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Food Allergies? Or Food Intolerance?

Do you have a food allergy? Has a doctor diagnosed you? Did you figure out you were allergic on your own? Did you have an allergic reaction as a child? Food Allergies or Intolerance? Even if you answered yes to one or all of these questions, you may still be able to enjoy the foods you’ve been avoiding all these years! What many people don’t know is that only 4-5% of adults actually have food allergies. But around 30% of the population believe they are allergic to certain foods. For many years, the standard allergy

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What Causes Children’s Food Allergies?

You may have already noticed the trend in rising allergies among your friends. Or your children and their friends. And at first, you might have thought it was your imagination. But the truth is that allergies of all kinds are on the rise. And scientists know little more than you do. We’ve already discussed how childhood hygiene may play a role in rising allergies. Shockingly, a 2008 CDC report shows that in the past decade, the rate of food allergies in children has risen by 18%! And hospitalizations of children due to food allergies have

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Amazing New Technology for the New Year!

As we ring in 2013, many of us have made resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or quit smoking. For people with chronic conditions, it may be a resolution to have fewer asthma attacks, take care of bodily aches and pains early, or to lower cholesterol or blood pressure. For health professionals, it may be a more social goal to help protect populations from environmental pollutants, or at the government level, to reduce obesity and diabetes. And technology is here to help you! Just last month, a team at UCLA revealed the newest in allergy-testing

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Indoor Air Quality Infographic

UL, the Underwriters Lab is a leading independent authority on product testing and have put together this infographic to show the new challenges we face as our homes become better insulated and new chemicals are introduced.  As part of their report, they state that indoor air quality is ranked as one of the top 5 environmental risks to general public health.  

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Can Honey Provide Sweet Relief from Allergies?

It’s old folk lore that eating local honey can provide relief from allergies. The thinking goes that if you expose yourself to allergens regularly, your body will no longer recognize them as foreign. This principle, a type of immunotherapy, provides the basis for several medical treatments. If it works, eating honey could be a cheap way to keep your allergy symptoms in check before they even begin. But other than anecdotal stories, is there any real evidence for eating honey as allergy prevention? Some studies have shown that eating honey as a treatment can be

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Can You Be Too Clean?

Antibacterial soap. Germ-killing wipes. Sanitizing hand gel. Can You Be Too Clean? Early Exposure to Germs can Prevent Allergies and Asthma in Children. Chances are you have at least one or all of these products in your home. What better way to make sure you and your family stay healthy, avoid germs, and prevent illness? But what if germs could actually prevent your children from getting sick or acquiring chronic problems including allergies and asthma? Old Theory: Hygiene Hypothesis While it might seem counter-intuitive, a number of studies have shown that early exposure to germs

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Four Ways to Prevent Fluffy from Triggering Your Allergies

For many people, a pet isn’t just a dog or a cat, but a member of the family and a best friend. Pets can make your life happier, healthier, and fuller.  But if you or your child has an allergy to cats or dogs, the joy that comes from owning a pet may also come with itchy eyes, stuffy sinuses, and headaches. If your pet is triggering your allergies, doctors often recommend removing the pet from the household.  But few people are willing to part with a beloved family member. The most important thing to

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