See if this sounds familiar – you wake up feeling stuffy, like your head is full of warm soup and your ears feel like you’ve been flying at 30,000 feet – but your lying in bed. You get up and it doesn’t get much better; in fact, it gets a little worse – maybe your head begins to pound a little (or a lot!), your nose starts to run, you feel like you can’t take in a deep breath (even through your mouth), and your throat hurts. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. (more…)
Roughly 20 percent of adults in the US suffer from seasonal allergies. Most people reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication to address the runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, sinus congestion, headache and breathing difficulties they experience. This post will address how you can identify and eliminate the most likely causes of your seasonal allergies – and it’s not the pollen count. (more…)
I often get asked questions like, “I’m allergic to sulfa drugs – do I need to avoid sulfur in supplements and/or food?” There is a lot of understandable confusion about the difference between sulfa drugs, sulfites, sulfates and sulfur. Many people are allergic to sulfa drugs and/or sulfites and thus assume that they have to avoid sulfates and sulfur, also. This article should help explain the difference between these four substances and clear some of the confusion. (more…)
Vitamin A doesn’t get a lot of press these days, at least not as much as the other fat soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. However, Vitamin A is vital for many bodily functions, and research is showing that it isn’t quite as easy to get adequate amounts through the diet as we once thought. (more…)
“A long time ago, in a supermarket not so far away…”
This is how “The Store Wars” begins; it is a parody that explains the differences between organic and conventionally raised produce that can be a great teaching/learning tool for kids, teenagers and those new to organic foods. (more…)
According to research published in Medical Tribune (July 23, 1992:30), breast-feeding mothers were able to reduce the chances that their babies will develop allergies by eating a low-allergen diet.