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Lose Weight Quickly - Almost everyone has some sort of allergy that makes the different seasons seem unbearable. Most people have a hard time controlling their allergies in the fall and spring seasons because of all the pollens that are in the air. In the winter, you make have a hard time controlling your allergies if you have mold or dust allergies.
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WEEDS AND ALLERGIES Thomas Leo Ogren
Allergy, on the rise in the United States and throughout the world, is worst in urban areas. In the past thirty years in the US the percentage of people with allergies has rapidly climbed from 10 percent, to a staggering 38 percent now affected. There are many factors involved in this epidemic of allergy including an increase in the total amount of urban airborne pollen. In urban areas much of the increase in allergy can be tied to the over-use of staminate (male ) dioecious cultivars in our urban landscapes.
There is much evidence though, that from years of constant exposure to pesticides and industrial pollutants, that people in general have become more susceptible to developing allergies. As such, people are now often more sensitive to allergens such as pollen than they were in the past. In most US cities, especially on the West Coast, some 70 to 80 percent of the total yearly pollen load has consistently been found to come from the area's urban landscaping, especially from the trees. Weeds and grass pollens make up the rest of the yearly pollen load, however in many cases, the pollen from some of these weeds and grasses is especially allergenic and causes more than its share of actual allergic response.
Much of the grass pollen in urban areas comes directly from lawns that are not kept regularly mowed. Bermuda grass in particular is often the cause of grass pollen allergy in cities. There are now some very interesting and useful new types of grass that have been developed that do not produce any pollen whatsoever. In particular, certain pistillate ( female ) cultivars of Buffalo Grass ( Buchloe dactyloides ) are proving to be of great use. Female Buffalo Grass cultivars grow shorter than male clones and as such, require much less mowing. Because they are female they produce no pollen and cause no allergy. Buffalo Grass is also winter hardy, easily grown under a wide range of soil and climatic conditions, and is available as sod or from plugs. Because this native grass is especially deep-rooted it requires much less fertilizer and water than most sod lawn species more commonly in use.
The whole issue of VOC production and methods for its limitation is one that will become increasingly important in the future as we seek to find more methods of limiting air pollutants of all types, whether organic or inorganic. Certain types of weeds and the pollen they shed are of great importance as the cause of allergy. In much of the Southern, Midwestern, and Eastern US the worst allergy weeds of all are the species of Ambrosia, or the Ragweeds. There is a certain amount of ragweed in the Western states and it is most commonly found growing alongside highways. Ragweed is a monoecious species that produces huge amounts of small, very light and buoyant pollen. The individual grains of pollen are spiked with many sharp points and under a microscope resemble tiny balls of cactus.
This pollen can and does cause hay fever, asthma, itching, and skin rash. The number of people allergic to ragweed pollen is very high. Although there is a species of ragweed native to Europe, in Europe now, there are many species of ragweed present, most of them unwanted imports from America. Likewise, in California we now have many non-native species of ragweed growing. In the past there have been a few examples of successful civic actions taken against ragweed. In several areas of Europe local crusades to wipe out ragweed have had mixed success. In the 1930's in the Montreal area of Canada the local citizens banded together to destroy ragweed.
Farmers were encouraged to eradicate it. School children were taught how to identify it in its juvenile stages and contests were held for many years: to see who could pull up the most ragweed seedlings. Eventually ragweed was actually eliminated from large areas due to this combined civic attack. Unfortunately after many years passed, attention was not paid to seeing that ragweed did not regain a foothold and today it is again common in the Montreal area. It is the feeling of this author that in California, where so much of our ragweed is concentrated alongside highways, that with a concerted effort, we could come close to eradicating it here. At any rate, even partial success at ragweed elimination would result in large increases in cleaner air and would be appreciated by the estimated 10 million people in California who suffer each fall from pollen allergies.
There are a number of other weeds common in California that cause more than their share of allergies, in particular the Pigweeds ( Chenopodium species. ), Groundsel ( Senecio spp. ), Plantain ( Plantago spp. ), Poison Oak, ( Rhus Toxicodendron ), and the Castor Bean ( Ricinus communis ). Poison Oak is a dioecious species and is both insect and wind-pollinated. As such this pollen is often abundant in Spring in all areas where Poison Oak is common. Pollen from Poison Oak can land on people's skin and can cause the exact same symptoms as contact with the leaves of the plant. Inhalation of Poison Oak pollen can be dangerous for people with asthma who are also susceptible already to the contact affects of this species. Castor Bean is a fast-growing annual or perennial plant with very large, often colorful leaves and stems. It is monoecious and the female flowers are above the male flowers, a system that ensures a large amount of wind-pollination. Native to central Africa, Castor Bean is now grown as an oil crop or as an ornamental in many areas of the world. During World War Two a large amount of acreage in the US was planted to Castor Bean as an oil seed crop and within two years of these plantings allergy to the pollen suddenly became both common and severe. Castor Bean is especially common along highways in many of the coastal communities of California.
The pollen is shed for many months during the year, from early in the season to late. Whereas most species' pollen usually triggers hay fever symptoms in people, Castor Bean pollen almost always directly causes severe attacks of asthma. Castor Bean is a Euphorbia Family member and as such its pollen is especially dangerous for certain individuals. Over the years in the US and in other urbanized areas of the world, millions of cars and trucks have been driving down the roads and their rubber tires have been breaking down, due to simple friction between the tires and the roadways. Billions of tiny particles of this latex rubber constantly go airborne and in the process millions of people are exposed to breathing in these minute particles of rubber. The rubber that the tires are made from comes from the collected sap of the tropical tree, Hevea brasiliensis, which is also a member of the notorious Euphorbia family. There has been another recent addition to allergies from rubber and this has been caused by the huge increase in the use of latex gloves. With the spread of AIDS, the wearing of these rubber gloves has increased rapidly.
The gloves are dusted with powder so that they will not stick together and when they are put on or taken off, this same powder, now "rubberized," goes airborne. In the process many more people are exposed to latex particles. In allergy study cross-reactive responses are frequently seen. People who are allergic to one particular type of plant, often become allergic too, to the pollen of that plant's close relatives. With the huge increases in latex allergies we are now seeing, it is not surprising that allergy to Castor Bean pollen is also on the increase. Latex allergies are almost always severe.
Common symptoms include terrible swelling of the face and head, difficulties in breathing, cough, head ache, skin rash, and all too often, anaphylactic shock. This is one allergy that can and does kill. At this conference we have assembled here many of the finest minds in our State, people with the most experience at controlling weeds. If from this talk I could somehow trigger a systematic, coordinated attack on just one of these highly allergenic weeds, then I would certainly feel that my time here today was well worth it. If I were to pick two weeds in California to zero in on to improve air quality and quality of life for us all, I would pick ragweed and Castor Bean. Were I to have to pick just one for starters, Castor Bean would be my weed of choice to see it eliminated from our Golden State.
Tom Ogren is the author of Allergy-free Gardening, from Ten Speed Press, and of Safe Sex in the Garden, also Ten Speed Press, and most recently, from AOL Time Warner Books, What the Experts do NOT Tell You About: Growing the Perfect Lawn. His work has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox TV, HGTV, CBC, and the Canadian Discovery Channel. His website is www.allergyfree-gardening.com
As always, before you attempt to self medicate or try a new health regimen or program we suggest you retain the services of a qualified health care professional.
Watch Out For Allergies With Baby Laundry!
So you're having a baby. You think you've thought of everything, but at the same time you're terrified that you've missed something. Here's one thing you may or may not have thought of: laundry. Yes, you know that you will have more, but have you considered the basic differences between your baby's laundering needs and yours? If you regularly use perfumed detergents, bleach, or fabric softener, your laundering habits may need some reform.
Gone are the days of washing clothes just because they smell. Your baby is going to burp up stuff you've never thought of, and your laundry piles are going to skyrocket. This is only one new concern, however, since your baby's skin is much more sensitive to chemicals than you and your spouses' grown up skin. Laundering the baby's clothing in detergents that are free of perfumes and dyes is one quick way to help ensure that your baby does not get unnecessary discomfort from irritating chemicals.
Another thing that is important when laundering baby clothing is to make sure that you launder any cloth diapers separately. If you are using cloth diapers, you may think of the obvious reason: these items of clothing are obviously much more soiled than the average baby clothing item. It is best to launder these items twice: once in bleach with a double rinse, and then a second time with just vinegar during the last rinse cycle. This is important because not only is the baby using these items a lot more frequently (so they get a lot more wear), but also they are the closest to the baby's very sensitive skin. So making sure that cloth diapers are as allergen free as possible is a key factor in keeping your baby comfortable and happy.
The last item on our laundry agenda will keep your laundry service or electric company well fed, and you plenty busy. As your baby quickly outgrows each new item of clothing, and a new one needs to be purchased to replace it, the new items should all be washed before being put on the baby. That includes outerwear and bath accessories, but is especially important for things that you buy a lot of, like undershirts, socks, and onesies. The first couple of months are particularly crucial in determining what kind of laundering ritual is best for your new addition. This is also a time in which you will be getting used to a lot of specifics about your new baby. Make sure no matter how you launder your baby's clothes, you keep a good eye out for possible allergic reactions and rashes. A comfortable baby is a much happier baby.
Kirsten Hawkins is a baby and parenting expert specializing new mothers and single parent issues. Visit http://www.babyhelp411.com/ for more information on how to raising healthy, happy children.
Many people don't realize that their dogs, just like human beings, can suffer from allergies. In fact, about twenty percent of the dogs in the United States alone suffer from one allergy or another, with flea allergy dermatitis being the most common form of allergies in dogs. Other types include atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and inhalant allergies.
There are detergents formulated specifically for babies, but for the most part as long as you stay away from perfume and dye heavy products, your baby should be just fine. There are of course rare cases in which the baby has specific allergies, in which case it is probably best to find one brand that works for your baby's skin and stick with it. Unfortunately for your baby, this may mean a short trial and error process. As with food allergies, just keep a keen eye out and make sure you seek immediate medical treatment when you are concerned about anything.
Signs and symptoms of dog allergies may vary but are often marked by persistent itching and discoloration of the skin (most common in skin allergies), coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and mucus discharge (most common in inhalant allergies), and nausea, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea (common to food allergies and other ailments.)
Over-the-counter preparations and treatments for common dog allergies exist and may be purchased at any good pet supply store, but care should be taken when choosing such treatments. Consultation with a vet is the best first course of action for several reasons. First of all, what you think is an allergic reaction may actually be signs of a more serious ailment and a vet should be the one to determine whether that is the case. Secondly, if the allergy is severe enough, over-the-counter treatments may not be sufficient to treat the symptoms and a prescription strength treatment may be required. There is also the chance that the dog does not have an allergy at all. The last thing you want to do is medicate your pet unnecessarily.
If you do think your dog has some type of allergy, consult your vet. The doctor will be able to perform tests to determine whether an allergic condition exists, how severe it is, and what the proper treatment will be. If the dog has an allergy to certain foods, it will be imperative to restrict the animal's diet to eliminate those items that cause a reaction. The vet's testing methods can help to determine whether this type of allergy exists as well. If the dog has flea allergy dermatitis (an allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas, rather than to the insects themselves), an extreme flea prevention regimen will be recommended.
Just like humans, dogs that suffer from various allergies can live comfortably with them if they are detected and treated properly. It is important to keep in mind that this is not a time to "play doctor" by attempting to diagnose and treat a possible allergic condition yourself. Only your veterinarian is qualified to determine whether your dog is suffering from allergies and what course of action to take.
Kirsten Hawkins is a dog lover and animal expert from Nashville, TN. Visit http://www.doghealth411.com/ for more information on dog health, the care of dogs, and dog travel.
Remedies for Asthma or Allergies
A lot people have asthma. My daughter, 41 years, included. She has suffered from attacks for many years. Recently I encounter three natural remedies that I asked my daughter to try. I have not yet received a report on these, so I would like to pass them on to you. Here is the first one.
Boswellia, an herb, is known for its anti-inflammatory abilities and its usefulness in reduces the effects of bronchitis, asthma, cough, laryngitis, and fever. It comes from the resin of a tree in India and made into a pill or cream. It is best known for use in arthritis.
Recommended dose is: 150mg three times a day.
Yamoa is an herbal powder treatment for Asthma, which is derived from the bark of an African gum tree. It is available in capsule and has been typically used to help asthma. It has a good history of helping asthma sufferers.
Minor Blue Dragon formula
The Minor Blue Dragon is a Chinese herbal formula. Another name for it is xiao-qing-long-tang, or XQLT. It's a blend of eight herbal medicines used to treat asthma for centuries in Asia
The XQLT formula has been used effectively for bronchial asthma for centuries and it is said to have an even more powerful bronchodilator effect than prescription drugs.
This formulation contains ephedra, which has been banned in the US in diet formulas. However, ephedra in this formula is considered safe, since the formula only contains around 15% of this herb. The other ingredients in XQLT are paeonia alba, cinnamon, pinellia, ginger, schisandar, asarum, and glycyrrhiza. Nutritional Supplements That Help Reduce Asthma
In addition to the above herbs it is also important to take a good supply of antioxidants - especially vitamins A, C, and E, carotenoids, and selenium. Taking antioxidants helps to reduce the irritating effects of airborne free radicals, which can activate an asthma attack.
Magnesium has been shown to reduce the risk of developing asthma and might also be helpful in reducing asthma. Magnesium is also good for asthmatics because it helps to dilate the bronchioles. Also, make sure that plenty of water is drunk daily, which thins mucus. The recommended dosage of magnesium is 200-600 mg/day.
MSM has also proven useful for asthma aside from being beneficial for arthritis, allergies, fatigue, back pain, sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and many other conditions. Start with 2000mg of MSM per day but be sure to take 50 to 150 micrograms of molybdenum daily since MSM needs molybdenum to activate it properly.
I was able to find a product that already has the proper molybdenum in the MSM, which makes it convenient to take just one pill. Go to google and put in the words "MSM molybdenum" and you will find some web sites that sell this MSM combination.
Rudy Silva has a degree in Physics and is a Natural Nutritionist. He is the author of Constipation, Acne, Hemorrhoid, and Fatty Acid ebooks. He also writes a newsletter called Natural Remedies Thatwork.com For more information on his writings go to: http://www.asthmatreatments.info
Local fish and allergies
THE word "allergy" is coined from two Greek words meaning altered reactivity.
A food allergy occurs when the immune system responds defensively to a specific food protein that is not harmful to the body.
A severe food allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis usually occurs within minutes of eating the offending food and symptoms.
It may include a tingling sensation of the mouth, swelling of the tongue and throat, hives (urticaria), skin rashes, vomiting, rhinitis, abdominal cramps, difficulty in breathing (asthma), diarrhoea, a drop in blood pressure, or even a loss of consciousness.
Fish, milk, shellfish, nuts, wheat and eggs are the most common foods that cause allergies. Food intolerance, on the other hand, may or may not involve the immune system and may occur from additives or chemicals that are in the food.
In Malaysia, more than 100 species of fish are sold in the local market.
In countries where consumption of fish is high, allergic reactions to fish are common, predominantly in patients with food allergy.
However, not much is known of the prevalence of fish allergy in the local population.
It seems that the frequency of fish allergy varies according to geography and exposure.
In a study done by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR, 2002), about 562 atopic patients were skin prick-tested (SPT) with a few different types of fish extract.
It was shown that 126 people of the atopic population were skin test positive to fish. The prevalence skin test reactivity to kembung was the highest at 9.3 per cent while the lowest was ikan pari at 2.8 per cent.
Fish muscle fiber is almost identical to the counterpart in red meat. Fish has lower collagen content than meat, making it softer.
Many techniques used for processing meat are applied to fish, producing such products as fish burgers, sticks, sausages and nuggets. This process adds new allergens which may be responsible for food allergic reactions.
Most allergies are inherited, which means they are passed on to children by their parents.
While many children may outgrow allergy to cow's milk, they may continue to be hypersensitive to fish and shellfish in later life.
Allergies cannot be cured but the symptoms they cause can be treated and controlled. This may require making changes in the environment or behavior to avoid or reduce exposure to certain allergens.
Even with treatment, the body's immune system will continue to react when exposed to allergens.
If you suffer from a fish allergy, avoiding fish and food containing fish products such as Caesar salad, roe (fish eggs), imitation seafood (as is often used in sushi) is the only way to prevent a reaction.
Blood tests can be done to eliminate possible culprits and it may be worthwhile considering one done to avoid anaphylactic shock.
Extremely sensitive patients have suffered anaphylactic shock after eating foods cooked in reused cooking oil, or when utensils and containers have been used earlier for cooking fish.
Researchers found that the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil concentrates may be an alternative source of supplying these vital fatty acids for those with fish allergy.
This is due to the fact that the protein which coats the allergens in the fish is filtered out during the manufacturing process of fish oil.
The quality of the fish oil you choose is very important. High-quality oil should be independently lab-tested and has to be free of mercury and other environmental toxins.
Allergies are on the increase - a third of the population believe that they suffer from allergies, and even though some of these people may be mistaken, everyone agrees that eczema, asthma, hay fever, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. are now more and more common. So, what has happened?
It is often unclear why a person has a tendency to be allergic or intolerant to a range of substances. Medical practitioners talk about 'atopic individuals' - atopic means 'out of place'. To the unknowing this sounds like a medical diagnosis, but in fact all it means is: You have a tendency to have allergies; you may have several different symptoms caused by your allergic reactions; this often runs in families; we don't know why. Describing someone as an atopic individual is not saying anything the person does not already know about themself!
Genetic Predisposition Allergy problems undoubtedly do run in families, so there may be a genetic component, although the exact mechanism is not clearly understood. Some small genetic mutation can cause the immune system to be triggered more easily, so that family members sharing this mutation will all have a tendency to allergic reactions, although not necessarily to the same substances, but this does not explain the rise in the incidence of allergies in recent years.
Severe Virus Infections A severe virus infection can lead to damage to the immune system, so that the individual is more likely to develop allergies in the future. Again, although this may explain why someone has allergies, the incidence of virus infections is not on the increase.
So we have to look elsewhere to explain the rise, and there are several completely different possibilities.
Parasites One allergy theory now being proposed is that the lack of the proper enemies (liver fluke, tapeworms, etc.) has led to an idle immune system finding inappropriate work in allergic reactions. There are many antibodies produced in the body to protect it against invasion by harmful organisms. IgE antibodies deal effectively and quickly with the extreme danger of infection by large parasites, such as tapeworms. Parasites' effect on health can be devastating, so over the years individuals with efficient IgE mechanisms have lived to reproduce and pass on their genes at a greater rate than people with a less efficient IgE mechanism. The IgE antibodies are also involved in allergic and hypersensitivity reactions, so people with these inherited efficient IgE mechanisms are more likely to suffer allergy problems than people who have inherited a less efficient system. This super-charged immune system was a plus for an asthma sufferer's distant ancestors inhabiting a world with many life-threatening parasites, but now leads to a 'trigger-happy' immune system firing off inappropriately.
Other practitioners (notably Hulda Clark in 'Cure For All Diseases') take the opposite view, and see many allergy symptoms as being a reaction to an infestation of parasites.
Excessive Cleanliness The obsession with the danger of 'germs' is thought to have led to an increase in allergies. Much of this obsession with cleanliness seems to be driven by the media and advertising. Headlines about 'killer bugs', and advertisements that claim a product kills even more germs have led many people to buy more and more products to wipe out these dangerous enemies. A view now gaining ground among many researchers and some doctors is that a certain level of dirt is good for us, particularly during infancy and early childhood when the immune system is maturing.
T-helper cells in the immune system recognise foreign antigens and then secrete substances to activate other cells to fight the invader. In pregnancy the T-helper cells that attack invaders directly without producing antibodies (Th1 cells) are less active, as these could lead the mother's system to reject the foetus. This means that the T-helper cells that are responsible for antibody reactions (Th2 cells) are more prominent. These are the ones that are involved in allergic reactions. The new baby's immune system has the same emphasis as the mother's had during pregnancy. It is believed that the exposure of the very young to some level of 'dirt' is beneficial in that it helps to rebalance the immune system to emphasise the T-helper cells that are not involved in the allergy process.
In an excellent article ('New Scientist' July 18th 1998) Garry Hamilton talks about 'the gentler side of germs'. If the young are not exposed to 'dirt', the immune system does not go through this rebalancing process, and a tendency to allergy can result. Linda Gamblin in 'The Allergy Bible' cites several medical research projects, which support the idea of allowing children to be exposed to dirt and minor infections to help protect against allergies.
Vaccination Our children are now being vaccinated against a bigger and bigger range of diseases. While some of these are serious, many are mild illnesses that were once considered part of a normal childhood. Many alternative practitioners consider that these childhood illnesses help to prime the immune system so that it is better able to cope with a whole range of illnesses later in life. This view is not accepted by most of the medical profession, and indeed it would be difficult to prove. However, there is some evidence that vaccination alters the ratio of T-helper cells and T-suppresser cells. This would be likely to have an effect on the vaccinated child's susceptibility to allergy reactions. It is also known that most vaccines stimulate the branch of the immune system that is concerned with the more extreme immune reactions to invaders such as parasites ('New Scientist' July 18th 1998).
Ubiquitous Presence Of Some Foods Before the advent of freezers and airfreight most people ate local foods in season. Now most fruit and vegetables are available all year round, so that our systems are exposed to the same foods continually without respite.
There has been a dramatic increase in people experiencing soya allergy, since soya has become a common ingredient in many processed foods. In Europe and North America rice allergy is relatively uncommon, whereas in Asia where it is consumed more frequently it is much more common.
Technological Developments Developments that make modern life more comfortable have also led to an increase in allergies. With the advent of air conditioning, central heating and wall-to-wall carpeting house dust mites and moulds such as alternaria have an ideal environment in which to thrive. Modern offices with sealed windows mean that everyone is exposed to the perfumes worn by other people. The increasing use of plastics, formaldehyde, benzene etc. have led to all of us being exposed to an amazing variety of chemicals.
Contamination By Environmental Pollutants The chemicals in diesel fumes are known to damage the outer membranes of pollens. This means that when the pollen is breathed in, the pollen proteins are immediately in much closer contact with the delicate membranes in the mouth, nose and lungs than they would be if the pollen had not been damaged in this way.
It has now also been suggested that the immune system is reacting to some harmless substances because they have been contaminated by environmental pollution: the immune system does not recognise the food, for example, if it has molecules from tyre rubber attached to it. These molecules sometimes appear similar to enzymes produced by parasites and so the immune system attacks the 'parasite'.
Although more and more evidence is accumulating for a role for environmental pollutants, this does not explain why New Zealand, which is relatively unpolluted, has one of the highest incidences of asthma in the world.
As an allergic reaction, some people break out in hives. Some people get sick. Some people get elevated blood pressure and some people itch mightily. There are other reactions of which I'm unaware. However, in my case, I react to vitamin A, all B's and D, aspartame, sucaryl and their predecessors, exactly the same way: they raise my blood pressure. Not just a little, but a lot. I react to some medications (tetracycline, geocyllin), amino acid supplements and my favorite food, mushrooms, by feeling seriously sick to my stomach. And I react to flu shots by getting the flu - three times for every shot, immediately, after three months and again after 6 months.
Electro-Magnetic Pollution An increase in electro-magnetic pollution has run parallel with the increase in allergies. The scientific jury is still out on the danger of mobile phones, power lines, etc., but many people are becoming more concerned about our constant exposure. People who are sensitive to computers, etc. often also show many symptoms typical of allergic individuals. In some cases correcting this sensitivity to electro-magnetic sources, results in all or most of the adverse reactions disappearing. (I recommend health kinesiology for this.)
Stress The pace of life is quickening all the time: modern technology gives us more possibilities and many of us want to experience as many of these as we can. A survey found that half of the 950 young people in their 20's interviewed said that they would feel a failure if they did not own a home by 26, were not married by 27 and not both rich and parents by 29. Many of the interviewees said they were prepared to sacrifice a healthy diet and way of life to achieve this. These expectations and pressures are not conducive to long-term health and can also lead to stress and allergies. Pre-packaged, processed foods eaten in front of the television, too much alcohol, too little fresh air and exercise all take their toll.
Sometimes particular traumatic events can explain a particular allergy. One of my clients was allergic to wool and tea. She told me that when she was a small child she had pulled a cup of hot tea on to herself. At the time she was wearing a wool sweater, and the tea soaked into the sweater and burnt her very badly.
Diet It is now well known that bottle-fed babies are more likely to be prone to allergy problems than breast-fed ones. Sudden or early weaning can contribute to the problem too.
Sadly the modern diet may be abundant in calories, but there is more and more evidence that it is low in some important nutrients. People are eating more pre-processed foods, which may be nutritionally compromised.
Soil is becoming depleted of some minerals, because they have long been taken up by plants grown in the soil. If the mineral is not in the soil, it cannot be in the plant, and so it is not available in the foods we eat either.
It is unlikely that there is one simple answer as to why people are allergic, intolerant or sensitive in general or to particular substances. Research is still being carried out in this fascinating area. Fortunately with the tools that are available it is not necessary to know why someone has allergy problems in order to be able to detect and correct them.
Jane Thurnell-Read is an author and researcher on health, allergies and stress. She has written a book on allergies -"Allergy A to Z" which is available from Amazon, and all good book stores (ISBN 0954243927). It is also availble from her web site http://www.healthandgoodness.com
This article is Copyright 2005 by Windy Dawn Marketing and Loring Windblad. This article may be freely copied and used on other web sites only if it is copied complete with all links and text, including the Authors Resource Box, intact and unchanged in all details.
Allergies come in all forms to just about everything and many different, but all "allergic", reactions. According to my allergenist there are three basic "types of reactions": none, a moderate reaction and a severe reaction. There are also the "grey" areas, between none and moderate and between moderate and severe. All of my "allergic reactions" fell clearly between the grey areas - clearly all were moderate.
Some people are allergic to aspartame. Some people are allergic to pollens. Some people are allergic to house dust. Some people are allergic to fungus. Some people are allergic to vitamins. Some people are allergic to drugs. Some people are allergic foods. I'm one for all of the above.
Other common allergies include animal dander, sea foods, peanuts, insect bites and other medications. But there's a lot more. For just about everything on earth there's someone who is allergic to it. So some allergies are exceptionally rare whereas others are very common.
My particular allergic reactions (and I say "allergic" reaction as they were documented over a period of ten years by three different doctors and an allergenist and confirmed as "allergic reactions") take these three different forms. Thankfully I never react with hives or itching or any of the other bizarre reactions which occur. Mine are bad enough.
My blood pressure normally runs about 135 / 75. On aspartame or sucaryl daily for just one month my blood pressure rises above 165 / 90. If I go longer, say two months, it gets up to the 175 / 100 range. This is dangerous territory indeed. My elevated blood pressure is just a little less violent to vitamins - but still too high.
Oooops! There's another important consideration to allergies. Its called "Climate"! My major allergies are to pollens. As a result, I do not fare well in dry climates and I absolutely thrive in a tropical environment - the damper the better. Other people thrive in a dry climate and need to avoid high humidity - the dryer the better.
The best way to get a handle on your allergies - if you have any and just what they are - is to consult an allergenist. Allergenists do not come cheaply, but they are well worth the investment so far as your health is concerned. The next way to get a good handle on allergies is to experience them and document them and learn how to avoid them.
Your good health will be your reward for learning to cope with your allergies in advance, by avoiding them and staying healthy.
Disclaimer: This article in no way should be taken as "medical advice" on any product, condition or course of action, nor does it constitute in any way "medical advice" endorsing any specific product, specific result, nor any possible cure for any condition or problem. This article is meant as a source of information upon which you may base your decision as to whether or not you should begin using any vitamin, mineral and/or herbal supplement for better health, or begin using a "greens" product as a dietary supplement.
If in doubt, or if you have questions, you should consult your physician and, if possible, consult a second physician for a possible different opinion. The author does not bear any responsibility for your decisions nor for the outcome of your actions based upon those decisions.
Loring Windblad has studied diet, nutrition and exercise for more than 40 years, is a published author, freelance writer and photographer and is married to the beautiful June Dawn. Their latest business endeavors and where they can be reached are: http://www.santaclausca.com/ junedawn@younglivingworld
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Mold Spores - Allergies are prevalent these days, not only in children but in adults as well. In fact, according to the FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) the prevalence of allergic reactions to peanuts has doubled over a period of five years.
Allergic Reactions - Allergy rates are on the increase especially in Western countries (compared to people in less affluent rural parts of the world) and there is a growing body of evidence that strongly suggests that asthma is an environmentally induced disease.
Acne Psoriasis Allergies - We see stories in the news, magazines, and on TV everyday telling us about some of the horrific allergies that result from eating certain types of food. One such food targeted by these stories is wheat. However, while there is indeed such a thing as wheat allergy, this is not a license for you to skip wheat all together when you find yourself showing even the remotest signs of an allergy.
Good Skin Care - As the old saying goes, "you are what you eat." However, in terms of natural skin care diet is a great place to start, but by no means does good skin care stop there. When it comes to natural skin care it is not only about what you eat but also how you care for yourself. Healthy, glowing skin is a visible indication of good physical health and a balanced diet.
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis - As we all know that most cookies are made from wheat flour but unfortunately there are some people that have formed allergies to wheat gluten, well now what is wheat gluten, according to Dr Harris Steinman wheat gluten is the elastic, rubbery protein present in wheat, rye, barley and to a lesser degree in oats.
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