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  • For The Recycling Consortium (TRC), which is based in Bristol, in the South West of the UK, the 3R’s are the only way to deal with the waste we produce. TRC promotes ways to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost. By advancing sustainable ways to deal with our waste, TRC believe that we all benefit - as do our planet and our environment.


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Other people: The people close to you will understand your treatments better, and you theirs. Knowledge will replace worry and helplessness. And understanding drugs and their effects will help you safeguard your children's health. The environment: Using fewer drugs frees resources for other uses and reduces the pollution created by pharmaceutical factories.

It also reduces the cruel and senseless suffering of animals used to test every new drug that comes on to the market. ALLERGIC REACTIONS - THE FACTS: The word 'allergy', which means literally 'a different response', was coined only in 1906. It means an out-of-the-ordinary reaction by the body's tissues to certain physical substances. Mainstream medicine tends to play down the incidence of allergic reaction, though some doctors working in the field now think that it could be affecting the lives of as many as 80 per cent of us. Nowadays we are surrounded by substances (from industrial chemicals to food additives) in such abundance and variety that it is hardly surprising that our bodies react against them, exhibiting a range of symptoms such as rashes, shivering, migraines and sneezing.

Reactions to different substances vary enormously from one sufferer to another, though allergens known to affect a relatively large number of people include excessive milk or sugar, agricultural sprays, additives and preservatives, industrial effluents, chemicals used in the home and at work, medicines, exhaust fumes, chlorine in tap water, and fag smoke. Coping with all these additional allergens often makes it more difficult for sufferers to handle plant pollen during the summer months; hence the growing problem of hay fever. Though it is often possible to isolate a particular allergen, it is the cocktail of allergens which brings many people's natural defences to the point where they can no longer cope.

The situation is gradually changing, but the conventional medical solution is still too often to treat the symptoms without exploring the causes. Some environmental health experts - 'clinical ecologists' - can now be consulted through the National Health Service, but this more holistic approach is not easily available. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: We need to acknowledge that allergic reactions to our poisoned environment are widespread and all-pervasive. Only then can we see clearly that it is the environment that we need to change, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms.

Allergy sufferers certainly need to be helped to identify the particular substances to which they are allergic, so that they can be avoided, but above all we need to ensure that our food, air and water are as free as possible from harmful chemicals. WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you suffer from obscure symptoms which seem to surface without any warning (headaches, rashes and fatigue are the commonest), see if there is any common factor behind them. For instance, is it something you ate or something about the room you were in? Fairly common allergens include the lactose in milk, the gluten in some grains, caffeine, and nicotine.

You could try a few days without each and see how you feel. Where possible allergy is concerned - and it's always worth checking persistent symptoms to see if they are allergic reactions - there is a great deal you can do to help yourself. For illuminating case histories, read Barbara Paterson's The Allergy Connection (Thorsons, 2005) and, for practical advice and information, Ellen Rothera's Perhaps It's An Allergy (Foulsham, 2008). Two important self-help and campaigning groups in this field are Action Against Allergy and the National Society for Research into Allergy. UNDERSTANDING ALLERGIC REACTIONS WHO BENEFITS? You: There is nothing more frustrating than persistent symptoms which do not respond to conventional treatment.

Identifying an allergen, and being able to keep well simply by avoiding it, will give immense relief. Recognising the scale of environmentally induced illness also helps you to keep your domestic environment as pollution-free as possible. Other people: Children are especially prone to allergic reactions, and the relief of identifying what they are allergic to saves parental worry and the child's suffering. The environment: Other living things are also allergic to environmental pollutants, and are often much more sensitive than human beings: a good example is the poisoning of trees by acid rain.

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A less polluted environment would reduce strain on all organisms, bringing health and well-being to more than just ourselves. DIETS AND SUPPLEMENTS - THE FACTS: The aim

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