I Found Help That Actually Works in My Own City

There’s a group of San Jose chiropractors who have a popular chiropractice practice in my city, and they are known for helping people with many different types of aches and pains when traditional physician practices don’t work. I ended up learning about them after the lower back pain that I had was interfering with my ability to work at my job as a district manager. We only get so much vacation time per year, and I had already used all of mine. I may be a manager, but the fast-paced company that I work for is not interested in employing a leader who can’t show up to work as necessary.

I’ve always pushed myself incredibly hard in the workplace because I don’t have a college degree. Continue reading “I Found Help That Actually Works in My Own City”

There Has Been a Great Answer for Every Unnecessary Worry That I Had About Finding a New Love

As a senior citizen, I struggled for a long time about whether I wanted to date again. I worked through all of the surrounding issues in my head, but then worried about the fact that I have been suffering from impotence for years. Then, I read an article about Kamagra in Australia and realized that ordering it and using it would be a good solution to the final worry that I had about dating again. It has worked well, and my new girlfriend approves of me using it wholeheartedly!

I was married for many years to a woman that I had been in love with for more than half of my life. Before I met her, I dated so many people, and I found that I didn’t really connect with any of them. I wondered if I was the problem. That changed when I met the lady that I married because she and I connected during our first date. We went to dinner that first night, and we sat at the table after we finished our meal and talked until the restaurant closed. Continue reading “There Has Been a Great Answer for Every Unnecessary Worry That I Had About Finding a New Love”

There Has Been a Great Answer for Every Unnecessary Worry That I Had About Finding a New Love

As a senior citizen, I struggled for a long time about whether I wanted to date again. I worked through all of the surrounding issues in my head, but then worried about the fact that I have been suffering from impotence for years. Then, I read an article about Kamagra in Australia and realized that ordering it and using it would be a good solution to the final worry that I had about dating again. It has worked well, and my new girlfriend approves of me using it wholeheartedly!

I was married for many years to a woman that I had been in love with for more than half of my life. Before I met her, I dated so many people, and I found that I didn’t really connect with any of them. I wondered if I was the problem. That changed when I met the lady that I married because she and I connected during our first date. We went to dinner that first night, and we sat at the table after we finished our meal and talked until the restaurant closed. Continue reading “There Has Been a Great Answer for Every Unnecessary Worry That I Had About Finding a New Love”

Natural Remedies You Can Use to Improve Your Allergy Symptoms

Allergies can prevent you from having a normal life. This is especially so for those who suffer from year-round allergies. It’s a miserable state to be in, then throw in the fact that you have to take toxic antihistamine drugs to suppress the symptoms. If you talk to a naturopathic doctor, you will find that there are natural, healthier alternatives to allergy treatment.

Once you have had allergy testing, you can use the following remedies to alleviate your symptoms.

SLIT

This is a natural allergy treatment that is taken sublingually (beneath the tongue). It is a form of immunotherapy, which means your body is being trained to detect these “allergens” for what they really are – harmless particles. So over time, you body stops reacting negatively to these substances, allowing you to live a normal life. This form of treatment can be obtained from a naturopathic doctor.

Saline Rinse

If you know you’re about to deal with allergy symptoms, try rinsing your nose with saline. This is nothing more than salt water. It will wash away any pollen inside that can trigger your allergies. It won’t replace medications or treatments like SLIT, but it’s a good temporary solution.

Take Fish Oil Supplements

Studies show that those who have allergic asthma can lower their levels of leukotrienes by consuming fish oil supplements daily. This is a chemical that leads to allergic reactions. Allergic asthma is asthma that flares up when you’re exposed to substances you’re allergic to.

Wear Sunglasses and Hats

The wide-brimmed hats are preferable because it can help keep pollen away from your face. The sunglasses also help to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes, preventing symptoms like watering and itchiness.

Try Butterbur

This is an herb that has bee shown to help improve allergies related to pollen. It’s also commonly used to alleviate headaches. There are studies that show it to be effective for nasal symptoms. If you don’t like taking antihistamines that cause drowsiness, then this could be a good alternative. Do note that there aren’t any studies that prove the safety of using butterbur long-term.

Acupuncture

There’s a possibility that acupuncture could help relieve hay fever. In a study that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, allergy sufferers were given 12 acupuncture sessions instead of antihistamines and it showed that their relief was higher. It’s not clear why acupuncture could help, but it could have something to do with it’s ability to curb inflammatory substances in your immune system.

If you go to a naturopathic doctor about your allergies, you can find out more about natural alternatives. You can also learn of other treatments, like ozone therapy and acupuncture.

How Do I Know What I Am Allergic To?

Almost everybody is allergic to something or the other, whether it is the high pollen count during spring, dust, peanuts, milk or shellfish. Some types of allergies are rare and highly specific whereas others, such as allergies to dust, pollen or allergic rhinitis (hay fever) are far more common.

It is not easy to determine exactly what you are allergic to without proper allergy testing. For example, you may find yourself sniffling every morning but without a proper test you may not be able to confirm whether it is because of house dust or dust mites on your bedding.

Allergy Testing

Allergy testing is the best way to find out what is the exact substance that you are allergic to. The most frequently performed test is the skin prick test which involves pricking the patients skin (usually the forearm or upper arm) and placing a small concentrate of multiple allergens on it. The patient then has to wait for approximately 15 minutes after which he or she should see swellings on the areas which have the allergen concentrate that they are allergic to. This test may also reveal allergies that a patient might have to a substance that they have never come in contact with. For example someone who has never come in contact with eucalyptus might be strongly allergic to it.

Two other allergy tests are the intradermal and patch test.

The intradermal test involves injecting the patient with an allergen such as bee venom and is also used in case there is speculation that a allergic reaction wasn’t shown in the skin prick test.

The patch test is also straightforward where the patient applies a ‘patch’ containing an allergen onto his or her body and keeps it on for approximately 48 hours after which the patch is removed. If the swelling or rash is still visible after 96 hours the dermatologist can then identify the allergen. The tests also display the severity of the allergy based on the size of the swelling or rash.

How Can My Allergies Be Treated?

Two of the most common ways to treat allergies are, antihistamines and immunotherapy. Antihistamines provide relief by reducing itching, sniffling and sneezing and are used when needed and can be used as a preventative measure. Immunotherapy on the other hand has more long lasting effects but also needs time to have an effect. Essentially, immunotherapy involves administering the allergen to the patient continuously till he or she build us an immunity to it. This can be done through injections (allergy shots) or sublingually where the allergen is administered under the patients tongue.

Staying Slim AND Satisfied While on a Gluten-Free Diet

You’ve heard the stories. Yes, she got rid of her intestinal problems or his sinuses improved. His joints stopped aching or her son’s ADD got better. There are so many stories about how gluten-free diets have helped people with health challenges that doctors could not diagnose. People even lose weight on a gluten-free diet sometimes, at least initially. They are getting rid of the allergen that caused the weight gain to begin with!

But why do some people gain weight?

Starch. Plain and simple. The pre-packaged gluten-free foods or flours have starch as the main ingredient. Potato starch, corn starch, tapioca starch, and rice flour (highest glycemic grain you can eat). What can you do? Firs to all, eat them for treats, sparingly. Read every label carefully, then decide if it’s really worth it to indulge!

Second, make your own food as much as possible. It’s really not that hard and you can simplify it by just thinking “veggies for noodles”. Use lots of nuts and seeds to get the good, healthy fats that your body craves. Most of us just crave the pasta for the sauce and the bread for the butter most of the time! So add that butter to roasted veggies, or julienne them for “un-pasta”. Check out the great organic selection for these right here at our own Victoria’s Market. Organic means more health, and a bonus, more flavor!

What about dessert? Think “Fruit for sugar”. Also, you can add stevia or other natural, non-sugar sweeteners to make it taste more like sugar was used (the Market has these as well). These are my best secrets as well as adding a small amount of truly tasty, healthy salt, such as Himalayan Sea Salt. My father actually taught me, by putting salt on his grapefruit (can you believe it?) that salt actually makes some things taste sweeter!

I’ll leave you with a simple recipe for ice cream that nearly anyone can eat. Ingredients available at health store or on-line.

Mango or Dark Cherry Non-Dairy, No-Sugar-Added “Ice Cream”

Place in blender, one package frozen, unsweetened organic mango or dark sweet cherries (they are both very sweet fruits and will need no sugar or other sweetener – (taste test and add Stevia if you wish), one can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk, 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic sea salt and blend and freeze in ice cream maker or simply freeze in refrigerator freezer, then take out and stir every hour three times, if it lasts that long! Optional: For cherry recipe, you may want to add ¼ teaspoon almond extract, as it really rounds out the flavor.

Natural Remedies You Can Use to Improve Your Allergy Symptoms

Allergies can prevent you from having a normal life. This is especially so for those who suffer from year-round allergies. It’s a miserable state to be in, then throw in the fact that you have to take toxic antihistamine drugs to suppress the symptoms. If you talk to a naturopathic doctor, you will find that there are natural, healthier alternatives to allergy treatment.

Once you have had allergy testing, you can use the following remedies to alleviate your symptoms.

SLIT

The days of going to a naturopathic doctor for shots are over. With the SLIT treatment, you’re getting a natural allergy procedure that will help to alleviate your symptoms over time. It is taken beneath your tongue, so it’s pain-free, fast and convenient. What’s great about this method is that it allows you to completely overcome your allergy reactions by teaching your body to stop attacking normal substances, like food, pollen and other typical allergens that aren’t harmful. Allergy testing will likely be performed before you have the treatment done.

Saline Rinse

During the spring and summer, the amount of pollen in the air increases. This leads to your nose and lungs being filled with the substance, causing your allergies to flare up. One way to counteract this is to use a saline rinse. You can buy this over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. It’s a temporary solution that you can use until you obtain the SLIT treatment.

Fish Oil Supplements

Taking fish oil supplements everyday is a great way to combat allergies as well. Fish oil works by lowering leukotrienes levels in your body, which can reduce asthma symptoms caused by allergens.

Wear Sunglasses and Hats

This doesn’t seem like much, but wearing a pair of sunglasses can really help when pollen counts are high. It can protect your eyes from the wind and the pollen it blows along with it. Your hat of choice should also have a wide brim, so that it can keep pollen away from your face.

Butterbur

If you don’t mind trying herbal remedies, give butterbur a try. Most people use it for headache relief, but it’s also effective for reducing nasal symptoms. It’s a great replacement for antihistamines, which normally cause drowsiness.

Acupuncture

There’s a chance that obtaining acupuncture can help to relieve hay fever. Studies were performed that show that going through with 12 acupuncture sessions was just as good as taking antihistamines. In fact, it showed the rate of relief was higher. It’s not clear why this is so, but it’s definitely worth considering. Consult with a naturopathic doctor about this service and others like ozone therapy.

Dietary Dos and Don’ts for Managing Allergies

Warm weather means an increase in allergy symptoms for many Americans across the nation. This is also true for individuals in many parts of the country who have been dealing with longer ragweed pollen seasons. Research shows that ragweed pollination has been lasting 27 days longer than normal. This is in part due to winter starting later and ending earlier. One thing you can do to combat this issue is consult with a naturopathic family care doctor.

What you’ll learn are natural allergy treatments and remedies, which can help end your symptoms for good. For instance, you can learn about SLIT, which is a treatment that you can use to slowly get rid of your allergic reactions forever.

It’s also recommended that you change your diet. There are certain foods you want to include and exclude to help improve your allergy symptoms. So once you have had allergy testing performed by a naturopathic family care doctor, you can start working on a plan to tweak your eating habits.

Let’s review some of the dietary dos and don’ts for folks battling allergies.

Dietary Don’ts

Studies show that there are certain proteins found in foods that cause similar symptoms as environmental allergens. For instance, those who are allergic to ragweed sometimes have allergic reactions to foods like tomatoes, bananas, melons, sunflower seeds, chamomile, zucchini and chamomile. Then those who are allergic to grass may also have reactions from celery, melons, peaches, oranges and tomatoes. One way to find this out is to have allergy testing performed.

Dietary Dos

Aside from avoiding certain types of foods, you should also try implementing more of the “good stuff.” These include foods that are known to help ease allergy symptoms, such as the following:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: You can get a lot of this from eating grass fed eggs and meat, and krill oil. Fish is another great source of omega-3s as well.
  • Vitamin D: This has shown to reduce asthma symptoms and reactions to mold. You can get plenty of vitamin D from the sun and eating foods like mushrooms.
  • Probiotics: Taking this throughout allergy season can help reduce symptoms, since it increases antibodies that help fight against allergy reactions.
  • Hot Peppers: This includes hot chili peppers, hot mustards and horseradish, which act as decongestants. It’s a great alternative to nasal spray.

If you’d like to learn more about improving your diet and allergy symptoms, then schedule an appointment with a naturopathic family care physician today.

How to Relieve Allergies and Allergic Shiners

There are many different types of allergies, and millions of people around the world suffer from the irritating and miserable symptoms each and every day. And although one in every five adults across the United States suffers from the symptoms of nasal allergies, the issue remains surprisingly under diagnosed and undertreated.

Some allergic symptoms can become so severe that they actually cause allergic shiners to appear under and around the eyes. Allergic shiners cause the areas under the eyes to swell and discolor as in the case of a black eye, or shiner.

Allergic shiners can make an individual appear as if they have just spent a round or two boxing in the ring with Mike Tyson. The discoloration and swelling is a result of allergic symptoms that cause the congestion of small blood vessels located underneath the skin in these areas. Nasal rhinitis, which is a nasal allergy, has been known to produce a combination of issues that can include shiners, swelling of the throat, watery eyes, headaches, mouth breathing, and more.

A short list of several different types of allergies includes, but is not limited to the following:

· Food allergies
· Seasonal allergies
· Nasal allergies
· Pet allergies
· Plant allergies
· Drug allergies
· Sinusitis
· Hay Fever
· Hives
· And more

How to relieve allergies:

You will find that there are several different methods used when learning how to relieve allergies; however, it is best if you can isolate the cause of your allergic symptoms so you can better determine which treatment is best for your particular case.

If your allergies are severe and preventing you from performing your everyday tasks, it is probably best that you pay a visit to an allergen specialist; they will perform a series of blood and scratch tests that can help identify the cause. The doctor or specialist can then make more suitable over-the-counter drug recommendations, administer a shot to relieve the symptoms, and offer other forms of treatment and advice.

A specialist may also administer desensitizing treatments that can help prevent or minimize future allergic reactions. Sub lingual drops placed directly beneath the tongue may also be used to desensitize and are an appropriate alternative for those who do not wish to visit a specialist or a physician on a regular basis. If a monthly visit to a physician is not an issue, you can also consider getting a monthly EPD, or Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization.

Individuals should always take into account the many factors involved when it comes to allergy symptoms. The presence and severity of a variety of allergies can be caused and affected by anything from your home environment, geographic location, pollen counts, pollen sources, and much more. Understanding how these factors affect your specific allergies will help you determine which steps to take in treating them.

Following is a list of tips and suggestions on how to relieve allergies of the most common types:

1. The first thing that you’ll want to do for how to relieve allergies is to clean and dust the entire home. Vacuum all of the carpets and drapes using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA Filter.

2. Service and replace all air filters in the home immediately and continue to do so every 30 days. This includes your heating and AC unit as well as the furnace.

3. Keep the allergens outside by closing windows and other entrances to the home. Turning the ac unit on will also help circulate the air and filter out excess pollen.

4. Determine whether antihistamines or decongestants help better for how to relieve allergies and symptoms. Decongestants should be used to bring immediate relief of symptoms by contracting the small blood vessels located under the skin under the eyes and in the membranes of the nose. On the other hand, Antihistamines are designed to block the harmful effects that histamines cause in the first place.

5. For swollen and watery eyes, try a cold press or eye cream that contains caffeine; Cold and caffeine both work to reduce swelling.

6. Try using a prescription nasal spray such as Nasonex or Flonase. These reduce swelling in the nasal passage and provide relief of irritating allergic symptoms. Many physicians will prescribe antihistamine nasal sprays when oral antihistamines are ineffective. Treating the problem directly at its source can have a much better effect than taking antihistamines orally.

7. Use an all-natural salt water rinse to clear out irritants such as pollen in the nose.

8. Use the recirculation feature on your vehicle when driving instead of opening the windows. This will reduce the amount of pollen and other irritants from entering the vehicle.

9. Try immunotherapy techniques. This works by a gradually released exposure to common allergens that are difficult to stay away from such as pollen. The objective is to train the immune system to ignore and not react to these allergens. Immunotherapy should only be used when other forms of treatment aren’t effective.

10. Try natural remedies. All-natural antihistamines can help reduce congestion, while antimicrobial herbs such as grapefruit seed extract, golden root, stinging nettle, and butterbur help prevent sinus allergies and nasal infections as well.

The A-Z Of Gluten Allergy

If you were to look for “Gluten-free” foods 10 years ago, it was difficult to find many options. However, the gluten-free food industry has dealt with several athletes that were diagnosed with a gluten allergy, and needed alternative foods to increase the variety of their meal planning. Not an easy task at the time. However, as the quest for nutritional options and education has emerged, many athletes are choosing to adopt a diet that was once considered restrictive with open arms.

If you were to embrace a “gluten-free” lifestyle 10 years ago, a variety of food selections may not have been in the repertoire at the time. However, this once niche market has gone mainstream in the last 5 years, growing to a multi-billion dollar industry. Whether out of necessity or choice, gluten-free living now offers a variety of its cohorts. Athletes quest for nutritional options, and our drive to provide our athletes with an education to make informed choices on their food selections grow, gluten is one of the topics that continually is talked about. Questions often arise during nutritional seminars on what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein that is found in many different types of grains/breads.

How many times do we feel the effects of gluten after a night of eating out? Having that beer before dinner with the bread almost all restaurants bring to the table, as well as the plate of pasta, have us packing into the car bloated and uncomfortable, suffering from what can be considered a Gluten Buzz. Now, there are many reasons to feel bloated, but gluten can be the culprit. Only 1 percent of the population has been identified as gluten intolerant, but as more people try the gluten free lifestyle, many of us have noticed a much more pleasant feeling following food consumption.

Athletes quest for supremacy, and the drive to improve their quality of life has broadened the scope of the topics which are frequently discussed with the athletes. Whether out of necessity or choice, gluten is one of those subjects which is repeatedly discussed.

Gluten is a protein found in many different types of grains. This protein provides elasticity to the dough and the fluffy texture to bread. Food items which contain gluten are Barley, Couscous, Wheat, Rye, Malt, Durum, Spelt etc.. Oats have been known to have some cross-contamination of gluten since they are usually processed in wheat factories, so these are not recommended in individuals with true gluten allergies. Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ADHD and Autism are a few of the disorders which can be avoided by adopting a gluten-free lifestyle.