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Original Studies of Interest

Reduced vigilance and cognitive functioning is associated with allergic rhinitis. Recently, decrements in vigilance and cognitive functioning have been associated with ragweed-induced allergic rhinitis. Wilken JA, Berkowitz R, Kane R. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2002; 89:372-380. High level of comorbidity in greater than 40,000 cases of allergic rhinitis included an increase in the incidence of migraines, […]

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Allergy

Rhinitis and asthma (IGE mediated) are conditions common to up to 30% of affected Americans. Allergies are no longer believed to be just nasal, lung and skin conditions, but we know that as “systemic conditions” they more easily affect “Quality of Life.” The table below shows the results health-related Quality of Life (QOL) in patients […]

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Allergens and Indoor Mold (Fungi)

Recently reported studies confirm that indoor molds (fungi) can produce asthma. A myriad of other systemic symptoms may also be caused by molds but has not yet been proven. www.cdc.gov Ref: Wall Street Journal May 26, 2004

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Allergy Season Brings More Than Allergies

Anxiety, depression, fatigue and migraine headaches were found to increase during the allergy season. The study also suggested that allergen levels might affect other conditions in the absence of allergic rhinitis. Dr. Portner Says: Histamine is the most commonly known mediator in allergies, but there are dozens of others being studied which have different effects […]

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Cognitive Effects Of Allergic Rhinitis

Patients were challenged with Ragweed pollen during the off season; and using extensive performance tests, were compared to non-challenged allergic rhinitis patients. The challenged patients showed evidence of decreased cognition, vigilance, response time, accuracy, memory, reasoning, calculating, and coordination. There was also increased sedation, drowsiness, and lethargy. Most patients with these effects were UNAWARE OF […]

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Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and “Candida Syndrome”

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition classified by the presence of at least 11 of 18 specific tender points throughout the body and by widespread pain in at least three regions of the body. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by pervasive fatigue that will not go away and that interferes with daily life. […]

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For Type 2 Diabetes, Dash Of Cinnamon May Help (Also For Cholesterol, Triglycerides, And As An Antioxidant)

Studies done in humans and rats support these significant findings, with only 1/4 tsp. Of cinnamon needed for the effect. Dash Of Cinnamon May Help

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Breast Cancer and Aspirin (Breast Cancer Prevention)

In addition to preventing heart attacks and strokes, studies have shown when Aspirin was used at least 4 times per week (why not since it’s cheap and safe) it can reduce the incidence of hormone “sensitive” breast cancer. More studies are needed. Ref: Wall Street Journal May 26, 2004

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Study Challenges Beliefs On Menopause

New information suggests that socio-economic and racial factors are more important than estrogen levels and body weight in predicting the degree of hot flashes. In perimenopause, variable estrogen levels is associated with heavy menses, sleep problems, and forgetfulness. Study Challenges Beliefs On Menopause

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Homocysteine and Hip Fractures (Nutritional)

Finding: Higher levels of Homocysteine is associated with higher levels of hip and other bone fractures common in the elderly. Cause: In test tube studies Homocysteine interferes with the cross-linking of collagen fibers which enhances bone strength. Solution: By increasing Folate and Vitamin B12 levels Homocysteine can be reduced. Comment: High levels of Homocysteine have […]

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Government Advises Against Eating Too Much Tuna

The FDA, and the EPA have advised children and pregnant women to limit the ingestion of canned tuna to 12 oz., and albacore tuna to 6oz. Per week. Prof. Aposian of U. of Arizona is against eating any Albacore because of the mercury content. Government Advises Against Eating Too Much Tuna

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