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Are nut allergies more common than 20 years ago?

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 24 February 2016, Allergies
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If you have been wondering whether peanut allergies are more common these days, you are indeed correct. In every classroom, it seems that there is at least one student with a peanut allergy.

In fact, peanut allergies in children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008 in the U.S., presently affecting more than 400,000 children. From elementary schools to households, many environments are now “nut-free.”…

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Allergy and intolerance – Find out the difference

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 17 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Eating
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It is easy to confuse allergies with intolerances. They both make us feel sick, lethargic, and downright miserable.  Allergies and intolerances are your body’s reaction to particles in food, air, or through contact.

While both are a response by your immune system, they differ in many key ways: their time of onset, severity of physical symptoms, and immune system mechanism of action.

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Fragrance allergies, it’s not all in your head!

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Living
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For many people, typical holiday scents bring back cherished memories. But for others, they can bring migraines, itching or respiratory problems.

In fact, an increasing number of people are so sensitive to scents that simply getting through the day can be a big a big challenge for them, not to mention a huge headache.

Natural products can help, but it’s important to know which ones to choose.

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Food intolerances and food additives…Be on the lookout!

by Sonia Chartier, on 2 June 2015, Allergies, Digestion, Healthy Eating
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It is not unusual to hear about people reacting to certain food additives. We all have friends or colleagues who react to too much caffeine or salt. Others react to dyes and preservatives in foods.

These are not allergies per se, but could be deemed intolerances. In fact, it is difficult to ascertain who will get hyper from too much caffeine and who will drink twelve cups a day and sleep like a baby.

Apart from these rather obvious reactions, there are more subtle responses to additives.  Symptoms are sometimes so subtle that they go unnoticed, and unless someone is really looking for the causes of a repetitive condition or symptoms, they may go unnoticed for decades.

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