In a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers examined the use of first-generation antihistamine (anticholinergic) drugs like Benadryl. The findings showed that regular users of these drugs were more likely to develop dementia as opposed to those who didn’t. The risk increases the longer the use and accumulation in the system. Taking an anticholinergic for the equivalent of three years or more was associated with a 54% higher dementia risk than taking the same dose for three months or less. Whoa!
It’s wise to consider the severity of long-term use of any drug vs. the immediate irritation: in this case, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, rashes, and shortness of breath. One is faced with a conundrum- continue with allergy medicine with the long-term risk of developing dementia, or go without and run the risk of more chronic respiratory issues developing if allergy symptoms aren’t addressed.
Standard Process Epimune
Epimune is a combination of Epicor, Medicinal mushrooms, and mycelium-which has its own immune system & excretes anti-viral compounds. When this fermented yeast product was fed to livestock and humans, cows produced more milk and humans took fewer sick days. Things started improving so much that it caught the attention of the insurance company, which led to several clinical studies. During high pollen count season- a whopping 43% reduction in the severity of nasal congestion, runny nose, and sick days were taken. It’s fast too! Verified by blood tests, Epimune works in as short of a period of 2 hours.
MediHerb Sinus Forte
MediHerb Sinus Forte is another wildly popular product. Sinus Forte is designed to support and maintain healthy mucus secretions and improve the tone, vigor and function of the mucus membranes. Consider using in cases of sinusitis, excessive mucus, upper respiratory tract infection, and blocked Eustachian tubes.
Standard Process Allerplex
Standard Process Allerplex: contains a liver fat extract yakriton for reducing allergic symptoms and accompanying congestion. It earns a whopping 4.6 out of 5 stars customer rating for all respiratory-related conditions. If someone has a history of sinus infections, childhood pneumonia or bronchitis, I’ve seen adults take up to 20 per day for about 12 weeks and then start reducing downward. From what I’ve learned over the years, it takes approximately 12 weeks to help the body expel old infection and the mucous that harbors it – but to also build new tissue. The average amounts taken of Allerplex are 6 to 12 daily depending upon severity.
It’s important to consider the long-term effects of any medication and make informed choices about our health. If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay healthy and allergy-free!
We could all use a little more comfort this Spring,