Why Are Celiac Disease And Gluten Intolerance On The Rise?

Endocrine disruptors play a part in the rise in allergies. They have been implicated in many studies especially in reference to causing problems with the immune system, and it has been proven that the use of GMOs has led to an increase in some allergies up to 50%.

Add wheat crops heavily sprayed with known endocrine disrupting pesticides and we have a real problem on our hands. So is it the contaminated wheat that is causing a rise in gluten intolerance and celiac disease? Are these chemicals breaking down our immune function resulting in an inability to tolerate wheat or gluten products? Or is it that we were never meant to ingest wheat such as our ancestors who were much healthier? For instance, why did not they eat wheat? If you really sit down and think about it we had no way of cooking it enough to have it satisfy our intestines. When you add something we never really ate and add pesticides to it you get a dangerous cocktail of something that is going to hurt us. So why is celiac disease and gluten intolerance on the rise? It's a bit like the saying “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” Either way, the reality is here, and it does not really matter which theory to place the blame on. They both involve the same cause. What really matters is that we acknowledge it.

GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

I think it is important to note that even without a diagnosis of celiac disease, you can be affected by gluten. Numerous doctors have tested me and the results always came back negative for celiac disease. I have severe symptoms when I consume wheat and gluten products. I can feel the adverse effects of wheat / gluten as soon as I eat it, but the real problems seem to take a while to manifest. I get eye tracers approximately 12 hours after consumption, followed by a migraine. And then I start to drop things with my right hand. I can not hold car keys, bowls or even a brush for long periods of time. At first I found it incredibly weird, then scary, and now that I know what causes the symptoms I am a bit relieved to know what it is. Although I am happy that I know the cause, at the same time I am unhappy that there are not warning labels and information readily available for people who are experiencing the same type of symptoms. Wheat and gluten often cause neurological allergies and I will vouch for that. A wheat allergy can also manifest in many other ways too. I get bladder infection symptoms when I eat too much wheat. As a teenager I was always being put on numerous antibiotics that only served to wipe out my immune system. Had I known that wheat was the culprit I would have been a much healthier person.

In order for a proper diagnosis the traditional medical system will require you to eat wheat and get a biopsy and blood tests to confirm a diagnosis. It is important to note that a definitive diagnosis in western medical standards will require a small bowel biopsy. No biggie right?

If you suspect that you can not tolerate wheat then chances are you can not. If you suspect that your children can not tolerate wheat then chances are they can not either. If you are looking to go to your doctor and get a test telling you differently then you might be able to only because I do not believe they have all of the means to properly diagnose a gluten sensitivity. I have begun to trust my gut feeling about the effects of gluten on my body and choose to avoid it based on how I feel, regardless of test results. I urge you to listen to your inner voice and take note of any negative symptoms you notice when you or your family consumes wheat and gluten products. There are more and more people being affected by wheat and gluten products. I believe it is inevitable when we are being overloaded with hard to digest, pesticide riddled food.

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I Suspect A Corn Allergy, Now What?

My daughter Taylor was sick all of the time. Not only was she physically sick but she was exhibiting emotional sensitivities that I had no explanation for. When I had exhausted all other means of finding the culprit I decided to take some advice. I had heard that corn was dangerous and was becoming a top allergen. I was at my wit's end so another food elimination was something I was very open to try. When I went through the pantry I discovered most of the foods I purchased trying to avoid dairy and soy contained corn.

There was corn starch, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn derivative, maize, and also the good old corn chips, and corn thins that were obvious. I sat Taylor down and let her know that we were going to make some dietary changes to see if we could help her lungs and heart and she agreed. That is one of the things I love about little kids. They trust us, they look up to us for guidance, and they believe what we say. Some parents may feel that making a change change would be shocking to the whole family. Sometimes that mindset is projection stemming from our own fear of changing the way we eat. Kids are much more tenant than we give them credit for.

It took about a solid month of avoiding corn and the cold went away. So did the dark circles under her eyes and the rash on the back of her arms. It was then that she told me that when she was eating a lot of corn she felt like crying all of the time and her legs felt numb and did not want to work. Until we took her off corn, she did not know that those feelings were not normal. Without corn she has had no pneumonia for over a year, no colds, no asthma, and significantly fewer anxiety related symptoms. It's like she is a brand new kid.

A parent's love is fierce. We owe it to our children to provide them with the best possible start. It is not always the easiest route but it is definitely the most rewarding.

Why is my Taylor a new kid without corn? For starters did you know that corn is a grain? And it is the world's most heavily planted crop? Corn is big business and producers need to find places for it to be used in your food. So basically it is in everything even though it does not need to be there.

Most of the corn that we consume in North America is genetically modified corn. The risk of GMOs has been documented and it appears that we are just discovering their true dangers. In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.

Basically Bt corn is manufactured with a toxin designed to rupture the intestines of the organism that eats it. The way it has been pitched makes sense, it can ward off insects and grow a more productive crop. On the flip side, I think it is safe to say that Bt can also have the same ability when we ingest it as well. I do not think they have come up with a shut off valve for Bt when it comes to human consumption.

We are still in the infancy of discovering the true dangers of genetically modified food. I think it is safe to say that this chemically derived corn could be responsible for many adverse symptoms that our children are exhibiting.

From a mother who has lived with it I can say this honestly. Most of the corn that we eat is not food. It is designed in a lab and hurts us. Taylor would be so sick if she was still fed corn. I have a brand new happy little girl because I took it out of her diet. Give it a whirl, I assure you that the results will astonish you.

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5 Symptoms Of Airborne Allergies

Airborne allergy symptoms include:

* Sneezing and stuffy nose
* Coughing
* Itchy eyes, nose and throat
* Dark circles under the eyes from sinus pressure
* Red, itchy, watery eyes

Basically, allergy symptoms are miserable. Other people might think that the allergy sufferer has a bad cold. The symptoms are almost identical. But allergic reactions to airborne allergens are not caused by cold viruses. There is no infection, and allergic reactions, unlike the common cold, are not contagious.

An allergy treatment plan needs to be formulated. The allergy sufferer should speak frankly with his or her doctor. They should discuss treatment and prevention options. Treatment options can include both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Prevention options can be a bit more difficult to find.

Living with allergies is not pleasant. Those of us who suffer from airborne allergies wish that we could be like those who do not have allergic reactions to common, everyday “stuff,” like pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. But washing does not solve the problem, and allergic reactions can, despite being altogether annoying, can actually be dangerous.

Some people have found relief in a homeopathic approach. What homeopathic tinctures do is introduce the body to a specific element, the very item you are allergic to. Tinctures are ingested through drops on the tongue. The theory is that over time the body naturally develops immunity to the very substance you are ingesting. It is not a fast instant solution but it can be fruitful as long as you know exactly what you are allergic to in the first place.

This approach is a natural solution for people who does not want to have to deal with common and equally annoying side effects that prescriptions can induce.

It is a known fact that if you ingest local honey you can build up immunities to the local flora as well as benefit from the antioxidants honey provides.

If you find that under certain situations you suddenly seem to have come down with a cold, it's a pretty good bet that you are suffering from an allergic reaction. Often you will not the plant responsible for the pollen or airborne allergen because the pollen has been taken over a distance.

You will notice that at certain times of the year like spring that your symptoms will flare up. If this is the case then a little research on the local flora may provide answers to the culprit.

Pollen allergies can be controlled by over the counter products but for the more severe cases your doctor can prescribe a more powerful medication.

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What The Heck Are Contact Allergies?

There are actually two types of contact allergies.

Allergic contact dermatitis is a contact allergy in which an anchy skin condition does not show up for several hours after the skin has come in contact with a material to which the body is allergic. And, provided that the skin is not repeatedly exposed to the allergen, the rash settles down and might even disappear after a few days.

The other type of contact allergy is called urticaria. The rash usually appears within minutes of coming in contact with the responsible material, and may fade away within minutes or hours of the contact. One of the best examples of allergic contact urticaria is an allergic reaction to latex.

Agents that are most often the culprits of contact allergies are soaps, detergents, solvents, acids, and alkalis. But just plain water and friction can also be responsible.

Irritant contact dermatitis can actually affect anyone if they have had enough exposure to the irritant whether they are particularly allergic or not, but those with atopic dermatitis are especially sensitive. The hands are the area of ​​the body most often affected by contact allergies.

The general term “allergy” is used to describe a condition in which a strong immune system reaction to a substance is exhibited with a minimum of exposure to a substance that is generally considered to be harmless to those who are not allergic to it.

When areas of the body other than the hands exhibit allergic contact symptoms, the culprit can often be very easily identified simply by the area where the rash occurs.

For example, a rash that develops on the wrist under a watch often indicates and allergic reaction to nickel. Itchiness may appear when placing on cheap costume jewelry such as earrings or rings. For people with metal sensitivities wearing gold jewelry always works best.

A rash that develops on the skin of the face usually means that Kaphon CG, which is a preservative in moisturizers, has caused the allergic reaction. Many over the counter products may contain ingredients that cause allergic flair ups. It is a wise practice to read labels before purchasing.

Fortunately there are many products on the market today that are hypoallergenic. Skin care products and make-up take the lead to accommodate allergy sensitive people.

Once you know you have an allergy then it is simple to find products that will suit your needs without having to end annoying symptoms.

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What Is an Allergy and Why Should You Care?

The dictionary makes “allergy” sound simple. Wiki dictionary defines allergy as “A condition of hypersensitivity to a substance (an allergen) considered harmless to most people. as difficulty breathing and / or swellings / rashes. ”

That does not sound like such a big problem, does it? But allergies are a big problem to those who suffer with them, and together the “difficulty breathing and / or swelling / rashes” part, in some cases death is actually a possibility as well.

Peanuts and shellfish are two known sources that cause violent allergic reactions in some people. When you become aware of these specific allergies you have to read labels at the supermarket. Many food products will contain peanuts. Manufactures are required to list peanuts as an ingredient even if it may be in very small amounts.

When you eat at restaurants you must inform the wait person of your allergy so they can recommend safe dishes for you. Shellfish, even the juice from shellfish if consumed by someone who is highly allergic can result in an ugly public incident. We have all heard of lawsuits being filed against a restaurant or wait staff for negligence.

In the most obvious terms, the immune systems of people who are allergic overreact when exposed to certain substances that the immune systems of most people have already built up immunity against.

It's the job of the immune system to defend the body from invaders germs, bacteria, or any foreign substance. This system is designed to attack and destroy substances that the body comes in contact with that the immune system considers dangerous. The problem of allergies arises when the bodies bodies an attack against perfectly harmless substances, such as grass pollen, cat dander, peanuts, penicillin, or any one of millions of other harmless substances.

The term, “allergy” was first used in 1906 to describe an altered reaction in the body's defense system. The word allergy comes from the Greek “allos,” which means “other.”

Our immune systems have a perfect memory and have total recall. If the immune system overacts to a substance once, it will always overreact. Our defenses identifies what it considers a dangerous invasion and develops antibodies to destroy it.

That's why someone who suffers from hay fever will react every time he comes in contact with that specific type of pollen that has been memorized by his immune system.

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5 Ways To Prevent Allergies

Preventing allergic reactions in different environments can be difficult. Although difficult, it is not totally impossible. We all live in our home environment. Most of us go to a work environment or a school environment at least five times each week.

We all must go outdoors and travel to some degree, and the travel and outdoor environment is constantly changing.

“An ounce of prevention,” as they say, “is worth a pound of cure.” So preventing allergic reactions is the best (and safest) way to go. Here are some ideas for “cleaning up” the various environments that you live in:

The Home Environment:
1. Dust and vacuum often to control dust mites.
2. Wash bedding often for the same reason.
3. Do not have pets that have feathers or fur to prevent dander.
4. Keep doors and windows closed to seal out pollen.
5. Reduce moisture in the kitchen and bathroom to help prevent mold spores.

The Work Environment: Preventing allergies in the work environment is much more difficult than preventing them in the home environment, where you have total control. Discuss your health needs with your supervisor.

If you have plant allergies request plants to be removed if any in your immediate area.

The School Environment: The school environment is not easily controlled. About all parents can do is to discuss the child's allergy problems with the teacher. They can also discuss the medication options with the child's doctor.

Be sure to inform the school nurse about your child's allergies and the medication needed such as an inhaler. Doing so will put your child's needs on record in the event of a allergy attack the school will be more prepared to deal with an emergency.

The Outdoor Environment: Location, location and location! Like the real estate market, the allergy market is also controlled by location. Some locations have a greater degree of pollen, dust, pet dander, and mold than others.

Before moving to a new neighborhood you may want to check out the flora growing around in the vicinity. It may seem like a pain to do so but you will thank yourself later.

The Travel Environment: Planes, trains, and automobiles are all loaded with allergens, and many vacation destinations are even worse. About all you can do is to travel by car and keep the windows closed.

Stay indoors during peak pollen time. Wear a face mask to reduce pollen exposure. Wash your hands and shower frequently. Be sure to travel with extra medication or your brand of inhalers. You can never rely on getting exactly what you need in an unfamiliar shopping area.

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Food Allergies – Do You Know the REAL Cause?

What did your doctor or allergist tell you when they discovered that you had a food allergy? Were you told to simply abstain from your allergic foods, or put on a rotation diet? Do you think that you are forever condemned to avoid eating these foods, which often happen to be your favorites? Allow me to spill the beans on the REAL cause of food allergies, and what you can do to remove them for good!

Spoke With Your GI Tract LaTely?
Your GI, or gastrointestinal, system, is where food allergies originate. These allergies manifest themselves in the form of an upset stomach, acid reflux, cramping, psoriasis, eczema, anaphylactic shock, and more. If you have food allergies, you already know your symptoms and how unpleasant they are. A poorly functioning GI system is the reason that these allergies exist.

Over time, the population of beneficial bacteria found within your GI system has been depleted. The most common causes of these are: poor diet, alcohol consumption, and the use of antibiotics and over-the-counter medications. Once the population of good bacteria is depleted severely enough, the stomach can not do an efficient job of digestion. Then, foods that are commonly eaten begin being rejected by the GI system, for the body falsely accuses these foods for the poor digestion that is taking place. Then, when the foods are eaten, the walls of your intestines become inflamed. This is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.

So What, Now I'm Leaking ??
Well, your belly is. This often manifests itself as a burning in the stomach after eating. Sometimes, it can be a delayed reaction to foods that does not happen until 2 or 3 days later. When the walls of your intestines become inflamed, this creates tiny openings through which undigested foods leak out. When they do, they enter the bloodstream and circulate through the body. The immune system does not recognize foods that are not fully digested. Therefore, when it detects these food particles, they are labeled as foreign invaders. This triggers the release of histamine. Histamine is what causes your allergic symptoms. It is what ANTI-histamines attempted to suppress, yet this is purely putting a band-aid over your problem.

How to End Your Food Allergies
First of all, you must avoid the foods that you are allergic to. It is likely that you have already obtained a food allergy test, and know what those foods are. Temporarily abstaining from these foods is necessary to allow your GI tract some time to heal.

Secondly, begin restoring the population of beneficial bacteria within your GI tract. This involves taking a quality probiotic. Visit your local health food store and purchase a probiotic that requires refrigeration, to insure that you are consuming living cultures of bacteria.

Third, avoid the use of antibiotics, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (such as Tylenol, Aleve, etc) as much as possible. These kill the good bacteria in your belly. I'm not saying to ignore your doctor's advice if you have an infection! But, if use of these products CAN be avoided, it is important to do so.

Lastly, give yourself a break for a while. Lay off the booze and heavy meals. Up your intake of fruits and vegetables clearly. Meat and cheese are tough on the digestive system. Dairy products are the largest culprit in causing poor digestion and GI damage, and they should be avoided absolutely if you want to heal much faster.

Remember that your food allergies are a chronic health condition. This means that it took quite a while for them to develop. Your GI system was able to take quite a beating, but now it is down for the count. It may take a while to heal. Accepting this is not easy, but be grateful for the knowledge you have to heal yourself, and optimistic about your future as a much more healthy individual. This sucks, but it is good that you caught it before something more serious developed.

DISCLAIMER
I should add that I do not recommend that you jump right into eating foods that you were previously allergic to after taking some time to heal your GI system. It is very well worked, but if you have a serious food allergy, such as one that causes anaphylactic shock, it is not safe to go out and eat shellfish simply because you are on a probiotic. Talk with your allergist about safe ways to test your allergic response and slowly incorporate these foods back into your diet.

Thanks so very much for reading, and please let me know what you think about food allergies!

To the BEST of health,

Brian

** credits go to the amazing holistic doctor, Dr. David Dahlman, for teaching me the information found within this article. Visit his website at drdahlman.com to learn the RIGHT way to heal yourself from numerous conditions, including IBS, acid reflux, and many more!

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Choosing an Air Purifier – Select the Best One To Keep Your Family Safe and Healthy

Many people, especially in large cities, think of poor air quality as an outside thing. Cars, factories, trains, trucks, and other things we encounter daily emit pollutants that affect the air we breathe. However, the fact is that the air you breathe outside is usually not the most harmful air to your health. Most people do more damage by breathing the air inside their homes, thanks to harmful airborne particles such as dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and tobacco smoke.

Choosing an air purifier that meets your needs will solve the problem of having harmful, contaminated, polluted air inside your home. There are a lot of different air purifiers on the market, so it is important to take a few steps to ensure you get the right unit at the right price for you.

When purchasing an air purifier, here are the questions you should ask yourself.

1. Does the unit contain a true HEPA filter? Wording is very important here. If a unit boasts a “HEPA type” filter, it is insufficient and will not clean your air effectively. If you are serious about clean air, the air purifier your purchase MUST contain a “true HEPA filter” which will eliminate 99.97% of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size.

2. How big is the living area you need cleaned? Any air purifier you are looking at should tell you how big of a living area it is capable of cleaning effectively. If you need 500 or more square feet cleaned, you need to get a unit that is powerful enough to handle that job. There are many units on the market that are of a very high quality that just can not clean that big of a living area, so make sure you study this carefully before you make your decision.

3. Are there any other features you need? Below the vital features of a true HEPA filter and being sufficiently powerful to clean the living area you need, there are some extra features that some units offer and others do not. These features include an ultraviolet light to capture bacteria and other biological airborne contaminants; a carbon prefilter to trap large particles before they get to the HEPA filter; and an ionizer to release negative ions and trap particles in the air, making them easier for the HEPA filter to eliminate quickly. Familiarize yourself with these features and determine which ones are important to you and which ones are not. This will help you select only units that contain the features you need so that you can compare them side-by-side.

4. What is your budget? You do not have to break the bank to purchase a quality air purifier that will keep your family safe and healthy. However, if you just look for the cheapest unit on the market, you may end up sacrificing quality or ending up with a unit that is not capable of doing everything you need it to do. There are good units across many price points, so first figure out which of the features above you need, then set a budget, then compare only machines within your budget that offer those features.

By choosing an air purifier that is capable of cleaning the air in your home effectively and efficiently, you can greatly improve your own health as well as the health of your loved ones. It is one of the simplest things you can do to ensure your home is a happy, healthy place for all who live there.

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Improve Your Home Air Quality Today With An Air Purifier – What To Look For

Lately, a lot of attention has been given to the air we breathe outside. Pollution is a big deal these days and cities all across the world have instituted air quality alerts and control measures to try to keep their citizens safe and healthy. With that said, did you know that your home air quality – that is, the air actually inside your home – can be unhealthier to breathe even than the air outside in large, polluted cities such as Los Angeles and Beijing? Allergy sufferers will attest to this firsthand. Harmful particles such as dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and many others circulate and stagnate in your home air, harming your lungs and respiratory system, aggravating your allergies, and putting your health at risk.

The best way to eliminate this threat to your health is with a quality air purifier. But there are so many of them out there, how do you know which one to purchase? This guide will help you make the right decision for you and your family's health.

Here are the main criteria to evaluate when buying an air purifier.

1. What is your budget? Air purifiers cover a wide gamut of price ranges, so first you want to establish how much you are willing to spend on one so that when you are comparing across several units, you are doing so with units that fit into your specified price range. You do not have to break the bank on an air purifier to get a good one, but this is something that is too important to your family's health to simply look for the cheapest discount option.

2. True HEPA filters only! You only want to consider air purifiers that contain a true HEPA filter. These filters will capture a staggering 99.97% of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This will legally eliminate all pollen, dust, dust mites, tobacco smoke, and pet dander from your home. Do not fall for cheap units which claim to have a “HEPA like” filter. There is no substitute for a true HEPA filter.

3. How big of an area do you need to clean? Any unit you evaluate should have listed the maximum room size it is able to clean effect. This can range from 100-150 square feet up to 900 or more square feet depending on the power of the air purifier. If you have a large house and you want the whole thing to have clean air, you might consider using more than one air purifier. Personally, I use a large model for the open space that encompasses my living room, kitchen, and dining room, and a small, quiet unit for my bedroom.

4. Compare extras. The above paragraphs outlined the basic criteria that must be present for an air purifier purchase to be worth it. As you compare them, you will notice that some units have some special features that while they are not vital, some people strongly prefer to have them. These features include a carbon prefilter that captures large particles and keeps them from clogging up the HEPA filter, theby prolonging its life; an ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other biological airborne contaminants; and an ionizer to release negative ions into the air, which some people believe makes the air healthier to breathe. If one or more of these extra features are important to you, focus on selecting an air purifier within your budget which offers them.

Your home air quality is vital to your health as well as the health of your family. Do not let the air you breathe inside be even worse than the air you breathe outside. By choosing a quality air purifier for your home, you can be confident that you are doing all you can to keep your family safe.

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Fighting Allergies With Food – Eat Your Way To Allergy Relief

Who does not love to eat? Eat, drink, and be merry, right? But did you know that eating certain foods can actually help you eat your way to allergy relief? Eating well is one of the most natural ways to strengthen the immune system, and here are 5 ways to eat your way towards life with fewer allergy flare-ups.

Eat Yogurt — Check the label to make sure that the brand you're selecting contains live cultures. Eating approximately 2 cups a day has been shown to lower the amount of IgE (antibody responsible for immune response) in the blood.

People who suffer from asthma and allergic asthma tend to have high levels of this antibody, so lowering the amount in the blood decreases inappropriate responses to triggers.

Eating yogurt also increases the amount of the protein interferon gamma which in turn reduces the body's production of IgE. This results in fewer flare-ups.

Eat A Rainbow — Remember the song which words are “red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue”? Well eating highly colorful vegetables and fruits that are high in beta-carotene is a natural way to bolster the immune system.

Beta-carotene is the organic compound found in foods such as apricots, blueberries, carrots, cherries, tomatoes, peaches, peppers, oranges, sweet potatoes, collard and kale greens, and even egg yolks.

These foods are rich in antioxidants which help keep cells healthy and lower the risk of infection and cancer. Helping your body fight off infection naturally increases the body's ability to react more normally to allergens.

Eat Foods Low in Sodium, Sugar, and Fat — Processed food is often loaded with high amounts of these ingredients. A diet that is built heavily on these ingredients spells disaster for health. Countries whose diet is rich in legumes, vegetables, fruit, fish, and lean meat show a markedly lower incidence of asthma.

Insist On An Apple A Day — The old adage has been proven to be more than just a catchy phrase. A study done by English researchers has shown that people who eat at least 5 apples each week experience healthier lung function than those who do not.

Drink Up — This is a natural and healthy way to continuously flush the body of impurities and pollutants. There are many flavored waters available for variety, and adding a small amount of juice can also keep your water tasting interesting. Other fluids such as milk, juice, decaffeinated coffee and tea all count towards your daily requirements.

Juicy fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots have high amounts of water as well and the water they contain counts as well.

Eating healthy is natural and tasty way to manage allergies. The only side effect is good health, and there's no down side to that.

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How Poor IAQ Affects Your Family

As parents, we're very careful to safeguard our kids from the external dangers of life with several rules. Look both ways before crossing the street; do not touch any electric appliances with wet hands; do not touch any broken glass; always listen to your parents. We're also careful to prevent issues with our children's safety indoors by installing smoke detectors, practicing escapes during fire drills and teaching children the power of calling 911 in the event of an emergency. But what about other seemingly less important issues that lurk under our noses – like indoor air quality?

Honest speaking, interior air quality is something many people tend to overlook until something forces them to pay attention. The signs have an array of health symptoms: asthma attacks, explosive allergic reactions, and the like. Some even say poor air quality can be linked to more serious illnesses, such as cancer. Sounds ludicrous, right? Well, be advised the health effects are very real.

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Home

The quality of air you breathe, whether inside or out, affects your health in many ways. From pollen to carbon dioxide to radon gas, there are a myriad of gases, particles and substances that pollute air in your home, that affects you and your family by default. If you have reliably recently moved into your home, some of short term affects you and / or your family may feel headaches, dizziness, fatigue and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. In the long-term, though, more serious illnesses such as asthma, respiratory disease and even cancer may arise from poorly maintained IAQ.

Now this may have alarmed you and that was the purpose of what you've read so far, but there are ways in which to mitigate any severe short-term or long-term affects to your household. When cleaning, make sure that if you're vacuuming that you're using a HEPA filter. If you must use chemicals, use those that are found to not have much in the way of hazardous compounds such as Benzene. Clear off any and all mold growths and clean that area thoroughly and frequently, reducing excess moisture within those certain areas of the home by repairing / replacing leaking pipes and keeping an appropriate home humidity of between 30-50%.

As well, check your home for the presence of radon gas and, if there are any threshold levels of it present, have a professional safeguard your home against it. Changing your air filter when dirty or, at the most, every 45 days will help to ensure that the air you breathe is less likely to carry circulate ever more allergens. When painting your walls, or re-painting, check to make sure that the paint contains no, or very low, VOC products.

Dusting often is highly recommended also, because allergens such as dust mites and pollen tend to settle on surfaces after traveling through the air. Likewise, wash linens and bedsheets at least once per week as they, also, can harbor dust mites and passages of pollen. One of the simplest things to do, especially in the warmer months of Summer, is to simply refresh the stale indoor air with new air from outside by opening a window from time to time. Your family's health and safety is, obviously, an important concern. So, too, should be the quality of indoor air that your household breathes in and out.

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Chronic Cough – Allergy or Something Else?

Cough is common, and can linger, especially during the allergy season. But does cough equal allergy?

A cough can be an annoying, embarrassing symptom, or an important clue leading to rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. It is one of the most common reasons to see a lung specialist, accounting for more than one third of new patient visits in many practices. There is an abundance of confusing medical literature available, most of it on the internet; a recent search found more than 300 articles related to chronic cough published so far this year, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Coughing itself is remarkably effective. Acute cough is our primary defense mechanisms to protect the airways and lungs from unwanted invaders, such as aspirated food or secretions laden with bacteria or acid from the stomach. Receptors line the major airways to trigger an acute cough, which can create flow rates approaching the speed of sound! This rapid air flow creates shearing forces that move secretions up and out, but unwanted effects, such as rib fractures, sprained chest muscles and even syncope (brief loss of consciousness) can result.

What makes a cough chronic? The accepted time scale is three weeks without an obvious precipitating cause. There are many clues to the cause of a cough which your physicist can review with you. Usually a carefully taken health history and physical exam will identify many major concerns, such as asthma or allergy, exposure to inhaled toxins, or medicines known to cause cough. Smoking is of course an irritant; it inhibits normal mucus clearance mechanisms, and most long term smokers have a chronic cough, though some are not bothered by it. The timing, nature and history of the cough are important to review, along with associated respiratory symptoms and findings on physical exam, such as abnormal breath sounds. Chest x-ray and tests of lung function are helpful in the detection of unexpected or minor abnormalities, such as airflow obstruction indicating asthma or COPD. “Post infectious” cough can follow respiratory infections, either minor or major, and can last for months. A state of airway hyper-responsiveness develops even though the infection itself has resolved. Frequently anti-inflammatory drugs, such as those used for asthma, are given to bring the airway back to normal. Acid reflux is another occult cause for chronic cough, as is allergic post-nasal drainage. Frequently these conditions produce minimal symptoms except for the cough. Surprisingly the majority of well established coughs has more than one cause as their basis. All must be treated, or resolution does not occur.

In most cases, rare or life causing accidents are easily ruled out and common causes, such as asthma, allergic drainage and acid reflux, are diagnosed and treated effectively. Resolution and patient satisfaction depend heavily on a systematic assessment and adequate length of therapy, so a good working relationship with your Physician is key.

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NAET: Cures Many Different Types of Allergies!

The Effectiveness of NAET Allergy Treatment

NAET allergy treatment has become a very popular way to get rid of allergies naturally. There are still some people out there that live with allergies on a daily basis. Some of these people are very skeptical about the effectiveness of NAET, and are not willing to give it a try. The truth is that many people have used this form of allergy treatment and had fantastic results.

There are so many different allergens out there, and the particular allergens that bother one person may not bother another. With the NAET allergy treatment, you are able to focus on the individual allergens in order to eliminate allergies altogether. By testing for the allergens, you can pinpoint the exact problems so that they can each be targeted. After a series of these treatments, you will find that allergies are no longer a concern. You can live your life free from allergies, and your overall quality of life will be improved.

The Different Types of Allergies that NAET Allergy Treatment Can Eliminate

Some of the most common allergies that people suffer from are pet allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies. Since these are the most common, they are often the ones that are targeted first. Once these allergies have been eliminated, more specific allergies can be addressed. As you take a look into the various things that you may be allergic to, you may be surprised as to what you find out. It can definitely be an eye opener.

Another big concern that NAET allergy treatment addresses is the fact that you can actually have “allergic reactions” to emotions. While it may not give you the same symptoms, there are specific things in your life that can cause you to have emotional distress. These feelings are thought to be avoidable if you get rid of the source of the problem. This has a lot to do with the energy flow, or chi, through your body. Once you ensure that your energy flow is positive and open, you will be able to cure a lot more of your allergies and health problems.

NAET Allergy Treatment Can Change Your Life

Once you take the time to learn more about NAET allergy treatment , you will find that it can be a life changing treatment. It can help in more ways than one. Some people even use this to treat other problems including allergies. While the treatment of the specific allergens can be lengthy, it is important to realize that once you have finished the treatment you will no longer have to deal with problems that come along with having allergies.

Fortunately, there is a plethora of information available to you on the subject of NAET allergy treatment. If you take the time to learn more about the different procedures that are involved, you will be able to make an informed decision on whether or not this is the right treatment for your allergy problems. Many people who were skeptical at first have found it to be a great choice for them. I know it was for me. Read my story and many others on how NAET eliminates allergies.

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The Kyrptonite Factor

I am all “geeked up” about the upcoming summer movie season. Have you seen the movies coming out? This summer Xmen, Captain America, Thor, and Green Lantern will be exploding onto movie screens everywhere! This season looks as if it will be way better than Summer 2010 because big time is sucked! I thought Ironman 2 was cool but it seemed to be missing something, do not ya think? In my opinion, the summer 2011 movie season kicks off May 6th when Thor finally arrives in theaters. I saw the trailers for it last last year and had it “penciled” in on my calendar since then! I get a little excited about these movies because I was a comic book fan when I was younger so if you see more exclusances marks than normal you now know why !!!!!;) I am so glad they're making these movies when they have the right technology and special effects. At least it's believable now, and it does not look like those old Godzilla movies where you know there's a man in a monster suit walking over cardboard buildings on a movie set. TG for technology is all I can say!

Since we are going to be talking about superheroes, let me ask a question? If these heroes are so super why is it always seem to have a weakness? For Thor, he's preoccupied with his hammer and tends to lose sight of his other powers. Everyone knows Superman's achille's heel is Kryptonite. Even super villains have their weakness. Do not believe me? Well … Mxyzptlk can be banished to the 5th dimension if he's tricked into saying his name backwards. You may have to “google” that to find it but if you are an ol 'Superfriends head like me, you will not need to! I am almost inclined to believe having weaknesses make these characters human so mere mortals like you and I can relate to them. But … I've seen many people get thought up into thinking they are indestructible superheroes until a health issue pops up to remind them of their own personal kryptonite. Matter of fact, it happened to me not long ago.

Wheat Allergy Symptoms

Back when I was in the corporate world, I had my share of company meetings. You know the ones where they say the same thing 50 gazillion times but they try to disguise it like it's new information? Well, part of those meetings and the only good thing about them was lunch was provided free and clear! Who does not like a free lunch every now and then? That lunch would usually be pizza or sandwiches. Now, I have a weakness for pizza and even though I'm lactose intolerant a “brotha” will take a chance every now and then and eat it. Most of time when the lunch was over, the meeting would continue and I would drift into what I called “Wile E Coyoteism.” If you do not know who that is, it's the character who always chased the Road Runner but was too slow to catch him. This is exactly how I felt after eating pizza as everything seemed to slow down and sleepiness set in. It was hell fighting sleep in those meetings, let me tell you! It was not until this year I found out I had a gluten sensitive issue primarily through following Sean Croxton's Underground Wellness blog. Big ups to Sean for bringing this to my attention! I took my suspicion to an alternative doctor and sure enough she confirmed it. Here are some symptoms I experienced:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Flatulence (farting … I is not scared to say it)

Other effects of wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity may include:

  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated Stomach
  • Headache

Food allergies can affect different people in different ways. I sat down with a friend of mine and she told me her son would always cry and get emotional and it was not until he was tested and confirmed as having a food allergy that they eliminated the food and then the symptoms. See how deep this can be!

Celiac Symptoms

Celiac disease which is another way of saying you have an intolerance to gluten can affect the body in different ways depending on the individual. The symptoms can be mild to sever and consist of the malabsorption of minerals and vitamins which can be detrimental to the body's overall health. Here are several symptoms of Celiac:

  • Infertility
  • Weight Loss
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Obesity

Oddly enough, I have read many times where fitness trainers who train women tell them to eliminate gluten from their diet if they struggle with losing weight. The biggest danger associated with Celiac in my humble opinion is the way it affects the small intestine by damaging the villi (lining of the small intestine) which leads me to believe it may contribute to the breakdown of the immune system since it's located partially in the digestive system. As a secondary concern, Celiac can lead to malnourishment which is already happening as our foods are not as nutrient dense as they once were. So if you have Celiac Disease or suspect you do this is a double whammy!

Celiac Test

Is there a test for Celiac? There sure is and an at home kit can be bought to do it. I would advise against this without you do not have a naturopath or alternative health practitioner located in your area. Most conventionally trained doctors do not test for Celiac and even if you are referred to an Allergist chances are it might involve shots when all you need to do is a simple change of diet and gluten free products to alleviate the symptoms. In any event, seek medical attention before your superhero Thor persona starts looking and feeling like Ol Yeller. Just remember this … allergies are not just a result of sneezing from pollen but can also be attributed to reactions from the food you've been eating for years. Be a conscious eater ya'll! Over and out!

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Can An Allergy Free Diet Cure Your Arthritis?

Millions of people are affected by arthritis. Nearly fifty million in the US alone. And, while arthritis can originate in children, in most cases it attacks people as they get older.

But, particularly at risk are those over the age of sixty. In fact, by the time people reach sixty, nine out of ten will be affected by the disease to varying degrees.

There are basically two kinds of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The former is the most common and is usually caused by poor nutrition and / or lack of exercise. The latter type is an autoimmune disease which attacks the joints and can occur at any age.

Rheumatoid arthritis is very destructive to the body. It causes swelling of the joints and a great deal of pain. As of yet, medical researchers have not discovered a cure for the disease. At best, doctors will prescribe medicines that can ease the pain and slow its progress. In many cases, anti-inflammatory drugs are also used to help with the pain and swelling.

The bad part about taking medications, however, is that they all have side effects that can sometimes cause a lot of distress as well. So, in many cases the choice comes down to suffering from the full effects of the disease itself or suffering the consequences of the medicines.

A third option that rarely occurs to people is that the cause of their arthritis may be related to one or more food allergies. While it may seem far fetched, medical trials have definitively proven that if a food allergy is not a cause of rheumatoid arthritis, in some cases it is definitely a trigger. Furthermore, when tested among older people, the removal of foods from their diet, that they have allergies to, caused a dramatic improvement in the health of many of them.

However, it is worth noting that the removal of certain foods did not improve all cases of rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, an allergy free diet only caused an improvement in about nine percent of the test participants. That is why food allergens can only be classified as one of many possible triggers for the disease.

Still, if you were one of the nine percent that it did help, you would think that it was a life saver. The fact is that you will not really know if following an allergy free diet will help you or not until you actually try it. If you have been suffering with the disease for more than a year, you owe it to yourself to at least give it a chance.

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