Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Hay fever is primarily an allergic disease in which human immune system becomes oversensitive and therefore has tendencies to overreact with inflammation and airway constriction to different environmental factors such as pollen, bacteria, viruses, moulds, proteins, etc.
Symptoms of hay fever include runny nose, sneezing, tiredness, itchy eyes, etc.
Abnormalities in functioning of the immune system, allergies, gluten sensitivity, leaky gut syndrome, dust mites, pollen, cigarette smoke, animal fur, bacterial infections (Chlamydia pneumonia), diet low in phytonutrients (many of which have anti-inflammatory effects), overweight and obesity, systemic inflammation, dairy products, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, refined oils high in omega 6 pro-inflammatory fatty acids, artificial sweeteners, frequent use of medication such as painkillers, stress, anxiety, depression, pessimism, stimulants, candida albicans, sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise), air pollution, preservatives, hypoxia (oxygen deficiency), free radicals, nutritional deficiencies (especially antioxidants, vitamin D, C, selenium, zinc and magnesium), etc.
– There could be many possible causes of hay fever or factors that can contribute to this condition, but the most common cause seems to be allergy (extrinsic or atopic). In this type of hay fever the allergen leads to production of excessive (IgE) immunoglobulins.
– Dust mites, animal fur, pollen, tobacco smoke irritates lungs causing inflammation in the airways. It is not known why the inflammation occurs. The inflammation irritates the airways, and causes them to squeeze (constrict). This causes narrowing of the airways. It is then more difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. This leads to wheezing and breathlessness. The inflammation also causes the lining of the airways to make extra mucus (phlegm) which causes cough and further obstruction to airflow.
At the heart of hay fever lies an excessive reaction to a ‘trigger’; something in the person’s environment elicits a strong response in their airways. This trigger causes the smooth muscle surrounding the myriad of delicate airways branching throughout the lungs to constrict. The result is a series of symptoms that people with hay fever know all too well: wheezing, shortness of breath and a tightening of their chest.
One of the principal causes of hay fever is the house dust mite. Less than half a millimetre in size, these minute creatures share occupancy with humans in our soft furnishings (beds, carpets, furniture and so on), eating tiny particles of organic matter – such as our skin. While it’s been known for some time that the mites’ waste contains an allergy-causing protein, it’s only now that the researchers have discovered a way to block this protein’s action. By doing so, they hope to create an entirely new class of anti-hay fever drug, targeting the root cause of hay fever itself, rather than its symptoms.
– Evidence suggests elevated body mass index and dietary patterns, especially intake of dietary lipids (animal and plant fats), contribute to symptoms of hay fever. Scientific research demonstrated that overweight and obesity is a risk factor for hay fever as there is a link between inflammatory state and adiposity, allergy and hay fever. Obesity has been associated with an increased prevalence of hay fever and poorer control of this disease.
– hay fever may be a consequence of vitamin D deficiency.
– Attendance at chlorinated indoor pools has been associated with the risk of hay fever in adult recreational swimmers.
– Cow’s milk (A1) may stimulate mucus production associated with respiratory conditions such as hay fever. Most dangerous are heated dairy products.
– Egg yolk and egg white proteins may act not only as ingested allergens but also as aeroallergens.
– Plasma phospholipase A2, an enzyme associated with inflammation, is higher in patients with hay fever and higher body mass index and inversely related to plasma vitamin C levels (vitamin C is low in hay fever patients). Secretory phospholipases A2 (sPLA2) have functions relevant to hay fevertic inflammation, including eicosanoid synthesis and effects on dendritic cells and T cells. Plasma sPLA2 may provide a biological link between hay fever, inflammation, increased BMI, lipid metabolism and antioxidants. Interactions among these factors may be pertinent to the pathophysiology and increasing prevalence of both hay fever and obesity.
– Formaldehyde may be an irritant as well as serve as an adjuvant for the onset of hay fever or hay fever-like symptoms. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) can be converted to formaldehyde in human body.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT
Non-steroidal bronchodilators may reduce symptoms but will double the risk of a heart attack and can increase risk of osteoporosis.
Steroids, even though they can help reduce the inflammation in the lungs, lead to serious side effects, including: Cardiovascular disease, impaired growth of the body and internal organs (including brain), infections, cataracts, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, and other conditions, and even mood swings:
“I would have been willing to tolerate some of the side effects of glucocorticoid use (weight gain, reduced immunity, muscle weakness, weakened bones), but there was one side-effect I could not tolerate. Each time I tried inhaled steroids, I would start experiencing severe mood swings within a few days. One time I even felt suicidal — the first time I had ever experienced that feeling in my life. Glucocorticoids lower both plasma and brain serotonin levels, and are linked to depression and feelings of aggression. My violent mood swings stopped as soon as I stopped using them.”
Also Allergen specific immunotherapy has long been a controversial treatment for hay fever. Although beneficial effects upon clinically relevant outcomes have been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials, there remains a risk of severe and sometimes fatal anaphylaxis. The recommendations of professional bodies have ranged from cautious acceptance to outright dismissal.
If your hay fever is related to other underlying problems such as smoking, allergy, obesity or diabetes you must find out how to recover from these conditions too: SMOKING > ALLERGY > OBESITY > DIABETES >
Fortunately, there are safe, natural strategies you can use instead that can virtually eliminate your need for dangerous drug treatments:
– Raw garlic is effective against hay fever! Everyday eat Garlic (must be raw) or take Allicin Max caps 2-3 times a day. To eliminate bad smell of garlic take about 7-10 tablets of chlorella or Spirulina. Also, to reduce garlic breath, you can chop up a small clove into small pieces, and put in a small amount of warm water, and then swallow the whole thing quickly. Garlic and onion are very important element of the treatment because it has strong antibacterial properties and researchers proved link between bacteria Chlamydia pneumoniae, mycoplasma and hay fever.
– Every day eat yellow and red onion as it is high in quercetin polyphenols which reduce hay fever better than drugs. Yellow onions and most red onions have some quercetin in it. Sweet white onion may not have enough. You can also chop raw onion and soak in alcohol to make an extract high in quercetin. Then shake and take a teaspoon with a glass of water when needed, for example before bedtime to improve breathing at night.
– Chlorella can be effective in reducing hay fever attacks too:
“16 years of severe hay fever suffering & the side effects of the prescribed drugs, have hopefully have come to an end. The only difference that I have made is by taking 20 tablets a day of Chlorella. Steroids, steroids, steroids, seemed to be the only answer to my hay fever problem. Many trips to the hospital via ambulance, many days in intensive care. You name it, I tried, No dairy, no wheat, ephedrine, Butekyo, swimming, different teas etc. etc. I then had a talk to a lady whom was married to a doctor but herself more involved with natural medicines. She had been poisoned with mercury during a dentist visit. After many years of severe problems associated with mercury poisoning, she had great success in relieving her symptoms after trying Chlorella. It was her praise for the “superfood” that had sparked word of mouth reviews. Many people had returned a favourable result from many different problems, with hay fever being one of them. I was willing to give it a try and I am so grateful. I don’t know what else I could possibly put it down to as it’s the only thing that I am doing different.”
– Hedera helix (Vogel) (includes liquorice).
– Coltsfoot (folium farfarae)
– Star flower oil or Evening primrose oil (both high in Gamma-linolenic acid) which have a positive anti-inflammatory effect. It’s a traditional treatment for hay fever in some cultures. To experience beneficial you need at least 1000mg a day.
– Bromelain (an enzyme extracted from pineapple) – has a strong anti-inflammatory effect that lasts a few hours. People suffering from hay fever found that putting one tablet (250-500mg) under tongue (to more quickly absorb the enzyme into the bloodstream) would make them breathe easier within 30 minutes.
– Also Turmeric, Boswellia, Nigella sativa (black cumin), Pycnogenol, Cordycepts, Maca, Pau d’arco are often mentioned as helpful in reducing symptoms of hay fever.
– Vitamin D3 – Not less than 10000 IU a day (must be taken with 400-800 mg of good quality magnesium as vitamin D leads to magnesium deficiency). There’s a very strong connection between vitamin D levels and hay fever, as vitamin D can be a very powerful immune modulator. However, I don’t suggest just taking the recommended daily allowance, which is a mere 400 units a day. You really need to make sure you’re getting therapeutic levels (10000 IU a day). This is ideally obtained from exposing a significant amount of your skin — not just your hands and face — to appropriate amounts of sunlight. Enough, from either the sun or a safe tanning bed, to turn your skin the very lightest shade of pink. Once you reach that shade of pink, your body is not going to produce any more vitamin D. In fact, you’re only going to cause damage to your skin if you increase your exposure past that point.
– Magnesium – 400-800 mg a day between meals.
– Omega 3 fish oil (must be of a good quality) – two times 10000 mg a day with meals. Plus 1-2 tablespoons of ground flax seed before breakfast. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting sufficient amounts of high quality omega 3 fats in your diet. You need both animal and plant-based omega 3, as most of us do not produce special enzyme necessary to rapidly convert the ALA (plant omega 3) to the DHA and EPA (animal source), which are potent anti-inflammatory agents.
(Excellent quality, molecularly distilled, perfectly free from mercury and other contaminants, high in EPA/DHA)
– Chlorella: 15-20 tablets a day (7-10 tablets 30 minutes and same amount before breakfast and before lunch).
– Good quality Probiotics >
– Vitamin B3 and vitamin B12 have been found to be low in hay fever patients. Both vitamins are important as they lower antihistamine levels and reduce wheezing.
– Vitamin B6 – 100-200mg a day with breakfast.
– Zinc: 15-50 mg after breakfast.
– Selenium: 100-200 mcg with meal.
– Vitamin C – 2000-4000 mg a day with meals.
– Drink 2 times a day 1-2 glasses of raw vegetable juices 30 minutes before meals.
– Eat more unprocessed, uncooked, and unrefined plant foods, especially raw vegetables (carrot, green leafy, etc.)
– Avoid trans-fats (margarines, etc.) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids (most plant oils).
– Use only raw organic coconut oil and cold pressed flax oil.
– Do not consume even smallest amount of dairy (hard cheeses are most dangerous), meat (especially pork), gluten, foods and drinks with sugar, white flour products, hot spices, stimulants, chocolate, cola, fried foods, processed foods.
– Instead of other grains have some quinoa, millet, or brown rice.
How Fruits and Vegetables Can Treat hay fever
– Avoid taking antibiotics for a longer period of time and if you use them always take high doses of a good probiotic formula.
– Use hydrotherapy (water treatment) such as alternative hot and cold showers beginning with hot shower.
– Drink more water, avoid all caffeine, and include some sea salt in your diet has worked for some people. All caffeinated beverages — even green tea — are dehydrating (chronic dehydration is linked to bronchoconstriction).
– Learn to control stress.
– Exercise every day breathing through nose (especially out in fresh air if you have hay fever) is actually crucial as it increases insulin receptor sensitivity, and as a result your body produces less insulin, which helps to reduce inflammations and symptoms of hay fever.
– Expose your body to the sun whenever it is possible.
– Try to live according to the principles found in the Health Recovery Plan >
– If you believe in existence of God don’t forget about prayer and reading good spiritual literature. All this will greatly increase the effectiveness of your improved diet and lifestyle: “Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV); “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
Because from my own experience I know and remember how difficult it was, in my case, to change my eating habits and give up on junk food and stimulants using my own pathetic at that time will power, I recommend to you reading or listening to two excellent books: “Steps to Christ” and “Ministry of Healing” by Ellen White. You can find them online (free of charge) in Word, PDF and audio formats. >
If you carefully study all the information presented there and follow the steps, you will not only become victorious but will actually experience an inward transformation which will enable you to enjoy your new lifestyle (including diet and physical activity).
– “Desire of Ages“ – Most beautiful book about the life of Jesus (audio) >
REMEDIES PROVED BY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
– A team at King’s College London said low levels of vitamin D, which is made by the body in sunlight, was linked to a worsening of symptoms of hay fever. Its latest research shows the vitamin calms an over-active part of the immune system in hay fever.
– Hay fever has been linked to Chronic Bacteria Infections.
– Antimicrobial therapy (antibiotics) appeared to cure or significantly improve hay fever in approximately one half of treated adults, and the response pattern was consistent with chlamydial pathogenesis.
– L-arginine may have a beneficial effect on airway hyperresponsiveness and airway inflammation in hay fever.
– Vitamin B-6 significantly improves symptoms of bronchial hay fever and reduces the need for bronchodilators and cortisone.
– Pycnogenol administration is effective for better control of signs and symptoms of allergic hay fever and reduced the need for medication.
– Magnesium significantly improves severe acute hay fever in children.
– Gamma linolenic acid-containing borage oil may have therapeutic effects in the treatment of hay fever.
– Thymoquinone, the main constituent of Nigella sativa (black cumin) is superior to the drug fluticasone in an animal model of hay fever.
– Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and zinc significantly improve persistent bronchial hay fever.
– Fish oil compares favourably to montelukast (Singular) in reducing the severity of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. While fish oil and montelukast are both effective in attenuating airway inflammation and HIB, combining fish oil with montelukast did not confer a greater protective effect than either intervention alone. Fish oil supplementation should be considered as an alternative treatment for EIB.
– Dongchongxiacao (Cordyceps) can reduce serum markers of airway inflammation.
– Boswellia‘s immunomodulatory properties may make it ideal for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
– Breathing exercises have a therapeutic role in the treatment of hay fever.
– Petasites hybridus extract Petadolex is an effective and safe therapy for the treatment of hay fever.
– Selenium deficiency may be important in chronic hay fever. Observational studies have demonstrated that patients with chronic hay fever may have lower levels of selenium than their control. Nevertheless, selenium supplementation has not been recommended with drug therapy for hay fever.
– Increased consumption of genistein is associated with better lung function in patients with hay fever.
– Children with hay fever receive benefit from art therapy that includes decreased anxiety and increased quality of life.
– Lactobacillus reuteri has an immuno-regulatory action in attentuating response in a mouse model of allergic airway inflammation.
– A combination of astaxanthin, Ginkgo biloba and vitamin C is equal to or better than ibuprofen for reducing hay fever-associated respiratory inflammation.