Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Allergy Sufferers…Milk Sucks!

by Katy Green

dairy is bad for you
Dairy Quite Contrary!

As a chronic allergy sufferer and victim of sinus infections that visit me like friends that need money it’s a royal pain in the a**.

Why Me?

It’s a sinus life sentence of constant allergy pill popping, saline sinus rinsing, air filters running and looking for ways to avoiding anything that causes mucus like the plague. Great, I have to give up my love affair with dairy. Why me and the 60 million allergy and asthma sufferers that have to change their lifestyle to breathe clearly.

Allergy and Asthma Chart

Milk …the Mucus Darth Vadar

Darth Vadar - Got Milk?
According to Dr. Weil: “The milk protein (casein) can irritate the immune system and stimulate mucus production, this exacerbates allergy symptoms." 
Did you know that milk consumption is associated with recurrent childhood ear infections, eczema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and sinus conditions.

Even if you are not allergic to milk but have  autoimmune diseases or digestive problems it is possible that your symptoms will improve when you eliminate milk and milk products.

What about Lactaid milk or skim milk or low fat milk?

I tried all the low fat, non fat, skim milk, Lactaid and alternative milks (Almond, Soy and Coconut) but my favorite was Lactaid Milk because of the taste. After my two-day stay in the hospital recently thanks to my allergic reaction to Bactrim that I was taking for another sinus infection. I decided enough is enough and I have to improve my diet to prevent another infection.

I was always aware of the ingredients in the milk products but now I know much better.

Milk Ingredients: Carrageenan, Palmitate

Ingredients in Lactaid Milk:

Reduced Fat Milk, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate (Calcium) (Not in Regular Milk), Carrageenan (Not in Regular Milk – Guar Gum (Not in Regular Milk), Lactase Enzyme (Not in Regular Milk), Vitamin A Palmitate and Vitamin D3. Gluten free. Do not use if seal under cap is broken.

According to  Dr. Tobacman.. - who has published numerous studies on carrageenan -  that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and  when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. Her studies show that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation.  Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and cancer. Guar Gum is not natural.
Palmitate is also in Fat Free or low fat milk - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is generally regarded as safe. Wow, that makes me feel better?!? Excessive ingestion can cause many serious ailments.

Goat's Milk to Reduce Allergies

Why not try goat’s milk?

All milk contains a certain level of lactose. However, the amount of lactose found in goat’s milk is about 10 percent less. The levels of alpha S1 casein in goat’s milk are about 90 percent less than cow’s milk, making it a far less allergenic food.

Please read all ingredients listed, detox and do whatever needs to be done naturally to reduce your allergies.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day...why Not Every Day?

by Katy Green

Earth Day...why not Every Day?
Cracked Earth
Climate Change

I am always happy to share articles that make an impact. This is truly a feisty article about Earth Day from The Nation.com by Wen Stephenson. He begins his article with a quote by Frederick Douglass which I have listed for you to read and share.
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.”    —Frederick Douglass, 1857