Apr/May 2012

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Ask the Doctor Q&A - Plant Allergy, Peanut Allergy, Cheese Allergy & More!

Research suggests that indoor plants can pollinate and prompt allergic reactions, just like outdoor plants. Although not common, allergies to rubber plants, lilies and other flowering plants are reported in the medical literature. Additionally, indoor plants and the soil they’re potted in can harbor mold, which can trigger allergy symptoms, such as itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and even breathing problems.   More...

Stealing Nutrients

Subscribers Only — Medicine is a part of our modern day lives. Even those who prefer natural approaches may down a few ibuprofens for aches and pains, use the occasional antacid or take prescription birth control pills. Consumers are concerned about side effects, such as headaches or sleepiness, but few consider the nutritional interactions—and they should.   More...