The following article is an updated version of a newsletter we originally sent in the summer of 2007.
Hayfever sufferers: Flood Your Body With Oxygen!
“This morning when I woke up my hay fever was so bad that I could hardly breathe as I was so blocked up. So I put one drop of into the cap of the top of my mineral water bottle (i.e. into a few ml’s of water). I turned my head back as far as possible and poured the water down my throat, but tried not to swallow it for 30 seconds. Within two minutes I was breathing clearly again…it was absolutely amazing. Last summer I did the same thing with Aerobic Oxygen and the effect was the same”.
This is what one of our walk in customers reported to us during the warm spell in April. So if you’re a hayfever sufferer why not give this a go yourself?
Please be aware that this customers “chucking down the throat” is not the answer for everyone. Many people benefit instead by persistently taking the full dosage recommended on the label three times per day. In some cases a lower dosage is sufficient, but some people need to double the dosage. So do experiment and find what works for you. It's also true that of the different liquid oxygen products that we provide, different customers seem to find a different one that works best for them. No one product is definitively the best one for everyone, but and you may find that by trying more than one, there is one which is the most effective in your particular case.
Incidentally, I can tell you how to ensure that it does NOT work: If you take it every now and then when you happen to think of it, or can be bothered, as quite a few of our customers are apt to doing, don’t be too surprised if the results are on the disappointing side. This statement applies whether you’re taking it for hayfever, increasing energy, combating candida or to help with any other ailment. Take it regularly and you will probably come back to thank us.
How can the oxygen products help hayfever and asthma?
When the mucous membranes in our noses our noses, throats, ears and lungs are properly oxygenated, they are better able to operate effectively and healthily. As a result of this, they are less susceptible to inflammation and discharge. Products such as Oxygen Elements Max and Aerobic Oxygen have a strong decongesting effect and so even if you are totally clogged up, they may provide relief from the discomfort of hay fever and asthma. We receive many reports from customers on how they have been helped. For the same reasons as given above, Oxygen Elements Plus helps with other problems connected with some kind of congestion. A poignant example concerns one lady phoned me last week and related a quite remarkable story concerning how her husband had been “cured” of sleep apnea (we put the word “cured” in inverted commas as we never claim that any of our products cure anything. We believe they enhance health rather than cure specific ailments).
I beleive that Oxygenating the body is a far healthier approach to the control of hayfever than using anti-histamines. Similarly I believe the other products which I am going to discuss below are a better approach if conventional medication is not needed.
MSM, hayfever and allergies
The second thing to consider is MSM. I am now going to cite Dr Stanley Jacob M.D. in his book “The Miracle of MSM”.
Stanley Jacob, M.D., Comments:
I have seen hundreds of allergy cases clear up with MSM, including my own. Years ago, I experienced the typical miseries of a seasonal grass-pollen allergy. From mid-April to mid-July, I required the usual antihistamine relief. In those days, the antihistamine medications often created a side effect of drowsiness. Today, they are less likely to do that. But way back then, it was a price you paid for relief. If I didn’t take medication, my eyes burned, my nose ran, and I developed nasal congestion, making it difficult to breath through my nose. Often the symptoms would persist throughout the day.
I started taking MSM more than twenty years ago, and it relieved my problem entirely. No eye irritation. No runny nose. No congestion. No problem at all through allergy season. I have continued to take MSM for all these years and have not had to resort to an antihistamine even once.
My son Stephen, who is now 46, developed severe pollen allergies about ten years ago at just about the same age that I did. His hayfever came on so strong that he had to take time off from work. Stephen had constant sneezing. His eyes reacted terribly. When this happened, I recommended he start taking MSM.
Stephen says the following about his experience with MSM: “I took about a gram. Within a few days there was a marked decrease in severity, and my condition continued to get better, although I was never completely free of symptoms. After that I started taking MSM every year from the middle of May through July. I could basically control the symptoms although sometimes the pollen was so bad that I had severe attacks and couldn’t work.
“In time I learned that if I started taking the supplement well before the start of allergy season and also doubled the dosage I could get even better control. I now have about 65 percent relief, I would say. Even this past season, which was extremely dry in Portland, I did quite well. I haven’t had to take any time off from work for about four years thanks to MSM. I know I would do even better if I increased the dosage but when I do I get some intestinal reaction. My father and a lot of other people I know can take much more than I can. That’s just my particular comfort zone.”
For some individuals, 1 or 2 grams twice daily may be enough to bring pollen allergy symptoms under control. Others may require 3 or 4 grams twice daily. In general, relief is usually obtained within a range of 2 to 8 grams a day. Always start with a lower amount of MSM, and increase your dosage slowly to avoid the possibility of gastrointestinal discomfort. Should you develop any discomfort, such as increased or loose stools, just reduce the dosage.
For the common pollen variety of allergy you may not need a very high dosage. In some resistant cases, you may have to double the dose, and even double it again. Do this slowly. When you reach the effective level, you will notice rapid relief of allergic symptoms.
I have often been asked the question, “What if I keep increasing the dosage and the allergic symptoms don’t go away?” My answer is always the same: “Nobody bats a thousand.” It just doesn’t work for every person. But it works for many. In pollen allergies it works for most.
For best results, take the MSM in divided doses during the day. My recommendation is to take your doses in the morning and early evening. The evening dose is important because pollen tends to accumulate in the nasal passages at night and thus upon awakening you experience sneezing, coughing, and burning eyes. MSM taken in the evening will often prevent this from happening. But don’t take it too late. It may give you energy and keep you awake.
The following chapter of the same book is devoted to MSM and relief of asthma. Whilst we do not have space to quote at length in this article, suffice it to say that Dr Jacob’s maintains that MSM brings wonderful relief for this related condition too.
In most cases MSM and either Oxygen Elements Max or Aerobic oxygen should be very effective. I’d like to take a moment to mention that there are some other products that can be very helpful if they don’t work.
Colostrum, hayfever and allergies
Colostrum Plus also helps in many cases, as it’s an anti-inflammatory and an immune system balancer. This is another product on which we get reports of relief from asthma, hayfever, sinusitis etc (as well as conditions as diverse as depression to heartburn to infections). There is enough to say about this remarkable immune balancing product to write an entire book. You probably don’t have time to read an entire book, but 5 minutes glancing at the testimonials found on this product on our web site, should satisfy all but the most ardently sceptical that this product could produce powerful effects.
Here are a couple of examples of how this product has helped some people :-
“I use bovine colostrum successfully for upper respiratory infections of all types, especially for sinusitis, which is a frequent health difficulty in Sedona where I practice. For example, a carpenter, age 42, consulting me for the treatment of sinus congestion, which comes on him once annually, responded right away to my prescribing capsules containing bovine colostrum.”
“For many years, I have suffered with sinus problems that were so bad they gave me toothaches. I was on antibiotics and eating ibuprofen for the pain. After taking colostrum, the problem did a turn-around. If skeptics could only know how really thankful I am that I found colostrum.”
Hayfever & Allergies
“I have had seasonal allergies for many years since moving to Georgia: pollen, grass, mold, dust, and some food allergies. Every year I would fear the seasons Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Often I would have severe sinus infections also. All of the medication prescribed by my general doctor and allergist only gave me partial relief, plus I had tremendous side effects: dry eyes, dry mouth, nose bleeding, itchy skin, and drowsiness. I could not believe the almost immediate relief I got from Colostrum, with none of the side effects. I am a retired RN, and believe me, I am not easily convinced by all the hype of supplements. But colostrum has made such a great difference in my overall health and well-being.”
PLEASE NOTE: COLOSTRUM IS NOT SUITABLE FOR VEGANS.
Vitamin C and allergies
Vitamin C can also be very useful for relieving hayfever. This is because of its anti inflammatory properties (yes, Vitamin C is not just for boosting the immune system when you have a cold or flu). But it needs to be taken in quite high dosages to relieve allergies. For this reason, it might be worth considering Vitamin C in powder form as its better value for money in the quantities required. 1 teaspoon (5 grams) twice a day often brings tremendous relief within hours of beginning this regime. Children may take half this dosage. Try it!
Probiotics and Hayfever
One fifth of the population are allergic to birch tree pollen1. OptiBac Probiotics For daily wellbeing EXTRA strength contains L. acidophilus NCFM® and B. lactis Bi-04. A recent clinical trial2 has shown that this probiotic combination reduced the symptoms of nasal irritation in birch tree pollen sufferers. Don’t suffer this spring, get yours now!
1. University of Worcester, National Pollen & Aerobiology Research Unit
2. Ouewhand, A.C et al. (2009) Specific probiotics alleviate allergic rhinitis during the birch pollen season. World Journal of Gastronenterol; Vol. 15 pp.3261 -3268
Each capsule provides 20 billion live probiotics.
This product may also help those with a severe imbalance of good and bad bacteria in intestines for example: -
Those on long term antibiotics
Those who suffer from conditions such as IBS, or IBD (eg. Crohn's Disease)
People with skin conditions such as eczema or acne
People with busy lifestyles
Milk products and alcohol should be strictly avoided if you are a hayfever or asthma sufferer. Avoiding wheat often helps too as does avoiding smoking. Drinking lots of water also tremendously helps summer allergies (in fact most people drink too little water, but allergy sufferers are often particularly guilty in this department).