I used to take Claritin and Zyrtec by the gallo, five years ago. Now, I don’t touch the stuff during allergy season–err—seasons. Well, let me amend that. I might feel compelled to take one OTC pill during the rare instance when my natural histamine/anti-histamine equations could use some extra input. So far, that’s amounted to [...]
The “hygiene hypothesis” movement is coming to Cheesehead Country. Or Badger Country. Or whatever the preferred term it. A new study is launching in Wisconsin that will compare city-raised babies with farm-raised babies, to compare the health experiences and the immune system activity between the two groups of babies. Researchers will be particularly interested allergies, [...]
The trees are budding now, the flowers are coming up and grass is growing. Here comes the pollen.
When looking at seasonal allergies, what triggers them and how to cope, two views generally take shape. One is focused on the immune response. It focuses on the fact that immune cells may be unduly sensitized [...]
EpiCor is a natural fermentate that delivers prebiotic benefits to the gut. (See Science Report – EpiCor and its Immune Effects on Gut Health.) What does this mean? A prebiotic is a type of sugar (not the kind you put on your Cheerios) found in certain foods. Berries, whole grains, bananas, beans and peas, onions, [...]
It’s that time of year. Time for what? The Masters? Yes. Baseball opening day? Yes. Easter egg? Yes. And…the start of seasonal allergies.
Every year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America puts out its list of the Top 100 “allergy capitals” in the U.S. And this year’s #1 allergy capital is Jackson, MS.
So I’m sitting in my office, eating a green lettuce salad with walnuts, chicken and cranberries from Super Target, which is a couple of blocks from my office (and that salad is really good, coming from Target). And then I read this news about some new immune health science . It appears that green leafy [...]
Another “hygiene hypothesis” news story is making the rounds. This time it’s an ABC News story of a farm family in New York state whose kids and parents don’t ever seem to get sick.
As has been covered on this blog for a long time now, it’s called the hygiene hypothesis, or as I [...]
Ever wonder how much vitamin C gets flushed down the toilet around this time of year? There’s still this mind set that loading up on tons of Vitamin C during the winter months can prevent colds and infections and related winter maladies.
First, let’s not discount the overall importance of Vitamin C. It is essential [...]
Well, the weed pollen count where I live has been classified as “High” for 12 of the past 13 count measurements this month. Historically, fall pollen has been my downfall. Historically, it has compelled me to take over-the-counter antihistamines or loratadine pills by the truck load. For the past 4 years or so, I’ve probably taken 3 such [...]
The heart health/immune balance story keeps growing. A while back I wrote about inflammation and heart health. My post was based on a some new thoughts shared by a leading heart doctor. He basically said throw everything we’ve been taught about heart disease….cholesterol and fat…out the window. The key to heart health is controlling chronic [...]