Aug/Sep 2013

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Research Roundup: Vitamin D, Food Allergy, Celiac Rash in Kids, and More!

Adequate levels of vitamin D may protect against food allergy, at least in the first year of life, according to new research from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia. Infants in the study with low levels of vitamin D (less than 50 nmol/L) were three times more likely to have egg allergy and 11 times more likely to have peanut allergy than those with adequate levels (greater than 50 nmol/L). They were also ten times more likely to have multiple rather than a single food allergy.   More...

Immunoglobulins & Mushrooms, Anyone?

Subscribers Only — Immunoglobulins are immune system antibodies with the capacity to confront invading threats to your health like bacteria, viruses and allergens. Different immunoglobulins made by the white blood cells address different specific threats, similar to the way a nation keeps an army, navy and air force to protect its land, coastlines and air. Immunoglobulin A (IgA), for example, primarily resides in the fluids of the body (mucous, saliva, tears, other secretions). IgA blood levels are tested when people are screened for celiac disease.   More...

Detox Bath

Subscribers Only — When it comes to bathing, detox is the process of soaking in mineral-rich water in order to absorb vital nutrients and rid the body of built-up toxins. Increasingly popular, detox bathing is a time-honored practice that dates back to ancient Rome and Egypt. The goal is to promote healing, flexibility and overall wellness. This type of bathing is said to help reenergize a tired body, purify the system and clear the mind. Many people take a detox bath at the first sign of illness.   More...

Allergies Q & A- Asthma Triggers, Allergic Reactions, & More!

Anaphylaxis Canada recently released Living Confidently with Food Allergy, a free handbook that gives families the tools they need to safely manage food allergies. Living Without is pleased to excerpt a few highlights here. The entire contents of this free handbook, including relevant references, can be found at AllergyHome.org and Anaphylaxis.ca.   More...