Allergies

Suffering from seasonal allergies is no fun. These articles are full of resources to help you deal with the inevitable itchy eyes and sneezing that accompany every spring.

4 Steps to Prevent Fall Allergies

woman blowing her nose in the woods
For some people, the fall season means football, cooler weather, changing leaves and landscapes, and pumpkin-spiced lattes. For others, it means fall allergies: itchy and watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, congestion, and runny nose. Such is the life of a seasonal allergy sufferer. If you don’t have to put up with allergies every spring or autumn, […]

Prevent cross-reactive allergies: keep fruit from hurting you

Why would your seasonal allergies suddenly make you allergic to foods you’ve never had problems with?  If you’re allergic to pollen, why would that cause an allergic reaction to oranges or peaches? And how come these new allergies aren’t showing up on diagnostic tests? Typically affecting older kids, teens, and young adults—unexpected and unexplained food […]

New Allergy Shot Alternative

Allergy shots have been around forever. But they may be on their way to extinction—replaced by something far better. Historically speaking, once you’ve identified, with your allergist, the things that set you miserably off—the sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, rash, or hives, he’ll often prescribe a shot. A minute amount of that allergen injected into […]

Allergies Evolve as You Age

Pop quiz time!  Q: What do cats and latex rubber gloves have in common? A: They’re both common allergens. So are peanuts, mold, dust mites, pollen, cat and dog dander, soy products, birch trees…it’s a mile-long list. That’s what makes allergies almost entertaining. Not that we should take them lightly—they range from mildly annoying to […]

Natural Antihistamine Alternatives

When your nose runs, your eyes itch, you can’t stop sneezing, and you’re breaking out in hives, what’s going on? Allergies? A cold? How can you tell? The symptoms can be very similar. What should you do? The usual response is to “take something.” Whether it’s a cold or an allergy, that “something” is usually […]

What is quercetin?

Quercetin is an antioxidant flavonoid found in citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, sage, tea, and red wine. Like many antioxidants, quercetin can help slow the effects of aging by defeating the free radicals that damage your cells and your DNA. What are the health benefits of quercetin supplements? Quercetin also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory […]

Aflatoxins threaten your liver

man pushing child on sled
Normally, liver cancer occurs in hepatitis patients, or individuals with cirrhosis of the liver. But the disease has been on the rise for decades, now striking 1 in every 81 American men and 1 in every 196 women. Worldwide, though, the statistics are even worse. In sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, liver cancer—and its cousin, […]

Wheat Problems: Celiac, Gluten Sensitivity, and Roundup

man standing in a wheat field
I’m sure you’ve noticed a growing number of products in the supermarket advertised as “gluten free.” Maybe you think the whole “gluten is bad” issue is silly for anyone who doesn’t have celiac disease. People have been eating wheat for centuries. How could gluten—a protein that’s always been part of wheat—suddenly be bad for us? […]

Wheat Allergy and Gluten Sensitivity Can Damage Your Health

If you’re like many Americans, you probably started your day with some whole-grain cereal and toast, had a sandwich for lunch, and enjoyed a pasta dish for dinner. At some point during the day, you may have wondered why you were having trouble concentrating or had to read something two or three times to “get […]

Control Your Nose: Nature’s 9 Best Cold & Allergy Stoppers

a woman, in a park, attacked by tree pollen
Every year about this time it begins. Patient after patient visits my practice, complaining of a runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. “I seem to have picked up a cold bug somewhere,” a patient I’ll call Paula told me recently. “But now I can’t get rid of it and thought you might have some suggestions.” As […]