Dealing with allergies

What the Nose Knows

The force of a sneeze is estimated to discharge particles of
moisture at about 100 miles per hour.

That interesting piece of trivia comes from Paul Duxbury, an old
friend of HSI who recently contacted me with some very
encouraging news for allergy sufferers.

In the e-Alert “Gesundheit!” (8/14/03), I told you about SneezEze,
an all-natural allergy treatment developed by Paul and his business
partner, Mike James. In a study conducted in England last year,
SneezEze effectively helped hay fever patients cope with their
worst symptoms at the peak of the season.

Now Paul has sent me information about a new study from Greece
that shows SneezEze to be useful in the treatment of chronic
allergies that can make life miserable all year ’round.

Perennial relief

The study was led by Konstantinos Vlahtsis, M.D., professor of
allergies at Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr.
Vlahtsis and his team recruited 40 subjects (16 men and 24
women) who were diagnosed with perennial allergic rhinitis,
which means that their allergies can occur at any time, and may be
triggered by any of a variety of factors, such as dust mites, pet
dander, smoke, pollen, etc.

All of the subjects had previously addressed their symptoms with
pharmaceuticals (such as antihistamines or decongestants), and
agreed to refrain from using any of these medications during the
six-week study period. Subjects were instructed to use SneezEze
once daily – either in the morning or at the time of day when their
symptoms usually occurred.

Four symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and watery
eyes) were evaluated for each subject before the study began, again
at three weeks, and a final time at six weeks. A scale of one to five
was used to measure symptoms, with one representing zero
improvement of symptoms, and five representing complete relief
and an absence of symptoms.

The results:

  • At three-weeks, 45 percent of the subjects reported either
    complete or major relief
  • At six-weeks, 90 percent reported at least some improvement in
    their symptoms
  • More than 75 percent reported either complete or major relief
  • An additional 15 percent reported noticeable relief of allergy
    symptoms
  • Less than 3 percent reported no improvement

Dr. Vlahtsis’ study will be published in an upcoming issue of a
Greek rhinology journal.

What every nose needs

SneezeEze was originally formulated by Mike James to help his
son find relief from chronic sneezing attacks. After much trial and
error, Mike came up with a completely organic powdered plant
extract, which created a gel when it came into contact with
moisture. Observing that the gel was very similar to mucus, he had
his son sniff the powder into his nose, and the sneezing stopped
immediately.

When I was first introduced to Mike (by e-mail – he lives in
England), he explained that when people are allergic to pollen and
other airborne pollutants, their bodies aren’t supplying enough
mucus to properly filter air as it goes through the nasal passages.
As a result, allergens make contact with the sinuses and lungs,
triggering wheezing, sneezing, and other unpleasant reactions.
Nasaleze simply and naturally generates a substitute for the
missing mucous, which protects sensitive areas.

Counting pollen

Next up for SneezEze: We’ll be looking for the results of a double
blind placebo controlled trial currently being conducted by the
National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at University
College at Worcester, England. This study was designed to run
during the height of the grass pollen season (late May through late
July). Paul Duxbury has promised to send along the results of that
research as soon as they’re available.

If you’re an allergy sufferer and would like to try SneezEze for
yourself, and you live in the U.S., use this web site for more
information: sneezeze.com. Outside the U.S., the product is sold
under the name Nasaleze, which can be found at: nasaleze.com.
Both Nasaleze and SneezEze offer money-back guarantees if
you’re not completely satisfied, so both products are risk-free. And
if you’re an HSI member, please mention that when placing your
order.

The sneezeze.com site also has a helpful feature for those with hay
fever: By just entering your zip code, you can find out the pollen
count in your area today, as well as a pollen count four-day
forecast.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson
Health Sciences Institute

Sources:
“Clinical Study Results Summary” Dr. Konstantinos Vlahtsis,
Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Presented at the
4th Annual Pan Hellenic Seminar of Rhinology, 5/27/04