Live Harmoniously With Poison Ivy
Are you afraid of poison ivy? Do you avoid going to places that might have it? Instead of missing out on fun places to avoid poison ivy, read on to find out how to live harmoniously with it.
Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac do not actually contain poison. If they did, everyone would be susceptible. What they contain is urushiol oil which causes an allergic reaction in some people.
The people who react to poison ivy tend to have an intestinal bacterial imbalance. When the intestines are deficient in friendly (beneficial) bacteria, the immune system suffers. Skin allergies are one of many symptoms of this very common situation. Beneficial bacteria can be restored to your body through probiotic supplementation.
Medical doctors commonly prescribe topical or oral corticosteroids such as prednisone for cases of poison ivy. They "work" by suppressing the immune system.
Unfortunately, side effects of corticosteroids are common and may include peptic ulcers, increased risk of infection, increased blood sugar, increased appetite, weight gain, facial swelling, insomnia, mania, stretch marks, loss of libido, weakness, abdominal pain, nervousness, acne, thinning and easily bruised skin, osteoporosis, glaucoma, cataracts, and suppression of the adrenal glands.
My husband used to get severe cases of poison ivy every summer. Since he started taking the probiotic In-Liven a few years ago, he hasn't had a case. Neither of us were aware at the time that the In-Liven would cure his allergy to poison ivy, but it has become evident to both of us. When the thought first occurred to us, I researched it and found out that we were not just imagining it!
Just a few weeks ago, my husband was trimming our horse's barefoot hooves. The area that we were working in was loaded with poison ivy. My daughter was even playing on some rocks which were surrounded by poison ivy. Happily, no cases of poison ivy ever developed.
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