Friday, November 26, 2010

When Your Child's Food Allergy Just Isn't

Our children have allergies to everything!! 

But, this study argues that ... just maybe ... what everyone's got is not "food allergies," but an overabundance of "food allergy mis-diagnosis!!" 

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Many children’s diets are being unnecessarily restricted due to overreliance on blood tests for food allergies, claims a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late last year that there has been an 18 percent rise in the prevalence of food allergies among US children from 1997 to 2007. Parents of almost four percent of American children report a food or digestive allergy in their child.
This latest study challenged the suspected food allergies of 125 children. Together, the children in the study were avoiding 177 different foods, primarily due to blood test results. The authors explained that immunoassays can be difficult to interpret, none is 100 percent accurate, and the tests’ ability to predict true food allergy has only been validated for five foods: Hen eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, cow’s milk and fish.
Depending on the reason for food avoidance, 84 to 93 percent of foods were restored to children’s diets following oral food challenges.
Senior author and Edelstein chair of pediatric allergy and clinical immunology at National Jewish Health Donald Leung said: "When you are able to restore foods such as dairy products, egg, peanut, wheat, and vegetables to a child's diet, it improves their nutrition, reduces the need for expensive substitute foods and makes meal time easier for families.”
The authors performed oral food challenges for 71 foods where the existence of a true food allergy was ambiguous. In 86 percent of those cases, the child passed the food challenge and the food was restored to the child’s diet. Sixty-six of the 177 foods avoided because of blood tests were restored to children’s diets.
Overall, the study led to 325 foods being restored to the diets of 125 children.
Lead author of the study and assistant professor of pediatrics at National Jewish Health David Fleischer said: “People with known food allergies, especially those with a history of anaphylactic reactions, should by all means avoid those foods. However, a growing number of patients referred to our practice are being placed on strict, unproven food-elimination diets that have led to poor weight gain and malnutrition. These overly restrictive diets have been chosen for a variety of reasons, but overreliance on immunoassay tests appears to be the most common cause.”

Study suggests over-diagnosis of food allergy in children

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

We CAN avoid a diabetes disaster by 2020

I don't believe it. 

The report says that "Half of Americans facing diabetes by 2020." I refuse to accept this. I do not believe we must surrender to the incoming wave of obesity, diabetes, and the parade of health problems that follow them. 

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Yes, diabetes is epidemic and is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the United States, currently affecting about 26 million Americans. And yes, another 67 million are estimated to have prediabetes, and 90% of those are unaware that they even have the condition.
But NO, this is not inevitable. This problem is not genetic, but preventable with basic, basic, basic (did I say basic?) lifestyle changes. Easy stuff ... once you know what to do. 
Thus, this is about sound education. This is about returning to some common sense strategies like, I don't know, EAT FOOD, return to the family table, and don't eat SO much food that you make it bad for you. 
We are in a race between education and catastrophe. This truism has never been more pertinent than today. We can educate. We can avoid catastrophe. 

Mixing THESE Pills Can Be Bad For Your Heart

 All these pills we take. But what happens inside your body when they mix?? What happens when these chemicals combine to form unexpected effects?
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What kind of pills should I be worried about? 
The popular blood-thinning drug, warfarin, is taken by heart patients. But those same patients often run out to the pill-store-bargain-barn (or just any, quote, health food store) and also take plain old supplements, fish oil, glucosamine and chondroitin, coenzyme Q10, and even multivitamins.

What's the problem with taking these supplements? 
Some supplements have the ability to either enhance or negate warfarin's effects, which could potentially trigger one of two dangerous complications: severe bleeding or a blood clot. Nice.
"More and more patients are self-medicating with these supplements," says Jennifer Strohecker, a clinical pharmacist at Intermountain Medical Center, in Salt Lake City. "Many of us will Google something and then go out and try it, and our doctor would never know."
In a previous study, Strohecker and her colleagues found that nine of the 10 most commonly sold supplements had the potential to conflict with warfarin. The offenders included St. John's wort, melatonin, glucosamine and chondroitin, and fish oil.
"Even your multivitamin can interact with warfarin," says Strohecker, who presented her research Sunday at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WHAT? Low fat diets could increase heart disease?

Could it be true? 

Has all our coaching to eat low fat foods (in order to save our hearts) actually put us at a greater risk?! Chair of the Harvard School of Public Health’s nutrition department Dr. Walter Willett is emphatic: 

“If anything, the literature shows a slight advantage of the high fat diet,” he said.“The focus on fat in dietary guidelines has been a massive distraction…We should remove total fat from nutrition facts panels on the back of packs.”
He added that while the pervasive dietary guidance given to consumers has been to eat fats sparingly, to load up on starch and eat non-fat products, “the food industry quickly realized sugar was cheaper than fat and laughed all the way to the bank.”
When America was healthy and thinner than we are now (lets say, 1958 when our obesity rate hovered at 12%), the percent of fat in our diets was closer to 37%. Certainly not the 30% advised by a raft of health experts. 

Healthy cultures eat healthy fats. When we were healthy, we ate healthy fats as well. Now we need to let go of "theory" and return to the behavioral habits that worked for us in the past. 
Here's the article. Low fat diets could increase heart disease risk, say nutrition experts

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The Thanksgiving Miracle Molecule

Need a rule to follow? 
Eat orange foods, live a long life. WHY, you ask? 

According to this massive 14-year study researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having more  of the carotenoid alpha-carotene may reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and all other causes by up to 39 percent

That's Huge!! 
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This article is pubbed in the Archives of Internal Medicine and, according to the lead author Dr Chaoyang Li, “In this prospective study ... we found that serum alpha-carotene concentrations were inversely associated with risk of death from all causes, CVD, cancer, and all causes other than CVD and cancer.” 

Inversely associated ... that means, they are like buckets in a well. The higher one goes up, the lower the other goes down. The more of the carotenoids you have on board, the less your likelihood of "risk of death from all causes." 

This is a very handy molecule to have!! And where do you get this Thanksgiving miracle molecule? Alpha-carotene can be found in concentrated amounts in a variety of foods including sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, fresh thyme, cantaloupe. 

So. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition that will last the entire year. Eat sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and squash. 

High alpha-carotene levels linked to longer life: Study

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Do NOT Drink From These Tainted Glasses

It's happened again. 

In June, McDonald's recalled 12 million glasses designed to promote the latest Shrek movie after painted designs on them were  found to contain small amounts of cadmium.
The potential danger that the cadmium can leach from the paint on to a child's hand, and make it's way into your child. And, cadmium is a carcinogen that can harm kidneys and bones. 
Now, the company is announcing another recall of 22,000 four-glass sets for "quality reasons". So keep an eye out for the glasses designed to look like an all-red can of the soft drink.

They're pulling these glasses because the associated Press conducted an investigation into various themed drinking glasses, portraying comic book characters like Superman, Wonder Woman and the Tin Man from Oz. These glasses exceeded safety limits for lead in children's products by up to 1,000 times.

Coca-Cola recalls 88,000 glasses 'containing cadmium and lead' - Telegraph

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The BEST holiday: Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Read this article to find out what's right and what's missing. I want to get your thoughts ... write me to let me know what you think.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Our First Thanksgiving Proclamation: June 20, 1676

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation (June 20, 1676)
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first [in what is now the US] . That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original.

"The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ."

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Pig Parts and Turkeys: A Thanksgiving Tale From France

This story relates one of our most interesting experiences of living in France, dealing with the food ... and especially with the butcher at Thanksgiving.  

ARTICLE: Pig Parts and Turkeys: A Thanksgiving Tale From France

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Radio Program Contents For SUNDAY (Noon EST)

Today on the show, I'll be on talking about this stuff below. You can call to give me your 2Cents: 412.333.1360
  • Red Wine Headache and migraines
  • San Fran proposes BAN on male circumcision ... What's the diff between female and male circumcision?
  • Talking Turkey and T-Day w Nancy Berk.
  • More on (or, moron) changes in the health care law
  • And our newest segment: What I love? Pills for everything!!
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