Tag: asthma

Allergies Linked to Anxiety!

Allergies Linked to Anxiety!

Spring is finally here. Certainly, a huge number of us, especially in the northern states are breathing a huge sigh of relief. However, with the advent of spring for many, breathing becomes an issue all by itself. Those dreaded allergies. Besides the common symptoms of sneezing and nasal congestion, even possible skin irritations that are experienced, new research points to…

Prenatal BPA Exposure Linked to Poor Lung Function in Children

Asthma rates in children have been climbing over the last thirty years, and experts have identified a number of environmental pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and airborne pollutants, as risk factors for the disease. Some researchers have added the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) to the list of potential risk factors for the development of asthma. In a recent study…

Moldy Homes and Parkinson’s—is there a Connection?

It was only after Hurricane Katrina flooded her New Orleans home that mold toxin expert Joan Bennett started to believe moldy homes could, in fact, make people sick—and only because she witnessed the effects firsthand. Those effects (dizziness, nausea, headache) were actually triggered by the smell of the mold in her home, and that smell was caused by something called…

Dietary Fiber Protective against Asthma

A diet high in fiber triggers a chain reaction via the gut bacteria that protects against the inflammatory process involved in asthma, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine. Gut bacteria are known to ferment dietary fiber, a process that produces beneficial compounds, or metabolites. In the current study, the researchers found that the fermentation process…

Gut Bacteria and Childhood Eczema

Gut bacterial balance affects many different areas of health, but one of the most important to consider is the establishment of healthy gut bacterial balance during infancy. Healthy gut balance during early life is associated with protection against a range of health conditions, most notably the atopic diseases of childhood—asthma, eczema, and allergies.1 Gut balance during infancy is dependent on…

Asthma in Children—Could It Be the Chemicals?

Nearly nine million children in the United States have asthma, a condition that causes the airways to become swollen. Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing are the most common symptoms of asthma. Although allergies are a major cause of asthma in children, studies are finding that environmental toxins also play a role. One recent study presented at the European…

Antibiotics and Asthma and Gut Microbes, Oh My

One of the most interesting aspects of the gut connection is the ability of the gut microbes, or gut microflora, to affect areas of the body seemingly far removed from the gut. It can be difficult to imagine that what happens in your gut affects what happens in, say, your brain or your lungs, but it does! Truly, optimal gut…

Cesarean Delivery Ups Risk of Asthma

  Children born by cesarean section are more likely to develop asthma by age three, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. This study builds upon previous findings that cesarean delivery increases the risk of wheezing, asthma, and eczema, a related allergic disease common in childhood. Although allergic diseases tend to run in families, in…