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Allergies

Chlorinated water, pesticides linked to food allergies


A chemical used in pesticides, antibacterial soap and water chlorination increases people's risk of developing food allergies, according to a study conducted by researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and published in the college's journal, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Eight foods that help fight spring allergies


Spring allergies are indeed bothersome. But instead of reaching out to the usual medications, individuals can now seek relief from various foods. Among the known foods that help fight off spring allergies are citrus fruits, red grapes, broccoli, collard green, nuts, apples, fish, onions and garlic. With a diet enriched with these foods, individuals allergic to spring can find comfort and relief.

GMO cows pushed as Frankensolution to milk allergies


Milk from dairy cows contains the protein s-lactoglobulin (BLG) which is not present in human milk. As it is a major milk allergen, an attempt at decreasing BLG by genetically modifying cows has gained much attention recently. According to researchers in a recent study, "analysis of hormonally induced milk from [these calves] demonstrated absence of BLG and a concurrent increase of all casein milk proteins." It is believed that if bred in sufficient numbers, this type of genetically modified cow could one day provide milk for allergic infants and adults.

Amish children are remarkably immune to allergies, says expert


The Amish, it seems, place themselves at risk every day of their lives. They refuse to vaccinate their children, exposing themselves to disease. They drink raw cow's milk, exposing themselves to salmonella. They even - and this is really disturbing - favor natural food, exposing themselves to tomatoes that contain cracks. Given these eccentric practices, isn't it inevitable that their communities become breeding grounds for allergies and asthma? Not according to Dr. Mark Holbreich, an allergist who has been treating Amish families in Indiana for over 20 years.

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Pets and people suffer endlessly from allergies and the complications that arise from them. Consumers spend millions of dollars each year addressing the problem with antihistamines, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and pharmaceutical drugs like cortisone and cyclosporine.