Five Great Ways To Be Allergy-Free

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Doctors Richard and Karilee Shames.

During allergy season, you may wish for more effective relief. People with thyroid and other autoimmune problems generally have greater-than-average difficulty with their allergic symptoms.

There are, however, some very useful natural remedies ideal for your particular needs. These may be used in addition to, and often instead of, harsher and more expensive medicines, which can have significant side effects..

Below is a sampling of successful approaches to managing allergies, based on more than 25 years of our integrative medical practice treating thyroid issues and general medical conditions. Please consider this list of ideas a menu of options, rather than a prescription.


Make sure you are taking a hypoallergenic multivitamin with chelated minerals. You also want to make sure you are specifically getting good daily doses of some key supplements: 500 mg of the B vitamin pantothenic acid; 2000 mg of ester-type vitamin C; 1200 mg of the bioflavonoid quercetin; and four capsules of mullein.

Some other recommended supplements include the herb Perilla Seed from Metagenics. Two pills daily lowers your allergy threshold, while two daily of Butterbur from Life Extension make an effective decongestant.


Night-time breathing is a surprising factor in daytime allergy symptoms.

Have your windows closed from mid-night to noon to keep most of the pollen out. Air conditioning is also a great help. Do frequent laundry runs and vacuuming of your sleeping space. Be ruthless with bedroom clutter, so as to eliminate dust catchers, such as throw rugs, extra pillows, books, papers, and junk.

Equally important: always sleep near a HEPA air filter.


Paying attention to your food sensitivities has a way of making the allergies better. You are likely to be overtly sensitive to whatever has disagreed with you in the past. Moreover, you probably have a hidden sensitivity to the food you crave most, be it bread (gluten), chocolate, corn chips, or dairy. Eating a “sensitive” food less frequently (perhaps only every other day or every third day) -- or eliminating it entirely -- will augment your allergy relief. For added benefit, try eating more natural whole foods, and eliminate artificial sweeteners. Synthetic chemicals are like a metabolic monkey wrench for allergy sufferers.


How could this help? Simple: Your immune system over-reacts to the microenvironment, and this corresponds to our being overly “defensive” in the social environment. That connection has now been confirmed by researchers. Start doing whatever it will take for you to be less fearful or worried or anxious.

This can be quite a task, but well worth it in terms of an immune system that has far fewer hair-trigger responses allergens. (For more information, read Stress Can Be Associated with Worsening Allergy Symptoms.)


This could be your most important remedy of all. Fine tune your thyroid-adrenal-sex gland levels, and you may not need anything else. Well-balanced hormones lead to a better balanced immune system. If levels are not balanced, you and your physician can readjust. 

Here’s wishing you less sneezing, less dripping, and great lasting relief.

Richard L. Shames MD & Karilee H. Shames PhD, RN are authors of a number of popular books for thyroid patients, including Thyroid Power, Thyroid Mind Power, and Feeling Fat, Fuzzy and Frazzled?. More information is available about their coaching sessions at their site.

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