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Natural Approach for Allergies
Every year, allergies cause untold suffering, incredible medical expense, and uncounted lost-days from work and school. Allergic Disorders attack our respiratory and digestive systems, as well as the skin. The best-known allergies are asthma, hay fever, and eczema. Allergic reactions vary widely, from the sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal congestion of "hay fever", to more severe systemic responses like rashes and swellings, and infrequently with the most extreme and terrifying reaction: anaphylactic shock. 
What are Allergies?
Allergies are an inappropriate immune response to normally harmless substances. The key take-away from that statement is that the allergic response represents a malfunction of the immune system.
The Immune System — which includes white blood cells, mast cells, antibodies, complement proteins, and various other substances — defends the body against foreign invaders commonly referred to as antigens. However, in susceptible individuals, the immune system can overreact to a certain class of antigens called allergens, which are harmless to the average person. The result is an allergic reaction. Some people may be allergic to one substance, others to many. It is estimated that one third of the people in the United States have some form of allergy.  Millions of Americans are allergic to pets. Allergies to dogs, cats, and horses are caused by hypersensitivity to proteins found in the animal's saliva or their dander (skin flakes).
Even more disturbing, the incidence of asthma in children has nearly quadrupled in the last 30 years, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Nearly one in ten children in the US (9.4%) now has asthma, with the fastest rate of growth in preschool-age children.  Asthma is also very closely linked to allergies, and allergy-induced asthma is the most common form. 
Whole aisles of pharmacies and supermarkets are devoted to various allergy remedies. The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $14.5 billion dollars. Nearly 85% of that figure involves the direct costs, including $1.3 billion for doctor visits, and $11 billion for medications ($7 billion prescription, $4 billion over-the-counter). 
Our Immune System
Before we review the natural approach to allergy prevention and management, let's discuss the immune cells that are involved with allergic reactions, and ponder why they over-react to harmless particles in the environment.
T-Cells are the detectives of the body. They determine if the antigen needs to be "arrested".
What Causes Immune Failure?
Immune cells are very high maintenance. They must operate at a very high metabolic rate, which enables them to respond quickly to attack. And like other high-activity cells, they need to reproduce more frequently to replace fallen warriors. To fulfill this constant energy requirement, we must have optimum levels of nutrients in our blood at all times.
Stress is also a major contributor. [20, 21] Stress-induced decline in health is directly associated with increased production of stress related hormones. Studies investigating the blood chemistry of couples that were experiencing marital conflict revealed a direct relationship between their high cortisol levels and decreased immune function. 
The Nutrition Solution
Several randomized multi-vitamin supplementation trials with elderly individuals demonstrated more than a 65% reduction in the number of infection-related illness days. [25, 26] Other studies have demonstrated significant improvements in immune function , as well as significant reductions in breast  and colon cancer.  These and many other studies make it clear that it is no single miracle nutrient that can protect and maintain our health. It is the full complement of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all working together, that maintain our health.
Shaklee Immune System Support
The alternative approach to managing allergies involves several overlapping processes: rebuilding immune competency, reducing inflammation naturally, restoring the health of the sinuses and digestive tract, and removing toxic substances from your environment.
Nutriferon (product #20962) Developed and extensively tested by the world-renowned immunologist Dr. Kojima, this proprietary blend of natural plant extracts supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of macrophages and inducing natural interferon production. [30, 31, 32] In a study of 35 individuals with chronic hepatitis C, a 3-month trial using the herbs in Nutriferon reduced viral titers, and was found to be a safe form of treatment for patients with chronic hepatitis C.  It also appears to optimizes the body's immune response against environmental irritants and airborne substances. No adverse reactions to these plant extracts have ever been reported.
Alfalfa Complex (#20160)is made from organically grown alfalfa plants. Scientists have discovered that non-conventionally grown plants produce a powerful family of different phytochemicals called phytoalexins, as a defensive "immune response" to an assault by bugs, bacteria, viruses, molds, or mildews.  Shaklee's Alfalfa contains one of the most interesting of the phytoalexins, called Medicarpin. This compound has been found to be so effective that Merck Pharmaceutical Company patented a synthetic version of it as a therapeutic agent to treat allergic conditions, asthma, cardiovascular disorders, and inflammation. [34, 35] This helps explain why Alfalfa Complex has always been popular in the Shaklee Field for managing respiratory and allergic disorders. Alfalfa is a natural antihistamine and decongestant, acts as a digestive aid, and is an important source of trace minerals. It is very effective for sinus problems, especially allergies and hay fever. Additionally, it reduces swelling, pain, and stiffness of the joints.
Stress Relief Complex (#20656) If stress is contributing to your allergies, you will benefit from SRC. This is the only product on the market that relieves stress without causing drowsiness. Stress Relief Complex contains L–tyrosine, which restores normal levels of norepinephrine in the brain, thus reducing anxiety.  It also contains Ashwaganda, a natural adaptogen from India, which has been used to reduce stress for generations, and has been found to activate and strengthen white blood cells and (killer) T-cells.  It also contains beta-sitosterol, which has been clinically shown to blunt cortisol overproduction, while also supporting improved immunity. 
Shaklee's sophisticated manufacturing process of both these soy-based products also guarantees delivery of high levels of the phytonutients (Isoflavones) most associated with improved prostate and breast health.
Sustained Release Vita C (20095) This powerful and well-known antioxidant has natural anti-histamine properties. It's also an infection fighter, speeds healing, and protects from free radical damage. It's supports the healing of connective tissue, and for that reason can prevent bruising and nosebleeds, by correcting capillary fragility. Vitamin C is depleted by stress, fatigue, infections, anxiety, pollution, and extremes of temperature. 
The new and improved Vitalizer System contains 80 different, optimized nutrients, including an amazing 26 different antioxidants, to counteract the free radical damage most associated with allergic reactions. The patented sustained release gel-diffusion system also provides 12 hours of time-release vitamin C. The triple-layer encapsulated OptiFlora guarantees delivery of the friendly bacteria that strengthen intestinal immunity.
Immunity Formula I (20241) This product combines water-soluble vitamins (B's and C's), with fat-soluble vitamins (Beta carotene and vitamin E) with the minerals most required for immuno-competency (zinc, selenium, and copper). It's the one-stop shop for immune support for those who hesitate to swallow the multiple nutrients already reviewed in this section.
Shaklee's Non-toxic Get Clean Healthy Home Cleaners and Personal Use Products
People with allergies are also more reactive to chemicals and aerosols than the rest of us. Why use laundry, household, or personal care products that may aggravate your condition? These personal care products contain no dangerous chemicals or synthetic fragrances.
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