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Staying Active and in Control Despite Their Allergies

Meet four people with allergies who combine medication, alternative therapies, and the right attitude to maintain control over their lives.

Laura Jakosky: Controlling Allergies Holistically continued...

Once she visited an allergist and was tested to see what irritated her. “The list included peanuts, shellfish, and pretty much everything outside," Jakosky says. Medication -- which has included allergy shots, inhalers, nasal gels, and oral remedies -- helped reduce the symptoms.

Today, Jakosky lives in New York City where she works full time, runs 20 to 30 miles a week, lifts weights, takes aerobics classes, and plays soccer and dodge ball. Open to all types of treatment, she's found that yoga works well to keep her breathing more easily. Her holistic mind-body approach has worked so well that she no longer needs as much of the medication she once relied on to get through the day. The combination of holistic, traditional, and physical treatments, she says, has been the key to her success.

"I don't feel any one factor would have fixed the breathing 100 percent," Jakosky says. "It was that mix of it."

Reviewed on December 18, 2008

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