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Dairy Free Fall

Dentist: You have a dry mouth! You’re probably a mouthbreather!

Yes, my dentist called me a mouthbreather. I have no great love of dentists, generally, particularly this one. I only go to him because he is a 5 minutes walk from my house and he has evening and weekend hours.

He makes a point though. I have sinus issues (as my roomies at BlogHer can attest) and allergies. This year, the allergies have been really bad – I blame the long, cool summer and confused plants. They’re flaring up again now that it’s fall. I’ve had a sinus-induced earache or a headache just about daily for the last 8 months or so.

Quite simply, I am tired of being stuffed up and spending copious amount of money on Aerius Plus and Advil Cold & Sinus (although I did manage to stack a bunch of coupons and got a 30 pack of Aerius at Save-on-Foods for $5). I really don’t like the earaches – the best explanation I’ve had is that they’re caused when I’m a bit congested and it puts pressure on a nerve, so it feels like it hurts in my ear, but that’s not the source.

Anyways, I’ve decided it’s time to get this crappe under control. So I’m cutting out major sources of dairy until Christmas to see if that helps.

I shall miss cheese.

On the upside, I can still eat potato chips.

And while I know that there is some argument for the use of intestinal parasites in dealing with allergies, I think I’ll just take the dairy out of my diet for now. Wouldn’t want to get the wrong worm.

And maybe I’ll still switch dentists.

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  • harrietglynn

    I have all of that stuff as well – terrible allergies but I’ve had them since I was a child. Now I have sinus problems and dry dry throat (that is a KILLER). I just figured it must be wheat! How is one to know? Report back!

    • Nicole

      Well, wheat and dairy are in EVERYTHING. If this doesn’t work, I’ll try eliminating wheat in the new year.