If TSHTF I'm just going to try to "hold it in"
On a serious note, someone mentioned craving chocolate during that time of the month. This got me to thinking - me personally - not a big candy fan
and with the monthlies I'm actually very adverse to food and do not want to eat anything.
Chocolate is one of THE most highly allergenic substances out there. Could it be the body's attempt to "desensitize" itself?
Here's one of my weird anomalies - I have wicked bad
allergies to plants, grasses, and molds. I believe this is part of what makes me want to
smoke like a fiend
during ragtime - body's effort to "desensitize" itself? (I am allergic
to tobacco. ?)
Most women crave chocolate, I crave CIGS!!!
In fact - it gets SO BAD at this time of year - that the bad allergies have actually caused
disruptions in my cycle. Bad plant allergies
actually have triggered the period at the wrong time.
And there is (some, scant) research out there that links allergies and menstrual periods. They are somehow connected and can cause problems both ways
- but no one seems to really know why
Most women crave the highly allergenic chocolate.
Anyway, what this made me think of - survival wise - for men and women alike - if you have very bad allergies - you will want to find ways to
alleviate those if medicines are not available.
For this, one will need to learn about Herbal Medicine. Ephedrine is a natural source - I personally do NOT know what plant this comes from. There
are other natural medicines for allergies/colds/sinus problems too - menthol things, Eucalyptus, etc.
So my point here is - this is another thing people will need for survival. If you've got as bad as 'airborne' allergies as me - you cannot
without Pseudo Ephedrine, Benadryl, and various other meds. One will need to find a way to make / grow these similar substances
"Hayfever" is an automatic disqualifier for the US military. It is a serious condition that can render one useless. If you have it bad - it is
almost impossible to even function without medication.
So this is yet another thing people need to consider for survival. If and when meds are not available.
I would also like to see more research done on the link between allergies and menstrual periods. There is some
link - no one is quite sure what
or why - more research is definitely needed. Med and Bio students take note - might be a good research idea for you
And of course allergies affect men too, and all ages and races too.
What will you do without your meds?
Even goes to your shelter and clothing - worse comes to worse I suppose you'd have to put some sort of mask over your face and somehow keep
pollinated air out of your dwelling.
- Just another thing to worry about
I gotta go take my Benadryl now......