I was fortunate enough to get a seat close to the podium, even though it was behind the podium. Twenty thousand people were in the Moda Center in Portland. Eight thousand were left outside.
This year’s pollen season has been intense. This is a re-post from five years ago. These days I don’t dilute the hydrogen peroxide, I take a small sip of the regular %3 solution straight and gargle that. The relief to the itching in my throat is miraculous and instant.
I’ve always been annoyed that at this beautiful time of the year, just when the air cools, I unfortunately also start to sneeze and itch from airborne allergies. On general principals I avoid taking man-made chemicals into my body, without absolute need. Many antihistamines cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. There is also some concern that they act in a way similar to other chemicals that have been shown to promote cancerous tumor growth. So here are a few things I’ve found that help me deal with my pollen allergies without antihistamines.
Tell me your favorite natural remedy for pollen allergies in the comments. I’ve used homeopathic remedies with some success in the past, but I find the methods listed above to be more reliable.
Stations of the Cross Pageant on the Lower East Side.
Other folks got much better footage of this sadness. I thought it best to keep my distance and not breathe any of the smoke. The whole neighborhood stinks of it this evening.
What a heroic thing to do, climb up that fire escape to search for people who needed help before the FDNY got there. The guy just barely gets out of there alive, with flames licking at him just as he reaches the sidewalk? He’s as cool as an action hero. Amazing footage from Troy Hinson.
Danny Schechter, known as the News Dissector, died of pancreatic cancer yesterday at the age of 72. I was sad to hear this, he was an intrepid investigative reporter and a fighter for human rights. He will be missed. I interviewed him during the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zucotti Park in 2011.