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 [...]
All hail the pacifier. It may save our collective global health. Parents licking their babies’ pacifiers–rather than washing them off with water–may help strengthen the infants’ immune health. The microbes in mom or dad’s saliva might help train the kiddies’ immune cells’ memories at a very early age, thereby cutting down on immune triggered childhood [...]
There’s a cool store in Des Moines’ historic district downtown (The East Village). It’s called Allspice. Besides spices, it sells huge variety of vinegars and oils. The vinegars are somewhat amazing: dark chocolate, red apple, cinnamon pear, champagne, honey ginger are among the flavors they offer. And you can sample them till your heart’s content, [...]
What is it about music? Why does the organization of tone, pitch, rhythm, instrumentation and sometimes, lyrics, into what we call music have such wide appeal? Why does it motivate young people to pursue college majors that will likely pay squat?
Why does it drive people toward mad romance? Why does it sear such a [...]
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.
A well-done video on a new approach to making an aggressive immune system back off and not over-react. In this case, researchers attached a certain protein to a nano particle that is placed in the blood stream. The immune cells that would normally attack the nano particle — the antigen — sense the protein [...]
A story in today’s Washington Post questions some conventional thinking about chronic stress and its impact on physical health. The story, written by a sociology professor, lists 5 “myths” about stress, and she makes some good points. The main takeaway for me is that “stress management” is not what really counts. Alleviating the cause of [...]