Aug/Sep 2014

House Call

Research Roundup: Reducing Food Allergy, Celiac and Heart Health, & More!

Introducing babies to a wider range of foods in the first year of life might guard against asthma and food allergy. A European study, which followed children from birth to age six, showed babies exposed to fewer than four common foods in the first year had three times the risk for asthma and four times the risk for food allergy compared with tots introduced to six or more common foods. New guidelines by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommend earlier introduction (ages 4 to 6 months) of all foods. The study was published in April in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.   More...

The Importance of Supplements

Subscribers Only — Three studies published at the end of last year claimed that multiple vitamin supplements are a waste of money. “Don’t bother with vitamins” was the take-away sound bite trumpeted by the media. What should people with food allergies and sensitivities conclude from this? A closer look at these studies reveals that the results are more nuanced than reported.   More...

Hot Weather 911

Subscribers Only — Summertime—the living may be easy but the hot weather can wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Fortunately, natural remedies can help counter the effects of these seasonal syndromes. High temps can speed up your metabolism, translating into more active oil glands and oilier skin. If this happens to you, carry clean cotton balls and a mild astringent, such as witch hazel or strong green tea, in your tote bag to wipe your face and freshen up naturally. Consider using a facial mask up to twice a week to keep your skin clean and healthy. These DIY summer beauty treatments call for safe, natural ingredients that you may have in your kitchen. If your skin is super-sensitive and an ingredient is new to you, do a small test on your skin before using.   More...