Holidays, Stress and Allergies

For many, the holiday season brings joy but also stress.  Many of our doctors are writing about stress this week and how it impacts health, specifically your body’s response to stress and its link to allergies: Dr. Charles Coppola with BioVeda Health and Wellness Center in Elmsford, NY writes: STRESS (Not just a holiday issue) It is estimated that 80% of all health problems are stress related. Modern technology, which has improved our lives in many ways, has, at the same time, put additional stress on our bodies. Computers, cell phones, X-Box, and other electronics all give off Elecro- Magnetic Frequencies (a.k.a. EMFs). I mention these three primarily because adults and children alike will use these devices for hours upon hours on a daily basis sending EMFs into their brain. Cell phones and Bluetooth in addition to the EMFs also attract radio frequencies which are then transmitted to our brain. Compound this with all the other stresses of daily life: money, lack of sleep, traffic, deadlines, being overworked, little or no “down time,” illness, bills, fast food, poor diets, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, loss of a loved one, career change, divorce, and holidays (just to name a few!) all put undue stress on our bodies. Even exercise, especially if done improperly, stresses the body. Dr. Dobrich of Dobrich Chiropractic and Wellness Center, a BioVeda location in Harrisburg, NC shares information from Dr. Mercola in her post “Can Stress Cause Allergies?“: Dr. Mercola of  Mercola.com reports, “Psychological stress and anxiety can make seasonal allergy attacks both worse and longer lasting. “To gauge how stress and anxiety affect allergy sufferers, researchers...

Holiday Survival Guide for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

– by Jennifer, Guest Columnist The Holidays are fast approaching, and it’s that time of year again… my sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose are in full effect.  From the burning of artificially scented candles to the smell of real Christmas trees, I feel like my sinuses are being assaulted at every turn.  I have suffered from allergies and asthma since I was a little girl, and the holidays have always been a difficult time of year for me.  If you add seasonal colds and flu to my allergies and asthma, it adds up to headaches and chronic fatigue, not to mention a constant feeling of stress. To keep the holidays from triggering my asthma and allergies, we use an artificial Christmas tree in our home.  If you must have a live evergreen tree, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation offers the following tips: If a live evergreen tree is a tradition you cannot live without, the following tips should help make this year’s tree a treasure rather than trouble. Wipe the trunk thoroughly with a solution of luke warm water and diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 20 parts water) to eliminate any mold. Some evergreens, particularly junipers and cedar, may be pollinating even in winter look for a yellowish tinge on the trunk and needles. Before bringing the tree inside, use a leaf blower (in a well-ventilated area away from the house or garage) to remove visible pollen grains. We steer clear of spray-on snow and pine scented oils that some families use to make their artificial tree more life-like, as they can trigger asthma and allergies for...

ADHD – Is Ritalin the Answer?

by BioVeda of Bethlehem, PA. on December 14, 2009 Chances are you know of a child on Ritalin or some other prescription drug for “attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD). But did you know that these drugs can keep children from growing normally? Meanwhile, there are plenty of safe, natural ways to help these children that you won’t hear about from the mainstream medical community. In a recently published study, a team of American scientists discovered that while Ritalin and similar prescription drugs like Adderall and Dexedrine might help some kids in the short term, over a three-year period they had no beneficial effect on their overall behavior . . . and that they can stunt children’s growth.1 So not only are these drugs dangerous, addictive and harmful to normal development – they don’t even work. I’ve written to you before about the many dangers surrounding ADHD drugs. Not only do they keep kids from growing – studies have shown they can also do long-term damage to young peoples’ developing brains. One study on animals suggested that over the long term Ritalin can cause your child irreversible problems with stress, learning, memory, and appetite.2 The drug companies and the government know how addictive and dangerous these drugs are. That’s why the Drug Enforcement Agency treats them like any other controlled substance, limiting production each year in order to keep young people from using them recreationally. That doesn’t stop them. In a study published in 2006, researchers at Northwestern University found that 75 percent of college kids abused ADHD drugs, often grinding them up and snorting them just like cocaine.3 Those are...

Genetically Modified Food and Allergies – What are we eating?

BioVeda Health and Wellness Center in Vacaville, CA recently posted the following article to the BioVeda of Vacaville blog about Genetically Modified Foods (also know as Genetically Engineered – GE) and their impact on health. There is a lot of concern today about genetically-modified foods or GMOs and for good reason – no one really knows how safe they are! Genetically-modified foods are the result of manipulating of the DNA of an organism. Some people assert that the environment has manipulated DNA for years through mutation and natural selection, and by man for thousands of years through artificial selection. However, the term “genetically modified” usually implies a more direct manipulation of DNA through modern-day biotechnology processes. This process of artificially transferring genes from one organism to another often involves crossing certain species that never would in nature…and some consider this potentially dangerous. Many refer to the result as “Frankenfood.” One novel feature of this revolution in our food is that the food is owned. Not individual sacks of wheat or bushels of potatoes, but entire varieties of plants are now corporate products. In some cases, entire species are owned. The term monopoly takes on new power when one imagines a company owning major portions of our food supply — the one thing that every single person now and into the future will always need to buy. Some argue that there are benefits to genetic engineering. Plants that are resistant to the effects of pesticides. Faster growing fish. But, how accurately can biotechnology firms predict what will happen when the newly-introduced genes begin to interact with existing ones? There appears...

Can Stress Cause Allergies?

Written by Dr. Eric Herman – BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Bethlehem, PA I have recently started treating in my clinic using The Bax 3000 from Bioveda Wellness. The treatment is called Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy or NSRT. It is based on Psychoneuroimmunology and basically reconditions the nervous system to not be over sensitive to substances. Psychoneuroimmunology then is the scientific field of study investigating the link between bi-directional communications among the nervous system, the endocrine (hormone) system, and the immune system and the implications of these linkages for physical health. The name Psychoneuroimmunology was provided in 1975, by Dr. Robert Adler, director of the division of behavioral and psychosocial medicine at New York’s University of Rochester. In 1975 Dr. Robert Adler made a discovery. Basically he did an experiment where he injected mice with a drug that caused upset stomach and suppressed the immune system while feeding the mice saccharin a sweetner. He found that after a period of time the mice would show signs of an upset stomach and lowered immunity after only being fed saccharin. This showed the link between the nervous system and the immune system. The mice were actually conditioned to react to saccharin as if it were the other drug. Dr. Ader found a high proportion of the mice formally injected died when receiving saccharin alone. Dr. Ader hypothesized that the conditioning had been so successful that saccharin alone suppressed the immune system enough to kill the mice. It is possible then, that when there is stress on the organism, mental or physical, that there is a corresponding link between the two....

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