Every year in July, the Des Moines Register newspaper puts on the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI. The ride started 40 years ago, with just a few dozen cyclists starting at the banks of the Missouri River and ending a week later at the Mississippi.
It has now grown to nearly [...]
A business colleague of mine tried taking EpiCor capsules several weeks ago to see how his allergy symptoms responded. After a few days, he said his allergy symptoms had diminished big time. But, he has trouble swallowing the capsule. Such swallowing problems are not that uncommon.
Fear not! The EpiCor ingredient is found in a [...]
Scientists have long known about the cat and mouse games that viruses, bacteria and immune cells play with each other. How they play that game and how they get “equipped” with the brains to form their strategy and tactics is an endless mystery that researchers worldwide are working to understand. Cell communication, production or suppression [...]
People with seasonal allergies have them because their immune system mistakes pollen as an intruder and attacks, eventually releasing histamines into the system, resulting in runny noses, itchy eyes, etc. Allergies are one example of an out-of-balance immune response.
After seeing this up-close picture of pollen today, I can understand why those immune cells want [...]
I was out late last night. Saturday night. I got about 5 hours sleep before I got up today. Not enough. The best thing I could probably do today is take a 3-hour nap, and get 8 hours under my belt. There is a wealth of research out there showing that lack of sleep can [...]
The “hygiene hypothesis” proffers that infants and toddlers exposed to basic bacteria and dust/dander/pollen in their home environment may end up with a much healthier immune system that lasts for most of their life. If they are born on a farm and spend time outside among the crops and animals when they are young, they [...]
Listened to an NPR radio show yesterday on obesity and the culprit the guest said was driving obesity in America: carbohydrates. Dr. David Ludwig talked about the notion that carbs, so prevalent in today’s fast food and packaged food diets, are the big difference in why so many people are fat.
Thirty or forty years [...]
OK, if you’re celebrating the 4th in a conventional way, your immune health may be in for a good time. How so?
You’ll be outside, getting some sun. As long as you limit sun exposure and don’t overdo it to sunburn proportions, you’ll create some good Vitamin D for your body, which is beneficial for [...]