Did Grok Suffer from Seasonal Allergies?

Did Grok Suffer from Seasonal Allergies FinalSpring has sprung across most of the country. Awesome, right? Not if you’ve got seasonal allergies. Anyone with a severe case of hay fever knows how horrible it is being outside on a windy otherwise beautiful spring day with pollen blowing and rapacious bees buzzing around. Your eyes water and swell up. Your nose congests, you go into mouth breather mode. Pressure headaches start. You can’t taste your food. You can’t really see through the tears and redness. Everything above the neck itches. Sneeze attacks seize you. You’re supposed to be in heaven. It’s all so lovely. Yet all that beauty, greenery, and life are lost on you. Spring is your enemy when you have hay fever.

It’s bad enough as a city dweller who loves the outdoors. At least you’ve got somewhere to go to get away. Imagine you’re a hunter gatherer with hay fever. Your entire life occurs outside. There’s no “indoors.” Even your shelters blend seamlessly with nature. Your “work” is all outside. There’s no escaping the pollen, the environmental allergens, the seasons. And there’s no Benadryl or Claritin to mitigate the symptoms. Yeah, Grok would have really hurt if he had to deal with seasonal allergies.

So, did he?

First, why the hell do we get seasonal allergies, anyway?

Seasonal allergies occur when your innate immune system perceives airborne pollen as a threat and overreacts to its presence in your body with a flood of histamine, producing runny nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, headaches, and other symptoms. This type of response makes sense with foreign substances that are intrinsically dangerous, like pathogenic microbes, poisons, and toxins, but there’s nothing inherently dangerous about pollen. What gives?

A long time ago, everyone had parasites—roundworms, hookworms, pigworms, and others. Heavy loads can cause serious nutrient deficiencies, anemia, stunted growth, impaired neurological development, but from studying modern populations who still carry parasites, we know that these bugs can also confer protection against autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and other immune-related conditions. In moderate doses, they tame overactive immune systems by giving them something to do. The constant presence of parasites keeps the immune system busy, and a busy immune system doesn’t have the time or energy to overreact to harmless intruders like egg whites. This is the basis for helminthic therapy, which I wrote about last year.

Pollen allergies are mediated by IgE, the very same antibody system that responds to parasites. Modern populations with high parasite loads tend to have lower rates of seasonal allergies. Modern populations without high parasite loads—like the people lucky enough to be reading this blog—tend to have higher rates of those conditions.

Some folks have more “active” immune systems based on genetics. Like the Neanderthals. Neanderthal coprolites show evidence of heavy parasite loads. Neanderthal DNA sequencing shows evidence of innate immunity genes meant to counter parasites. When ancient humans encountered Neanderthals and inter-bred, these immunity genes—which enhanced fitness in the new environment—introgressed into the offspring. Sure enough, populations with the most Neanderthal introgression, like folks of European and Asian descent, have the most hay fever. Their “enhanced” immunity doesn’t have enough to do in the modern sterile environment.

Though genes are a major determinant, they’re not the only one. Environment matters. Otherwise, people with the genetic propensity toward overactive immune responses to innocuous allergens like pollen would be sneezing from the womb. But they don’t. Sometimes those genes get expressed. Sometimes they don’t. They aren’t your destiny.

The sterility of your childhood environment plays a big role, with kids who grow up on farms tending to get lifelong protection from hay fever. Part of this is stems from exposure to pollen and other irritants (not to mention the microbes), but it could also be the “farm milk”; raw milk consumption is associated with protection against hay fever.

Vitamin D, one of the primary immune modulators, plays a role in allergy. Hay fever sufferers have lower vitamin D levels. One small study even showed improvement of hay fever symptoms with vitamin D supplementation.

Omega-3 status seems to matter. Higher EPA in RBCs and more ALA in the diet both reduce incidence among German adults, and in Japanese females, increased intake of fish fat reduces the incidence of hay fever.

Your gut health is likely important, as the gut influences everything. Food allergies and intolerances are well-known consequences of poor gut health and increased gut permeability, but those leaky guts may also allow non-food allergens into circulation to stimulate immune responses. There’s a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest this is the case:

  • Certain probiotics have been shown to improve hay fever symptoms. Probiotics used in the studies include B. longum, B. lactis, L. paracasei, and L. acidophilus.
  • About a quarter of hay fever sufferers also have food allergies.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome frequently accompanies or even predicts hay fever, though it most likely doesn’t cause it.
  • Anecdotally, folks who give up grains and other gut irritants often report their hay fever stops.
  • Quercetin, a natural antihistamine that can reduce histamine release and improve hay fever symptoms, also improves intestinal permeability.

We’d need further research, but it looks promising to me.

Introducing small amounts of pollen through the consumption of raw local honey can improve allergic sensitization and reduce hay fever symptoms. But it has to be the pollen you’re actually allergic to. Researchers found that eating birch pollen honey before the season commenced reduced birch pollen allergy symptoms and resulted in less usage of antihistamines when compared to eating preseasonal non-birch pollen honey.

Stress could worsen hay fever. According to research, hay fever sufferers with the worst symptoms are most likely to report being “stressed.” Those who are “relaxed” tend to have milder symptoms. The causation could be reversed, of course, with severe hay fever causing increased stress. Or it could be circular, with stress levels and hay fever severity both feeding each other. After all, we know that stress makes gut health worse.

In fact, one of the most frequently-reported benefits of going Primal is the cessation of seasonal allergies. They drop grains, improve their gut health, eat more fish and less omega-6, take probiotics or eat fermented food, start getting some sun, realize the value of nature and spend more time outdoors being exposed to pollen and other seasonal allergens, and things change. Their noses clear up. Their eyes stop itching. Eventually, the pollen doesn’t bother them so much. Spring becomes a friend, not a foe. Most people discount the impact of hay fever, but it can really detract from your quality of life. It’s a biggie.

To answer the question, Grok certainly had the genetic potential for hay fever. But several factors, including parasite load, gut health, sun exposure, dirt exposure, diet (including omega-3 and honey intake), and a relatively low-stress lifestyle probably meant he wasn’t sneezing, coughing, and mouth-breathing up a storm. His immune system had better things to do than freak out about a little birch pollen.

Thanks for reading, everyone. How has going Primal affected your seasonal allergies?

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About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I’ve suffered from terrible allergies for years, but cutting out a number of food allergens made some of my seasonal allergies better. Maybe it helped me get out of the loop of releasing histamine, getting stressed, releasing more histamine, etc.

  2. I actually get terrible migraine headaches when my seasonal/environmental allergies act up. I get a little stuffy, then pain above my eyes, then I’m down for the count. I use butterbur as a preventative, since it’s been shown to help reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches (and there’s other anecdotal stories about it helping allergies, which would make sense in my case).

    1. Hadn’t tried butterbur. I take feverfew to prevent chronic daily headaches that were moderate migraines. That means I had the other symptoms of migraines, but usually not the “oh dear God, I’m dying” headache, just a bad headache. My have to look into it.

  3. High dose vitamin C and quercetin have been helpful for me. They’ve both been shown to reduce histamine levels.

  4. My seasonal allergies had reached the point where antihistamines weren’t doing much, so I started seeing an allergist for allergy shots. Initially, I saw some improvement. Then I went primal. More improvement. Then I dropped the dairy. More improvement. Then I dropped the allergist. After 3 years of not seeing the allergist, my seasonal allergies now bother me enough to take one or two doses of Claritin a year.

    1. I hate you. Not really; I am so jealous. Went primal, dropped dairy, been getting allergy shots for years – minor improvement, still pop Benedryl like they’re Tic-Tacs every spring and fall, and that’s with my Astelin nasal antihistamine spray.

      That being said, I’ve got lots of room to improve on the whole primal thing. Primarily with sleep -I don’t get enough. And I need to actually cook and eat organ meats – buying liver and putting it in the freezer doesn’t quite do the job.

      On the up side, my allergies are so bad that staying inside doesn’t really help much, so I still go outside and enjoy the lovely spring weather.

      1. Understand the buying liver and putting it in the freezer. LOL.

        Try the raw local honey. 1 tsp a day. By next year you will have become sensitized to your area pollens and it may not be as bad. My husband did it for a solid year and now he doesn’t suffer as much. We also have been on Vitamin D supplementation for a year now as well.

  5. I have friends who moved here (California) from other parts of the country and their allergies greatly improved. I thought it’d be the opposite, since there’s so much pollution from LA traffic. But then again, there’s a whole host of pollen bombs that litter this great country of ours. So I suppose when it comes to pollen vs. car pollution the latter is the less aggravating.

    1. I grew up in California and never had a problem until I moved to Oregon when I was 45. From Eugene to Ashland they have some of the highest pollen counts in the nation. I hear it every day, “I never had allergies until I moved to this area”. Primal helps miraculously, but I still have a week or two of Claritin and a lot of sneezing.

  6. On my worst days my allergies can result in all over body inflammation, pain in my upper molars, pain in my cheek bones and behind the eyes, headaches and sometimes fever. I’m also hypersensitive to barometric pressure so I can usually tell a storm is coming 24 hours in advance. I’ve been allergic to about everything that grows it seems since birth. Even had my tonsils removed at age 22 because they were chronically infected from post nasal drip.

    Fortunately, they’ve improved over time. I rarely take anything for them. I think years of acupuncture, tonifying herbs, and my changing body chemistry as I age has helped.

    But I rarely have a day where I’m symptom free.

    For those of us that have real chronic allergies those commercials showing people sneezing, then taking a tablet and feeling great, are quite quaint.

    If your main problem is some sneezing in the spring then you don’t have a problem. I’d love to have it that good.

    1. I wish I was to the point of rarely taking anything for them, but I like being able to move air through my nose, so I take something. But I don’t have your sensitivity to barometric pressure, so that’s a plus. Allergic to everything that produces pollen, yep – that’s me. Before allergy shots, I could not sit in the grass without something between me and it, otherwise I’d itch and possibly break out in hives, but now I can wear shorts and sit in the grass. Yay me.

      Real chronic, year round allergies, worse in the spring and fall – that’s me. And yeah, taking a tablet and being symptom free – I wish!

    2. I can sympathise. I think it has quite a lot to do with blood sugar dysregulation. Stress makes blood sugar fluctuations worse.

  7. Before Primal, I walked around every spring with a box of tissues under my arm. Now, I don’t have any problem with allergies unless there is a lot of wind when the pollen is heavy. Even then, the effect is mild. Thanks, Mark.

    1. And I live in Sacramento, California, where EVERYONE has allergies.

  8. Wow, very thorough post. After reading it, I am even more thankful that I don’t get seasonal allergies. Never have. Guess I’ll chalk it up to the fact that I had tons of pets when I was a kid, probably didn’t wash my hands enough, and ate lots of yogurt, both store bought and homemade by my grandmother, that probably boosted my gut health. I feel horrible when I see people suffering with them.

    1. I too grew up with tons of pets, as well as livestock (I used to clean horse stalls in my bare feet!) I spent my summers outdoors in the dirt and sand, and was in the water so much it’s a wonder I didn’t grow gills. I don’t know if what I’ve been experiencing lately is seasonal or something else, but I’m hoping once it’s gone it’s gone for good!

    2. Lucky! I grew up with pets, spent lots of time outside, currently eat Paleo, haven’t had antibiotics since as far back as I can remember, had allergy shots for 4 years, and I STILL have allergies. Tricky business, they are.

  9. I think there’s one important element Mark left out and that is travel.

    Grok wasn’t born in Peoria, Illinois….

    Then moved to Arizona, then Texas, then back to Arizona, then Washington state, then to California, then to Arizona again, then Colorado, then back to California all by age 19.

    That was of course only two generations after my ancestors moved from England and Eastern Europe to Canada and the US.

    If Grok had to deal with that, he’d be totally messed up. Grok took hundreds of years to move the equivalent of one state and didn’t have to deal with invasive species being transported by plane and boat from all over the world.

    So not only do modern humans radically change their environment with a simple eight hour car trip, something that would had taken Grok several generations to complete, they are also exposed to plants, pathogens, pollen, bacteria, molds and yeasts from all over the world simultaneously.

    I think that is the biggest problem and I don’t think there is a solution for that situation.

  10. My husband used to have horrible seasonal allergies that required shots as well as heavy doses of prescription antihistamines – which provided enough relief to make life barely tolerable. He was also allergic to cats (which I love, but had resigned myself to living without).

    Then he surprised me with a kitten for my birthday. When spring sprung 6 months later, the usual symptoms never arrived.

    That was nearly 20 years ago. He has a few itchy days around this time of year, but the symptoms are easily controlled with OTC Flonase and eye drops. It seems that having a low-dose allergen in the house year-round has kept his immune system from going to Defcon 1 at the first whiff of tree pollen.

  11. The culprit is actually carbs (and plant based foods including vegetables in general). Having had year round allergies all my life which became especially unbearable during spring/summer the only thing that to my complete surprise worked was going fully on a no-carb all-meat diet. My allergies went completely away in a few weeks and I’ve been allergy free since. And the improvement in all aspects of health is beyond belief. Most people including paleo folks don’t realize that humans are actually carnivores who have resorted to eating cooked starches and sugars from man-made plants. With all due respect to Mark, his emphasis on “anitoxidant” properties of vegetables and fruits, and the alleged human need to ingest gut irritating plant roughage is misplaced. Plants, even the domesticated ones are full of antinutrients and not needed or suitable for human consumption. An all-meat (fatty meat) diet including occasional organ meats especially liver will cure the modern health issues. My personal advise to allergy sufferers would be to give the true paleo diet i.e. meat only a try.

    1. The trouble is your conclusion is not science based at all, starting with the idea that we are carnivores. That’s just the inverse of the vegan claim that we are herbivores. There is nothing in our history or our biology that puts us in the carnivore category. Not out teeth, not our digestive tract, not our nutritional needs, nothing. And the anti-nutrient concern is missing a huge part of the puzzle and that is food is not a bunch of individual parts. Nuts provide a lot of Omega 6 and some anti-nutrients, but they don’t cause inflammation. In fact, they do the opposite and are correlated with a reduction of mortality from all disease in every study done. Why? Because nuts are not just blobs of isolated Omega 6 and anti-nutrients. It’s a whole food. And since 2/3 of our immune system response it in our gut and regulated by bacteria there that feed of fiber, I’d hardly say that concern is misplaced.

      1. There’s actually something called nut allergy, certainly grain allergy, allergy to nightshades, etc. When was the last time you heard of anyone having beef allergy or in general meat allergy? We evolved on the African plains for several million years being predominantly carnivores. There is very little plant matter on the African plains fit for human consumption. Good luck finding “antioxidant-rich” spinach, broccoli, asparagus, or bell peppers on the African plains.

        1. That’s a pretty weak argument. I can play that game too. I’m allergic to fish, just like millions of others and there are millions more allergic to shellfish. Therefore human aren’t supposed to eat fish and seafood and life couldn’t have possibly evolved from the sea.

          You’re taking one example, yourself, who does really well on 100% meat (for now) and then make a wild claim that all of humanity must be carnivores.

          If I used myself as the single example, my conclusion would be that fish and seafood are poisonous and humans could not possibly used them as a food source. But I know better because the body of evidence contradicts that conclusion just as the body evidence contradicts your carnivore conclusion.

        2. My sister’s girlfriend is allergic to meat proteins. She’s vegan through necessity.

  12. I suffered from terrible allergies growing up! It was so dreadful, I loved summer but hated what came with it. I started becoming healthier with trying things like probiotics (supplemental and through food), lowering stress levels, and getting more omega 3’s in my diet (supplemental and through food). And this made a world of difference, so thanks for the article. At the time I wasn’t doing it for allergy reasons, a decrease in allergy symptoms was just an added bonus!

  13. In reply to Clay,

    Most fish and especially shellfish were probably not a staple in our diet when we were evolving on the African plains. Shellfish especially is extremely lean with very low fat content. Prolonged consumption of low fat flesh will lead to protein poisoning as the body will have no choice but to keep burning protein. Smaller animals also generally tend to have low body fat. As an aside bird eggs too would have not been a staple in our diet as they are hard to find in nature and furthermore seasonal. This could explain certain amount of intolerance towards fish especially shellfish and eggs and a general distaste for eating small animals.

    Larger animals however such as ruminants have a higher levels of body fat and therefore fit for human consumption. Also larger animals are a bigger bang for the buck given that you put in the effort to bring one down once which will then provide food for a small tribe for the next several days.

    1. Homo Sapiens are omnivores. Read a little bit of the research regarding the hypothesized diet of early man by Loren Cordain. Essentially the ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fat are roughly (depends on the region as man spread out from Africa) estimated to be about 33% each(19–35% for dietary protein, 22–40% for carbohydrate, and 28–58% for fat)

      1. Homo sapiens are only omnivores to the extent that lions and wolves are omnivores. They too can subsist on refined cooked starches or concentrated sugar or seed oil extracts from plants. Obviously they will develop all kinds of health issues overtime (allergies? IBS? cardiovascular disease? cancers? Tooth decay? ) and their lifespan will shorten and will need medical science to keep them alive! Try living on wild plants on the savannah (not the tropical forests – that’s not were we evolved ) especially uncooked. Even in the densely forested areas of Africa, the fruits that for example chimps eat and live on, humans couldn’t. There are no bananas there. Bananas are man made made – artificial. Chimps are true omnivores. We aren’t.

        The fact that we are extremely susceptible to tooth decay, shows how intolerant of concentrated carbs we are.

        Cordain has done great work but he’s wrong in some fronts. He is wrong on saturated fats though he’s somewhat retracted from that. We did not evolve in Eurasia, we evolved on the African plains. The present homo sapien population left Africa only 50 to 70 thousand years ago. Not really enough time for dietary adaptations to those habitats to take place.

  14. One irony for me is going primal actually made my allergies WAY worse. What was once a minor annoyance with watery eyes and running nose, turned into much worse. Still the overall benefits out way this. I just suffer from March until the kind relief of winter. I also suffer from summer depression so the upcoming warm season is already making me very depressed.

    1. Ben, you are like opposite man. Your situation furthers the thought that we are all different. I suppose you would do well in the very far North?

      1. The allergy part is odd. I think some of it is that I force myself to be outside more in the spring and summer and simply have more exposure to the things I am allergic to. My personal bias would be to stay inside.

        Summer depression is way more common than people think. The official epidemiology on it suggests about 1% of the population suffers from it. Although, I suspect the number is quite higher, during the summer there are more suicides, more assaults, more incidents of domestic violence (being irritable is a hallmark symptom along with insomnia) all suggesting more people suffer from mood issues that worsen during warm periods.

        Either way, you are right. I would love to move to a more northern latitude.

  15. I went and re-read your post on parasites after reading this. My question is this: could parasites possibly used to treat conditions such as chronic cholinergic urticaria? I think it would be an interesting bit of research. My allergist said it frequently disappears with pregnancy and I’m guessing it’s the immunosuppressant aspect of pregnancy that makes this possible. If parasites would behave in a similar fashion, it’d be interesting to see if short-term exposure to parasites might also make it go away. It would be better than long-term use of anticholinergic medications, which are said to have negative effects on the brain.

  16. Starting in October I started having “seasonal allergy” symptoms (all of the above, especially the nasal congestion that makes you want to pick your nose with a scouring pad.) I’ve no idea what the actual problem is (as I’ve never ever had sinus/throat problems before), but I started getting better around New Years. The death of a close family member in mid-January hit me hard and I’m pretty sure stress sent it all skyrocketing over again by early February. I’ve been fighting it ever since. I’m 10 days into a Whole 30 and am seeing results, though very slowly (I try to remember that food won’t act like a drug and “cure” everything in 20 minutes.) I’ve no idea if it’s W30 helping or if my body finally decided to start really getting rid of whatever the problem is, but anyone out there who deals with this yearly for months on end has my sympathies, because it sucks.

  17. I’ve also wondered why ‘nature’ can possibly cause me so much trouble – unbearably itchy eyes every spring. It’s tiring and sometimes absolutely debilitating. Antihistamines don’t touch it. Past use of contact lenses may have been damaging in my particular case. And the swathes of countryside around here that are bright yellow with rapeseed are probably not helping. Primal living has cured me of everything else but not this, though I probably need to reduce stress. I’m now trying quercetin and vitamin c, together with bathing my eyes in a weak solution of Johnson’s baby shampoo….

    1. I feel like part of the problem for me is sensitivity to a lot of the crap they spray on the fields a full 10 feet from my back door. The farmers around here seem to get “Round-Up Happy” every spring and gleefully spray their fields almost obsessively. The air outdoors shortly after the fields have been sprayed is enough to make one choke. I really, really, wish I could move.

    2. There are over the counter eye scrubs at the pharmacy which might be more suitable for bathing your eyes. They are in a box.

  18. My 7 year old has been primal his entire life, breastfed for the first 2.5 years, plays outside in the dirt for a few hours every day, is active with many sports and still suffers from horrible allergies every spring and summer. He has eye drops, nasal spray, inhalers, and takes daily Claritin just to make his symptoms tolerable.

    1. Have him start doing some sprints – up stairs or on the beach – or find an updraft by a cliff or building and run right up the wind current. Air sprints are awesome! Barefoot of course. And shirtless so he can show off his abs. Maybe have him catch and kill his own food and eat the collagen right off the bones. Eat the organs too. And off course, lots of Ultimate Frisbee…and coffee and dark chocolate (just a little). If that’s too much for his schedule he should probably drop out of school. Grok didn’t go to school.

  19. I grew out of childhood hayfever, unless the pollen us very high, but developed mild asthma at about 14. I also used to have bad reactions to lots of antihistamines, which gave me awful stomach pain and generally felt awful taking them. In recent years I seem to be able to take them again. I do get that barometric headache thing, though. I wasn’t aware it was connected, but maybe it is. It can make me feel dreadful, often waking at night as the air pressure changes.

    The theory about parasites sounds very reasonable, the body is over reacting to normally benign substances. My seasonal hayfever was originally discovered while out playing in long grass with a family cat, so I don’t think exposure to allergens made any difference at all.

  20. 3 years of primal living and I now have allergies. Flonase and eye drops have saved my summers. I am considering moving to the Southern California coast where I don’t seem to have any problems with allergies.

  21. I used to suffer from seasonal allergies, eczema and some reactive airway/asthma-like symptoms my entire childhood and into adulthood until early in my primal transformation when I cut out gluten. That single decision to remove gluten completely eliminated my seasonal allergies, eczema and any reactive airway issues. That was probably 7 years ago or so and I’ve had NONE of those symptoms since then. I also was allergic to cats and that seems to have disappeared as well.

  22. Ok, well that was really interesting to read through all of those comments because there is NO agreement among people. Primal helps some, does nothing for others. Usallay there is a stronger trend.

  23. Actually, it’s not nature, but (once again) human intervention that is responsible for intense seasonal allergies so many people experience. Unfortunately I can’t recall many details (I think it may have been a book review on the subject in my local paper) but an agronomist in the early 20th century started a crusade to persuade landscapers to plant only male trees because female trees are messy — they drop pods on the ground. Unfortunately. male trees release pollen, and I would suspect that there are more allergy sufferers in heavily landscaped areas and that they suffer more intensely than people living in more wild areas. I know my allergies have become much worse since moving back to the suburbs — I thought it was just aging, but it might well be all those Bradford Pear Trees!

    1. Interesting, Pam, thank you. My itchy eyes are always far worse when I’m living in or visiting a city.

  24. I suffer from skin allergies as a result my skin looks dull and damaged. I have too sensitive skin so my friend suggested me tea tree oil and guess what it is actually the best way to treat any type of allergy. Thanks!

  25. Seasonal allergies are because of the cigarette smoke and dust present in your home surroundings. Its affects the skin and cause allergies. In my opinion; every one of use must have to use air purifiers at home to keep surroundings completely fresh and free from every hazards. it will surely improve purity levels.

    1. That is not correct. If that was true, then no one would have allergies who:

      1. Didn’t smoke
      2. Didn’t live in a modern home.

      Homeless people have allergies. People still have allergies when they go camping. Heck, on really bad days I’ve even had allergy attacks while I’m surfing!

      Allergies are found in people all over the world in every type of environment. Household dust is mostly made up of stuff that’s already present in your home, just broken down into smaller pieces (dirt, carpet. clothes, bedding, dead skin cells pet dander, etc) not foreign invaders. All the theories about allergies actually point to the environment being too sterile which causes the immune system to overreact to benign things like pollen. To purify it further would make it worse in the long run.

  26. Any one here had luck with Stinging Nettle tea or extract? I’ve been taking a liquid extract and seen some very positive signs. Be warned it tastes pretty nasty.

  27. 2g of spirulina a day. Thank me later.

    It works so well, I could even stop cleaning my house if I wanted to. No more dust allergy. No more hay fever. No more anti histamines slowing me down.
    It even continues to work for another 2 weeks after I stop taking it.
    Very very surprised that nobody mentioned spirulina. There’s been research about this.

  28. Yes! I had terrible allergies every January, May, and September in Texas. After a year of primal, no allergies in May or September, and allergies in January appeared only after a record high day of 22,000 cedar. That’s seemed to set off two weeks of sneezing and runny nose even though the cedar levels died down, but overall I’m much improved. Allergies have gone from “debilitating” to “annoying.”