My understanding on Quercetin is that you are supposed to start taking it weeks before allergy season to build it up in your body.
On allergies- my doctor has told me that our bodies are sort of like a cup. Just as a cup can only hold so much water, our bodies can only tolerate so many allergens. The cup will overflow if too much is put in, our bodies start displaying symptoms of allergies (hives, headaches, sinustis, etc) if too much is put in. So in my case, I'm allergic to dairy, birch pollen, and 3 types of dust mites. Let's say I can't really get rid of the dust mites, I can only minimize them through regular house cleaning. Birch pollen is unavoidable in the spring where I live. But- I have complete control over whether I consume dairy. So- when I cut out the dairy, I found that all my other allergy symptoms completely resolved. In my case, my symptoms were acid reflux (from the dairy allergy), sinus infections, post nasal drip and sinustis from the others. The removal of a single allergen took the load off my body and allowed it to normalize. It's not that I'm not still allergic to the other things, but that my body can handle those allergens if it's not overloaded. Anyway, that's how it was explained to me, and the way my body responds seems to support that.
Not sure on your other questions and look forward to seeing other people's input.
High Weight: 225
Weight at start of Primal: 189
Current Weight: 174
Goal Weight: 130
Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012