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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Is it wheat or yeast causing your food allergies?

Is it wheat or yeast causing your food allergies – a must read

Over the past several years more and more research is being conducted on the cause of food intolerance's.  What are they finding?  All the fingers should not be pointing to wheat.  Instead, we should be looking at yeast.

In 2003 a study was performed on over 300 people who showed minimal to severe food allergies. 

What did the study find? 

Cow’s milk was the #1 cause of food intolerance's and wheat was at the very bottom of the list.
80%   Cow’s milk and their products
27%   Oranges
21%   Cocoa
19%   All cheeses and yogurts
17%   Coffee
14%   Yeast
14%   Tea
12%   Aspartame
11%   Malt
10%   Monosodium glutamate
5%     Hydrolysed vegetable protein
3%     Goats and sheeps milk products
3%     Wheat

What were the people’s symptoms who were part of the study.

bloating, constipation, indigestion or diarrhea
behavioral problems
skin conditions
joint pain
recurrent infections

Studies have also shown that usually when a person is allergic to yeast, they are also allergic to cheese and yogurt.

But people like to self-diagnosis, especially with all the health trending articles.  So, when they eat bread, pizza, pasta, rolls and breakfast cereal and have a reaction they think wheat is the culprit. 

What they don’t think about is that all these foods contain yeast and might have be eaten with a piece of cheese or glass of milk. 

If a person is told to avoid wheat and in actuality has an intolerance to yeast they are not going to see much of an improvement in their health.  
The same is true for a person who is allergic to cow’s milk.  If a person gives up wheat but not milk they will not see any improvement in their health.  If a person gives up wheat and milk they might get better but it is not because of the lack of wheat in their diet.  It’s because they stopped drinking milk.
It seems the best alternative would be a milk and yeast free diet to start and then try no wheat if your symptoms are not showing any improvement.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mold, mold everywhere mold!

Mold is everywhere but just how harmful is it to your health?

black mold growing on drywall

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are tens of thousands of types of mold that can be found outdoors and indoors.

Mold generally grows in moist, dark, cool places from spores that are even smaller than pollen.
Out of the tens of thousands of types of mold most do not affect the health of people.  And though black mold is all over the media and can be very dangerous, it doesn’t mean all mold that is black is harmful.

Illness from mold generally means the person is allergic to the fungi.  If mold allergies are significant enough, skin and blood test will show positive for mold allergens.

Irritants and allergens can bring about two kinds of responses in your body – allergic and infectious.
Most people have mild allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, stuffiness, headaches, wheezing or skin irritations.  The sinus drainage from mold allergies is often thick like honey in consistency.

If you continued to be exposed to mold, you can find your allergy symptoms becoming more severe with aggravated sinus infections.

People who have chronic allergies and are exposed to large amounts of dangerous mold can start to develop worse symptoms such as shortness of breath and fever.  

Those who already have a chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or COPD are susceptible to lung infections as well, which have the potential to be life threatening.

There have even been a few cases reported of people growing a fungal ball in their lungs.  

Aspergilloma, is a clump of mold caused by the fungi Aspergillus.  It is found everywhere, especially in the fall and winter in the Northern region. Aspergillus is also common in the home, including bedding and can be easily recognized as common black mold.

The bottom line, remove moisture and standing water as soon as possible.   Otherwise, it is just an open invitation for mold to grow.  Black mold requires more water to breed than other types of fungi!!

In your home, problem areas can include a leaky roof, clogged gutters, plumbing mishaps, condensation, or water vapor.  Water vapor happens anytime you bathe, cook, run the dish washer , wash the clothes, or take a breath.

Allergena is leading the homeopathic industry with products such as Mold Mix.  Mold Mix is formulated to detect allergens such as mold creating antibodies in the immune system. The antibodies destroy or neutralize allergens (i.e. mold, fungi and/or pollens) that are causing your allergic reactions. Allergena is a Homeopathic Sublingual Immunotherapy that reduces your body's negative reaction to allergens. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Allergies and the Runner

How to Survive Allergies for the Dedicated Runner

Runners workout in all kinds of weather conditions; rain, sleet, hot, cold, sunny or cloudy.  They may check the weather to find a better window of opportunity but they are out there every day persevering for the love of the sport.  Still, I don’t know many athletes who aren’t over-joyed at the first sign of spring and warmer weather - unless you suffer from allergies.

It only takes about 10 minutes of being outside before you feel that telltale itch in your nose, that gritty feeling in your eyes and that tickle in your throat. Oh, joy, it’s pollen season!

Don't be caught unprepared for the onslaught of pollen.  As soon as it begins to get warm or you see the first blooms of spring and you are donning a t-shirt and shorts take action.

Sublingual immunotherapy is an alternative way to treat allergies without injections. According to a 2009 World Allergy Organization (WAO) paper, SLIT is widely accepted and used in European, South American, and Asian countries as well as in Australia and is gaining interest from allergists in the United States. (1)

And let’s face it.  Shots can be expensive, and over-the-counter allergy remedies leave you feeling like you need to take a nap – not a good option if you are planning a 5K run.  

Allergy drops have been getting a lot of attention from many reputable medical sources lately, and for good reason - they work!

A few other tips to help you run your way through pollen season:

·         To keep from inhaling allergens invest in a good allergy-proof face mask. You can find all sorts of masks and face cover-ups on amazon.  If your allergies are really extreme, you may want to purchase sport goggles to keep your eyes clear. Yes, you'll look a little silly but it’s worth the strange stares.
·         Plan your run time when pollen counts are low like late in the evening or after a rain shower.
·         Once you are back home, immediately remove your pollen-packed clothes and hop into the shower.
·         Use a saline spray to clear out your nasal passages, where allergens love to attach themselves.
·         And always remember to stretch, rehydrate, and refuel to keep your immune system as its peak!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015


Allergies – the odd balls in the group!

woman with rash
We are all familiar with the more common allergens – pollen, dust mites, molds, pet dander and food. If you’re reading this post you are probably allergic to at least one of the above.  Here a couple of allergens you are probably not familiar with – the odd balls in the group. 

No leather shoes for me!

If you find a rash on your feet after wearing leather shoes, you might be allergic to the chemicals used during the leather tanning process.  Contact dermatitis, a form of eczema, is a cornucopia for all common skin conditions resulting from direct contact with an irritant or allergen.  More than five million doctor visits every year can be attributed to its red, rash outcome. The solution?  Wear shoes that are not made from leather.

No baths for me – a little boy’s favorite words

Even though we need water to survive, there are some people who get hives or red welts from water.  This is known as aquagenic urticarial.  Even though it is described as an allergy, it is not a true histamine-releasing allergic reaction.  The condition usually last 15 to 30 minutes. The hives are very itchy.    No one can pin point why some people are allergic to water and it is a very rare type of allergy. 

Exercise – or allergy time?

Exercise allergies were first reported in the 1970s.  There seems to be two types of exercise allergies.  One is caused from eating food within two hours of working out and the other happens without eating any food.  Symptoms go from mild hives and welts to severe anaphylasix, with a massive drop in blood pressure and trouble breathing.  Both can be determined by a doctor.  If it’s the food related allergy you can easily fix that by not eating before you exercise. 

To charge or not to charge?

Yes, believe it or not there are people who think they are sensitive to electrical fields generated by computers, cell phones, microwaves, power lines and light switches. Symptoms can include ringing in the ears, headache, fatigue, and other complaints. But studies have shown this is probably one type of allergy you don’t have to worry about.  Almost all the tests have come up empty on proving electrical fields can cause allergy like symptoms.

Keep the change!

For some people handling coins can cause another type of contact dermatitis. Most likely it is a reaction to nickel, a metal mixed with other metals to form an alloy.  Nickel is used in jewelry, zippers, eye glass frames and coins.  People who are sensitive can develop rashes where ever the metal comes in contact with their skin.  As with all allergens that cause contact dermatitis, red rashes and itching, the best treatment is to avoid whatever is causing the condition.

Remember, allergies are the result of our body’s defense system overreacting to foreign particles. Help build your immune system with Allergy Drops through Sublingual Immunotherapy. Allergena has developed allergy drops for where you live!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Allergy Myths

Allergy myths – what is true and what is false?

book with magical properties about myths and facts on allergies

Every time you turn around someone you know is complaining about being allergic to this or allergic to that.  Hay fever alone now affects close to 60 million people in the U.S. The more you know about allergies the better you will be able to manage them. With so much information out there, some of it conflicting, it is important to know the facts.

True or false?  Cleaner is better. 


 A little dirt and germs are good for us.  It builds up your immune system, so you don't have to endlessly dust and bleach.  Instead, try a vacuum with a HEPA filter, change out your air duct filters and take off your shoes before you come into the house.  Remember, it’s the small tiny wind-pollinated allergens that cause us the most irritation. Reduce the pollen and increase the germs.

True or false? Pollen allergies only affect us in Spring?


One of the most common misconception about pollen and seasonal allergies is that the season is short. The spring allergy season can actually start in mid-February.  There are generally two peaks with pollen allergies: tree pollen (early in the season) and then the grass pollens which come out in late April and early May. The “Spring” allergy season can run as long as 5 months. 

True or false?  If you didn’t have allergies when you were little you won’t have them now that you are grown.


You can develop an allergic reaction to anything at any time.  It begins with exposure. Even if you've inhaled pollen or mold many times before with no trouble, at some point, for some reason, the body flags it as an intruder. During this particular exposure, the immune system studies the allergen. It readies itself for the next exposure by developing antibodies. Then, the next time you're exposed to the allergen, your immune system kicks into action, triggering a scratchy throat or runny nose.

True or false? Only take medications at the start of an allergic reaction?


The best way to get allergy relief is to take allergy remedies on a regular basis and start before pollen season hits.  Studies have shown people were able to increase their tolerance and reduce their body’s negative reaction by exposing themselves to tiny amounts of the allergen.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Honey and Pollen Allergies

Does Honey really help alleviate pollen allergies?

baking with honey

It sounds like a win/win situation.  Sweeten your teas and muffins with honey and cure your pollen allergies at the same time but the truth of the matter is honey probably does nothing to alleviate those itchy eyes and runny nose.
Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen and one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that honey possesses some legitimately intriguing properties. Proteins secreted by honeybees, for instance, are mixed with the flower nectar bees use to produce honey, and science has recently discovered that one of these proteins, called “bee defensin-1” has significant antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties.

The misconception comes from the pollen the bees mostly carry back to the hive.  In the previous post we talked about insect pollinated vs. wind-pollinated? The pollen blowing in the wind (released by non-flowering trees, weeds, and grasses) is what triggers springtime allergies not the pollen in flowers carried by bees. So even local honey won’t have much, if any, of the type of pollen setting off your allergies.

Studies also show that bees don’t just bring flower pollen back to their honeycomb. They carry tree and grass pollen, in addition to mold spores, diesel particles, and other contaminants. Which means that it’s difficult to make a honey from just one kind of pollen (say, weeds and not grass). So, save your local honey for your tea and muffins, not for your allergy medicine cabinet.

If you want help from pollen allergies you need to try a product that consists of what a person is allergic to so the body becomes safely conditioned to tolerate those allergens and reduce allergic symptoms.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pollen Allergies

Pollen allergies or as it is better known, Hay Fever, are directly related to things in our environment.

Lady with a close pin on her nose to keep out the pollen

Did you know Hay fever has nothing to do with hay?  It got its name because long ago farmers noticed that their symptoms of runny noses and itchy eyes occurred during the season of the spring hay harvest, and so they connected it with hay. When actually the watery eyes and sinus headaches are most often due to pollen from the beautiful plants and trees adorning your yard or neighborhood.

The best way to battle pollen allergies is to find out which pollens you are allergic to. An allergist is able to easily test you for various types of trees, weeds, and grasses, and provide you with a list of pollens that negatively affect your body.

Below are a few types of plants that are known to cause pollen allergies:

Trees:  Birch, Alder, Cedar, Hazelnut, Willow, Plane, Olive and Hornbeam Grasses:  Ryegrass &amp Timothy Weeds:  Ragweed, Nettle, Mugwort, Goosefoot abd Sorrel.

Depending on where you live, your individual sensitivity may differ dramatically. If a person lives in an area that has hot, dry, windy days, then there is more of a chance that pollen is in the air. Whereas if you live in areas where the air is cool or there are more rainy days, the pollen is washed to the ground and is less likely to affect you.

Tune into your local weather channel or get online to find out the days pollen count.  Allergy pollen counts allow you to see how you could be affected right in your own hometown. On days when the count is high you don’t have to suffer from pollen allergies or hay fever, which has nothing to do with hay.