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August 19th, 2002
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Allergies, Day 3
Took some Benadryl last night (expired by a year and a half), and that seemed to help my symptoms, but I still couldn't sleep, probably mostly due to the heat. Tonight should be better, and I think I need to sleep in my own bed tonight, since that's where I seem to get the best sleep.

A friend of a friend told me last night that he got rid of his allergies by completely eliminating dairy from his diet. Anyone know if there's actually anything to this? I mean, I know that dairy does bad things to my digestive system, so it probably wouldn't be a bad thing to get rid of it, anyway, except that it will be extremely difficult. We'll see.

I've made a start at cleaning my room. And as soon as I figure out a next Jotto guess, I'm headed back there. I'm not sure I'll be able to get it completely done today, but it already looks a lot better. And I need to decide what to do with the space, since I think that I will have a lot of extra space once I get things all put away. I had forgotten that the bookcase I have in there has shelves that need to go on it, so that's plenty of room right there. I think I can take the table out of my room. Maybe it's time to consider actually buying a piece of furniture for my room to fit whatever purpose I end up wanting it to fit, instead of the usual figuring out a use for whatever random bits of furniture we have around the house, We'll see how it goes. Might end up doing some rearranging, too, but we'll see.

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Date:August 19th, 2002 11:27 am (UTC)
I have heard the dairy story many times, and have known several folks (including my brother) who got rid of either allergies, asthma, or other respiration or digestive issues after giving up dairy entirely. Some tried of their own accord and some did under protest when their doctor strongly encouraged at least giving it a shot for a month. For myself, I've never had allergies that I've been aware of, but when I gave up dairy, my headache frequency (which had never been a huge deal, but I did get them sometimes) dropped to pretty much zero.

The story I hear is that while some people are lactose intolerant (I'm not), and they generally know who they are, a far larger number of people are allergic on some level to the milk protein casein but don't know it. It is hidden in a number of seemingly non-dairy foods, so it can be hard to cut it out entirely. If you decide you want to give it a go, let me know if you'd like any tips. I don't know if it will help you, but it is unlikely to cause any problems, anyway, and then you'd know on way or the other.
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Date:August 19th, 2002 11:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'm going to try it. I think I'm lactose-intolerant, too, so it would be a good thing all around. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Date:August 19th, 2002 01:10 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about the dairy-product thing. That one is news to me. Then again while I do consume dairy it's rarely milk.
A friend of mine who'd moved to PA mentioned that apparently there's a habit out there of eating the local large soft pretzels which are all made with local honey. According to him of this means people get a tiny exposure to allergens and build up a resistance, thus allergy levels are lower there. No clue if that one is true.

But I'm a HoneyWolf :-)
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Date:August 19th, 2002 01:27 pm (UTC)
I've heard from multiple sources that eating local honey is good for treating allergies (not to animals, of course, just to pollen), exactly because of the reason your friend mentioned. I don't know if it's been put to any sort of scientific test.
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