Health: February is Heart Month – 10 Things You Can Do Now to Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US and in the top along with stroke and cancer in Canada. February highlights the work of various foundations and charities who work relentlessly to educate, assist and prevent these epic numbers in our populations.

Some people have congenital defects that are not the result of disease, but nonetheless give them abrupt and life changing wake up calls to the importance of both heart and overall health.

Here are 10 simple ways you can prevent, reverse or prevent heart disease RIGHT NOW:

Some Key Organizations for Heart Health:
Larry King Foundation
Heart and Stroke Canada
Heart and Stroke USA

Food Allergy Testing – What You Need to Know

Food allergies have increased by up to 500% since the 1990s based on data collected from hospital visits. There is also a dramatic increase in other allergic conditions including asthma, hay fever and skin conditions.

This blog aims to give an overview to food allergies – an otherwise, very complex and individual issue.

These days, a lot of people simply believe they are gluten-intolerant due in some part to the popularity of gluten-free life style news in the media and products on grocery store shelves, but the bottom-line is – until you are tested, your symptoms could be one of 100 or more possibilities.

A food allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction resulting in an abnormal immune response to a substance (allergen) that should be harmless. Food allergies have been identified as being mediated by a specific antibody (IgE), but new research and testing is now encouraging doctors to explore the role other types of antibodies may play in disease, ­specifically IgG and IgA.

IgE-mediated responses are quite severe and usually need hospitalizations, while IgG and IgA-­mediated responses are often less severe, and symptoms often seem more generalized. Symptoms from IgG-­mediated allergic responses may manifest as skin and complexion issues, headaches/migraines, nervousness and irritability, fatigue, joint aches, immune compromise, gas and bloating, inflammatory bowel disease, and other more common allergic responses such as itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and swelling.Continue reading