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As I've talked about before, my dad suffers from allergies - indoor, outdoor - in addition to asthma. It seems that as he gets older, his symptoms get worse, and it's hard to watch. It's very strange seeing your father have trouble breathing.

Anyway, he swears by his neti pot and we use a humidifier in the house, but he could always use more relief. I heard recently that eating local honey can help with allergies. Now, there are some natural remedies I can't see my dad using (I can't see him getting acupuncture, for example) but I think he could get behind something as sweet as honey.

Has anyone else heard of this - or better yet, tried it?

-Laura

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November 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

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Laura,

I have hear a lot of people tout local honey to help with seasonal allergies. The theory is that you are exposing yourself to a small amount of the allergen every day, over time, you body develops resistance (much like getting allergy shots. If he is going to try this I recommend:

  1. Using local honey. I have my own honey bees, but for most people I would recommend the local farmer's market.

  2. Make sure it is not heated. Heating the honey denatures the proteins, and would reduce the chances of it being effective.

  3. Take it daily.

I hope it helps him, this can be an inexpensive, healthy, and tasteful way to fight allergies.

Stay Healthy,

Dr. Jeff M.D.

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The above is for informational purposes only and in no way constitutes medical advice or serves as a substitute for care from a licensed physician. Always speak directly with a qualified medical professional about your health.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
November 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

It might seem like a pain to do, it is better to protect your children now, then wait until something bad

Collin answered
November 22, 2011 at 1:15 AM

I dont know if this answer is still relevant to you but you can check the below link for all your problems.

http://www.kasakesari.com/breath-free.html

kasakesari answered
March 4, 2013 at 5:37 AM
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