Allergic conditions are among the most common medical Conditions affecting children in the US today. According to the Center for disease control, and prevention, in 2016, 19.1 million adults, about 8.0% were reportedly diagnosed with hay fever. Of diagnosis of children younger than 18 years, 7.4 million, (10%) had respiratory allergies, 4.0 million, (5.4%), food, and skin allergies, and 6.1 million, (8.4%) with hay fever. In addition, studies suggest an economic connection. They show a greater predisposition to allergies in children living in families that live at or greater than 200% of the poverty level.
Origins of Allergies, and Illness
Most illness, and disease have, at their foundation, parasites. Bacteria in the stomach traveled there through our first line of defense, the breathing passageways. Once ingested, the bacteria may develop inflammation in the passageways, the nose, throat, and stomach. Inflammation is the body’s defensive response. The stomach manufactures excess mucous in its tireless effort to expel the bacteria out of the system. Physical illness is never simply physical. It takes its toll on the mind, and spirit as well. Everything slows down, muscles ache, the system works overtime in its efforts, resulting in fatigue.
Bacteria, the Good, the Bad, it’s Not All Ugly
Food can either strengthen the body, or wage destruction. Certain foods contribute to bad bacteria growth. It is important to note that there is more than one type of bacteria. Bad bacteria are parasitic, and harmful to the body, the other type of bacteria works as a parasite to the bacteria that is destructive to the body. This second type of bacteria is part of the immune systems army to fight off foreign invasion. Nature reflects the body’s internal system. Every organism has a specific purpose from an ecological perspective. Beneficial parasites include bees, earth worms, and other insects that break down organic matter in the environment.
The natural world of plants, and elements is at the root
of all modern medicine. There you will find your refuge, the natural remedies to such monstrous ailments as the common cold. It is first important to discuss common causes. Foods, and substances that promote the growth of bacteria, can cause, and contribute to colds, flu, and allergies.
Allergens in Animal Byproducts
Key findings of a national survey of health by the Centers for disease, and prevention determined that over the course of 14 years, from 1997-2011, food allergies increased drastically among children under 18 years of age. Agriculture, and politics play a large role in stocking the grocery store shelves, and ultimately, your food choices. The consumer has a lot to consider. Consider this, when you eat the byproduct of an animal, you are also consuming what that animal consumed; the conditions in which the animal was raised; what was in the animal feed, and any antibiotics, and growth hormones administered.
Antibiotics are commonly used in feed lots, to suppress a number of conditions, and diseases associated with the unnatural living conditions of livestock raised on feed lots, and exploited for mass production. These antibiotics can destroy the natural balance of the body’s ecosystem, thereby attacking the immune system itself. Growth hormones are commonly administered to accelerate the growth cycle of animals. Again, used for mass production. They are most destructive to the body’s nervous, and endocrine systems. Additionally, dairy derives from the mucous membranes of the animal. Consumption of dairy products increases the chance for exposure to allergy causing bacteria, which may contribute to, and escalate sinus conditions. All of these are important factors when thinking about what to, or not to eat.
Peanuts belong the botanical family of plants, leguminaceae. This family of plants includes legumes, or peas. The peanut, however is a viney root. of which the peanuts ripen underground. Peanuts contain aflatoxins, (any of a class of toxic compounds, produced by certain molds found in food, which can cause liver damage, and cancer). Aflatoxins can contribute to, and prolong allergy, cold, flu, and sinus conditions.
Toxins, and Carcinogens Contribute to Allergies, and Infection
Smoke, and alcohol can deplete the system of oxygen, causing dehydration, and the need for a good dose of vitamin c. Ironically, certain toothpaste contain ingredients that promote mold, or bacteria. Xylitol, for example, is an ingredient commonly used in some toothpaste that do not contain fluoride. It may agitate the sinuses, and cause allergic response. Talc is in a host of personal care products. It is toxic to the system, and only recently reported a carcinogen in the medical world, though it is still in use.
Lotions, and oils applied to the skin can trap mold, stimulate bacteria growth, and cause skin allergies. Harsh chemicals are found in many body care products, including soap, shampoo, cologne, and perfume. They can also trigger allergies, and infection. Vigilance is a necessary part of staying well
Instant Relief for Cold, Flu, and Allergies
Sickness travels into the body, to the gut, then settles in with the mind, and spirit. To unravel it all, start with the mind, and spirit, then to the gut, and back out the passageways. What fights gut bacteria? Onions, and garlic have been utilized for centuries throughout civilizations to fight parasites of the body.
Old folklore centered around garlic necklaces worn to ward off blood suckers do have some truth. Indeed, garlic repels mosquitos, and other bugs. Laboratory studies, conducted utilizing a sample of bacteria culture next to raw garlic have shown the instantaneous dispersal of bacteria. During the time of Egypt’s youth, it was common that raw garlic was eaten with daily meals to keep the immune system strong.
For congestion, cut in half one segment of the raw garlic from the clove. Hold it up to one nostril, on the surface of the skin, or half a centimeter from the skin. Hold it in place for one to three minutes, or as necessary. Then hold the other half up to the other nostril. You should feel the bacteria instantly dispersing as it becomes easier to breathe.
Eating raw garlic, onions, or green onions with meals is a good way to arm the immune system. Chop, and mince one segment, and add to the meal. The raw form is the most potent protection against illness.
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