Wednesday, March 26, Playing for Others / Spring Allergies

March 25, 2008 at 11:58 am | Posted in On Air | 2 Comments

Spring BlossomsTwo women with an eye for helping kids teach kids, join us for a conversation about a unique organization called Playing for Others, Inc.  It’s a way for teenagers to mingle with and work with less advantaged kids on a full scale theater production.  The kids do it all, while learning valuable lessons about teamwork and not judging others based on their apparent disability.
In the second half of the show we talk to experts about the onslaught of spring’s allergies and how to manage them.
Jennifer Brand
– Founder of Playing for Others
Mitzi Corrigan – Founder of Emma’s Gifts, co-founder of Playing for Others, Inc.



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  1. Hi,

    I have a suggestion for your producer who suffers badly from allergies. It’s called the buteyko method, created by a russian dr. who studied asthma and treatments for. I stumbled upon it while googling non-medicate allergy treatments. While it sounded too good to be true I did give one of their simple experiments a try and it worked. If you have a congested nose try this exercise. Take a normal inhale breath and a normal exhale breath (breathe as much from your nose as possible even though it’s congested) and after exhaling pinch your nostrils shut (you must do this), and close your mouth, ie don’t take another inhalation of air. After a few seconds your nasal passage will slowly begin to open. Don’t forcefully hold your breath, if you feel like you must take a breath, leave your mouth closed and breath in through your nose at a non-rushed pace. Repeat this one or two times to feel your nasal passage open. Going through this experiment made me extremely curious as to why/how my nasal passages were opening up w/out medication and made me more hopeful to reach a natural cure.

    I found out about buteyko in 2005, and every since then my allergies have reduced noticeably to the point where I have gone from year round symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, runny/dry/itchy eyes, head congestion, sneazing, etc to almost nothing. It’s incredible to go through it and realize how my medications were only treating the symptoms but never addressing the cause. If you read about buteyko you will learn about the cause.

    Now having said all of the above, the buteyko method is not what I used to become allergy free. Buteyko’s ideas and principles are what I used. (The three core principles of Buteyko are reduced breathing, nasal breathing and relaxation) I did order the buteyko at home study course and tried it but found that while it did work, it wasn’t something I could sustain. Eventually, I stumbled upon Eastern Religion and the concept of Mindfulness. This has been the catalyst for my progress.

    There is obviously much that I have left out of this email and if your producer is interested in learning more in detail I would be more than happy to answer any questions or sit down and have a proper discussion.

    I’m not a witch dr. or trying to sell anything. I’m just one of the many who has suffered so badly from allergies that helping someone else is what I would have wanted that some else to do for me.

    Best of Luck!
    Malav Patel

  2. To all those asthma sufferers:


    I too suffer from asthma, and have for 30 years.
    I am 60 years old now.
    For the last several years my asthma and breathing difficulty was getting worse, a lot worse.
    After 1 year of seeing the family doctor, an allergist, and a pulmonary specialist, all prescribing more stuff, my family doctor suggested a stress test.
    Yup, you guessed it. A heart artery blockage, 90%, was causing the breathing problems.
    One stint later all is well, and my asthma symptoms are 90% gone.

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