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At Home with Dogs, Cats and Other Allergens

Not willing to give up your beloved pet, even though your experience uncomfortable and chronic allergic reactions to it? If so, we can help in a variety of ways.

We are reminded of Marilyn, a 36 year old woman with a history of mild seasonal allergies that turned into a chronic severely uncomfortable respiratory issue after she brought two cats into her home. By the time she realized that the cats were aggravating the condition, her attachment was stronger than the discomfort of allergic rhinitis.

We have most likely seen this in other situations when a mild sensitivity is completely blown out of control with an added offending factor. It is the proverbial "rain barrel effect". With each drop of rain, the barrel fills slowly, until that one drop adds just enough to create the spillover.

Taking control of the more modifiable offenders makes a huge impact even in the face of a stronger allergen.

Start with the cleaning chemicals, which have their hazards. Most people use several, if not dozens of cleaning agents containing phenols, chlorine, artificial scents, etc. Not only are these singly dangerous, but also we have no idea what combined and chronic use will do.

There are several good books that we suggest in your quest for a clean but green home: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier and The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping by Annie Berthold-Bond.

Both these books offer easy, affordable and effective alternatives to cleaning chemicals. Reducing this burden of daily assault on the immune system by itself has proven to reduce allergy symptoms in many of my patients and they coincidentally feel a relief at knowing they are protecting themselves, their families and their pets from unnecessary toxins.

A more difficult and costly way to reduce this rain barrel effect is to take a more aggressive stance on the actual materials in the home. Can you get rid of carpeting? Pillow and mattress covers offer easy protection. Are the heating vents clean? Is there mold in the house? Mold detection kits can be purchased at Home Depot and similar stores, making it easy for you to get fast and affordable information. Is the water supply clean? Filters for showers and faucets are easily installed.

Two other books that help sort out this quandary are: Home Enlightenment by Annie Bond and Home Safe Home by Debra Lynn Dadd.

Nutrients have a huge impact at not only reducing the symptoms of allergens, but also of strengthening the immune system and lowering the production of body chemicals released in the allergic response like histamine or leukotrienes.

Marilyn immediately took on the mission of finding healthy cleaning solutions and modified her home with water filters and bedding protectors.

We started her on the following supplements:

  • AllerC - 2 capsules 2 to 3 times daily between meals
  • MultiNutrients no Iron or Iodine - 2 capsules two times daily with food
  • Vitamin A-10,000 i.u. - 1 cap daily with food
  • Ultra Pure Liquid Fish Oil high potency - 1 teaspoon daily with food
  • Immune Support - 1 capsule two times daily between meals.
Within a few days of starting her supplements, Marilyn noticed an improvement in energy and a significant lessening of nasal congestion. After a month's time, she has remained virtually symptom free and shares her allergen-reduced home with Max and Penelope, the felines who roam the house, but also stay out of the bedroom.