Quote of the Day - April 21st:
I think it's a parenting issue. I think kids are realizing they can participate with asthma, whereas years ago, parents would pull their kids out of physical activity.
( Paul Epstein )

The Scoop on Pollen

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For those who suffer from pollen allergies, an online check of pollen counts is probably part of the daily routine, especially during the high pollen season of spring. However, at the recent 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) in San Francisco, researchers said that pollen counts are not always accurate. So now what are allergy sufferers to do with the pollen counts that they so depended on before? Continue reading…

Claritin Saves the Day

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Every spring, like so many others around the world, my husband goes into sneezing fits, itchy eyes and scratchy throat. Allergies hit him hard. He has tried a number of different allergy meds, all over the counter for him. The best one he ever found, however, was in France a couple of years ago. Continue reading…

What is the Culprit?

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Talking to my friend today, I could hear the frustration in her voice. Her daughter has asthma, allergies and eczema and she is trying her best to find the connection and deal with it. However, she keeps getting shut down by different doctors, getting handed more prescriptions and instead of wanting to put more in her little girl’s body, she wants to clean it up, but no one seems to help. Continue reading…

Things I’ve Learned from Food Allergies

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Until my daughter was diagnosed with a food allergy about 7 years ago, I never really thought about them. I don’t even think I knew what anaphylaxis was. Now, I think about food allergies almost every day, and not just hers. Just like anything that rocks your world, an allergy can open up your mind, make you more compassionate, and teach you a lot. You always get a choice in how you think about things, you can be discouraged and disheartened, or you can become empowered and learn to be a stronger person. So here are some of the top things I’ve learned over the years since dealing with food allergies, and it’s not all the scientific end of it either. Continue reading…

Pollen is Everywhere

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As I was sitting at my desk today I was looking at my window. The day was unusual for late March being cold and drizzly, but the flowers in my neighborhood are in full bloom and so beautiful, splashes of pink azaleas, orange tulips, white dogwoods….and then I saw the UPS truck and my jaw dropped. The top of the big box truck was no longer the familiar brown we relate to UPS, it was YELLOW! The pollen looked so thick it was like snow! I was so shocked though I’ve seen pollen for many years, that took my breath away! Continue reading…

Sleepovers and Visits with Pet Allergies

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Many of us worry about food allergies when our children go to someone else’s house, but there are plenty of us who worry about other things, like pet allergy reactions. Even if you have a pet, maybe your child is allergic to another kind of animal. So what can you do if your child has a pet allergy and her best friend has a pet? Or the other way around, how can you be a good host when someone comes visiting who is allergic to your pet? Here are some tips to help out: Continue reading…

Benefits of Bee Pollen

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We were at a local farmer’s market recently and a bee farmer was there with honey, candles and bee pollen. After talking to him for a bit, my husband decided to buy some bee pollen to see if it would help with his spring allergies. He was a little afraid to start taking it because of reactions or side effects, but went ahead. Now, like with many other medicines or herbs, it takes a while to show any effect. The good news is, though, that after a couple of days, there are no ill side effects. He was worried about swollen eyes or worse pollen symptoms, but so far so good. Continue reading…

Pros and Cons of Natural Alternative and Pharmaceutical Allergy Relief

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With spring knocking at the door, many of us need to start thinking of allergy prevention and relief if we haven’t already. With so many choices of what to take, sometimes it is hard to make that decision. For people taking some sort of medication every day, sometimes more, it does matter what you take. Continue reading…

Almond Milk

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My younger daughter just does not like milk. She eats other things with calcium so I don’t worry too much, but I did just buy some almond milk for her to try. She has yet to try it, maybe it’s the look of milk she doesn’t like, but I did and it is quite good. For those who need to avoid cow’s milk for either an intolerance or an allergy, it really is a good alternative. The health benefits abound, and include these: Continue reading…

9 Ways to Make the Home More Healthy for Children

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Allergies are one of the most often reported conditions in children and do often begin in childhood. There are some ways to make the home healthier and prevent some allergies, or at least alleviate them. Here are a few: Continue reading…

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