Why should we eat organic food? Is it really worth it? It's so much more expensive than the so-called normal food.
Glyphosate, a systemic herbicide and the active ingredient in commonly sold products has now been classified by The World Health Organization as a category 2A carcinogen.
But, is Glyphosate the only culprit?
In an Interview with Christa Orecchio, clinical and holistic nutritionist and founder of The Whole Journey, Gilles-Eric Seralini, Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Caen, France and President of the scientific advisory board of the Committee of Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) indicated that the most shocking aspect of his study was that many people think that the declared active ingredient, Glyphosate, is the primary offender, but that is not so.
There are hidden poisons in Roundup that are 1000 times more toxic than Glyphosate!
80% of agricultural foods are modified (GMOs) so they can resist the highly toxic Roundup and these hidden toxins are actually worse and more harmful than Glyphosate in itself!
These toxins are becoming the most harmful substances to people.
126 different toxins from herbicides and pesticides (besides other environmental toxins) have been found in the blood of practically everybody in the US, so why would you not eat organic food?
All these toxins harm our health, mainly through digestion, causing allergies, aches and pains, foggy thinking, candida, depression and much more.
Think about how you feel. Are you as energetic and healthy as 10 years ago? Or just 5 years ago?
Think about it! Clean up your diet and treat your allergies!
To be healthy is a life style! Take the first step.
We hear a lot these days about how wheat is not good for us. How can that be?
Wheat is and has been a staple food for so long. How can it not be good for us?
There are many reasons.
Firstly, we didn't eat all white, processed wheat in the old times. Then, the breads were brown, had a lot of fiber, were pretty compact, hard to chew and often fermented.
The grains were ground between stones in the village mill.
The steel mills were introduced over 100 years ago and people started having problems with their digestions. This way of grinding the wheat grains eliminated the minerals and a lot of the fibers.
Later on, they began hybridizing the wheat. Due to the hybridizing that has been going on for over 50 years, 18 new proteins have developed. One of them is gliadin, a protein that works as an opiate. This means that the wheat is habit-forming! This is why people do not want to, or can’t stop eating their pizzas, pastas, and bread, including pastries.
Wheat allergies have manifold signs and symptoms. Gluten sensitivity in particular is caused by elevated levels of antibodies against the gliadin component of Gluten.
When we hear Gluten sensitivities, we think of food allergies and the digestive system, but it is so much more.
When the antibody combines with this gliadin protein, specific genes are turned on in a special type of immune cell in the body.
Once these genes are activated, inflammatory cytokine chemicals collect and can attack the brain. They damage brain tissue and leave the brain vulnerable to dysfunction and disease.
Another problem with anti-gliadin antibodies is that they can directly combine with specific proteins found in the brain that looked like the gliadin protein found in Gluten-containing foods, but the anti-gliadin antibodies just can't tell the difference.
No wonder that elevated cytokines is seen in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and even Autism.
Research has even shown that some people, who are wrongly diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, simply have sensitivity to Gluten, and eliminating it from their diet resolves the symptoms.
In an article in the Lancet from 1966, it was reported that: ”Our data suggest that Gluten sensitivity is common in patients with neurological disease of unknown cause and may have etiological significance.”
People with this type of sensitivity can have issues with brain function without having any gastrointestinal problems whatsoever!
In reality, this means that every person who has a neurological disease that is unexplainable, should be tested for wheat allergies.
This also goes for people who are depressed.
Patients with for example schizophrenia improved when they were put on a grain free, specifically wheat free diet. In many of them, symptoms disappear.
Try the Gluten Free diet; there is nothing to lose other than a couple of pounds!
Did you ever hear of the 3 second rule when growing up? The 3 second rule is the amount of time that is safe (in a kids mind, that is), when you drop food or candy on the floor before it becomes contaminated with dust, bacteria and dust mites. So if you get it in less than 3 seconds, it’s OK to eat. A new study shows why it was probably a good thing to get a little dirt and dust here and there. I’ll explain why in just a minute.
Dust Allergy Symptoms
Ever notice little babies playing and sticking everything into their mouths. We’re constantly trying to stop this behavior and keep things as clean as possible for the little ones. But many studies are suggesting that this natural exploring by our little ones plays a very important role in strengthening the immune system and keeping babies immune system strong and their gut’s healthy.
Not only are they exploring their environment, they are creating a healthy microflora by exposing their immune systems to a wide range of micro bacteria, pollens and other things we call dirt and dust.
First was the hygiene hypothesis that believed the cleaner we become, the better it is. But studies found that the cleaner we are, the more allergies we get. When things are so clean, our microflora does not get the diversity to thrive and allergies and asthma are more prevalent.
Today you see those antibacterial wet wipes everywhere. Even in grocery stores to clean the shopping cart handles. Many of those wipes are antibacterial and kill all bacteria. Now we realize that those bacteria help us to build a strong immune system and the chemicals in most of those wipes soak into the skin and can be toxic over time.
It turns out that exposure to downright dirt from our kids exploring is good and they instinctively do this. A recent study from Science study shows just that.
Studies this month found that children that grew up on farms had less asthma and allergy symptoms. It was believed that it was drinking raw milk might populate the gut with beneficial bacteria and many other ideas come to mind like eating healthier and a more back to nature way of living.
But this study published from The Ghent University Hospital in Belgium by Bart Lambrecht, proved that the dust from dairy farms that were laden with dust, bacteria and who knows what else, strengthened the immune system and helped to eliminate dust allergies and asthma.
They tested rats after being exposed to farm dust and found they were able to help eliminate the allergic response to the dust.
They believe, after further study, that they might be able to create a preventative medicine to counteract the allergy epidemic and might even be able to create a vaccine against asthma and allergies.
But until then, there are other methods that have been used successfully to treat allergies and their symptoms.
Ynge Ljung LAc has has been treating patients for over 20 years with acupuncture and other energy medicine techniques and has created a home treatment called The Allergy Kit. Based on principles from NAET, homeopathy, energy medicine and practiced in her office, she was able to create and easy way to treat allergies at home. Nothing to take, just a simple way to eliminate allergies and their symptoms.
It may not be possible to rid your home entirely of dust and dust mites. If you suffer from any type of allergy including dust and dust mites, you can now take healing matters into your own hands and be able to treat allergies yourself in the comfort of your own home using The Allergy Kit.
by Elna Cain
Do you think you're eating a healthy diet?
Sure, you drink plenty of water, eat a variety of vegetables and make sure you get enough protein in a typical day.
But, do you know many people are forgetting to add one thing to their diet that's crucially important not only for weight management but for a healthy gut?
It's fiber and not enough Americans are eating it. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, only about 5% of Americans eat enough fiber.
What you eat or don't eat in this case – wreacks havoc on your gut. A diet low in fiber, as well as other factors, including how much sun you get and the supplements you take, can change the compositions and function of your gut flora, essentially weakening your health.
Such health problems include:
Fiber and Your Digestive System
Your digestive system is lined with muscles that massage food along the digestive tract from the moment food is swallowed to the time it's passed out of the bowel.
Dietary fiber helps in preventing constipation as well as diarrhea as it simultaneously works to soften your stools while solidifying the watery stool making it easier to pass.
Having a diet loaded with foods high in fiber can help your digestive system to function in an efficient way.
Additionally a fiber-rich diet might also reduce the chances of hemorrhoids and related diseases.
Fiber and Weight Loss
Did you know fiber helps you lose weight? Want to know how?
Meals with more fiber provide more food with fewer calories and it adds bulk without energy.
Soluble fiber forms a gel in your body slowing down:
It also delays the absorption of sugar from the intestine. This helps maintain the level of blood sugar and prevent a rapid rise in the blood insulin level – which is linked to obesity and increased risk of diabetes.
When people eat a fiber-filled diet, their gut benefits from this food and helps create healthy gut.
According to a study at Stanford University, people who had a high level of the gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila – a strain responsible for leanness – and increased their fiber intake, lost weight, had better cholesterol and reduced risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
But, don't worry, if you don't have plenty of Akkermansia muciniphila in your gut, eating a diet rich in fiber increases their population, aiding in better health.
Fiber and Blood Cholesterol
There is good evidence soluble fiber reduces the level of blood cholesterol. When your blood cholesterol level is high, fat get deposited along the artery walls.
This can make them narrow, which can be dangerous and can lead to a high risk of coronary heart disease. It's believed that soluble fiber lowers the level of blood cholesterol by binding the bile acids and then passing them out through the bowel.
While all this talk about your bowels and stools isn't something to talk about at the dinner table, having a healthy gut and digestion starts with the foods you eat. Let's look at ways to increase your fiber intake.
Easy Ways to Increase Fiber Intake
You might think you're getting enough fiber in your diet. After all, many foods are fortified with fiber, right?
Well, the type of fiber manufacturers use, inulin, doesn't have the same effect as natural sources of fiber from whole foods.
So, when looking to add more fiber, choose whole foods rather than fortified foods.
If you don't know how much fiber you should get, men should shoot for 38 grams of fiber and women should aim for 25 grams of fiber a day. Here are some ideas to get some more fiber in your body:
Don't Forget the Fiber
Leading a healthy life can sometimes seem like an uphill battle. You try to eat a healthy diet, avoid processed foods and supplement with vitamins and minerals.
But, as long as you remember to eat a well-balanced meal and include plenty of vegetables and water in your diet, you won't have any problems losing weight or keeping your gut healthy.
Here at The Allergy Kit you'll find plenty of remedies for your health problems – from leaky gut to acid reflux.
And when you include our kit in your health plan, you won't have to worry anymore about your allergies or health problems.
Over to you – what steps are you going to take to increase your fiber and lead a healthier life?
by Elna Cain
I finished using The Allergy Kit from Dr. Ynge Ljung and Herb Hoffman a little over a month ago.
I have shared my journey on this blog. To catch up on my progress make sure to read:
With the warmer weather and summer finally here, I've been able to notice a difference in my mood and in my symptoms.
On my last update, I mentioned I had fallen and hurt my back. I also developed hand pain and was having difficulty typing.
My chronic pain carried into May but finally went away. From that point on, I felt ten times better.
My Health Survey
Before starting the kit, you fill out a health survey. There is a rating from 0-3, with 3 being the most troublesome. Symptoms are categorized into 8 sections – neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary system, skin, and females only.
This gives a snapshot of your symptoms and how you're feeling before trying the kit.
Once you finish the treatment, you fill out the survey again to see if there is any difference.
For me, there was. Let's break this down:
My grand total before starting The Allergy Kit was 130. After finishing the kit, my new total is 40.
There were some interesting improvements during this time. The two greatest improvements of my health were neurological and respiratory.
Neurological symptoms I scored as severely troublesome before starting the kit were:
After using the kit, all of them went away except for my irritability, indecisiveness and decreased sense of smell. These went down only.
I feel with the warmer weather and overall better health, I am much happier. Is the kit responsible? I'm not sure, but there is a stress vial and this could have helped.
The symptoms I scored severely troublesome on the respiratory section included:
After using the kit, my symptoms drastically improved. Again, I feel this is primarily due to spring being over. My seasonal allergies are the worst during transitional times of the year.
It will be fun to find out how my allergies will be once fall arrives. My allergies during this period have more to do with breathing difficulty and post-nasal drip than anything else.
Am I Cured?
I suffer from seasonal allergies, I am lactose intolerant and I have a sensitivity to wheat products.
How are my seasonal allergies? Manageable. My eyes are still itchy and I still have to use eye drops every morning, but I'm not blowing my nose throughout the day anymore.
How is my lactose intolerance? I can usually handle having a few dairy products in a day – cream in my coffee, sour cream in my taco salad and milk for dinner. It's only if I eat an excessive amount of dairy do I notice issues with my digestion.
My lactose intolerance hasn't changed, but I haven't tried eating more dairy than I'm used to.
How is my wheat sensitivity? I'm still sensitive to wheat and I'm still working on cleaning up my diet.
I have twin toddlers and I find it hard to cook meals from scratch when I have two children running around me.
So, am I cured? I feel my allergies are better. As I mentioned, I will wait until the fall to see if The Allergy Kit actually worked.
Over to you – have your tried The Allergy Kit yet? What are your impressions?
Maybe I'll run through the kit again and see if I can improve my results.
by Elna Cain
How Safe is Fluoride For Children?
If you're a mother with a child going through teething then I'm sure you can relate – a general fussiness throughout the day and night from your little one. No matter how many cold cloths she sucks on, the pain is not relenting.
But, three days later and out pops a tooth!
Suddenly, keeping your child's brand new tooth clean and healthy is your top priority.
We've been told growing up that to have cavity-free teeth, you need fluoride. It's commonly found in toothpaste and in your drinking water. In fact, for two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is in their public drinking water right now.
But, is it necessary and is it safe to give to your children?
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural element. It's the chemical ion of the element fluorine.
It's typically found in soil, water, foods and in several minerals. It's also synthesized in laboratories for use in our drinking water, toothpaste and mouthwashes.
We've been told fluoride protects our teeth. It protects us from:
There's ample evidence suggesting use of fluoride in our drinking water does not reduce tooth decay.
In reality, the decline of tooth decay is seen in all Western countries, whether they have fluoridated water or not.
We are told that the use of fluoride in our drinking water is to protect our teeth from tooth decay. But, from the actual data, there is no such correlation.
And while using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash is relatively safe, ingesting fluoride is proven to be harmful to your health.
Excessive Use of Fluoride
Fluoride isn't just in drinking water and preventative tooth decay products. It's found in:
If children before the age of 8 consume too much fluoride, they will most likely develop enamel fluorosis, affecting not only teeth but also the child's bones.
The child's permanent teeth might have white streaks or flecks in them. In extreme cases, you will see discoloration and even pitting of the tooth enamel. And long-term ingestion can lead to skeletal problems in a growing child.
It's estimated around 40% of American children suffer from enamel fluorosis.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
Fluoride Is NOT Safe For Children
The use of fluoride in our drinking water has been linked to many health problems in children and adults.
If you live in a city that uses fluoride in their water, there are ways to cut down your ingestion of fluoride:
Did you know you can eliminate fluoride build-up in your system entirely? You can with the help of The Allergy Kit.
We have a selection of vials to combat a whole host of problems, fluoride being one of them.
Over to you – knowing fluoride isn't safe for children, what are you going to do to make sure your child isn't consuming too much of it?
by Elna Cain
When you have to get dinner on the table, what's your go-to oil for cooking?
If you're like many Americans, it's probably olive oil, right?
Olive oil is a heart-healthy choice over many other vegetable oils. Studies have shown replacing butter and other unhealthy fats in your diet with olive oil can help fight off:
But, did you know, cooking with olive oil it isn't recommended?
Texas resident Joseph Weaver learned he was allergic to milk the hard way. Hives, stomach pains, vomiting, and a trip to a hospital emergency room. Even something seemingly benign like butter flavoring made with a small amount of milk commonly used to make movie theater popcorn triggered an allergic reaction.
For a kid (and parents), having a milk allergy requires constant vigilance, close monitoring of food choices, and learning to live with a certain level of anxiety about the potential of being exposed to milk. In the United States, about 3 percent of young children (close to 500,000 kids) have a milk allergy, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
by Elna Cain
In Leon Chaitow's book, Candida Albicans, he says,
"Candida is possibly the least understood, most widespread cause of continuing ill health currently in our midst.”
What is candida and why is it bad for us?
Put simply, candida is a yeast, or fungus, that happily lives in our mouth and intestines. When your gut flora is balanced, it aids in proper digestion and helps with nutrient absorption.
But, when you have an overgrowth of candida, it can cause a whole host of symptoms such as obstructing your intestinal wall, and causing toxic byproducts to enter your bloodstream.
This contributes to leaky gut syndrome and can cause an allergic reaction and malabsorption that are detrimental to your health if left unchecked.
But, did you know most people have no clue they have an overgrowth of candida?
Candida overgrowth is often misdiagnosed and only the symptoms are ever treated – never the problem. Common misdiagnoses include:
How do you get an overgrowth in the first place? There are several factors that cause the candida to overpopulate:
An Abundance of Refined Carbohydrates and Sugar
Yeast loves sugar and when you eat carb-rich foods laden with sugar in large amounts – over a period of time – candida can spread like wildfire in your intestinal lining.
So, stay away from foods high in refined carbohydrates and sugar such as:
A High-Stress Lifestyle
A high amount of stress does not do a body good. In fact, chronic stress weakens your immune system, allowing bad bacteria and fungi to flare up and overpopulate.
Too much stress can also inflame our gut, contributing to leaky gut syndrome.
Lack of Sleep
Just like stress can weaken your immune system, so does lack of sleep. Having too little sleep, less than 6 hours per night, increases your chances of getting sick and hurting your immune response.
Constant Use of Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics
Antibiotics not only wipe out the offending bacteria, but also your good healthy bacteria.
Many physicians agree that the overuse of prescribed antibiotics is one of the main reasons behind an overgrowth of candida.
Taking antibiotics for problems such as sinus infections, ear infections and acne disrupts the balance in your gut, allowing candida to spread.
5 Signs You Have an Overgrowth of Candida
So, how can you tell if you are suffering from candida overgrowth? Here are 5 signs you might have a fungus problem.
1. You Feel Lousy
Do you always feel out of sorts? Or, do you have bouts of depression?
While you may not think symptoms such as how you feel play a role in the overabundance of candida, having a gut that is overtaken by candida, can leave you in a foul mood.
Here are some more symptoms associated with a candida overgrowth:
2. Skin Issues
Are you prone to eczema? Or, how about rashes?
If you notice you have persistent fungal infections on your toes or nails, hives or acne, you might have a problem with candida.
3. You Have Thrush
What is thrush?
It's an infection seen in the mouth, but can also look like a diaper rash or vaginal yeast infection.
It's caused by candida. When you have a weakened immune system, or take antibiotics, you can have a flare-up of thrush.
If you have thrush in your mouth, you will have small white lesions.
Thrush is hard to eliminate, especially if you are a new mom with a newborn. Babies who breastfeed can be prone to contracting thrush and transferring it to their mom several times over the course of several months.
4. Digestion Problems
Usually, when your gut is imbalanced, you will be faced with unflattering digestion issues.
Having relentless digestion problems not only leaves you running to the bathroom constantly, it can lead to feeling lousy overall.
Such problems include:
5. Inability to Lose Weight
Are you finding that you have a hard time losing weight?
People who have an overgrowth of candida have sugar cravings. Eating a diet high in sugar not only is bad for your gut flora, but it also doesn't help in weight management.
Sugar makes you gain weight and the more sugar you eat, the more opportunity candida has to grow.
How Do You Treat Candida Overgrowth?
1. Change in Diet
To stop the overgrowth of candida, your first line of defense it to change your eating habits.
Start avoiding foods with sugar in them. This can prove to be tricky, as there are many foods with hidden sugar like:
2. Take Probiotics
Since candida overgrowth is causing an imbalance in your gut, probiotics serve to restore your gut and populate it with healthy gut flora.
The rule of thumb when choosing a probiotic supplement:
Another way to restore your gut bacteria is by drinking kefir daily. Kefir is a fermented milk drink with high levels of probiotics. It tastes like a carbonated buttermilk drink.
3. Kill Off Candida Overgrowth
Another part of your treatment protocol is to use products that will ensure the death of candida.
Raw apple cider vinegar helps kill off yeast, making your gut a beneficial place for healthy gut flora to grow.
Another thing to try is garlic. Fresh garlic is highly potent in broad-spectrum anti-fungal properties. Eating fresh garlic daily can help not only kill off candida, but it can also improve your immune system and circulation.
Live Candida-Free Today
Stop living every day feeling like a mess. If you have some or all of these symptoms, you could be facing a candida overgrowth.
But, with the right treatment procedure, you could be on your way to living candida-free. And, The Allergy Kit can help as well by alleviating your allergic reactions, helping your gut heal.
So, tell us, have you ever had candida? How did you eliminate the overgrowth?
In the cult-classic movie, Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson, a gangster staring down a lengthy prison sentence takes drastic measures to knock off a trial witness. He finds out when the witness will be on a flight headed from Hawaii to Los Angeles for the trial. Then he smuggles a crate of poisonous snakes on board with a timer designed to unlock the crate and release the snakes mid-flight.
When the snakes are released, they become highly aggressive. For the next 90 minutes, passengers and snakes battle it out in this action-packed thriller with lots of hissing, screaming, fighting, and gnashing of fangs.
Sounds a little like having an allergy attack, doesn’t it?
Want to know how to prevent allergies from becoming a problem the next time you travel by air?
Be Prepared When You Travel By Air
By now, most kids across the U.S. are officially enjoying summer vacation. It’s also the time of year when travel plans ramp up for a lot of people. In fact, an estimated 46 million people will take a summer trip and catch a plane to get to their destination, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
If you have allergies, that flight could turn out to be a little like the 5-hours of madness on the flight in Snakes on a Plane, followed by days of sinus congestion, post-nasal drip, headaches, coughing, sneezing, and other symptoms often associated with allergies. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Research found that you’re 100 times more likely to be exposed to airborne allergens and germs when you travel by plane than taking a road trip.
All kinds of allergens and germs are circulating through the closed-cabin air. After all, the typical 747 aircraft moves hundreds of people a day, sometimes crossing the U.S., or landing at international locations. And more than people get on board. They bring along small amounts of allergens carried on clothes and baggage like dust mites, pet dander, and pollen. And if you’re highly allergic, even microscopic amounts of things circulating in the cabin air like peanut oil from the ubiquitous packages of nuts served on many flights or latex can trigger a bad reaction.
Exposure to allergens and germs can trigger an allergic reaction, compromise your immune system, and make a mess of your vacation plans. In the study, researchers suggested that one of the main reasons traveling by air increases the chance of developing cold and allergy symptoms is low humidity in the plane and poor air circulation. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from allergens on a plane.
1. Drink more water. Being well hydrated helps prevent your mucous membranes from drying out in the low-humidity cabin. Drink up, and your nose and throat will do a better job at keeping out allergens and germs.
2. Use a nasal spray. It’s another way to keep your sinus passages hydrated and prevent allergens and germs from triggering a full-on allergy attack or infection. You may also want to do a nasal rinse after your flight ends.
3. Wear a face mask. A lot people are self-conscious about doing this, but if you know you’re susceptible to allergies, it’s one more precaution you can take to prevent breathing in allergens and germs that can make your life miserable.
4. Improve your diet. A day of eating healthy isn’t going to cut it. But adjust your diet so that you’re eating more fruits and vegetables and organic foods on a regular basis, and you’ll give your immune system a boost that can help keep germs and allergens from turning a plane flight into a made-for-the-movies nightmare.
5. Use The Allergy Kit. There’s at least one more thing you can do to make your travel plans by air a little more enjoyable and worry-free. Use The Allergy Kit. Created by Dr. Ynge Ljung, based on nearly two decades of experience treating patients with acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET), and alternative healing, The Allergy Kit combines the best of traditional and naturopathic medicine to help your body achieve optimal health and minimize or eliminate allergies.
Follow the treatment plan for The Allergy Kit, and your next flight won’t be anything like being a passenger with Snakes on a Plane.
by Elna Cain
You thought it was over:
All the sneezing, coughing, wheezing, blowing, scratching, red eyes, dryness and all the other symptoms that come with seasonal allergies – already happened.
But, why are you still plagued with these annoying problems in the middle of summer?
Even crueler, these summer allergies can be worse than your spring or fall allergies.
Ever heard of the allergic shiner? This occurs when you have dark circles under your eyes caused by the swelling you get with congestion.
Don't look surprised if your friends asked who'd you fight last night.
How about the allergic face? You know the look – the tired or droopy look when your face is all puffed up and swollen from your nasal allergies.
It's no wonder your friends think you probably have a ton of stress in your life –when, in fact, the biggest thing that's happened to you lately is your hairdresser moved three towns over.
Summer allergies not only ruin your day, but can ruin your vacation, holiday or time spent with family.
While pollen is usually the culprit cause for your unwanted summer allergies, let's look at five unusual triggers that could be ruining your summer plans.
1. Tasty Fruit
If you're a fruit lover, then summer is a delicious time for you – watermelon, peaches, oranges and berries are prime seasonal fruit during the hot months of summer.
Unfortunately, for some people, eating these raw fruits can trigger a huge allergy flare-up.
People with oral food allergy, also known as pollen-food allergy syndrome, have an allergic reaction to a certain protein that's similar to the protein structure found in grass and pollen.
So, when you eat a raw piece of fruit, you might have:
The solution is to cook your food. Go ahead and lament – Raw crispy fruit, how I'll miss you forever.
2. Your Fresh Air Laundry
Don't you love to hang your clothes on the line to get that fresh air smell in your laundry – and feel good about saving the environment?
You may not realize it, but all that laundry hanging outside is probably triggering your summer allergies.
See, that clothesline is doing more than drying your laundry – it's attracting pollen. Pollen can latch onto your clothes and get stuck in the fibers.
So, while the wind is blowing around your towels and bedding, it's also trapping pollen causing the unsightly allergic face you have every day.
To cut down the transmission of pollen on your clothes, avoid drying your laundry outside. Hang them on a rack in your house instead.
3. The Sun
Grab your swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen and then go have fun outside. Summer is the time to relax out in the sun, splash in the water and walk around barefoot all day.
For some, though, the sun isn't fun. Some people have a sun allergy – they end up having an itchy red rash on their skin from sun exposure.
Others might have solar urticaria, also known as solar hives. This is an actual allergic reaction to the sun, which causes chronic hives and red welts on the skin.
The UV rays in the sun or in tanning beds cause a reaction resulting in a skin rash – and is seen mostly in the summer where sun exposure is at its greatest.
Solar urticaria is unusual and any rash or red bumps you do end up getting from the sun is most likely a sun allergy.
The best approach to combat solar hives is to cover up and take an antihistamine.
Did you know thunderstorms could worsen your summer allergies or asthma?
Studies have shown that when a thunderstorm rolls in, the storm breaks up pollen and mold particles into tiny pieces, making it much easier for you to breathe in allergens.
This can trigger asthma even in people who don't have this condition. And what's even more unfortunate is studies also indicate the electrical charge a storm gives off makes allergens stickier.
So, instead of your symptoms dissipating when a thunderstorm ends, your symptoms stick around a few days longer.
What to do? Pay attention to the weather and stay indoors with the windows shut during a storm.
Don't Be a Prisoner In Your Own Home
With warmer weather, the smell of bbq filling the air and some much needed vacation time, summer is meant to be spent outdoors.
Unfortunately, for those who suffer from summer allergies, this makes it frustrating and annoying to say the least.
While you can pack wads of tissue in your pockets, eye drops in your purse and antihistamines in your fanny pack, no amount of products can help alleviate your symptoms.
So, instead of trying to combat the symptoms of your seasonal allergies, why not cure them?
The Allergy Kit is the only product that will cure your allergies for good. Whether you have seasonal allergies, hay fever allergies or summer allergies, The Allergy Kit works on these and much more.
Order yours today and start feeling better.
If you’re hungry for a backyard barbecue, flame-broiled burger, or your favorite meat cooked on the grill, you’re not alone. Grill your own, or order from the menu at a fast food restaurant, and Americans eat an average of 50 million hamburgers a year. That’s a lot of cattle-turned-beef patties. And it could be the reason you’re allergic to antibiotics.
If you’re a vegetarian, the thought of eating meat might be enough to make you feel queasy. For the rest of the carnivorous masses, you’re getting more than just a burger on your plate. And we’re not referring to all the side dishes on the picnic table or the order of fries, onion rings, milkshake, or biggie-sized soft drink you get when you eat at a fast food restaurant.
Antibiotics – The Hidden Ingredient in Foods
There’s an ingredient in most meats made from cows, pigs, and chickens that’s not on the menu…antibiotics. You might think that most of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used to treat infections, the common cold or flu, prevent the spread of disease, or used as a safety precaution before a major surgery. But the truth is, only 20 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on people. Where does the remaining 80 percent of antibiotics go? It’s used by farmers to mass produce livestock like cows, chickens, and pigs for food, according to the National Resources Defense Council.
But the impact of antibiotics on the foods you eat doesn’t stop with meats. To increase production and create disease-resistant crops, antibiotics are also used in pesticides and herbicides on fruits and vegetables. And if a livestock farmer who uses antibiotics on animals uses their manure as fertilizer, there’s one more way traditional food sources can be contaminated with antibiotics. It means it’s very likely that you’re being exposed to antibiotics far more frequently than you realize.
Are You Allergic to Antibiotics?
If you’re fighting a cold for longer than you can handle on your own, there’s a good chance you’ll visit the doctor. Along with the usual recommendations to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of liquids, it’s a pretty standard practice to give patients a dose of antibiotics to treat a possible bacterial infection that could be making you sick.
Some people follow the regimen of rest, fluids, and meds and get better. Some don’t seem to respond at all to the antibiotics after weeks of treatment. For others, taking antibiotics unleashes a vicious allergic reaction that can lead to vomiting, severe diarrhea, shortness of breath, a rash or hives, extreme itching, fainting, swelling of the face, lips, and tongue, or worse.
If you knew you were allergic to certain antibiotics, you wouldn’t take them. Unfortunately, most people develop allergies to antibiotics overtime. And it can be incredibly frustrating. Either the antibiotics don’t help you at all, or you develop an unpleasant or even dangerous allergic reaction to certain medications.
Studies also show that antibiotics consumed inadvertently from food sources can have a damaging effect on good bacteria in your gut needed for digestion and a healthy bowel.
Is there something you can do about allergies to antibiotics?
Fortunately there is. Avoiding food sources that potentially contain antibiotics is a good place to start.
It’s a good reason to consider eating more organic foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture developed criteria livestock and produce farmers must follow to supply organic foods. The basic guidelines explain that livestock and produce must be raised or grown without the use of antibiotics, pesticides, or other chemicals.
Going organic is a good option to improve your diet and lower your risk for developing a resistance to antibiotics or an allergy to commonly used prescription medications.
If you already have an allergy to antibiotics, then what?
You’ll need to be vigilant about making sure your doctor and other healthcare professionals know what medications you’re allergic too. Before you run down the list of alternative antibiotics you may not yet be allergic to, there’s at least one more thing you can do to protect your health when you’re allergic to antibiotics.
Use The Allergy Kit
When your body develops allergies to antibiotics, it’s kind of like a short circuit that prevents your body from healing naturally. But it doesn’t have to be that way. After working with patients for nearly two decades, Dr. Ynge Ljung combined her expertise in acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and alternative healing to develop The Allergy Kit. Using the treatment process developed by Dr. Ljung can help you rid your body of excess antibiotics and eliminate or reduce any negative reactions associated with antibiotic medications.
Eat more organic foods to reduce your exposure to livestock and produced raised with antibiotic. And use The Allergy Kit to help your body learn to heal on its own.
by Elna Cain
It's been over a month since I've had The Allergy Kit and it's still a work in progress.
Dr. Ynge Ljung and Herbert Hoffman wanted me to share my journey using their Allergy Kit for my allergies.
I shared my first impressions on the blog and was looking forward to trying it.
I haven't finished using The Allergy Kit and actually had to stop on the third day.
Why Did I Wait So Long to Start the Allergy Kit?
I'm a freelance writer and a mother to twin toddlers. Needless to say, I'm quite busy every day.
Last month, I changed my eating habits because I gained 10 lbs. since I started my freelance writing business.
So, I wanted to give my whole foods/lower carb diet a chance before I actually tried the kit.
Then, I fell.
In mid-April, while I was walking on the fresh snow with my children, I slipped on some black ice. I fell right on my back and brought my kids down with me. Luckily, for them, they were bundled up in their snowsuits and thought mommy was playing a game.
From that point on, I was suffering from upper back pain and my repetitive strain injury (RSI) returned.
Every time I breathed or typed, or picked up my children, I was in pain.
No matter how much I iced or avoided the keyboard, I couldn't shake off this chronic pain I was having.
There were days where the pain subsided enough for me to be in good spirits to try the kit.
So, a couple weeks ago I started The Allergy Kit.
Day 1 of Using The Allergy Kit
Before you use the kit, it's suggested you watch the "How To" laser video to help you perform the correct technique.
The video is short and easy to follow.
After watching it, I waited until my children were in bed for the night and after I had finished my client work.
I sat on the couch and started the first vial.
It took me approximately 10 minutes to complete the first session.
I did the laser treatment up to 5 times, although I had no idea how many times I actually did it. I was focusing a lot on the clock as you use the laser on different parts of your body for 15 seconds each.
Once I finished I noticed I was a little dizzy and not sure if this is normal (I was, however, not dizzy the second time using the laser treatment).
Before starting the laser treatment, you are to voice a phrase that's written on the information sheet The Allergy Kit comes with.
Day 2 of Using The Allergy Kit
The next day, I didn't notice a big change in my allergy symptoms. I have dry eyes in the morning and use eye drops every day. This day was no different.
Since the weather was cooler, my symptoms naturally subsided. So, I was not sure if the kit helped me in any way?
Nonetheless, I used the kit a second time, making sure to voice my intentions.
On the third day, I noticed I was in a much happier mood. I'm not usually happy in the morning so this was a nice change.
My allergies, however, still lingered.
On this day, there was rain and usually during rainy days I have post-nasal drip, congestion and difficulty breathing. I still had these symptoms but noticed they weren't as intense as they normally are.
I Had to Temporarily Stop Using The Allergy Kit
So, even though I was in a happier mood overall and my seasonal allergies weren't as bad, why did I stop?
The informational pamphlet I received along with my kit mentioned that if you are on your menstrual cycle, to wait until you're finished to continue using The Allergy Kit.
So, I had to stop temporarily.
I plan on continuing using The Allergy Kit and will keep you updated on my progress.
I look forward to it helping me with:
Let me know in the comments whether or not you have tried The Allergy Kit and what your impressions are.
by Elna Cain
Does this sound familiar?
It's been three months and you've barely lost two pounds.
You don't understand why because you are exercising and eating what you think is a healthy diet of dairy, meat, whole grains, vegetables, fruits – and the occasional restaurant meal.
Yet, day after day, week after week, you are unable to drop even half of a pound.
What is going on?
It's true – certain foods can actually prevent you from losing weight and instead, act to keep weight on, causing you to gain more.
It All Starts in the Gut
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, family physician and #1 New York Times bestseller, foods you are allergic to, or have an intolerance to, cause inflammation in your gut. This leads to inflammation all over the body, which can increase insulin resistance.
Dr. Mark Hyman says,
"We already know that inflammation from any cause—bacteria,
allergy foods, a high-sugar, high-fat diet—will produce
insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels. And since
insulin is a fat storage hormone, you store more fat—mostly
around the belly."
So, what types of food allergies or food intolerances are causing you to keep the weight on?
Dairy and Weight Gain
According to some doctors, up to 60% of the population may have a hidden sensitivity to dairy. Many people are unaware of their lactose intolerance simply because it doesn't show the sudden onset symptoms a typical food allergy presents.
Food-related allergic reactions can cause:
On the other hand, food intolerance symptoms are not life-threatening and aren't sudden. In fact, you may not have symptoms for hours or days afterwards.
Foods with dairy can cause weight gain by causing unhealthy bacteria to grow in your gut, releasing toxins and causing systemic inflammation.
Your intestines become so inflamed that they prevent normal digestion, causing weight gain, as well as other conditions such as irritable bowel.
People may gain up to 30 lbs. and may not realize if they cut dairy out of their diet, all the weight will disappear.
To cut out dairy completely, you need to eliminate not only the main sources of dairy such as milk, cheese and yogurt, but also foods with hidden dairy in them.
Some hidden sources of dairy include:
You decide to lose weight, so what do you do? You switch from white bread to whole grains, stop eating processed foods and load up on your veggies.
Gone are the pop tarts and dinner rolls. Instead, you reach for steel-cut oats for breakfast and an artisan grain roll with your baked salmon for dinner.
It's been drilled into your head – whole grain food slows the digestion, leaving you fuller and helping you lose the weight. But, this is farthest from the truth.
According to Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, wheat is responsible for:
The wheat we eat today contributes to weight gain by spiking our blood sugar. The sugar in your body moves into your cells for energy or gets stored as fat if the pancreas responds by releasing insulin.
So, if you are struggling to lose the weight, why not opt to eliminate wheat from your diet?
Allergy Medication and Weight Gain
Struggling to lose weight and beat seasonal allergies?
Those allergy medications could be doing more than keeping your sneezing at bay.
Research has suggested that allergy medications and weight gain are closely tied together.
A study from Yale University found that people who took antihistamines for their seasonal allergies were heavier than those that didn't take medication at all.
Another study suggests that antihistamines can act as an appetite stimulator in animals. So, if you take a lot of antihistamines for your hay fever, this might cause you to eat more.
Other ways your allergy medications may contribute to your weight gain include:
If you suspect your weight gain could be a result of taking allergy medication, opt for some natural ways to beat seasonal allergies.
Don't Live Like This One More Day
Losing weight is tough for a lot of people. With temptation everywhere and the will to change the way you eat, throwing a food allergy or food intolerance into the mix makes it that much harder.
Sure, you can avoid problem foods that trigger your allergies, but do you want to live like this every day?
If you have to read every food label, decline party invitations because the hostess is serving a trigger food or watch everyone around you eat the foods you can't, your quality of life will suffer.
But, you know what? Instead of living like this, why not eliminate your allergies for good? The Allergy Kit is a safe and natural treatment to cure all your food related allergies and sensitivities.
So, instead of having to avoid the foods you love to eat, why not give The Allergy Kit a shot? Order your kit today!
by Elna Cain
Your child comes home from school with a note saying he was disruptive, hyperactive and unable to sit quietly after lunch.
This isn't news to you. Your son has always had issues with his behaviors. You chalk it up to wanting attention from his teacher and peers – and let him know he's grounded for the next two days.
Does this sound like your son or daughter – unruly, hyperactive or unable to focus?
Or maybe your child:
You've been to countless doctors, but everything appears normal. You don’t understand because teachers, family and friends tell you otherwise.
Behavior and Allergies
What if your child's behavior wasn't on purpose? What if his behaviors were triggered by something as innocuous as a piece of toast? Or a fast-food meal?
Your child could be allergic to some of the foods he or she eats.
There are many studies that have looked at the connection between a child's behavior and allergies, or food intolerance.
The idea that diet could trigger behavior problems in children began with studies done by Dr. Benjamin Feingold in the 1970's. A pediatric allergist, Dr. Feingold claimed the hyperactivity symptoms in his patients improved when they were put on a restricted diet as a way to treat their food allergies.
In particular, he found that food dyes, artificial sweeteners, three types of preservatives, and fruit and vegetables high in salicylates all contributed to his patient's erratic behavior.
What About ADHD and ADD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are common childhood disorders that can stay with a child until adulthood.
Approximately 3-5% of children in the U.S. are diagnosed as having ADHD. Symptoms include:
According to Dr. Robert Melillo, creator of The Brain Balance Program,
"In Autism and other neurobehavioral issues like ADHD, diet does play a significant role in creating and exacerbating symptoms. Almost all children with Autism, ADHD and learning disabilities have food sensitivities."
If your child has been diagnosed as having ADHD, there is ample evidence suggesting that modifying your child's diet could help improve their concentration and behavior.
Different Approaches to Treating Your Child's Behaviors
Whether your child has ADHD, ADD, a learning disability or just has difficulty concentrating, the kinds of food they eat can have a profound impact on their overall health.
The Elimination Diet
To help improve your child's behavior, doctors often advise parents to try the elimination diet. There are common foods that trigger an allergy or intolerance that you can eliminate at first to see if there is improvement.
Common foods that contribute to allergies are:
Essentially, you child would focus on eating foods high in protein and low in sugar.
Repair Your Child's Leaky Gut
Another approach to treating your child's behaviors is to work on healing your child's gut in conjunction with eliminating food triggers. According to Dr. Melillo,
"These children almost always have what is known as “leaky gut” syndrome, where foods that are not fully digested can get through the gut lining and come in contact with the immune system, triggering an immune response and creating inflammatory chemicals that can affect the child’s behavior and learning ability."
With a leaky gut, children aren't able to absorb vitamins and minerals adequately, leaving them unhealthy and nutritionally deficient.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride coined children who have an unhealthy leaky gut and poor digestion as having GAPS – the Gut and Psychology Syndrome.
There are a variety of ways to help your child's gut imbalance.
1. Invest in High Quality Probiotics
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that are found in yogurts and cultured drinks like Kefir.
When taken, they help repair a damaged gut by introducing good bacteria to your intestinal tract.
Look for high-quality probiotic supplements that contain Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and some Streptococcus strains in concentrated amounts. Although yogurt does have probiotics, it isn't nearly enough to help repair a damaged gut.
2. Have Your Child Avoid Antibiotics
Your son or daughter gets an ear infection and what does the doctor often prescribe? Antibiotics.
Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics causing bacteria like MRSA or VRE to become resistant to antibiotics.
The use of certain broad-spectrum antibiotics for your child destroys good bacteria and bad bacteria in their gut. It also comes with side effects such as stomachaches, diarrhea and even allergic reaction.
To take antibiotics safely,
Traditional treatments for allergies simply mask the actual problem. Instead of having your child avoid certain foods so he or she doesn't act out at school, why not cure the problem so it never happens again?
The Allergy Kit is a natural cure for your child's allergies. When you tackle the problem, you will quickly notice improvement in your child's behavior, mood and cognitive function.
Be sure to order your kit today!
Dr. Ynge Ljung, an acupuncture physician for over 20 years and also a Naturopathic Medicine Doctor, BodyTalk Practitioner would like to share healthy info that will empower you to become healthier and happier. Health comes one step at a time. Your time is now.
Elna Cain (@ecainwrites) is a freelance writer and blogger. She specializes in health, parenting, digital marketing and careers. She writes articles, blog posts and site content. When she isn't writing, you can find her with her twin toddlers dishing out the latest parent fail. To learn more about her services, visit Innovative Ink.
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