I don't think I've ever had hard cider, but there's so much good said about it here, I may have to try it.
I never had a single reaction to pollen until I got a bad ear infection from swimming in a too warm Gulf of Mexico in my late 30s. It's not bad, but when the seasons change, I can feel it in my sinuses.
It doesn't surprise me that the more we get away from wholesome living and the more we disinfect our environment, the more easily we get sick. And that's coming from someone who loves city living. We need to eat dirt and step on the occasional cow patty!
Can you imagine the marketing though? Cowdungcillius - the new wonder drug.