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.
Many things can contribute to strong–or weak–immune function. The main components, outside of genetics, that can make or break a healthy immune response are what I’ve called “The 5 S’s”: Sleep, Sustenance (healthy diet), Stress (management), Sport (exercise) and Supplementation (EpiCor). I could probably add an H to that list as well, for Hygiene. As [...]
I now have nearly four years of taking EpiCor under my belt: four years of taking a 500 mg EpiCor capsule nearly every day. (Full disclosure: this blog is supported by EpiCor. Also, I take Vit. D, fish oil, and occasional Vit. B supplements as well.)
What have I observed? First, I’ve not missed a [...]
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 [...]
Those crafty mice are at it again. Their brains are showing researchers a direct link between immune cells and how the brain is wired. A new NIH/Harvard study in Boston shows that immune cells in the mouse brain appear to clear out excess brain cells that are not being used to make neural connections, thereby [...]
Every so often, I like to round up some of the more interesting Tweets about immune health, immune balance and EpiCor. Here’s the latest batch (my comments are in italics) :
Heated Lunch Totes @warmandtote #Food allergy is a reaction by the #immune system. Please share. Note: EpiCor and immune balancing are not demonstrated to have any effect on [...]
More evidence supporting the “hygiene hypothesis.” Researchers are studying why Amish children in rural northern Indiana suffer significantly less asthma and allergy conditions than kids in general.
In fact, this group of farm kids is exhibiting even fewer allergy/asthma conditions than Swiss farm kids, who have been observed over the years as nearly allergy free. [...]
What is it about Tennessee and allergies/asthma?
A 2012 report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation shows that three Tennessee cities — Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville–are among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for spring allergies. They also are in the top 10 for asthma symptoms.
The rankings, created by the Allergy and Asthma [...]
How do you measure improved immune function? Maybe by fewer sniffles and sneezes along with less itching and watery eyes during allergy season. Maybe by less coughing and wheezing along with reduced fever and body aches during winter crud season.
Here’s another measure, especially if you are an employer that provides group health insurance to your [...]
A scan of health news and opinion over the past few weeks found some new informational nuggets in the world of immune function and natural health: Here’s a sampling:
The London Daily Mail Online has a story about research showing the immune health benefits of going on vacation (or holiday, as they say in Europe) [...]