May 19, 2005, 11:55 AM
Post #7 of 10
Gringal, Your advice about eating local honey is good, effective, and there is some science behind it. My Doctor in Napa recommended it. Bees in any given area collect nectar, and pollen from a variety of local plants, including the plants that some people are allergic to. If a person with allergies eats local honey they usually develop a degree of natural immunity to their allergies.
I was born and raised in Napa. The Napa Valley is probably the worse place in California for allergies. My Doctor told me that he used to treat people for allergies every year that had lived in California all their lives, and had never had any problems with allergies until they moved to Napa.
When I lived there, I was pretty much in misery from early spring to late fall. There was something blooming and giving off pollen that I was allergic to all the time in the growing season. I depended on medications to be able to breathe and function. Eating local honey gave me some relief, not comfort, but some relief. My symptoms were so severe I never developed complete immunity. I do agree with your recommendation to eat local honey regularly.
There are tests that a person can take that involve a series of vaccinations of the things most people are allergic to on a persons back in a pattern. Any reaction to those vaccinations proves that a person is allergic to that substance. They can be identified by matching the location of the allergic reaction to a chart of the pattern the vaccinations were applied in. A serum can then be custom formulated for that individual. Taking injections of that formula for 3 or 4 years will then provide immunity to those substances. These tests must be done in the winter when the plants are dormant. I always let it slide every winter when I felt good and didn’t take the tests. So did my Doctor who had just as many allergies as I did.
When I moved to Alaska I only had a small problem on 2 or 3 days in over 3 decades there. I have never had any problems at all in Cuernavaca, or anywhere in Mexico. I haven’t been in all areas of Mexico in all seasons though, just in Cuernavaca. I don’t need to eat honey every day anymore.
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