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Ahh-llergy Season.  Good news for allergy sufferers.  The FDA has approved a drug, Oralair, the first sublingual immunotherapy.  This drug has met with success in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
 
Oralair is used specifically for five grass allergens:  sweet vernal, orchard, perennial rye, Timothy and Kentucky.

It's taken once a day, 4 months prior to allergy season, then throughout the season.  During clinical studies, patients "experienced a 16%-30% reduction in symptoms and the need to take additional medications".

Adverse effects in children and adults involve the mouth and throat.  It is advised that patients receive the first treatment in the Dr's office to be observed carefully for adverse reactions.  


Chronic Pain and Foods that Fight Them
Cherries target arthritis and muscle pain.  Taken 45 daily, due to anthocyanins, a compound and powerful antioxidant.  They block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes just like aspirin, naproxen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory es, according to Natural Products Chemist Muraleedharan Nairobi, PhD as quoted in Prevention magazine September, 2012.

Ginger targets migraines, arthritis, sore muscles.  1/4 tspn daily in soup, juice, water, tea, as lemonade with honey and lemons.

Cranberry Juice, 1 cup daily, for ulcers. It blocks H. Pylori from adhering to the stomach lining.  

Salmon, Herring, Sardines for achy back, neck, joints.  Taken two-three 3 oz servings weekly.  It's all about the Omega 3s.

Turmeric, 1 T daily, for achy joints and colitis.  While protecting the body from tissue destruction and joint inflammation, it also preserves good nerve cell function.  When cooking with turmeric, always use black pepper, to release the curcumin from the spice.  Be sure the label on the turmeric bottle states "at least 95% curcumin"

Yogurt for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 8 - 16 oz. daily.  Be sure the brand you buy states "live and active cultures" to include the probiotics.  Vegetarians can get their probiotics from soy yogurt.

Coffee, 8 oz, for headaches.  It narrows the dilated blood vessels that develop with headaches.  This will work if you are not a habitual coffee drinker (more than three cups/day).