by Charlie Albuery
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I am (well, was) one of the worst hay-fever sufferers I have ever known. Then, one day, my mother booked me in to see a homoeopathist.
For those of you who don’t know, homeopathy is a branch of alternative medicine whereby (and this is where it gets weird) any imbalances in your body chemistry can be corrected by the consumption of a specific element. Personally, I’m a sulphur type (apparently).
Now, I know what you’re thinking --- something along the lines of ‘Pffft, alternative medicine is ridiculous. I’ll go back to popping my painkillers and using my steroid allergy relief spray' (which doesn’t work, by the way). Admittedly, that was completely my viewpoint on the subject up until a year and a half ago.
That was when I had my first appointment, I was handed some pills and told that they were sulphur and my sulphur levels were dangerously low; for two days they would aggravate my symptoms (not sounding good) and then my pain would slowly begin to fade. I took another course each three months, when the symptoms returned, and, until about a month ago, I assumed I was completely cured.
Then the sneezing returned. For those of you who’ve never heard me sneeze (i.e. have never been within a half-mile radius of me during July or August), it’s highly unpleasant and draws stares and laughter.