find the right vitamin/herbal combination for your particular symptoms.
The one thing that has helped me is a powdered, buffered vitamin C. It immediately relieves my congestion. I've even used it during asthma attacks and have gotten relief. This is not an ad for any one product, but the two brands that I have had the best results with are by Nutricology-Allergy Research Group in CA; and Sisu's Brand, Sisu is from Canada, but there are a few places to get it in the states. There's a third product called EmergenC. I like this one because it comes in individual packets, and is very convenient for traveling, etc. But it is flavored and contains aspartic acid, which is one of the ingredients in MSG. I'm not sure if aspartic acid is really bad by itself, but if anyone knows I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to email me about the vitamin C--I swear by it (and, again, I do not sell it). It helps a lot, but unfortunately it is not a cure for allergies.

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