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.

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Health Risks: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Here it is, my refresher course on healthy living. All you need to do is read the guidelines below, and act on the ones that are appropriate for you. Doing so will help you thrive – rather than just survive – through the stress and challenges ahead. These topics are so important, I’ve grouped them […]

What is Gluten Sensitivity & Why Does it Happen?

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One of the most common statements I hear from new patients goes something like this: “I don’t feel good, but my doctor says there’s nothing wrong with me.” Generally, in these cases, a patient tells their doctor that he or she just isn’t feeling well. Specific symptoms might include digestive disorders, low energy, weight gain, […]