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April 22, 2014

Kendall Power makes a good case for the ubiquitous "stress" that lowers immunity causing "more pro-inflammatory cytokines to be produced with the flu virus.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-stress-really-make-us-sick/2014/05/05/a1af9dd2-d074-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html

Erwin Gelfand, an immunology expert, cited in this article, pooh-poohs the research of Kiecolt-Glaser,( http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/1/kiecolt-glaser/ )which says, "chronic stress makes it more likely you become infected and that infections will last longer and be nastier." Yep, that's been my observation. But, Dr. Gelfand thinks differently.

Dr. Gelfand thinks that our immune systems manage our stress effectively. "Otherwise, he reasons, most Americans would be sick in bed most of the time."

Memo to Dr. Gelfand....a majority of Americans ARE sick in bed most of the time. And if they are not in bed with physical ailments, they are sick in the workplace and in their relationships with...

April 22, 2014

Allergy season is upon us. So the pundits say. But, is there really a season for allergies?

Allergies represent a broad class of symptoms specific to individual sensitivities. 

Oversensitivities exist to dust, insects, trees, plants, animals, all manner of nature in its developmental phases be it budding, blooming, dying, dormant. Allergies to the sun and the cold are common. 

The observance of physical symptoms in the presence of one or more of these triggers leads to a diagnosis of allergy. Avoidance is one treatment. Antihistamines to quell the cascade response of runny nose, watery eyes and itchiness is another.

We can be oversensitive to people, situations and environmental stimuli. Irritability, mood changes, joint and muscle aches along with sleep disorders and fatigue are symptomatic of this type of allergy. Indeed, any thing or anybody who causes you to react in a way that produces symptoms, mental, emotional or physical can be considered an allergen to you.

The key to underst...

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