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Health Newsletter - Fall '09

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage; Dr. G. Burdi, D.C.
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  • Allergies Of Fruits and Vegetables Soaring
  • FDA Recommends Cutting Tylenol Doses
  • Homeopathic Hot Pepper Nose Spray Relieves Hay Fever


Allergies Of Fruits and Vegetables Soaring - Fruits and veggies have been the best foods to eat. Unfortunately with the many things used to grow them this seems to be no longer true. Dr Pamela Ewan, an allergy consultant at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, said the rise in allergy cases appears to be outstripping even peanut allergies. In fact most patients are youngsters! UK has seen a big increase in food allergies in the past four to five years with the trend increasing even sooner. In fact a 2006 study in Thorax Medical Journal stated that there was a 400 percent increase in hospitalizations due to food allergies in the UK since 1990, and admissions for anaphylaxis had increased by 600 percent. Some of the most allergenic foods include pasteurized milk, soy, and wheat gluten with fruits and vegetables on the rise rivaling peanuts.

If left to Mother Nature's way of growth, fruits and vegetables should be very healthy foods and essential for optimal health. Unfortunately there are other influences allowed to change the food and affect us. According to Dr Adam Fox, a consultant pediatric allergist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London, there appears to be a cross-reactivity between the proteins in pollen, such as birch, and certain fruits, such as apples and pears (probably in their skins). So if you are allergic to pollen, you may be more prone to developing allergies to certain foods as well. Add to that diesel exhaust particles extenuates the problem. Plus now genetically modified (GMO's) fruits and veggies are available and long term effects unknown except that when added to the market, food related illnesses doubled.

Allergic symptoms can include swelling in the mouth and throat, and breathing difficulties and are becoming multiple and more severe, causing acute pain, and in some cases even death.  Dr Jonathan North, a consultant immunologist in Birmingham, stated that allergy cases in the UK have risen from 15 percent of the population to almost 40 percent. It is estimated that 55% Americans have one or more allergens. The rise my be due to eczema, related also to allergies, where the broken, scaly skin allows entry of allergens. Airborne fungal spores released from mold increases the risk of allergies.

The best way to figure out your allergens, besides getting tested in our office through your subconscious mind, is to do a diet elimination of all suspected foods and note the symptoms after 5 days. If they disappear, then confirm by adding back in the foods individually and if symptoms return with an hour, you have the culprit food(s). Unfortunately processed foods have many "hidden" ingredients, corn, milk, soy, wheat, yeast, and artificial additives, which are potential allergens. Suspect foods are usually ones eaten more than once a week,  those you crave, or ones eaten at night. Incidentally, fasting is a better way to find the allergens.

It is important to find your food allergies before ending up permanently damaged leading to chronic or degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Recommend getting enough high quality animal-based omega-3 fats and adding “good bacteria” to your intestines by taking a high quality probiotic. Contact me if you want more help in solving this potentially serious problem.


FDA Recommends Cutting Tylenol Doses - Doses of Tylenol and other painkillers that contain a key ingredient (acetaminophen) should be lowered amid concerns about liver damage, a panel of medical experts told the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday (7/7/09). This panel voted 21 to 16 to recommend the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen, a drug found in over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol, Excedrin and a host of cough medicines like NyQuil and Theraflu, be lowered. The panel recommended the maximum daily dose be lowered to 2,600 milligrams from 4,000 milligrams. The panel also recommended that 500 milligram doses of the drug be available in prescription only. The panel said it was against limiting the quantity of acetaminophen that can be sold in a package. The drug is available in 1,000 pill bottles in certain discount stores such as Costco Wholesale Corp.’s stores. Some panel members said they were concerned large bottles encouraged people to take too much of the drug." Note: If the FDA finally recommends lowering the intake it has to be serious. I suggest finding natural ways (ice, stretching,  ultrasound, proper joint alignment, etc) to lower/prevent pain or just stop the abuse. Also I noticed TV commercials telling everyone to take this drug allowing you to function like years younger. Of course they leave out the terrible effects it has on one's liver/kidneys.

Hot Pepper

Homeopathic Hot Pepper Nose Spray Relieves Hay Fever - A second-generation all-natural nose spray called Sinol-M, whose main ingredient is capsaicin derived from hot peppers, safely and effectively relieves stubborn nasal allergies, according to results of a clinical study presented at the 47th annual Western Society Of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting. For the first time a homeopathic nasal spray containing capsaicin is an effective treatment for allergic rhinitis, Dr Christos Efessiou, CEO of Strategic Biosciences, told Reuters Health. Principal investigator Dr Martha White of the Institute for Asthma and Allergy in Wheaton, Maryl added that "Unlike the prescription nasal steroid sprays, this is an all-natural product that has now been demonstrated to provide clinical benefit and is available without a prescription".

Sinol-M has a patented "mucoadhesive" solution that stays in the nose longer, curbing the frequency of needed doses and diminishes the "hot pepper" sting associated with capsaicin. The research team gave Sinol or Sinol-M to 24 people aged 13 and older suffering from persistent allergic rhinitis (hay fever) to use for a week and spray once in each nostril as needed up to 12 times a day for 1 week. After a week-long "washout" period, they crossed over the other formulation. The patients recorded the severity of their runny nose, itchy nose, stuffy nose and sneezing while on the different products. Both Sinol and Sinol-M significantly reduced all nasal allergy symptoms, compared to the pre-treatment and washout periods. Hay fever symptom relief was achieved with fewer sprays of Sinol-M than Sinol, particularly at night, and also less burning sensations in the nose.

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Five Worse Foods/Drinks! - Ever think what foods/drinks are really BAD? Here are 5 of the worse ones that should never be consumed if you and your love ones really want to be healthy:

1. Doughnuts are fried, full of sugar and white flour and most all varieties contain trans fat. Store-bought doughnuts are made up of about 35 percent to 40 percent of this trans fat. An average doughnut will give about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients. Unfortunately many Americans view doughnuts as a breakfast food. Nutritionally speaking eating a doughnut is one of the worst ways to start off the day. It will throw off your blood sugar and won't stay with you so you will be hungry again soon. Then of course you crave something sugary again. You are better off eating no breakfast at all, or better yet, how about a protein drink?

2. Sodas if in a can has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and are loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. Nothing worth having, right? The diet varieties are also problematic as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like Aspartame. Studies have linked sodas to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease, yet the average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year. Soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States over the last decade, probably due to schools having soda-filled vending machines, which earn commissions for schools at the expense of our children's health.

3. French Fries and nearly all commercially fried foods, even vegetables, fried in vegetable polyunsaturated oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body and can cause aging, clotting, inflammation, cancer and weight gain. It is possible to create a more "healthy" French fry if cook in a healthy fat like virgin coconut oil. Due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is extremely stable and not damaged by the high temperatures of cooking.

4. Chips like corn, chips, tortilla, are high in trans fat. Fortunately some companies have started to produce chips without trans fat. However, the high temperatures used to cook them can cause the formation of carcinogenic substances like acrylamide, and this risk remains even if the trans fat is removed.

5. Fried Non-Fish Seafood like shrimp, clams, oysters, lobsters, etc., have all the issues of trans fat and acrylamide plus toxic mercury. Fortunately Alaskan Salmon doesn't. Also Shrimp and lobsters can be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed with high heat. Considered scavengers, consuming them can be very harmful giving you a quadruple dose of toxins - trans fat, acrylamide, mercury and possibly parasites or viruses. Best way to avoid most of this is to consider eating Alaskan salmon.

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