BRING ON SPRING! When you're allergy-free there's nothing to sneeze about

NATURAL BEAUTY: A SMALL CHILD HAS THE SNEEZES. HOPE SHE REMEMBERS TO TAKE HOME A BUNCH OF THESE WILDFLOWERS FOR HER MOTHER FOR SPRING.

The creation of anything allergy-free will minimise allergic reaction.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

The major culprit in springtime hay fever is pollen which are tiny particles that are released from trees, weeds, and grasses to fertilise other plants.

For reasons that are largely unknown, some people are hypersensitive or allergic to pollen. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely avoid wind-borne pollen; but you can take steps to minimise your exposure to pollen, especially around your own home and garden.

The best course is to limit your exposure to allergens!

If you’re among the estimated one in three Australians who suffer from seasonal allergic hay fever, don’t despair. To help remedy the ordeal, here is the creation of allergy-free gardens and preventive supplements to lessen allergic reactions.

FOLLOW THIS ROUTINE

Allergy-free gardens are very much in vogue. It is easy to find useful and practical advice, for example, which plants to avoid and which to use in your gardens. The Internet provides a list on allergy-free gardens for more information.
Your local garden centre has timely information about the type of allergy-free plants best suited for your region of the country. Nevertheless, try this routine when you are next gardening:

GARDEN on days when pollen count is low; or on days that are cool, cloudy or less windy.

WEAR gloves, a long-sleeved shirt; hat and sunglasses or goggles. Even a pollen mask may be useful.

AVOID touching your face and eyes when you are working in the garden.

AVOID certain tasks that can aggravate symptoms: mowing, raking, composting and working with mulch or straw; or using power blowers.

KEEP the windows of your house closed when mowing; and for a few hours later.

ATTACK those weeds early and regularly, but in short bursts.

NOTE -- Try vitamin and mineral supplements which can boost your immunity against allergens; also, they are an excellent preventive. Some active recommendations are Garlic, Horseradish, and Vitamin C.

<< Healthy Life Magazine, for a natural health foods.

Picture: Spring time is here. Come on, your allergy-free garden is calling!


COULDN’T TELL: A SPIRITED MAGPIE SWOOPS ON MILO THE DOG. THE MAGPIE COULDN’T DETERMINE WHETHER IT WAS MAN, WOMAN OR CHILD -- HIS ATTACK WAS THE SAME.

BRING ON SPRING! PART 1. THE BIRDS ARE COMING!

The magpies are swooping – in droves.

FRANK MORRIS

“Cyclists are warned to look out for magpies” was one article in a Fairfax newspaper. This warning got cyclists on the tip of their toes if they saw magpies threaten their safety.

“My wife was attacked recently walking up close to a clump of trees and she was swooped on by a magpie; she got the fright of her life,” said Mr Wilson told Grand Years.

One letter writer told the newspaper that “magpies have been a problem in his neighbourhood since 2012.” He said, “I was delivering leaflets for a major retailer … and ended up avoiding the swooping season.

“A nest is located at an intersection which is used by people and cyclists. If a person was swooped, the panic or reaction to an injury could cause them to lose sense of direction and be knocked over.”

The writer says, “What happens if they are knocked of their bikes … lose control” and they are run over?

BE READY TO DUCK

Another writer says, “I got swooped on four times just by walking down my street.” Another says, “Make friends early. Magpies have great memories and if you toss then mince or other scraps, they regard you as a friend and do not swoop.”

David Davies, a photographer and cartoonist, a keen magpie watcher, said a magpie swooping on people is only when they are protecting their young. He said: “By and large, they are a friendly type of bird.”

Now, you may be warned to “look up’ the next time you are near trees and be ready ‘to duck’ if there’s a magpie in the air.

For an immediate alert, people must know that the swooping season starts in mid-August – not mid-September – so that we have a long way to run.

ATTACK THE FACE

“The male birds get a big boost of testosterone and all they want do is protect their young,” said the Broadsheets, Melbourne.

To date there have been 849 attacks since mid-July across Australia, out of which 109 people have been injured, usually the head or neck and sometimes in the face.

While statewide there have 37 per cent in Queensland, 30 per cent in NSW and 20 per cent in Victoria.
People, it’s been reported, are likely to be attacked in places with high foot traffic.

<< Adapted from Fairfax Community Newspapers.

Picture: Friendly fellow: The magpies, by and large, are a bird that acts on amicable terms.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 September 17

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