Thursday, March 28, 2013

Quick! Grab the apis mellifica!

My chiropractor recommended niacin to help lower my cholesterol. I refuse to take the cholesterol meds touted by the pharmaceutical companies as the cure-all, finding that the meds create just as many, if not more, health problems than the cholesterol potentially causes. And I'm not convinced cholesterol is the demon it's made out to be. Of course, I'm not a medical professional, so please keep that in mind as I dole out advice.

Niacin. No problem. I bought a bottle and started taking it with my morning meal. The problem was that three of the eight days after I took it, I developed hives. Not minor itching or redness, mind you, but full-fledged, skin tightening, red, hot, itching face, ears, lips, neck, chest, arms, hands, fingers hives. Horrible hives. I want to rip my skin off hives. And I had no idea what the common denominator was. Each time it happened, it was within 10 minutes of taking my pills and supplements. But I took them every day, so it couldn't be any of them. Or so I thought.

Here's what we determined. I am sensitive to niacin. The reason I didn't have a reaction after taking it some days was because I hadn't eaten any niacin-rich food on those days. The other days, the bad days, I had.

"Run and get some Benadryl," I instructed my husband. "Quick!"

"What about the Hyland's Chest... maybe there's something in there," he countered.

He grabbed the book and we searched the index for hives. Popping open the bottle of apis mellifica, I put four tablets under my tongue. Within five minutes, the hives receded and shortly thereafter, there was no sign of a reaction at all. I did the same thing the other two times this happened, with the same results. 

I now carry apis mellifica tablets with me everywhere. The hives were scary and I certainly don't want to go through that again. Since I stopped taking the niacin, I haven't had another incident, but I'm not taking chances. Besides, these tiny little white pills might come in handy if someone else has a reaction to a bee sting, bug bite, or food allergy. This stuff is amazing. 

I cannot recommend Hyland's Homeopathic products enough. They have resolved many a health issue for me, including the leg and foot cramps I often get during the night. The Hyland's Remedy Chest my husband referred to is a box that opens up to reveal six rows of five bottles each of a variety of homeopathic remedies, from apis mellifica to phosporus to nux vomica. There is an accompanying booklet that lays out the purpose for each remedy, from obscure "fear of the dentist" to common problems like allergies and diarrhea.

I've seen the remedy chest on various websites priced between $85.74 and $155.75, so shop around. It's the same kit, no matter how much you spend. Personally, I think every household should have a Hyland's Remedy Chest. Why reach for the pharmaceutical "gems" when, quite possibly, there's something natural and homeopathic that will do the trick?

And, no, this is not a sponsored post. I was not asked to write this and I was not paid to do so. I simply love the results I've had when I've taken many of the homeopathic remedies in this kit and I think you will, too.

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