Allergy/Performance

Allergy/Performance

Post by Kenneth R. Polla » Fri, 07 May 1993 03:09:58


Hello folks:

The warm weather has arrived and everything is blooming with all kinds of
"goodies" floating around in the air.  Thought I was suffering from a cold but
the time of year, itchy eyes and congestion tell me otherwise.  I can live
with that, but my energy level is also zapped, especially later in the day as
the air quality decreases.  Suddenly those 8 easy miles feel more like 16.
I didn't think that performance would be affected by a simple allergy, guess
I'm wrong.  Possibly some of you allergy sufferers/runners out there could
respond.  Would appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.
                                       Ken

 
 
 

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Post by Jay Eng » Fri, 07 May 1993 05:39:15


Quote:
>Hello folks:
>The warm weather has arrived and everything is blooming with all kinds of
>"goodies" floating around in the air.  Thought I was suffering from a cold but
>the time of year, itchy eyes and congestion tell me otherwise.  I can live
>with that, but my energy level is also zapped, especially later in the day as
>the air quality decreases.  Suddenly those 8 easy miles feel more like 16.
>I didn't think that performance would be affected by a simple allergy, guess
>I'm wrong.  Possibly some of you allergy sufferers/runners out there could
>respond.  Would appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.

Living in Arizona we are exposed to a high level of allergens.  Personally,
I've been on antibiotics off and on for the past 5 months.  I've tried
various types of nasal inhalers, but still have the tired feeling during
workouts and especially at the end of the day.  My sleep was even becoming
affected.  So, to try another approach I invested in a carbon-filtered
air cleaner (30x20 sq.ft type) for the home.  This was about $200, but I've
been sleeping like a baby ever since.  I'll turn it up real high and close
the doors several hours before I sleep.  I think the increase of quality
sleep has help me throughout the day.

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Post by BARRY GRO » Fri, 07 May 1993 11:44:02

Quote:


>>Hello folks:

>>The warm weather has arrived and everything is blooming with all kinds of
>>"goodies" floating around in the air.  Thought I was suffering from a cold but
>>the time of year, itchy eyes and congestion tell me otherwise.  I can live
>>with that, but my energy level is also zapped, especially later in the day as
>>the air quality decreases.  Suddenly those 8 easy miles feel more like 16.
>>I didn't think that performance would be affected by a simple allergy, guess
>>I'm wrong.  Possibly some of you allergy sufferers/runners out there could
>>respond.  Would appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.

>Living in Arizona we are exposed to a high level of allergens.  Personally,
>I've been on antibiotics off and on for the past 5 months.  I've tried
>various types of nasal inhalers, but still have the tired feeling during
>workouts and especially at the end of the day.  My sleep was even becoming
>affected.  So, to try another approach I invested in a carbon-filtered
>air cleaner (30x20 sq.ft type) for the home.  This was about $200, but I've
>been sleeping like a baby ever since.  I'll turn it up real high and close
>the doors several hours before I sleep.  I think the increase of quality
>sleep has help me throughout the day.

Jay, my experiences of late have mirrored yours.  I'm living in Las Vegas,
never suffered from any allergies before, and have been going nuts for the
last three weeks.  Last winter's relative wetness has brought forth May's
pollen in abundance and I too am having trouble especially at night.  Could
you post additional specifics on your air cleaner?  It sounds like something
I could benefit from.  Any other netters have experience with air cleaners?

Thanks,



 
 
 

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Post by Ari I Halbersta » Sat, 08 May 1993 00:10:30

Quote:



>>>The warm weather has arrived and everything is blooming with all kinds of
>>>"goodies" floating around in the air.  Thought I was suffering from a cold but
>>affected.  So, to try another approach I invested in a carbon-filtered
>>air cleaner (30x20 sq.ft type) for the home.  This was about $200, but I've

>pollen in abundance and I too am having trouble especially at night.  Could
>you post additional specifics on your air cleaner?  It sounds like something
>I could benefit from.  Any other netters have experience with air cleaners?

See article in Consumer Reports "Household Air Cleaners", October
1992, p657-662. My father owns--and swears by--a mid-rated Trion
Console he bought at a Sears.
--

"In one recent accounting, [the] Bureau of Indian Affairs financial
wizards valued three chain saws at $99 million each."
   -- U.S. News & World Report, 2/22/93
 
 
 

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Post by Ken Lehn » Sat, 08 May 1993 04:01:06

|> By the way, if your allergies are mild, you might want to try some of the
|> homeopathic allergy remedies.  I was able to use one recently for several
|> weeks prior to the heavy allergy season.  These are more expensive, but they
|> claim to cause no drowsiness (and I was fine on them...not sleepy at all).

#define RANT_ON

Of course they (homeopathic treatments; I won't call them remedies) won't cause
drowsiness.  Homeopathic treatments contain ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  Except, of
course, the water/***/whatever they use to dilute them.  And I do mean
dilute:  I've seen dilutions from 10^12 to 10^56 (now you tell me what's left
when you dilute something that much).  (example:  a homeopathic treatment for
***l yeast infection:  inactive ingredient is polyethylene glycol, active
ingredient is candida albicans (the fungus (?) that causes it!), diluted 100:1
28 times).

If you want a scientific opinion on homeopathy, ask on sci.med.nutrition, or
even sci.skeptic, and watch the flames fly.  IMAO, homeopathy is a crock.

#define RANT_OFF

Ken Lehner

 
 
 

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Post by Ashish Mukhar » Sat, 08 May 1993 09:05:51

Quote:


>|> By the way, if your allergies are mild, you might want to try some of the
>|> homeopathic allergy remedies.  I was able to use one recently for several
>|> weeks prior to the heavy allergy season.  These are more expensive, but they
>|> claim to cause no drowsiness (and I was fine on them...not sleepy at all).

> ..

>If you want a scientific opinion on homeopathy, ask on sci.med.nutrition, or
>even sci.skeptic, and watch the flames fly.  IMAO, homeopathy is a crock.

>#define RANT_OFF

I don't want to start a flame-fest, but ... I suffer from terrible (I
would say "crippling") hay fever, and *only* homeopathy has helped.

There's much western medicine doesn't understand.  My recommendation to
the original poster is, don't listen to people who say it "can't
work."  See for yourself whether it *does* work.  That's the scientific
method, last time I checked.

(A several month supply of my homeopathic remedy costs about $10 -
that's less than most over the counter ***.)

Disclaimer:  In case you're wondering, I'm not generally a believer in
"New Age" remedies - I don't drink herbal tea, or any of that other
stuff.  I just believe in having an open mind.  And I couldn't care
less about this week's "scientific opinion."

Quote:
>Ken Lehner

-ashish

--
Ashish Mukharji        When I race my mind is full of doubts.

TFS, Berkeley CA                              - Noureddine Morceli

 
 
 

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Post by Jonathan Pap » Sat, 08 May 1993 13:10:28

#I don't want to start a flame-fest, but ... I suffer from terrible (I
#would say "crippling") hay fever, and *only* homeopathy has helped.
#
#There's much western medicine doesn't understand.  My recommendation to
#the original poster is, don't listen to people who say it "can't
#work."  See for yourself whether it *does* work.  That's the scientific
#method, last time I checked.
#
#(A several month supply of my homeopathic remedy costs about $10 -
#that's less than most over the counter ***.)

I'd call it the placebo effect.  Nothing wrong with that,
if it only costs a few bucks, and works for you.  Anybody
who runs should sense that psychology is as important as
anything else.

-Jon

 
 
 

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Post by Jay Eng » Sat, 08 May 1993 05:23:04

Quote:



>>>Hello folks:

>>>The warm weather has arrived and everything is blooming with all kinds of
>>>"goodies" floating around in the air.  Thought I was suffering from a cold but
>>>the time of year, itchy eyes and congestion tell me otherwise.  I can live
>>>with that, but my energy level is also zapped, especially later in the day as
>>>the air quality decreases.  Suddenly those 8 easy miles feel more like 16.
>>>I didn't think that performance would be affected by a simple allergy, guess
>>>I'm wrong.  Possibly some of you allergy sufferers/runners out there could
>>>respond.  Would appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.

>>Living in Arizona we are exposed to a high level of allergens.  Personally,
>>I've been on antibiotics off and on for the past 5 months.  I've tried
>>various types of nasal inhalers, but still have the tired feeling during
>>workouts and especially at the end of the day.  My sleep was even becoming
>>affected.  So, to try another approach I invested in a carbon-filtered
>>air cleaner (30x20 sq.ft type) for the home.  This was about $200, but I've
>>been sleeping like a baby ever since.  I'll turn it up real high and close
>>the doors several hours before I sleep.  I think the increase of quality
>>sleep has help me throughout the day.
>Jay, my experiences of late have mirrored yours.  I'm living in Las Vegas,
>never suffered from any allergies before, and have been going nuts for the
>last three weeks.  Last winter's relative wetness has brought forth May's
>pollen in abundance and I too am having trouble especially at night.  Could

                                                                       ^^^^^
Quote:
>you post additional specifics on your air cleaner?  It sounds like something

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Quote:
>I could benefit from.  Any other netters have experience with air cleaners?


For those interested, I purchased the BionAIRe (f-250) Air Purifier & Ionizer.
It was $200.  There are four cartridge filters which need to be replaced
periodically.  The instructions say every 3 months, but there is an indicator
to tell you when it should be changed.  The replacement packs run $19. Since
I run this only during the evening they should last longer.  It cleans a
20x30 room 3x/hour.  Cleans air of dirt, dust, pollen, smoke particles, and
even bacteria (or so they say).  The company which manufacturers this
particular brand is located in Allendale, NJ  07401.  There seem to be many
different brands, though.

--

7500 N. Dreamy Draw Drive       telno: 602 870-3330 x705
Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ  85020