It's a proven fact asthma rates are on the rise in Western nations like the U.S. and U.K. In the past pollution was blamed. Yet with pollution on the decline and asthma rates still rising, many experts are looking at other theories.
Two theories gaining acceptance are the hygiene hypothesis and the microflora hypothesis .
The hygiene hypothesis pretty much proposes allergies and allergic are caused because we're too clean. In the absence of bacteria our immune system gets bored and attacks things we consider normal -- like allergens.
I simplified the hygiene hypothesis in a previous post. If you're not familiar with it I recommend you click here . In this post I'd like to introduce you to the microflora hypothesis.
First a few definitions:
Normal Flora : According to the Online Textbook of Bacteriology these are tiny little microbes that cover the surface areas of your body, including you...
My 15 year old daughter has been complaining of a stomach ache off and on for a few months. She has even ended up in the nurse’s office at school a few times. How do I know if she really has a stomach ache or if she is just trying to avoid going to school?
There are many reasons for stomach pain and stomach aches so it might take some investigation to get to the root cause of the problem. First, you and your daughter may need to discuss her diet and lifestyle.
· Eating on the run?
· Skipping meals?
· Eating fast food?
· Drinking soda, sports drinks, coffee, energy drinks? Mega sized drinks?
· Does she eat meals with the family?
· Eating a balance of car...
Damage to the spinal cord, an information superhighway that originates in the brain, is a very devastating injury that can lead to paralysis. Most people have heard of traumatic spinal cord injuries because the sudden tragedies grab headlines from time to time. But, few people have heard of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the tube which shelters the spinal cord called the spinal canal (See Spine Anatomy 101 ). As the space tightens like a noose, this slow strangulation of the nerves in the spine can disrupt anyone’s life. Sara turned 68 years old last month. She has enjoyed good health and has been an avid golfer. But, lately she has noticed an aching pain in her legs that occurs when she is walking or standing. This new problem has really slowed her golf game down and has made it difficult for her to even do her own grocery shopping. The only way she can make it up and down the aisles is by leaning on the shopping cart because that eases her pain. Frustrated, she calls to ...
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