When I go to the dry cleaner, I get there just before 9 a.m. so I don't have to use the valet. The valet is $5.00 AND they expect a tip. Yes, I hear you laughing. I REFUSE to use a valet to pick up a blouse.
I kinda felt bad because if he had been a woman, I wouldn't have hesitated. Ugh.
He listed the veritable pharmacy of medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter that he was using. Nothing was helping. Happens "all the time". Now, he says that he's getting depressed over it. It's interfering with his life, "big time". I explained the concept of "functional impairments" and their role in depression. Yep, that's about right.
I explained how my allergist and ear, nose and throat doctors were going to put themselves out of business because they both recommended the NeilMed Sinus Rinse and I've been using it regularly ever since. I haven't been in an ER (for myself) or those doctors for about 7 years or so.
I also explained how many of my clients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder suffer, as well, with a variety of allergies and responded positively to the sinus rinse treatment. I recommended that he speak with his doctors even though it's an over-the-counter product. "Uh, no, they've had their chance." Well, at least I suggested it.
When a cold or allergies hit, people frequently report feeling "fuzzy". It's subjective. It isn't seen on a scan or measured through a blood draw.
I went on to explain to him that studies have proven that children with untreated allergies perform worse in school because of disruptions in sleep. When their allergies are treated with medication that doesn't sedate them, their grades improve significantly when other variables were controlled so as not to interfere with the interpretation of the results.
The inflammation releases cytokines as part of the immune response. [I've had a lot of clients with genetic and other disabilities leading to chronic inflammation and related immunity problems, hence, my knowledge.] Cytokines negatively affect our ability to think which impacts our performance.
The immune response increases fatigue. You know how it is. When you're sick, even mildly sick, you just want to sleep all the time. My Dad, who grew up in the depression, often said, "Sleep is the best medicine". Yep, especially if you're poor with limited ways to deal with discomfort.
The young man was convinced. He needed to do something differently. He shared that he was going to get the sinus rinse kit and the distilled water he needed to use with it on his way to work. Turns out, he's an attorney with a big case and he's lagging behind and important people are noticing. He not only feels horrible, but he's intensely anxious, to boot.
I met him again yesterday morning. I hardly recognized him. He was crisp in his suit, joking with the clerk and when she said, "Good morning, Claudia", he turned around and came toward me, hugged me and said, "You saved my life in just a week. I bought two of those kits and took them to my doctor and told him I wouldn't be back. I gave one to the doctor and one to a guy who was sneezing his brains out in the waiting room". Sounded like sweet revenge to me!
Then, he said, "Tell me more about what you know about allergies". So, while we waited for our respective garments to show up, I shared with him the information I learned from an article about the "curious" relationship between the seasons and suicide.
Over decades and in various countries, there are significantly more suicides in the early spring and summer than at other times of the year. The researcher decided the common link was pollen-induced allergies.
Other studies have shown an increase in aggression and mood disturbances when people are suffering from allergies. The researchers concluded that these behaviors are related to inflammation that causes a chain reaction in the body and not specifically, to allergies alone.
1. A speck of pollen touches the immune cells in the nose.
2. Those cells release the cytokines which are used to communicate messages between cells.
3. The cytokines travel up the nose and into the brain.
4. The brain's delicate "chemical soup" is disrupted leading to anxiety and impulsive behavior.
5. The cytokines may influence the brain by traveling through nerves or by triggering immune cells to attack healthy brain tissue which results in the angst and impulsivity that may lead people to harming themselves.
Cytokines have been found at high levels in the brains of those who suicide.
They recommend that doctors investigate the emotional well-being of their patients with allergies. It may be the case that treating allergies may improve mood and vice versa. It's a complex relationship.
If you see a family member struggling emotionally and they are also symptomatic with allergies, take it seriously. I'm not saying they'll kill themselves, but between compromised sleep, overall feelings of misery with no end in sight, it's important to get them the help they need. The NeilMed Sinus Rinse might be a good start. It was for me and for my new lawyer friend. But again, consult with your doctor. You may actually teach him/her something new! It happens!
Also, when the pollen count is high, best not to provoke the people around you. You may just be that "tipping point". Just sayin'...
Just do the best you can,
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