So has the US Public Health Service Here is some great information to explain why, and what to do about it: Allergens & Irritants Guide http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/allergens/ Guide to Common Allergies http://www.treeremoval.com/tree-pollen-and-other-common-allergies/ Skin Allergies http://acaai.org/allergies/types/skin-allergies I would add to this section that in general I don’t find the skin scratch tests useful for ingested allergens. The very best test to figure out food allergens (not necessarily a full blown anaphylactic reaction, but hives or GI disturbance or even mood changes can be caused by food irritants) is the MRI/LEAP test. Learn more at www.NOWLEAP.com The Guide to Animal and Insect Allergen-Free Homes http://www.cleanitsupply.com/t/The_Guide_to_Animal_and_Insect_Allergen-Free_Homes.aspx Food Allergies and Eczema http://nationaleczema.org/eczema/types-of-eczema/atopic-dermatitis-2/food-allergies/

Grass-Fed Milk Is Taking Off With Health-Conscious Shoppers At Almost $6 a Half-Gallon at Whole Foods and Other Stores, Milk From Cows That Don’t Eat Grain Is Considered Healthier Than Organic By Sarah Nassauer For some shoppers, organic isn’t enough. They want grass-fed milk.  The pricey milk isn’t only organic. It comes from cows fed mostly grass, and never corn and soy.

Q:  My doctor diagnosed me with COPD and said I’d need to take steroids the rest of my life.  I don’t know what this means and there must be a better treatment.  Help! A: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a group of lung problems that make normal breathing more difficult.  The best known of these lung problems is asthma — on the rise at a rapid rate in particular among inner city children.  The combination of rising pollution in cities and non-food quasi-edible items increasingly landing in the grocery store cart is noxious.  Asthma is caused by two major factors: constriction of the micro-units of the lungs, calledalveola, which pick up oxygen from the air and transfer oxygen to the blood stream, and inflammation.  Both aspects need to be addressed by therapy.  Other diseases under the COPD umbrella include chronic bronchitis, brochiectasis, emphysema and cystic fibrosis.  Typically, a conventionally trained doctor or nurse will have only one solution: a steroidal inhaler.  Long term steroids are best avoided: they destroy normal tissue over time, increase cancer risk and often cause diabetes. ...

First published in December 2012 issue of Better Nutrition Q: Hi Doctor Em!  Have you heard of earthing? A: Yes,”earthing” is a relatively new medical idea, with some impressive research from various disciplines behind it — but it’s as old as the hills.  “Earthing” means connecting with the earth — literally.  Humans have done this for thousands of years by walking barefoot on the ground.  The relatively new convention of walking with shoes, particularly rubber or plastic-soled shoes, has disconnected us from the benefits of the Earth’s electromagnetic field.  The planet herself gives out a frequency of about 10 hertz, which was discerned at the Max Planck Institute in the 1960s. 

CNN – Breathe easier all season – By Betsy Stephens – (Tuesday, February 19, 2013) – From a stuffy head to that whistling in your nostrils, breathing’s no breeze this time of year. “When your nose is exposed to cold, it runs,” period, explains Dr. Michael Benninger, chair of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. That’s because our nasal passages are designed to warm and humidify air before it gets to the lungs. In colder temperatures, the nose overcompensates by producing extra mucus. It can thicken when exposed to the dry air outside and irritate your throat or your sinuses, those hollow cavities behind your nose and forehead.

Recently, while visiting with some of my naturopathic medical school classmates, my friend told us an interesting story. She had a patient who suffered with asthma for 35 years. The asthma had come on suddenly and was worsening despite all treatments, both medical and naturopathic. She asked herself what had changed 35 years ago. In her frustration she searched her memory for what behaviors she might have begun 35 years ago. The answer was her brand of toothpaste, and she had continued to use that same brand for 35 years. She changed her toothpaste and her asthma quickly disappeared.

ABNORMAL SLEEP PERIODS INCREASE CARDIOVASCULAR RISK: A study has shown that, even among healthy people, those who regularly get five hours or less sleep a night have more than double the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Also, people who regularly get nine or more hours of sleep a night have a greater than fifty percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Perhaps more surprising, people who get six or eight hours sleep also have a higher – but far less dramatic – increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The study advised that seven hours sleep per night, not six or eight or anything more extreme, was the ideal regular sleep period for cardiovascular health. But how could sleep period affect heart health? The researchers suggested that shorter sleep times can cause “impaired glucose tolerance, reduced insulin sensitivity, increased sympathetic [nerve] activity and elevated blood pressure, all of which increase the risk of hardening of the arteries. And longer sleep duration may be related to an underlying sleep-related breathing disorder or poor sleep quality. The study was published in the August 1, 2010...

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