Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies

Food Allergies
“Knowledge” is key to keeping yourself and others safe from food allergens. It is necessary to think about allergen avoidance at every meal and social gathering. Accidents can happen, but being educated and prepared goes a long way in maintaining safety. Constant vigilance is needed to consider the safety of foods at each meal and snack whether at home or in a restaurant. At home, you can start at the supermarket with reading ingredient labels. Except under unusual circumstances, the label should list all ingredients. Surprisingly enough, some products have hidden ingredients that are not fully disclosed. Ingredients can change, so vigilance is needed by reading the label each time to ensure that any new ingredients are not problematic. While reading the ingredient labels you may come across a “contains”…
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Does A Peanut Allergy mean an Allergy to Seeds also?

Does A Peanut Allergy mean an Allergy to Seeds also?

Allergies, Food Allergies
First, let's learn the confusing meaning of nuts, seeds and legumes. This is especially confusing for allergic patients (and parents) who are trying to decide what foods to avoid. For example, "legume" is used to describe peanut as well as peas, chickpeas, and soy, yet also includes wattles and the black bean tree of Queensland. "Tree nut" has a limited meaning such as; almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts and brazil nuts. When we think of seeds, we think of small seeds like sesame, sunflower, poppy and pumpkin seeds, when coconut is actually also a seed. Even though there is little similarity between peanut allergies and tree nuts or seed allergies, there is an increased risk of other food allergies in people allergic to peanuts. Some doctors recommend that people allergic to…
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Can my baby be allergic to my breastmilk?

Can my baby be allergic to my breastmilk?

Food Allergies
The simplified answer is, No, your baby cannot be allergic to your breastmilk. Instead, however, your baby can possibly be allergic or sensitive to a protein in mom's milk due to something in mom's diet. In the rare instances this occurs, the most common culprit is cow's milk (ice cream, cheese, smoothies, etc.) While this occasionally true, the chances are slim, because only between 2% and 8% of babies are actually allergic to the small trace amount of protein in mom's milk. For a baby who's ONLY on mom's milk,  the risk is only 0.5% for the proteins in cow's milk and 0.7% for proteins in soy. What you should know is that in some studies, the small amount of proteins in mom's milk is actually helping the baby be…
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Spring means allergy misery for some

Spring means allergy misery for some

Allergies
Spring usually is a welcomed time of year, but for some people with seasonal allergies it means sneezes, congestion, runny noses and other symptoms that make them feel miserable. About 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy, the most common of which presents itself this time of year when triggers such as tree and grass pollen and mold spores become airborne. This type of seasonal allergy is often called hay fever. Read more
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New Evidence for Vibration Allergies

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Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered a genetic mutation that causes for a very rare type of allergy - an allergy to vibration. The team of scientists, who were specifically housed at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 3rd. Allergy to vibration, known as vibratory urticaria, causes sufferers to break out in itchy hives or skin rashes on areas of the body that endure vibration. Though the allergy tends to lead to only mild symptoms, for those with this particular allergy, everyday activities, such as exercising, riding in motor vehicles, hand clapping, and using towels can pose serious inconveniences. For some, the allergy…
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Dietary Vitamin D Can Reduce Allergy Development

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Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, has long been linked to allergies. Studies have shown that children who live farther from the equator are more likely to develop allergies and suffer higher rates of hospital admissions due to allergic reactions.  From November through February, it is thought that people in the north (at a latitude above 35°) cannot synthesize vitamin D because they are not sufficiently exposed to sun. Children and adolescents with lower levels of vitamin D in their blood are more sensitive to allergens than those with higher vitamin D levels. In 2012, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics demonstrated that infants with vitamin D deficiency are at higher risk for allergies and eczema than those with sufficient levels of the vitamin. Further, the…
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The Pulmometer

The Pulmometer

Asthma
Alfred Beaumont {1815-1962} A.B. Maddock, Practical observations on the efficacy of medicated inhalations in the treatment of pulmonary cosumption, asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, and other diseases of the respiratory organs...London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1844 Plate, p.45: the pulmometer
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