Allergy relief

How Safe Are Over-the-Counter Decongestants?

With the raging allergies we get in L.A., many people turn to decongestants to help them breathe better. These drugs will often cause drowsiness during the day, but that can seem like a desirable side effect at night. And many doctors will recommend the same decongestants for mild cases of insomnia.

The most common ingredient is Diphenhydramine, commonly known as Benadryl.  This is probably one of the standbys in many medicine cabinets, for any kind of congestion or allergic response, including sleep issues.

But is it safe? Past studies have raised concern, and described mild cognitive impairment and delirium as side effects. But a new study from the University of Washington determined that people who chronically take Benadryl-containing medications have an increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Over seven years, 23% of the subjects developed Alzheimer’s, although none had it at the beginning of the study. The risk was 77% higher in the subjects who took Benadryl-type medications, known as anticholinergic drugs. The findings were part of the ACT or Adult Changes in Thought study, which looked at cognitive changes over the long-term.

This is a lesson that ALL medications have back doors, and may produce side effect with serious long-term consequences. We don’t always know all the risks for years after the drug has been on the market. Your safest policy is to always seek the natural treatments that support and safeguard your health, relieving symptoms because there is genuine improvement, and not a masking effect.

There are safer alternatives that do not put you at risk for Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Many of our patients have gotten relief taking Allerplex for decongestant purposes. It also seems to help other types of inflammation that lead to insomnia. 

Many people do not realize that their sleep problems are stemming from congestion. It is not always obvious that sinuses are blocked, if the condition is chronic and has built up over time. Taking Allerplex, Sinu Pro sinus probiotic, or Albizia herbal supplement, can relieve congestion and make for a more restful night.

Let us help you minimize your risks and maximize your health with the right natural medicine. Email me if you have questions or call the office to order. 818-562-1400.

The safest sleep is the most restful sleep, in the long run.





Stop a Runny Nose!


It is not just colds and flu that can make a nose run. Cold weather, sugary/fatty foods, congested liver/gall bladders, or allergies can also cause you to reach for a tissue. Just when you want to look your best for the Holidays, and not compete for the Rudolph contest, a runny nose can spoil your fun. Fight back with these healthy strategies.

Here are some tips to dry up quickly.

1)   Massage the points on the sides of your nose where the curve of your nostrils meets your cheek. Tap under your eyes, in the hollow, and down towards your cheeks and sides of the nose. Alternate these points, massage and then tapping.

2)   Find the point halfway between the bottom of your ribs on the right side, and your belly button. Massage the area firmly to release the gall bladder.

3)   Take “Cold Calm” from Boiron Homeopathics. This safe, natural medicine can stop a runny nose for a few hours, and can be used for children.

4)   Take Zypan and Multizyme for digestive aids. Sip some apple cider vinegardiluted in water. Sufficient stomach acid helps the liver/gall bladder work better. And extra digestive help may help you to sleep after feasting.

5)   Get plenty of sleep. If you feel stressed, or traveling, take extra adrenal support. Fatigued adrenal glands can produce symptoms that mimic a cold or allergy. If you suffer from any type of allergies, your adrenal glands are weak and need support!

6)   Lay off sugar. Sugar stresses the body in every way, from depleting minerals to lowering stomach acid, to weakening the immune system. Use Stevia and Xylitol for sweet treats that don’t compromise your health.

7)   Don’t overdo coffee, which also stresses your adrenals and dehydrates your body. Try Teecino herbal coffee, sip herbal tea, and drink extra water. Not a water fan? Try a naturally sparkling water like Pellegrino and flavor it with cucumber or fruit slices or flavored liquid Stevia.

8)   Come in for some soft tissue work on your liver. The sinuses are very affected by the ability of the liver and kidneys to detoxify. There are acupuncture reflexes and acupressure points that can offer relief, and even help a real cold or flu to move through quickly.

9)   Consider food intolerance testing if the runny nose is chronic. Keep a food journal, but know that it may take 48 hours before a food issue shows up in your nose.

10)   Avoid toxic people. Today someone asked me if I thought her body was allergic to the guy she is seeing. When she described his behavior to me I told her that it is probably not her body that is allergic, but SHE may be allergic to how he treats her!

Once you find out how well natural medicine can work for you, a runny nose won’t slow you down. It is just a symptom of a need to move something through your body more quickly.

May all the running in your life involve kids, dogs, and running around with people you love, and not your nose. And keep in mind that these tips work on people of all ages.



Food Allergies-Hiding in Plain Sight?


How do you know if you have a Food allergy? The classic symptoms of hives, or your throat closing, up are pretty rare. But food sensitivities and intolerances may be making your life miserable and ruining your health, even when you are trying to eat healthy.

Symptoms of food sensitivities and intolerances include difficulty losing weight, brain fog, bloating and digestive issues, depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings, skin rashes, acne and dark circles under eyes, frequent colds and congestion, rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. See what Dr. Oz has to say

Traditional food allergy testing often suggested a laundry list of 25-30 food issues, or none at all, and did not seem like a workable solution. The new lab test we are using reveals only 2-4 true long-term foods to avoid. As I wrote in my last blog, I found out that I have a sensitivity to egg yolk, something I never suspected. I was eating eggs all the time, while eliminating dairy and wheat. I am not planning to add wheat back into my diet, since these days most wheat is compromised and I do well on a low-carb diet. But at least I know that I am not allergic to it.

Since eliminating egg yolk I do see a difference. It seemed to be causing some inflammation and digestive issues that were subtle but there. Despite appearances I gained weight pretty easily, and that seems to be shifting, too.

Wouldn’t you like to know, once and for all, what foods might be causing some of your symptoms?  Call now and book a free 15 minute consultation to come in and talk about the new lab test. The test takes only a minute to complete and we send the lab work to Europe for the most advanced food sensitivity testing available.

This test could change your life and your health. 818-562-1400.

No More Congestion! Natural Help for Allergies

Don’t you love the baby green leaves and lovely Spring blossoms this time of year? It may be a feast for the eyes, but for sensitive noses, Spring is no picnic.  According to Web MD, one fifth of all Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. The cost of allergies to the health care system and business is  $7.9 billion dollars.

When you are congested, have a runny nose, itchy eyes and are too miserable to concentrate, you want relief. So, allergy medications are well advertised, and well purchased. But they don’t produce wellness and, and may actually make allergies worse in the long run because they don’t address the root cause.

Recently I have been able to help many patients handle their allergies by using a combination of Allerplex and some herbal medicines such as Albizia or Euphrasia.  And there are homeopathic medicines like Sinusalia and Cold Calm, which help with symptomatic relief as needed. Many people are able to kick their allergy medications altogether. These supplements help to remove the over-load in the sinuses and reduce inflammation. Allergies are like adding gasoline to a fire. A system that is already inflamed just reacts harder when a new irritant is added.

If you are having trouble sleeping, consider that you may have allergies. I have recently found that many people are sleeping better taking Allerplex, even if they do not have the symptoms of full-blown allergies. If you do get congested at night, or have post-nasal drip, Allerplex can help.

To really get to the core of allergies, it is often necessary to address the digestive system. The immune system is usually over-burdened when there are allergies, and that may occur when food or toxins are not broken down completely in the digestive tract. Then particles slip into the blood stream through the gut wall, and that causes havoc. The inside of our gut is actually supposed to be a pipeline to allow nutrients into the system and only very selective nutrients should pass the protective gateway of the gut lining. But the system is compromised by over-use of vaccination, antibiotics, chemicals and processed foods. You may have heard of this condition, named “leaky gut”.

The gut can be repaired, by improving diet, detoxification and limiting exposure to toxins and irritants.  There are simple steps that can be taken, like adding in good quality fish oil and taking digestive enzymes with every meal. Probiotics may help. Often it is fungus, not bacteria, which is causing sinus congestion and inflammation. So, taking antibiotics may make the problem worse in the long run.

Limiting dairy, wheat, and/or sugar is another step. One of the best things you can do for your allergies is a cleanse, like our Purification and Detox program. Spring is a perfect time to cleanse, and programs take from two weeks to a month. Not only will you breathe better, you will sleep better, have more energy and lose weight, all while eating plenty of whole foods.

Drugging your allergies is a short-term solution and all drugs are chemical toxins with long-term consequences. Your immune system cannot get stronger until you give it support with natural medicine. You don’t have to suffer, and you can have a sneeze-free, drug-free, uncongested life!