Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported
    June 20, 2011
    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported

    If it seems like nowadays there’s someone in every school classrooms with a food allergy, that’s because almost 1 in 12 kids today have food allergies – and 1 in 32 have serious food allergies, …

    Oh, How I Miss My Neti Pot
    October 14, 2010
    Oh, How I Miss My Neti Pot

    I’m typing this from 30,000 feet in the air, with a runny nose. All I want is my Neti Pot. I’ve had a two-day allergy attack, no doubt caused by my cats plus the cleaning that I was doing in advan…

    Fast Facts on Indoor Air Quality
    May 27, 2010
    Fast Facts on Indoor Air Quality

    Most of us spend the vast majority of each day indoors, where air quality can be 2-5 times worse than outside. Indoor air quality issues revolve around environmental contaminants such as allergens and…

    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change
    May 7, 2010
    Chemicals, Cancer, and Change

    One of the most exciting reports I have ever read, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk – What We Can Do Now, was released this week by the President’s Cancer Panel, along with significant coverage …

    Reducing Chlorine Exposure for Young Children
    February 5, 2010
    Reducing Chlorine Exposure for Young Children

    Get out your watch. How many hours a child spends in a chlorinated swimming pool before age 2 appears to influence the risk of that child later developing asthma and nasal allergies. We’ve known for…

    Allergies 101
    September 24, 2009
    Allergies 101

    Taking a deep breath in, and out, not only relaxes me, it allows me to be mindful of the air I breathe--the interdependence, the relationship I hold with my environment. As a nurse and mother of an al…

    Feeding Baby Green Tip – Is Your Baby Allergic?
    August 19, 2009
    Feeding Baby Green Tip – Is Your Baby Allergic?

    How do you tell if your baby is allergic or intolerant to something? Usually, you will not see a quick, visible response to a formula or food. Instead, you might see eczema or another skin rash, fussi…

    Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies, and Animal Dander (Pets and Pests)
    July 12, 2009
    Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies, and Animal Dander (Pets and Pests)

    All warm-blooded animals -- including pets and uninvited rodents -- produce dander that could trigger asthma in children who have become sensitive to it. (more…)…

    Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies and House Dust Mites
    July 12, 2009
    Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies and House Dust Mites

    House dust mites are tiny creatures that live in pillows and mattresses, carpets, and couches – quietly eating dead skin cells and hair. And pooping. They require humidity and food to live. Many chi…

    Clindamycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clindamycin

    Clindamycin is strong antibiotic used to treat difficult bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Cleocin on the label. It comes as liquid or capsules, and is also availabl…

    Clarithromycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Biaxin on the label. It comes as liquid, tablets, or extended…

    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate
    June 18, 2009
    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate

    Amoxicillin-clavulanate is a strong combination antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. The clavulanate makes it difficult for some resistant bacteria to wit…

    Great resources for safe eats
    May 29, 2009
    Great resources for safe eats

    It has been five years since my son’s diagnosis of food allergies. During that time I have discovered a number of wonderful resources to make managing food allergies easier. Many of these products h…

    The “silver lining” of food allergies…?
    May 28, 2009
    The “silver lining” of food allergies…?

    The diagnosis of a food allergy can be life changing. Things that seemed simple like going out to eat, traveling or a play date with friends can feel overwhelming. As with most situations education is…

    Tips to Plan a Safe Birthday Party When Inviting Children with Food Allergies
    May 27, 2009
    Tips to Plan a Safe Birthday Party When Inviting Children with Food Allergies

    Worried about inviting a friend with food allergies to your child's birthday party? Which foods are safe? Which are not? What if the child has a reaction? Food allergies are on the rise among children…

    Desensitization therapy - a cure?
    May 26, 2009
    Desensitization therapy – a cure?

    There has been a recent surge of articles and stories in the news on the possible “cure” for peanut allergies. I am pleased to see media coverage and stories on food allergies as it helps raise aw…

    Why Some Parents May Appear to be Over the Top
    May 25, 2009
    Why some parents may appear to be “over the top”.

    I consider myself as a reasonable individual with realistic expectations from my family and others. Why then when I was asked to speak to incoming Kindergarten parents at my son’s school about the s…

    Chemicals in Your Environment
    December 4, 2008
    Chemicals in Your Environment

    Parents are often surprised when I tell them that a great number of the products we use in our homes are not necessarily evaluated and declared safe by a government entity. The paints that cover your …

    Babies’ Eating Fish Cuts Eczema Odds
    September 27, 2008
    Babies’ Eating Fish Cuts Eczema Odds

    Eczema is a common skin condition in children, and has been getting more common in recent decades, now affecting as many as 1 in 3 babies in some parts of the world. We know that heredity plays a big …

    GM foods on the market may cause allergies
    August 12, 2008
    GM foods on the market may cause allergies

    The primary reason companies genetically engineer plants is to make them tolerant to their brand of herbicide. The four major GM plants, soy, corn, canola, and cotton, are designed to survive an other…