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San Ramon Pollen Essay

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A speck of dust: a mere component in our lives, most of the time, we don’t even consider it existent regardless of how dust is probably the most common of our non-living companions. Or rather the dust is more faithful to its enemy’s enemy, pollen. Both work together to cause the allergies we curse every second. Not that everyone in San Ramon has allergies, but an excessive amount of people do. According to the AAFA, or Allergy Foundation of America, areas surrounding San Jose, San Francisco, Stockton, and Modesto have high pollen counts and are part of the hundred worst places to live with allergies. Envision this as a four-way Venn diagram, in which all four areas surrounding the city overlap in one area. San Ramon, along with several other cities, is in this area, and we can see the result right in front of us: almost 75% of the people are suffering from spring allergies, hay fever, and many more. There is no ...view middle of the document...

But what we combat with, day to day, is the excessive amount of pollen in San Ramon. To prevent future increase in the amount of pollination happening in San Ramon, we could start planting plants that do not produce airborne, aerodynamic pollen. Plants that produce airborne pollen produce tiny, grain-like pollen in excessive amounts because the wind has to carry it to the plant of the same species. In fact, according to www.niaid.nih.gov, the colorful flowers we plant do not contribute to our allergies because they are plants that depend on bees and butterflies, not the wind, to pollinate. Planting plants like these serve our purpose of making the community look beautiful, and do not add to our allergies.
But this solution is not a solution at all. It is rather a temporary comfort. Each of us have a different range of sensitivity to pollen. What if decreasing the amount of pollen, as stated earlier, helps some people, but doesn’t make a difference to others? When a person first comes across a pollen, they release the antibody IgE, mistaking pollen for a foreign threatener to our immune system. These molecules attach themselves to a specific type of cell, a mast cell. The second time a person comes across the pollen, the mast cells expose granules and chemicals like histamine and cytokines, which cause the allergy symptoms you get. When we are stationary, that is, when we aren’t doing any physical activity, our blood flows slow, and steady. The fact appears like this blood flow is healthy, but in many subtle ways, it isn’t. This blood flow actually causes all these allergens, or pollen, to line up in a fixed position. Slowly, but steadily, the allergens start destroying the tissue around them, causing allergic reactions. Constant exercise causes our blood to flow rapidly, causing these allergens to not be able to park themselves in a single area, causing them not to be able to destroy tissue and thereby cause allergic reactions. Possibly, if we all did exercise, could we change ourselves individually? Though this will not happen at the moment, over the generations, if we follow this system, San Ramon will be immune to pollen allergies… without removing all the ragweed, grass, and trees we find.

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