Comfort in the Presence of Airborne Allergens
The Neuro-Shift Procedure with Chocolate
The 2010 allergy season was a tough one by all reports, with record pollen counts in many parts of the country. Of course, there was no shortage of advice for allergy sufferers and there are many strategies to take the edge off. But, for 2011, how about a new approach to allergy relief that takes effect in minutes, exposes your system only to tiny quantities of common food substances, lasts for hours, and keeps synthetic pharmaceuticals out of your body and out of the waste stream at the same time? It's based on a nerve-signaling mechanism, and you can be among the first to experience it, with the do-it-yourself procedure below.
A bit of background...
Should you decide to try it, you'll be applying dark chocolate to the center of the palm of each hand. Why dark chocolate? Although chocolate has many reported health benefits, relief for allergy-sufferers has never been one of them. But chocolate does contain modest quantities of a variety of neuro-active substances. And I've found that if even a tiny amount of any given neuro-active substance focally penetrates the skin where nerves lie close to the surface, the local nerve action soon triggers a pleasant shift of state in responsive individuals. Typically, you sense an increased resilience which is especially noticeable when you're faced with stress. You become largely "unflappable." I call this the Neuro-Shift stress-shield effect. More on this here.
Pollen a stressor?
Now, to an allergy sufferer, high pollen counts are a special kind of stressor. So it should perhaps come as no surprise that when the Neuro-Shift stress-shield effect kicks in, pollen might not have its usual effect.
I typically react to grass pollen. But during the height of the 2009 hay fever season, whenever I tested the Neuro-Shift effect, I noticed that my eyes and sinuses remained clear and comfortable despite very high pollen counts. If I was in the middle of a flare-up and I used any variation of the procedure below, my sinuses would immediately clear and any itching would stop.
1) You'll need some good quality dark chocolate in the form of a chocolate bar. The higher the cacao content, the better.
2) Warm a bit of the chocolate briefly so that it melts or softens.
3) With a fingertip, apply a small amount of the chocolate to the center of the palm of each hand. Keep the area of application small, a circle roughly the size of a quarter.
4) Wait for 10-20 minutes. When you first notice an effect, wait a few more minutes, then wipe (or lick!) the chocolate off your hands.
5) Repeat as needed when the effects decline.
Another way to do it: Neuro-active lip balms.
Don't do this procedure repeatedly if you have, or suspect you have, a heart condition of any kind, including arrhythmia, or if you are prone to sudden drops in blood pressure.
By Rush Wayne, Ph.D.
E-mail: RushWayne at q dot com. @NeuroShft on Twitter.