Pollen, milk and stuffy noses – is this your season?
“Dairy products may play a major role in
the development of allergies, asthma, sleep
difficulties, and migraine headaches.”
– Israel Journal of Medical Sciences 1983;
Yesterday morning, long before the sun came up
on the East Coast of the United States, I was
driving to my gym, listening to the radio and
heard the first pollen count warning of the year.
Yesterday, the pollen count in the New York
area was a twelve. That’s quite high! I used to
sneeze when I heard the sound of a lawn mower.
Grass pollens triggered my nasal attacks. Tree
pollens instantly fill my nostrils with super glue.
That’s the price I once paid for the budding
sexuality of spring-fever plant behaviors.
There is a pollen chart for your state. See:
I had to look up the exact meaning of “pollen count”
and learned that it is the number of pollen spores
per cubic yard of the air we breathe. Yesterday’s
twelve will be twice as bad as tomorrow’s six.
Pollen experts blamed the early pollens on sprouting
maple, juniper, and poplar trees.
There was a time when Actifed-C (Actifed with Codeine)
was my best friend from April 20th to June 1st. Now,
pollen season is easy for me to tolerate.
Looking back, I recognize that giving up all dairy
products made the difference between ventilation- hell
and normal breathing.
Eighty percent of milk protein is casein. Ten to twelve
hours after eating casein, one’s body produces histamines
and then mucus. A temporary antidote for allergic reactions
to pollens and dairy products are anti-histamines. Most
of us have searched pharmacy shelves for congestion relief.
Dairy pushes the reaction to pollens over the line.
If you are one of millions of Americans who waste
a total of eleventy-seven zillion dollars on visits to
allergists which pay for their top-of-the line BMWs and
Mercedes vehicles, abstain from dairy so that they will
be forced to buy either Cadillac or Ford.
Relief is near. It’s called Notmilk!