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Lefties: One giant leap for handkind

Last week I was failing miserably at darts, a game that transforms an unfortunate limb into a repetitive launching machine that advertises human inaccuracy and weakness. Somewhere after 11pm, long past my middle-aged bedtime, I gave up and started throwing with my left hand. Between gasps, the points started racking up. By the end . . . → Read More: Lefties: One giant leap for handkind

Gluten-free Grattitude

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Thanksgiving brings unusual challenges to some of us gluten-free geeks. Every year we bring back a few trays of leftovers and even more dishes of disappointment. It seems that no amount of sugar, cream, and bacon bits can make our gluten-free desserts more appealing to the non-gluten-free (NGF) crowd. Can we make a dent . . . → Read More: Gluten-free Grattitude

Autism & ADHD part 4: Food for thought

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The antioxidant-starved brain

Feeling a little brain fog? Anxiety? Depression? Imbalances and deficiencies in the brain can mess with our thoughts just as they manifest neurological conditions like autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. When we step back and listen for clues, we can hear our cognitive health screaming for attention, namely in . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 4: Food for thought

Autism & ADHD part 3: Testing and diagnosis

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Testing for autism – a dangerous waiting game

Currently, autism can only be diagnosed through careful observation by professional health experts, and we are lacking doctors with experience and training for early screening. At-risk infants and toddlers may be identified early, but most wait many months or years before official diagnosis and treatment . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 3: Testing and diagnosis

Autism & ADHD part 2: Proposed prenatal prevention

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The CDC reports that up to 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder. While autism is the fastest growing type, ADHD is the most common. According to studies, both autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often involve similar environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies and therapies. A child’s problems can range from stuttering to social . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 2: Proposed prenatal prevention

Autism & ADHD part 1: Damage to precious cargo

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Highlights

• Autism appears to be a condition that stems from early developmental disturbances in the womb

• Symptoms may be aggravated by exposure to inflammatory substances that are not well tolerated by these individuals

• Autism (ASD) and ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) tend to co-occur in families and within individuals

• Genetics, exposure to . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 1: Damage to precious cargo

Double agents in medicine

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My ongoing research of allergy and autoimmune disease has uncovered a long history of medical manipulations that defy logic. Even my seasonal allergies have been quelled with homeopathic dilutions of dust, mold, and pollen. Allergy immunotherapy is intriguingly similar, exposing us to daily, increasing amounts of allergens that slowly reprogram our immune system. In any . . . → Read More: Double agents in medicine

Tackling allergy remedies and immunotherapy

Going nuts thinking about food allergies? Shedding tears about pollen? Remedies are far, wide, and complicated as shellfish.

A food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes. Millions more can experience this anaphylactic shock from medication, insect venom, and even latex. We can thankfully treat these reactions with the lifesaving EpiPen, . . . → Read More: Tackling allergy remedies and immunotherapy

The many faces of histamine intolerance

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I am astounded at how many of us unknowingly suffer from excess histamine. Some of us itch or sneeze while others get headaches, migraines, joint pain, or nausea – within minutes or several hours after exposure! Our “histamine bucket” fills up based on factors such as genetics, allergies, medication, diet, environment, nutritional deficiencies, intestinal damage, . . . → Read More: The many faces of histamine intolerance

Sleep – a new angle of repose

Earlier this year we reviewed how breathing improves sleep and overall health. Armed with this information, I experienced the best sleep of my life, forcing air through my nose by taping my mouth shut with gentle 3M Micropore surgical tape. But it gets better. Since late August my sleep quality has got another lift with . . . → Read More: Sleep – a new angle of repose