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Part 2: Natural Approaches to Allergies

By Mara Fleishman, April 8, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
Wondering what’s causing all those troublesome allergy symptoms and why natural formulas can be effective? Tune in for the answers and take the first step toward alternative relief. You’ll also hear about preventing allergies and long-term solutions. Dr. Sarah Bedell Cook is a naturopathic doctor in private practice in Westminster, CO and teacher at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver.

 

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Jane M. says ...
It's true that natural botanicals can solve most allergy problems better than mediciations. I've been using sinus buster allergy formula with nettle and it really does the trick.
04/10/2008 9:40:35 PM CDT
Jaqueline says ...
Great information. I've been using stinging nettle for my allergies for some time now and it works great. I also nasal rinse with saline water and sinus genie.
04/11/2008 12:25:12 PM CDT
Jamie says ...
I'm so glad you have a Naturopathic doctor explaining those remedies too. I want to find the best natural allergy medicines.
04/12/2008 12:56:14 PM CDT
Marc says ...
Great information about allergies.
04/12/2008 5:11:05 PM CDT
Door County Kayak Tours says ...
I have been using local bee pollen with great results.
04/13/2008 11:12:15 AM CDT
Carrie Kreitmann says ...
Great podcast. We are interested in starting to treat seasonal allergies naturally. I also have a highly food allergic daughter and we are wondering if there are natural remedies that may lower her histamine response that might help with her general well being.
04/15/2008 3:42:59 PM CDT
Martha Reich says ...
Great information confirming the need to keep indoor air cleaner to avoid developing allergies later in life.
04/15/2008 4:00:06 PM CDT
Megan says ...
Good information but it didn't include any information about possible side effects from the herbs. Even natural remedies can have unwanted side effects.
04/15/2008 4:53:54 PM CDT
theresa says ...
Good info to put into use--I'm always up for trying anything to help us with our asthma and allergy ailments in my family. And I just started having some powerful hayfever symptoms myself when I previously never had a problem. Will look for the stinging nettle for sure.
04/15/2008 5:37:06 PM CDT
Laurie says ...
I found this to be very educational. I got answers to questions that the medical Dr.s could not answer for me. It makes so much more sense to me that if we balance our immune system from the inside, then we can better tolerate external allergens from our environment and even foods for those of us with food allergies. I'm glad to see that there are natural alternatives out there to decrease symptoms.
04/15/2008 8:33:11 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
I love that Dr. Sarah Bedell Cook actually told us what she would recommend to her patients. I am interested in researching her suggestions and testing them on myself, then will refer to our own natural path to help with my 4 year old and his environmental allergies.
04/15/2008 11:32:43 PM CDT
Kristen says ...
Interesting to learn that herbs can help with short term relief and long term balancing of the immune system. It's a shame this information isn't more readily available and most docs turn quickly to treating symptoms with meds each season.
04/16/2008 1:12:14 PM CDT
Karen says ...
I plan on using the stinging nettles as soon as I can I have many food allergies that cause breathing to be difficult. So much so that I have to avoid the grocery store as much as possiable.
04/19/2008 2:38:33 PM CDT
Louise says ...
Good interviewer. Great, succinct responses by the expert. Will try stinging nettle with my family.
04/20/2008 2:55:15 PM CDT
Melanie says ...
More great info. I'll be doing more research.
04/21/2008 3:00:04 PM CDT
Pam says ...
Great podcast - learned about it through www.allergymoms.com. My daughter has food allergies and seasonal allergies that manifest as eczema. I am excited to find other solutions than Benadryl! It is frustrating as she is so young and can't tell me her symptoms and so I have to guess. But the natural way is the way to go!
04/21/2008 7:16:00 PM CDT
meg says ...
Maybe the stinging nettle Dr Cook recommends will help me quit clawing my eyeballs out.
04/22/2008 11:37:45 AM CDT
Theresa Shafer says ...
Stinging nettle is what I will try next to see if that will at least lessen the symptoms. Thank you for this series of Podcast to help with a very common ailment. Thank you
04/22/2008 12:05:05 PM CDT
Jen says ...
I'm always happy to hear of alternatives to antihistamines which make my son so drowsy. Thank you!
04/22/2008 1:54:27 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
I need to use my air purifier to minimize allergies inside my house. Also, I love homeopathic remedies, and my allergies are going crazy right now
04/22/2008 3:16:46 PM CDT
Betty N. says ...
Okay...I am really not up on this. I have never heard of stinging nettle. And I guess I am just still with doctors that prescribe medications instead. This is definitely an area that I need to learn more about so that I can make more informed decisions.
04/22/2008 7:34:08 PM CDT
Marilu Mann says ...
I love Whole Foods and this is just a great podcast!
04/22/2008 10:27:51 PM CDT
Erica Greca says ...
I don't suffer from allergies, but my husband does. He'll have to listen to this in the morning!
04/23/2008 12:39:58 AM CDT
Erica Greca says ...
I don’t suffer from allergies, but my husband does. He’ll have to listen to this in the morning!
04/23/2008 12:46:19 AM CDT
Tamara (AK) says ...
Interesting info - thanks!
04/23/2008 9:30:24 AM CDT

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