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Part 2: Natural Approaches to Allergies

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.

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.

Jamie says …

I'm so glad you have a Naturopathic doctor explaining those remedies too. I want to find the best natural allergy medicines.

Marc says …

Great information about allergies.

Door County Kayak Tours says …

I have been using local bee pollen with great results.

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.

Martha Reich says …

Great information confirming the need to keep indoor air cleaner to avoid developing allergies later in life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Louise says …

Good interviewer. Great, succinct responses by the expert. Will try stinging nettle with my family.

Melanie says …

More great info. I'll be doing more research.

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!

meg says …

Maybe the stinging nettle Dr Cook recommends will help me quit clawing my eyeballs out.

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

Jen says …

I'm always happy to hear of alternatives to antihistamines which make my son so drowsy. Thank you!

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

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.

Marilu Mann says …

I love Whole Foods and this is just a great podcast!

Erica Greca says …

I don't suffer from allergies, but my husband does. He'll have to listen to this in the morning!

Erica Greca says …

I don’t suffer from allergies, but my husband does. He’ll have to listen to this in the morning!

Tamara (AK) says …

Interesting info - thanks!

yocelyn says …

Thanks for the information. My son has environmental allergies, food allergies and asthma. Because he is under 2 it's not easy to relieve his simptoms with any drug. I'm having seasonal allergies for the first time in my live and i feel really bad that my son has to suffer all this.

Madeline says …

I have had my smell and taste compromised for about 7 years due to majohappy.r sinus problems. It may faintly return once a year for about a week. I am taking ongoing prednisone and allergy meds. I read about Sinus Buster and have used it or a bout a week. My senses are returning. I will keep you posted if it lasts. It is a miracle and I am so happy. I am allergic to all other nasal sprays.

Heather says …

I am going to check into stinging nettle

Anita says …

Thanks for recommending stinging nettle!

Christi says …

I can't thank you enough. Years on Claratin and Zyrtec and once they go over-the-counter, I don't get relief. I'm now armed with the tools to manage my own allergies and help the rest of my body at the same rather than worrying that I'm damaging my liver with all the antihystamines/pain relievers. Whole Foods podcast is by far the most USEFUL podcast

greenbeanbaby says …

wow informative!!!

Caryn B says …

Thank you for all the tips. We really need to get an air purification system as we live in a high pollen area. modmom recommended your podcasts.

Andie says …

Thanks for this podcast - we haven't yet seen a naturopath but I am interested in doing so. I do have some reservations - from what I understand, the dose that the herbs are supposed to deliver isn't that reliable - they are not held to strict standards like medications. At least the latest research I read noted this. I would also like to see clinical trials showing that these work better than placebo. Anecdotal evidence is encouraging though, and worth a try if I can be sure that safety isn't an issue. Thanks for providing some resources in the search for knowledge. Andie

Jen says …

Interesting. I wish they'd also include info on how food allergic individuals tolerate these types of products, at least generally. Many of us with environmental allergies have food allergies also and have to be careful with supplements.

Jodi says …

Well you learn something new everyday! Very informative. I learned about this site from www.allergymoms.com.

Aimee says …

2 of my children take year round allergy medicine and I worry about the long term effects. I am especially interested in an alternative for Nasonex.

Susan says …

I learned a lot from this podcast. Didn't really know that there are natural ways to treat and actually prevent allergies. Very informative.

Sarah Fischer says …

I want to try the suggested herbs for my allergies. But how do you know if the herbs are high quality?

John says …

Nice job. Liked this series.

Kathy H. says …

Thanks for putting this together. I'm going to ask our naturapath about alternatives.

Stacey says …

Interesting. I work in the medical field and am like to be informed of all the alternatives.

Maribel says …

I use D-Hist from Ortho Molecular Products from my chiropractor. The ingredients include stinging nettle. Not only does it help my congestion and fogginess it also gives me energy!D-Hist,jr also available.

Andrea Polack says …

On occasion I have taken prednisone for ulcerative colitis flareups, with very good result. However, with the reported side effects, I am interested in learning of a herbal alternative. Thanks in advance for sharing. Andrea

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@Andrea Thanks for reaching out. We certainly understand your concern and interest in herbal alternatives. However, we are unable to recommend anything specifically for your ailment. We recommend you consult a licensed health care practitioner that is well versed in different modalities of healing (I.E. a licensed natruopath or similar). Good Luck!