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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Allergies Cartoon

My attempt at hand drawing the cartoon. This, of course, references my post on allergies.

Actually, there's a fairly big controversy regarding Vitamin C, for very much the reason satirized in my cartoon. Some people even go further and claim that allergy medicine companies are simply be facetious,
downplaying the potency of Vitamin C in order to continue selling their expensive allergy treatments, like antihistamine. Histamine, by the way, is critically important in the functioning of your immune system. So antihistamine works against histamine (antihistamine) and diminishes allergic reactions that way. But prolonged exposure results in a less potent immune system, as well as your body adapting to the level of antihistamine, making you need more and more as time passes (yes, just like alcohol or any other drug).

If you want to read more about the "controversy" surrounding Vitamin C, check these books out:

The above book is about Linus Pauling and his love of Vitamin C, and how Vitamin C can aid people with all sorts of health ailments, from cancer to heart disease. The description says: This book by the co-founder of the Vitamin C Foundation covers the greater than 50-year history of the vitamin C theory of heart disease as well as the 12-year history of a therapy for cardiovascular disease invented by the American scientist, Linus Pauling. Heart patients who decided to follow Linus Pauling's advice recovered in approximately 30 days, and many experienced significant relief in as little as 10 days. The recoveries only occurred after these former patients adopted the Pauling-therapy®, usually without their doctor's knowledge or consent. I hope to be reviewing this book in detail soon.

By the way, many foreigners (non-Americans) claim that allergies simply don't exist outside of the United States. Given our abysmal diet compare to, well, anywhere else in the world, it probably results from the lack of fruits in our diets (ie Vitamin C)

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