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Tips for Immune System Support

Cold and Flu Season is here again!  Keeping healthy during the Winter and early Spring makes for a happier Holiday Season and start to the New Year.  Since your immune system is complicated, there are many components to keeping healthy.

One part is Lifestyle.  If you smoke, are stressed, eat the wrong kinds of foods, drink too many Sodas,  don’t get enough sleep and so on, your immune system can be compromised.  Make a few simple changes over the course of a month or so. I know, I know, change is not fun, but then neither is the Flu!  So you decide:  Make a few changes or get sick.  The choice is yours.  I choose to be healthy!

Start with getting enough sleep.  Go to bed a bit earlier.  Turn off the TV!  In fact, don’t even have a TV in the bedroom.  Replace your pillow with one that properly supports your head and neck.  Keep the room at a comfortable temperature for sleep.  I don’t like to be too warm when I sleep, but you might like a warmer room, so adjust the temperature to your needs.  Get those 8 hours each night and your body will thank you!

Now look at your diet. Keep your weight at it’s optimum number. According to a blog post by Dr. Jamie McManus, “Supporting your immune system with great nutrition is one of the best ways to get a leg up in keeping you well.”

Dr. McManus suggests  “the first place to start is to ensure your body is getting enough protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Protein is especially important and essential for the health of the immune system. Healthy fats (EPA and DHA) are important to the immune system as well.”
Look for foods withMushrooms the nutrients your body needs to stay strong such as vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, zinc and magnesium.

For an extra boost, remember foods have medicinal properties!  So include these often in your diet and enjoy the goodness of taste and immune system support.  Here is Dr. McManus’ list of medicinal foods:

1.  Mushrooms (shiitake, matsutake, and others) have a long history of helping support the immune system, especially the reishi mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine. Modern science has shown that mushrooms contain substances (such as beta-glucans and others) that can enhance immune system function.
2.  Garlic and onions not only taste great but research suggests they have the ability to modulate immune function.
3.  Herbs such as turmeric, ginger, and others have long been used as spices and to preserve foods; these herbs also have benefits for our immune system.Vitalized_Immunity

Of course I use several products from Shaklee that target the immune system components.  I take Shaklee’s Vitalizer each day which is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and so much more.  In addition, I add NutriFeron each day and Vitalized Immunity.  I keep the good fats high such as EPA and DHA found in the OmegaGuard and Vitalizer.   Visit my Shaklee site for more immune system products.

Staying healthy year round is possible when you make smart choices for your good health!  Don’t wait till you start feeling bad, start now and enjoy a healthy Holiday Season and New Year!

Just how Toxic is Your World?

In a recent article, Dr Richard Brouse, explored some of the sources of Toxicity in our lives and the unfortunate consequences of this toxicity.  Not only are there many different sources of toxins, there are also many levels of toxicity! Oh my…

There are many sources of toxins in our busy industrial world.  From automobiles to the food we eat, toxins are in our word.  Yes, I said the food we eat.  Farmers are using more and more pesticides, herbicides and GMO plants.  The pesticides and herbicides linger in the food and ground water, making there way into our bodies on a daily basis.  People are having allergic reactions to foods now due to the GMO process.  The combining of genes from one plant to another is creating new allergies and sensitivities that have not existed before.

Water, air, plastics, cosmetics, building materials, fabrics, detergents and fabric softeners, household cleaners, carpets, personal care items and air fresheners are just a partial list of possible chemical pollutants that we encounter each day.  Also, we need to remember the prescription drugs we take along with over the counter medications that we take.  All have ingredients that our bodies have to filter and discard.  And each time you eat food from a plastic container, you ingest chemical pollutants.

Now when we eat our food, let’s not forget items like food coloring, artificial flavorings, processed flours and sugars, preservatives, stabilizers and more.  So I think the message here is to eat as much organic foods as possible, avoid processed foods and filter your water.

Using as many natural, organic products as well as cooking with glass if you use a microwave will help us have a healthier life.  Many toxins can be avoided if we change to natural cleaners for the house and laundry.  Clothing and bedding washed in toxic detergents are major sources of toxins since our skin in the largest organ of our body. Taking care of yourself, staying in wellness rather than disease care will make your life better and healthier.  For more information on Toxins in your life, visit www.greenhome-healthyyou.com/

Targeted Solutions to Aging

Aging.  Well, we are all aging if we are over 18 years old or so!  Some of us age more “gracefully” than others.  Gracefully, meaning that we don’t physically show the signs of aging like gray hair and wrinkles as soon as others.  However, those Hollywood mandated signs of aging are only superficial.  Aging is at the cellular level and is happening everyday.

Recent research has found that anti-oxidant support can shore up your defenses against aging diseases. Oxidation and inflammation are at the heart of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, digestive problems and every other degenerative disease.

Inflammation is not always a bad thing, like when you scratch your finger on a tack and the white blood cells jump into action with the body’s inflammatory chemicals to rush in and take care of the invasion caused by the scratch. However, these same inflammatory fighting compound also go into emergency response to gradual cell damage from free radicals.  Chronic inflammation is the results when the body does not know when to stop.

According to author Jonny Bowden, PhD, should you find that you are overweight, have diabetes or dementia, you definitely have chronic inflammation. To find a measure of inflammation, you can look at your C-Reactive protein test (CRP). The CRP test measures the liver’s response to inflammatory conditions. Even though the test is not perfect, it tells you whether you have inflammation in your body. Unfortunately it does not tell you where the inflammation is in your body.

So what supplements help with aging and anti-inflammatory responses? What can I do to age better?  Here are some supplements that help slow aging by reducing inflammation.  We are fortunate that Shaklee has Targeted Solutions for Aging!  Here are a few of my favorites supplements that I take each day to help maintain a healthy body.  I may be aging, but I am going to do everything I can to slow aging and fight against those free radicals that cause cell dShaklee's CarotoMaxamage.

Astaxanthin: a powerful and potent Carotenoid found in salmon, krill, algae and yeast and is known to scavenge free radical.  Protects against damage to LDL cholesterol, cell membranes, cells and tissues in the eyes, prostrate, cervix, lungs and heart.

Found in Shaklee’s CarotoMax

N-acetlylcysteine (NAC): A primary building block for glutathione, n-acetylcysteine helps boost immunity, detox the liver, and lessen the effects of infection and oxidative stress.

Found in Shaklee Vitalizer Gold, with and without Vitamin K, also in VitaLea Gold with & without Vitamin K

Trans-Resveratrol:  The active part of Resveratrol, this anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory compound is found in red grape skins and red wine.

* Key ingredients in Vivix have been shown in a clinical study and numerous laboratory studies to improve cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance*
* Delivers a broad spectrum of over 15 polyphenols—including ellagitannins, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants*
* Ingredients that are 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging*
Found is Shaklee’s Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement.

Proanthocyanidins: Strong anti-oxidant that protect against oixidative stress. One of the two stong anti-oxidants found in grapes seeds and skins, (resveratrol is the other), Proanthocyanidins have been shown in clinical research to have anti-oxidant protection from oxidative damge caused by smoking, pollution and free radical damage formed in our body during normal metabolism. Studies have also show anti-cancer, anti-tumor and anti-allergic protection along with prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Proanthocyanidins are compounds that appear to have more powerful antioxidant properties than both vitamins C and E*

Found in Shaklee’s Vita-E Complex and Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement and Shaklee’s FlavoMax Complex.

Curcumin or Tumeric: Strong anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials underway to study Curcumin, the active ingredient in Tumeric, for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s and colorectal cancer.

Found in Shaklee’s Liver DTX Complex

Good Health is a choice we make each day.  Are you making the correct choices to have a healthier life, a longer life, a better quality of life as you age?  Don’t you deserve the best life has to offer?  My choice is prevention.  I am doing all that I can to prevent disease.  Prevention is better than disease care any day.  So make you choice and join me in prevention.  Stay well!

How I said Good bye to Colds & Sinus Infections

What A Powerful Breakthrough in Immune System Science has done for me!

I have been using NutriFeron from Shaklee Corporation since it debuted and will not be without it.  Having suffered through so many colds, sinus infections, ear aches and bouts of flu, using NutriFeron seemed liked a natural progression in my “wellness” care.

At the time, I was taking prescription anti-histamines, prescription decongestants, prescription inhalers, major prescription anti-biotics and was still sick!  I had a monthly meeting with my druggist and knew more about his children’s sports scores than I wanted to know.  So much for wellness in the medical community.  Masking my symptoms made me feel drowsy with a irritated stomach and intestinal tract.  All the medications I was taking did not get rid of the sinus and cold problems.

Then with the addition of NutriFeron and Shaklee’s Alfalfa Complex, my sinus woes disappeared.  Now they are a faint memory.  No more antibiotics! No more anti-histamines, no more decongestants.  I can breathe no matter where I am.  I travel a lot with my business, so I am in and out of all sorts of different pollens, germs, viruses and such.  But my immune system is so charged with the NutriFeron, I rarely even get a tickle in the back of my throat.  And when I do get that odd tickle, I take a few more NutriFeron, a few more Alfalfa Complex and add in a few days of Shaklee’s Defend and Resist.

Below is some information from Shaklee about how NutriFeron works in your body.  10 Reasons to make that addition now.  Try it and if you don’t notice a difference, you can get your money back with Shaklee’s 100% Money Back Guarantee.  All natural from the Japanese scientist who help find interferon in our bodies, NutriFeron really works.  Stay Well, Elise.

A Shaklee exclusive,NutriFeron®is a patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts. When used daily, it increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. NutriFeron works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses.*

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10 Reasons to Support Your Immune System with NutriFeron®

Now more than ever is the time to take care of yourself. Every day your immune system has to protect you from millions of microbes that inhabit your surroundings—microbes you may be breathing, eating, touching, or sharing.
     1. Naturally Boosts Interferon Levels
Scientists have identified interferon as being critical to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is the ONLY DIETARY SUPPLEMENT IN THE U.S. created by the immunologist who discovered interferon THAT NATURALLY INCREASES THE PRODUCTION OF INTERFERON IN THE BODY.*     

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     2. Created by the Discoverer of Interferon
Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima, the world-renowned immunologist who discovered interferon in 1954, dedicated 40 years of research to finding natural compounds that would provide a boost to interferon production. This patented botanical blend is found in NutriFeron. NutriFeron from Shaklee is the ONLY IMMUNITY SUPPLEMENT IN THE U.S. CREATED BY THE DISCOVERER OF INTERFERON.

    3. 40 Years of Research
After 40 years of painstaking research testing hundreds of natural compounds and herbs, Dr. Kojima developed a UNIQUE BLEND OF FOUR POWERFUL PLANT EXTRACTS that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon.*
     4. Patented Blend of Interferon-Boosting Plant Extracts
NutriFeron boasts the MACH® patented blend of interferon-boosting plant extracts, AN EXCLUSIVE FORMULA that includes pumpkin seed extract, safflower flower extract, Asian Plantain seed extract, and Japanese Honeysuckle flower extract. Each serving provides 500 mg of immunity-bolstering ingredients.* 

     5. Supported by Four Human Clinical Studies**
Four published clinical studies confirm the extraordinary health and immune-supporting benefits of the proprietary blend of plant extracts found in NutriFeron. This potent-yet-safe phytonutrient blend provides immune support right at the cellular level.*
     6. Exclusive Formula Protected by 3 Patents
NutriFeron is supported by THREE patents and is available only through Shaklee Independent Distributors. This unique, patented formula is a Shaklee exclusive. Being my Shaklee Customer opens you to 100% Money Back Guarantee, 15% discount when you are a Shaklee Member, plus amazing Customer Service.  You Deserve the Best, don’t you?!
     7. Made to the Highest Quality Standards

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A powerfully effective supplement, NutriFeron has been subjected to a stringent set of scientific tests for safety, purity, potency, and performance.
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Preliminary studies suggest that NutriFeron balances your immune response against
environmental irritants and airborne pollutants.*     
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What Does Interferon Do?
Interferon serves two important functions:*
✔ To signal surrounding cells to trigger their response mechanisms.
✔ To activate immune cells to respond.  Interferon is essential to the immune system and helps protect us from the daily exposure to millions of potential invaders that we confront each day.
Who Should Use NutriFeron?
✔ Anyone over 12 years of age with busy, stressful lifestyles who wants to unleash their immune system*
✔ Those who want to balance their immune response to environmental irritants and airborne pollutants*

Join me in good health with your purchase of Shaklee’s NutriFeron!  I use NutriFeron daily and have benefited from the immune boost.  Join me!  Visit my personal Shaklee Store, http://Elise.MyShaklee.com , to purchase and find more information on Shaklee’s NutriFeron.

**Human Clinical Studies
1. Ushiroyama T, Yoshida S, Tadaki K, Ikeda A, Ueki M. Clinical efficacy of EH0202, a Kampo formula, on the health of middle-aged women. Am J Chin Med. 2004; 32(5):755-770.
2. Ushiroyama T, Yoshida S, Tadaki K, Ikeda A, Ueki M. A pilot study of a Kampo formula, EH0202, with intriguing results for menopausal symptoms. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Apr; 10(2):397-399.
3. Kaji K, Yoshida S, Nagata N, Yamashita T, Mizukoshi E, Honda M, Kojima Y, Kaneko S. An open-label study of administration of EH0202, a health-food additive, to patients with chronic hepatitis C. J Gastroenterol. 2004 Sep; 39 (9):873-878.
4. Kubo M, Hashimoto Y, Yoshida S. The effect of health food containing EH0202 on physical and mental symptoms accompanying menstruation in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Clin Pharm Ther. 2004; 14(2):129-142

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 




The Ultimate Foundation for a Healthier Life

I have been using Shaklee’s Vitalizer since it deputed and I feel great!  When something works you naturally want share that product or service with everyone you know!

Shaklee says that Vitalizer is the ultimate foundation for a longer healthier life.  Now I am all for being healthier longer.  Illness and disease control is not interesting to me.  What I like best about Shaklee’s Vitalizer is that it is easy,and I am all for easy and quick.  Since all the 80

Bio-optimized vitamins, minerals along with 77x’s more polyphenols ounce per ounce than juice and an amazing amount of anti-oxidants are all delivered in one strip, I get a great foundation for a healthier life in one easy to use strip!  How easy is that.

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According to Shaklee, “Vitalizer is the most advanced multinutrient supplement pack in the marketplace today, and it features a patent-pending delivery system designed to enhance absorption of key nutrients. Vitalizer is more than just a single multivitamin—with 80 bio-optimized nutrients clinically proven to create a foundation for a longer, healthier life, it’s the only comprehensive multinutrient supplement pack you need. There’s a Vitalizer that’s right for everyone.

Backed by 55 years of nutrition science, a first-of-its-kind Landmark Study, 12 clinical trials, and with formulas that target the specific health needs of men, women, and active adults, Shaklee Vitalizer is the first step toward an optimal nutritional foundation.”

Now for the best part.  Shaklee has a new offer for you.  When you purchase any of the 4 Shaklee Vitalizer products as a new member, you will receive Free Shaklee Membership.  Not only will you save $19.95, you will also receive a 15% discount on all your future Shaklee product purchases.

So join me in feeling better, join me in having more energy, join me in filling in those nutritional gaps we all have in our diets!  Vitalizer is a great foundation to a longer healthier life, guaranteed to make you feel better in 30 days, or you get your money back.  You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.  Join me!

Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired?

Recently my daughter and her husband went to a Halloween costume event at their workplace.  They went as “Sick & Tired”.  Daughter dressed in comfortable pj’s and carried a stuffed animal, and son-in-law put a light green tinted make-up on his face, darkening the circles under his eyes and  such.  They were quite the pair!

But they got me to thinking about all the people who complain about being “Sick & Tired”.  Folks everywhere complain about not enough sleep, sinus problems, allergies, stomach upsets,  colon problems, asthma and more.  Then the question arises as to what they are doing to combat all these ailments?  Do they even know what is causing all these problems?  Do they know that there are good natural solutions for most of these ailments?

Recent reports from Doctors and Public Health Experts have said that up to 75% of the heart disease, diabetes, strokes and arthritis, cancer and obesity are preventable! 75% PREVENTABLE. So to prevent a disease we have to take control of and responsibility for our own health.  So we can stop be “Sick & Tired”.

Taking responsibility and control of our own health means we exercise regularly, use wise supplementation and watch our diet.  Eating organic fruits and vegetables, walking or working out regularly and using natural supplements to fill in the deficits of our diet due to the loss of nutritional value because of the way our foods are produced.

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The good news is that small positive changes in our weight (weight loss) can give us huge benefits.  As we loose weight, we have increased mobility which makes exercise easier.  We have lower blood pressure since there is less area for blood to move through making less work for the heart.  We tend to have lower cholesterol since we are eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast food.  We have an increase in energy, our mood is better and our self esteem rises.  Our blood sugar lowers and and we reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

You deserve the best don’t you?  Why not take control of your health and do something good for your self!  Eat an organic diet, exercise regularly and use wise supplementation Health is your choice, make is a good one!

Be Good to Yourself! Change Your Habits

We are always working, working, working.  We multi-task, trying to be more productive in our jobs, life and relationships.  We have ridiculous commutes each day, spending hours in bumper to bumper traffic or on public transportation.  We are stressed, over-weight, sleep-deprived and mal-nourished.

Wow, how did all this happen to us?  What did we do to deserve such a fate?!  Somewhere along our life path, we choose to ignore the obvious and go with the crowd.  We no long play, sleep well, exercise, laugh at truly funny things with friends and family.  We eat foods that have no nutritional value, but are filled with chemicals that our bodies cannot use, fat and we don’t need and way too much sodium.

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But we can make changes that will make our lives healthier, happier, filled with joy, peaceful and calm.  However, being human, we don’t take well to drastic change, so we are going to have to ease into this desired state of health and happiness.  Small daily changes.  Making changes in our habits takes time.  All of the above are habits we have acquired along the way of our lives.  And we can change those habits.

I use alfalfa to keep from having sinus problems.  Each day, during the course of my day, I consume around 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets (aspirin size tablets).  When I tell others about the relief from prescription anti-histamines , prescription decongestants and mega-doses of anti-biotics along with an inhaler, I am met with a groan and something like this:  “You take 10 pills a day! I could not do that!”

Really?  You can’t take 10 little tablets a day to keep from having a sinus infection?  Then I ask, “Do you eat M&M’s?” They will say “Yes, of course.”  Then I will ask if they eat only one or 2 at a time or a handful? ” Handfuls of course!”  Amazing what habits we have.  We eat handfuls of candy that is really not too good for us, but shy away from eating the 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets that are about the same size as the candy and do so much for our health and quality of daily life.

Habits are the things that keep us from health, wealth, happiness and long life. Habits can be changed, but we must make a conscience effort to make those changes.  Choose one thing to change at a time.  Reward yourself when you have make the change a new habit.  Making a change in habit will take time, so don’t expect an overnight success.  Success is worth the wait!

Be Good to Yourself, Change Your Habits!

Stay Well, Elise

EU Requires Warning Labels for Synthetic Dyes

Synthetic dyes have been associated with adverse effects on attention and activity in children. Now, The European Union, has started requiring most foods containing artificial food dyes to be labeled. The label will say these dyes”may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” In Great Britain, synthetic dyes have been banned after research found connection between hyperactivity and attention deficit in children and these dyes.

The FDA is being urged to follow suit by several organizations, members of Congress, Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington DC and more.  In a recent report issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the group points out how synthetic dyes contribute to medical conditions like cancer, allergic reaction, and hyperactivity. Everything from our favorite candy, to cereal to salad dressing contain these synthetic dyes. According to the report, 15 million pounds of synthetic food dyes are put in processed food and beverages.

Unfortunately, despite the research, the amount of food dyes is on the rise. But more importantly, the scary bit of the report is that the FDA’s acting commissioner in 1985 stated that “red [dye] 3 can induce cancer.” And yet the FDA has done nothing to stop manufacturers from using the dye! Children eat pounds of snack foods, cereals and frozen meals containing Red 3.

According to the article from CSPI, in the UK, McDonald’s Strawberry Sundae is topped with a red topping that is made from strawberries, not like the Red 40 that is used in the U.S.A. Safer dyes are in the market but the FDA has not encouraged food manufacturers to switch to safer natural dyes according to the CSPI report.

But there is a way around these synthetic dyes. Companies like Chefmaster, India Tree and Seelects’ Nautral Food Colors make organic and vegetable based natural decorating colors so you can still decorate a birthday cake for that special someone and not use synthetic dyes!

So stay away from processed foods for another reason now! We have known for many years that processed foods were not good for us and now we can add another reason to the long list.

Stay well and eat healthy!

Pollen–Friend or Foe?

Yes, I know.  Your car is now greeny-yellow, your nose is running, your eyes are watering, your head is aching, and so forth.  After a cold winter, we are having a pollen filled Spring.  Very Pollen Filled!

Even though the pollen counts are High, they are  not  record highs.  However, the different pollens are overlaping this year. Usually pollens come at different intervals.  But this year we have pine, oak, juniper and birch pollens at the same time.

Tree pollens should be gone in a few weeks, but then new pollens will enter the picture!  Grass and then weeds will start adding their pollens to the already sneezing noses.  Oh my, here we go again.

Some pollens, like Pine pollen, is in the air and all over the cars, porches, patios and such.  But the pine pollen is too big to float around and get into our noses.  Pine pollen tends to fall straight to the ground or onto cars.

But Pollen makes it possible for us to have honey, flowers, fruits and vegetables.  Pollen is a good thing since eating and having trees for shade is very important!

So stay inside when possible especially during the middle of the day, use air conditioners with clean filters to minimize exposure and be happy for the rain that cleans the air.  Stay Well.

Allergies…Just Where do they Come From and How Can we Get them to GO BACK?

peanuts-rows-2x3-72Peanut Allergies have certainly been in the news lately.  Children are being diagnosed with food allergies in growing numbers, even if the figures vary depending on the source quoted.  But the Why is not always clear.  Why are  food allergies becoming more common?   Many theories have been put forth, including the latest research from the US, Israel & the United Kingdom.

Even Popular Science Magazine has looked into this problem.  A recent article, “Why are so many kids allergic to peanuts?” has several theories:

  • An overactive Immune System. Anne Muñoz-Furlong, CEO of the US Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, suggests that we have done such a good job of eliminating the threats that the immune system is supposed to manage, it is now attacking food-based allergens instead. Wow, we are washing our hands too much!

This is the so-called Hygiene Hypothesis.  In medicine, the Hygiene Hypothesis states that a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms (e.g. gut flora), and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by modulating immune system development.

  • Peanuts contain several proteins not found in other foods. These proteins have a structure that can stimulate a strong immune response as Allergy specialist Dr Robert Wood from John Hopkins University. It seems roasting may change the proteins’ shape, making them an even bigger target for the immune system. Boiling does not have the same effect.
  • Previous indirect exposure to peanuts (eg. in the womb or in breast milk). Recent research tends to downplay this theory, however.
  • Videogames. Videogames?? According to Popular Science, it seems that some scientists believe the human body needs Vitamin D to help the immune system label substances as innocuous. Children who spend less time outdoors (ie playing videogames) tend to be deficient in Vitamin D, which the body needs sunlight to make, so they are more likely to have immune systems that might mislabel peanut proteins as dangerous.

So what do Parents DO?  What is Popular Science’s advice?  Parents looking to protect their kids might consider sending them outside – and not washing their hands when they come home.  Now throw the kids in a mud puddle and let them play and have fun making mud pies.   Just like me when I was a kid!  I played in the red mud of Georgia and got really dirty, only to spend time in the tub each night trying to get clean.  My poor Mother!  But I can eat peanuts!!! Yeah.

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