Quote of the Day - January 18th:
Since carriage in the nose is the first step in causing disease, the increased rate of carriage suggests more frequent occurrence of the disease. Indeed, active and passive smoking are associated with increased rate of respiratory infectious diseases.
( David Greenberg )

Citrus Allergy: Goodbye Lemons, Oranges…

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Just by eating citrus fruit, have you ever experienced allergy-like symptoms? These symptoms include watery eyes, a runny nose, and rashes on the skin. Along with the appearance of hives, you could feel some tingling in your lips and tongue. As the allergy grows more severe, your voice could become hoarse and your throat would tighten. In some cases, these would also be accompanied by symptoms of nausea, vomiting diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Continue reading…

Restaurants and Food Allergies

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We were recently in a restaurant where items that had anything to do with the big allergens were marked and a note at the bottom said something to the effect of “If you have food allergies, please let our staff know.” Very assuring that the awareness is spreading. Continue reading…

A Good Look at the Difference a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance

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Apparently, there is a large number of people who report being allergic to certain foods when actually they are intolerant. But what really is the difference? Is it important to know the distinction between the two? Here are a few FAQ to help determine the differences. Continue reading…

Acupuncture for Allergies

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We talk a lot about how to treat allergies, whether they are food related or environmental. For the most part, avoidance and medication is the most common method of treatment, and that medication can be anything from immunotherapy to over the counter or prescription meds, including antihistamines, Epipens and other allergy medicine. Continue reading…

Big 8 Allergies

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I came across a great piece the other day with a thorough breakdown of the big 8 allergies. We know them as wheat, soybeans, fish, shellfish, eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts and tree nuts, and these 8 foods cause 90% of food allergic reactions. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of other foods that cause allergies (kiwi and avocados some big ones), but these are the major ones. These are the ones you read about and see postings for in restaurants and on ingredient lists. Continue reading…

Happy New Year

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You hear people say all the time how fast time goes, it really does! I can’t believe the year is ending, and all we can do is look forward to the new one and welcome 2011. Many of us set some goals, resolutions, or at least have some wishes for the New Year.  Here is what I’m thinking I’d like to see for 2011: Continue reading…

Beating Winter Allergies

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Though winter is a nice time for pollen allergy sufferers, now we have to deal with everything inside – dust, pet dander, mold, dry air… Continue reading…

Eating Your Way to Allergy Ease

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I always think what we put in our bodies is as important as what we keep out. We work hard to make sure certain allergens don’t get in, but it also helpful to ensure that enough healthy and helpful foods get in. Eating the right things can help out with combatting environmental allergens and keeping us healthy so our resistance stays strong. Continue reading…

Diagnosing Food Allergies (Again)

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I know I’ve posted on this topic before, but after reading another article on diagnosing food allergies, it makes wonder what the future will be. According to a piece in the current issue of Time Magazine (Dec 20, 2010), Surveys suggest that the rate of food allergies is on the rise in the U.S., but experts say up to 90% of those allergies may be misdiagnosed cases of sensitivity to or intolerance of common foods like peanuts, milk and soy. Continue reading…

Vacations and Dining Out With Allergies

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We just returned from a few days away and, as usual, spent a lot of our time exploring which in turn means dining out for us. We did stay with some friends so we knew there would be no allergy instances (or at least felt pretty sure there wouldn’t be), but whenever you dine out and you have allergies, you wonder. Continue reading…

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