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RE: More on Allergy-Free Gardening>

More on Asthma:
I developed asthma as an adult as a direct result of molds and pollens. I
still remember the "smoke"  coming off a pile of wood chip mulch that had
been sitting  for 2 weeks. I spent the next week thinking I had pneumonia
but when I woke up at 4:00am unable to take a single sniff of air into my
lungs I began learning all about asthma the hard way. Now any kind of mold
will set me off, as well as Maple pollen, cold air, bleach, perfume,
gasoline or other strong scent. Roach droppings make me sick as well as
breathless (I think I hold my breath when I detect their particular odour).
And stress exacerbates it as well.

The original mold  irritant has left me overly sensitive to many different
triggers, as is the case with most other asthmatics. Our lungs are twitchy
and easily set off.

So I don't think you can lay the blame on one thing more than another. There
are too many airborne irritants in our irritating world and tree pollen is
one we can do something about minimizing.


> Reply-To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 11:15:19 -0500
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #476 - 10 msgs
> From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
> Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 18:03:15 -0400
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: RE: [cg] More on Allergy-Free Gardening
> OK Leo
> ( Query: Does the jhsph.edu in your email address stand for John Hopkins
> School of Public Health?) ,
> After our community garden's honey harvest ( our beehive helps us keep our
> garden going organically, our pollen helps keep the bees going, etc.) I
> actually got my hands on a copy of  Ogren's  "Allergy Free Gardening"
> http://www.naturalland.com/gv/gnews/gnews2.htm .
> I wonder, and perhaps the list may know the answer: Is childhood and adult
> asthma exacerbated more by diesel and fossil particulate, rat and roach
> droppings or by pollen from plants and trees?   Are asthma attacks primarily
> caused by physical stimulants ( i.e pollen and pollution) or are can they be
> set off psychosomatically?
> Ogren  makes some interesting points about urban plantings and how to make
> them less allergenic. The main difference about female trees seems to be
> that gardeners may sneeze less but their backs may ache more from cleaning
> up after them. It always seems to be a matter of trade-offs.
> For folks with more money to pick and choose plants (most CG's I know live
> on freebies, end of season nursery donations, and discounted plants as a
> means of surviving) female, low pollen plants may be the way to go. For CG's
> on a shoestring budget, low pollen gardening may not become a viable option
> until nurseries sell enough of them to discount or even write off at the end
> of season. 
> What do you all think about this?
> Happy gardening, 
> Adam 
> Yes, I can tell the difference between the sexes of trees now.

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