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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Allergies and EpiPens and vitamin D

Allergies aren’t the only thing on the rise – so are the prices of EpiPens and vitamin D.

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Since 2004, the cost of an EpiPen has risen almost 450 percent.  What does that mean for the millions of people with severe allergies?  It means a lot of people are forgoing this life-saving injector. 

Currently, a two pack is around $600.00.  You can no longer buy it in singles.  The shelf life is one to one and half years. 

And these staggering costs aren't just affecting families. Several states require fire departments, First Responders and schools to carry EpiPens, which are putting a huge hole in their already taxed budgets.

Some are blaming the lack of competition, pointing out that the EpiPen is like Coke.  Recently, a competitor withdrew from the market, and earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration refused to approve a generic EpiPen.

Last year, 4 million prescriptions were written for epinephrine injectors, three-quarters of those were for the EpiPen brand.  

The rising cost of the EpiPen could have staggering repercussions apart from people dying from an allergic reaction.

It was reported that one mother, whose son was severely allergic to milk, declined to fill a prescription for $1200 and instead opted to buy a supply of syringes and epinephrine from the drug store for $20.

This may be an option for someone with extensive medical training but not for someone with no medical background.  There are too many safety issues from contamination to accidental intravenous injection to the incorrect dosage that could backfire with devastating results.

And if you’ve ever needed your EpiPen, you know this isn’t something to fool around with.  Some doctors recommend going to the hospital even after you given yourself an injection.

Mylan Specialty L.P reports the price of EpiPens has increased because of “multiple, important product features and the value the product provides”.  Yet, the costs only seems to have risen in the US.

The cost for EpiPens in Canada can be five time less expensive.

But unfortunately, there is not a lot of options for an anaphylactic reaction.  Taking Benadryl might help with the itching and slow down the reaction but it is not going to save your life. 

One study revealed there are more EpiPens sold in the Northern States than in the Southern States.  The thought behind this is that Vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor since it is well established that northerners are deficient in vitamin D.  So another consideration might be to take vitamin D supplements. Inc. was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Richard D. Savage in 1980. Mr. Savage has been an entrepreneurial pioneer in the discovery, development and distribution of innovative health solutions. "Our aim is to commercialize new, creative products and services that improve the quality of health. Our goal is to make health solutions available that are medically sound and economically viable." 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ABC Talks About Allergy Drops

ABC Talks About Allergy Drops and why they are being prescribed by doctors.

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One of the most obnoxious parts of having seasonal allergies is that they can show up out of nowhere. One day you can breathe perfectly fine, and the next morning you will wake up congested and feeling bogged down. When this happens, you then must resort to getting your hands on allergy medication quickly so that your daily routine is not interrupted with constant sneezing and tissue breaks. Allergena offers the very best in homeopathic allergy solutions, but we realize you may not always have the time to wait for your allergy relief formula to ship and get to your home. We do have good news though!
You may not be aware, but Allergena products are sold in stores all over the United States. This means you no longer have to buy allergy relief medication that contains unknown ingredients. You can get your geographically zoned allergy relief formula as easily as you could buy a pack of gum. Simply stop into one of the many markets and natural grocers that carries our product and you can find the relief you are hoping for sooner rather than later.
Currently our products are being sold at Sprouts Farmers Markets, Whole Food Markets, the Vitamin Shoppe location and more. Get back to feeling like your normal self with the help of our homeopathic allergy formulas. Say “goodbye” to sneezing, stuffy noses and watering eyes when you purchase your specific formula at one of our many retailers today. Don’t need it right now? Order online and get free shipping in all 48 contiguous states.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Living with Celiac Disease

Living with Celiac disease doesn’t have to be a pain in the gut.

image of a probiotic from Meditrend

When a person develops Celiac disease, gluten can become their worst nightmare, from flattened intestinal villi and nutrient deficiencies to a compromised immune system, no energy, and loss of serotonin.  The damage that gluten causes our bodies is down right scary and, in most cases, painful. 

Celiac disease can develop at any age after people start consuming anything that contains gluten. Once you have been diagnosed with Celiac, taking the right precautions, in addition to changing your diet, can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

#1. Using your phone or table, visit the app store to download gluten-free apps.  These apps will help you research foods that are verified gluten-free and the stores that specialize in gluten-free products.  They will also supply you with menu options.  Most restaurants offer gluten-free meals so don’t feel like you can never go out to eat again.

#2. Celiac disease is genetic so have your children tested.  Let other people in your immediate family know as well.  If any of them have Hashimoto’s disease or type 1 diabetes, they have an increased risk of developing Celiac disease.   The earlier it is detected the better the chances for totally healing the intestines.
#3. Get a bone scan to check for osteoporosis.  If your Celiac disease has gone undiagnosed for any length of time there is a good chance that your body has not been getting the calcium to keep your bones strong.  If the scan reveals no sign of breakdown or thinning of the bones, it will be one less thing for you to think about.  It will also give you a baseline measurement for future scans. If the scan does show signs of osteoporosis your doctor and you can begin a treatment plan.

#4. Most doctors will recommend that people with celiac disease get annual blood screenings.  The screenings will show levels for folate, TSH (a hormone that stimulates your thyroid), ferritin (to show the amount of iron stored in the body) and vitamin B12.  Another test administered is the 24-hour urine catch.  This test will show how much calcium is being absorbed and it is precisely what it sounds like.  You pee into a container during a 24 hour time table.  These tests will determine how well your intestines are healing. 

#5. To help heal your intestines you might want to start taking supplements, including digestive enzymes, L-glutamine, betaine HCl and probiotics.

There is no cure for Celiac disease.  But there are steps that you can take to heal your gut and maintain an active gluten-free diet.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Allergies - Are we too clean?

Allergies - Are we too clean for our immune system to do the job it was intended to do?

poster that states germ free

A good romp in the mud could be the best medicine to help kids fight allergies.  Remember when we were growing up?  We didn’t have hand sanitizers or anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners.  When we came in from playing outside and were asked to wash our hands before we ate it wasn’t because of germs.  It was because we were dirty! 

Research has shown that yes, a good washing with soap can help stop the spread of infection but going overboard can also cause us to be sick more often and increase our chances of allergies, especially among children.

Why? Because of our cleanlier habits our immune system no longer needs to fight germs as much as it once did, causing our bodies to shift away from fighting infections to developing more allergic reactions.  

According to the National Allergy Bureau, more than 50 percent of Americans ages 5 to 60 years old are sensitive to at least one allergen. That's almost five times higher than rates found in a previous survey in the late 1970s.

Scientists are calling it the “Hygiene Hypothesis” to explain how sterile environments can lead to higher percentages of illness.  One example is a study done in Germany.  Scientists found that children who were exposed to farm animals, and all the microbes and bacteria associated with farm life, were about half as likely as other children to develop Crohn’s disease.

Scientist believe when your immune system has rarely encountered an allergen, it can go haywire when it finally does come in contact with pollens, molds, and other foreign bodies.

Most people live in a house of anti-bacterial soaps and air-tight seals around windows and doors.   Add antibiotics and vaccinations to the equation and the body's immune system gets a phony pardon from nature.
We’re not saying the crusade against germs has to stop, but building a house as a shrine to hygiene is not necessarily the answer.  Let’s not put our kids in a bubble.  Let them be kids!

Remember, there is no cure for allergies once they have developed.  The best way to deal with them is to build your immune system up and expose yourself to allergens in small doses.  And make mud castles!

To ensure you are taking the best allergy remedy money can buy visit or download this product information sheet on our latest product, Season Allergy Tabs! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Allergy Season

Foods Not to Sneeze At During Allergy Season

woman with a clothespin on her nose to stop allergens
Oh joy, you survived cold and flu season only to get knocked on your fanny by seasonal allergies. Spring started with tree pollen and mold and is joyfully rolling into summer with grass and ragweed allergens.

Most of us turn to our medicine cabinets to help alleviate those runny noses, red, itchy eyes and sneezing.  Who would have thought turning to the kitchen might be beneficial as well?  There may not be a cure for your allergies but these simple foods might just bring you some added relief.

An apple a day…

Yup, not only does it keep the doctor away but it also works to relieve your allergy symptoms.  The peel, which is rich in quercetin, works as both an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory.   Allergies occur when our bodies mistake the protein from pollens and molds as bad guys and our immune system gets trigger happy, shooting off histamines.  This natural compound causes in increase in mucus to help flush out the unwanted attackers.  Quercetin stops the immune cells from releasing histamines, which in turns helps to reduce allergy symptoms.

Other fruits and vegetables with high levels of quercetin are leafy greens, tomatoes, berries and broccoli.

Go fishing…

Allergies bring about inflammation in the sinus cavity, throat and eyes.  Making sure you get a lot of omega-3 fatty acids will go a long way toward controlling the inflammation.  Unfortunately, most of our diets are rich in omega-6 fatty acids that are found in mayo, corn oil, certain nuts, fried foods and bakery cakes.  All of these foods have been known to cause systemic inflammation.   If you suffer from allergies that is the last thing you want!

Two of the best fish to eat are albacore tuna and salmon.  Work these fish into your diet two to three times a week.   You will notice a difference in your allergy symptoms.

Ah, nuts…

Nuts like flax seeds, hemp seeds, butternuts, walnuts and macadamia are packed with allergy fighting, immune boosting power.  These nuts and seeds are high in antioxidants and super foods for tackling seasonal allergies.

Studies have found that people who practice the Mediterranean diet of fish, fresh produce, olive oil and nuts are less likely to suffer allergies.  Other benefits from eating this type of diet are an empowered immune systems and protection against free radicals. 

Oh say can you C…

Vitamin C is another great way to treat allergy symptoms.  Foods rich in vitamin C like bell peppers, red peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi and citrus are natural anti-histamines that can reduce swelling and inflammation.  Vitamin C is also another optimal way to boost your immune system. 

Finding relief from seasonal allergies can be the difference between enjoying the warmer weather and dreading the changing seasons, so try one of these remedies today!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Allergies 101

Allergies 101 - all you need to know.

kids playing outdoors

As a child, during the summer we played outside from dusk until dinner was announce and boy, you had better high-tail it for home when you heard the clanging of the bell.  Now a days, you never see kids outside riding bikes or playing ball in the empty lot or for that matter, adults.  Our parents were always on the front porch or working on outdoor projects. 

Are allergies to blame?  It is reported that more than 50 million people suffer from pollen and mold.

Why so many people?

Allergies are the result of your immune system thinking the harmless proteins found in mold and pollen are the bad guys.  While the immune system’s job is to track down and defend our bodies from harmful substances, it gets a little mixed up where pollen is concerned.  When the immune system is triggered by outside allergens, it releases antibodies which move through the blood.  These antibodies tell our cells to release chemicals into the bloodstream, including histamine.  Histamine is what causes your worst allergy symptoms such as a runny nose and sneezing.

Scientist are still trying to work out why some of us react this way to allergens and why some of us don’t.  But whatever the reason, allergies are on the rise. 

What triggers common allergies?

Not the pollen.  It is one or more of the proteins in the pollen.  Just like when people say that they are allergic to cats, that’s not really true.  What is setting off your sneezing and swollen eyes is the protein in the cat’s saliva.  When the cat cleans its fur it transfer the protein to its hair and dander.  It is the same thing for the proteins found in molds and dust mites.

Are there other things I could be allergic too?

Absolutely, the list is endless from latex to leather to perfumes to cleaning chemicals. 

If you think you have allergies your best course of action is to get tested by a doctor.

And the doctor will find a cure?

No, there is no cure for allergies.  But…there are ways to help alleviate your symptoms. 

Here is another idea for you. Instead of trotting down to your local drug store for over the counter medicines or an allergy shot from your doctor, stay home and simply put allergy drops under your tongue!

Sublingual Immunotherapy is a big phrase that simply means:“Sublingual” – Drops under the tongue
“Immunotherapy” – Uses the body’s natural abilities to stimulate or restore a healthy immune system response to fight infection and disease, similar to the way allergy shots work.

It used to be that allergy shots were the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they’re literally a pain to get! Not to mention the cost and inconvenience of traveling to to and from your health care clinic.

A fairly recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says allergy drops are fairly effective in reducing asthma symptoms. The evidence was even stronger in studies with children.

The studies concluded drops were effective in reducing stuffy noses and itchy eyes of seasonal allergies, with 9 out of 36 studies showing a greater than 40 percent improvement. 

Congratulations, you have just graduated from Allergies 101.  Now, go outside and play!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Food Allergies

Food allergies on a shoe-string budget!

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In today’s economy it is extremely hard to grocery shop so that you can put a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table every night.   Add in food allergies and the struggle is tenfold. 

Researchers estimate that over 15 million Americans have food allergies.   1 in 13 kids are effected.  Below are a few practical tips for managing food intolerance's and allergies on a shoe-string budget that can help you save money and stay on track for feeding your family healthy meals.

First, try not to focus on the foods you can’t have.  Doing this can be very disheartening.  Instead, make a list of all the nutritious and beneficial foods that you can eat.  Surf the internet to broaden your options.

But try not to go overboard.  Keep meals simple until you have a better understanding of your dietary restrictions.  It can be overwhelming to jump right into complicated recipes with foods or spices that you have never prepared before.  Plus, it can be very costly. 

Remember, simple equals less expensive!

For a simple meal choose a protein, a carb, and a green vegetable, such as fish with brown rice and a mixed green salad.   Use this formula for a few weeks to give yourself time to adjust to the new diet before you start getting too fancy. 

Food allergies usually means more time at the stove.  And yes, it is healthier to cook from scratch but with today’s fast paced schedules we don’t always have the time to devote to hours in the kitchen.

Another good tip is to pick one food that the whole family enjoys, such as pizza and spend your time making allergy free crust.  Or if it’s pancakes, find a good recipe that is safe for you to eat and mix up enough dry ingredients for a couple of batches.  There is no point wasting time making homemade yogurt if no one in your family likes yogurt to start with.  

When deciding on which substitute foods to purchase be picky.  There are several on the market but some taste no different than cardboard and are just empty calories.  For example, there are several non-dairy options for cheese.  But do you really want a processed product consisting mostly of wax?  A better option might be nutritional yeast flakes.  They are quite inexpensive, especially if you buy them in bulk and have a cheesy, nutty taste that most kids don’t mind.

Once you learn what works for you “taste-wise” find a quality store where you can purchase things like gluten free products and grain free flours at bulk rate.  Some of the health stores offer discounts if you buy in large quantities.  Do your research!

During growing season find out when the local farmers market is open.  There is nothing like local produce for taste and the cost is usually lower than what you would find in the organic section of the grocery store.  

Feeding a family with food allergies doesn’t have to break the bank.  Learn to be creative so that eating healthy, allergy-free foods on a shoe-string budget can keep everyone happy and their belly’s full. 

Food allergies are no joke and we want to keep our kids and our ourselves as healthy as possible.  To boost your immune systems visit to find the product that is best suited for where you live.