For over a decade, I was on prescribed medication. Antihistamines. This drug was prescribed to help me relieve symptoms of allergies; in my case bronchial asthma. I was unable to stand by a roadside for two minutes without falling seriously ill. Even if managed to avoid standing on roads, the allergy would get me at home due to dust from a carpet or my pillow or the curtain. So much so that even strong smells could trigger an allergic response. Often, the response would even be instantaneous resulting in sneezing or coughing or both. An attack would occur once or twice a month, and invariably I would be laid up in bed. Naturally, I had little option but to turn to drugs. Years of taking antihistamines relieved my symptoms somewhat. The frequency went down, but I was still susceptible.

With this as a backdrop, of course, you would be surprised to learn that I have not taken any medication in the past thirty months. Not a drop. Nada. I can run 6 miles most mornings on what most would label relatively polluted streets. Instead of becoming a sick heap in the middle of my run, I happily complete my run and am home without even noticing. Of course, the pollution is not good for me, but it is not triggering the same allergic response. So what changed? In one word, inflammation.

The allergic reaction was nothing but your bodies immune system reacting to a perceived threat. In my case pollution. All the antihistamine was doing was suppressing my inflammatory response without addressing the cause. Why was my body in a state of inflammation anyways? The answer was a poor lifestyle and diet. My poor body was unable to cope, and symptoms were showing up everywhere. I was just too ignorant to comprehend. Anyone who has been on antihistamines will easily vouch for the relief one feels when you can stop. What are you thinking?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.