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BlueSprAwards 082313 0002 1Summer is just around the corner! If you have a child with food allergies, sending them away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce is an excellent option and a great way to provide your allergic child with a fun and worry-free, sleep-away experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 17-22. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.


Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 3.39.53 PMI remember the moment so vividly, when I held my sweet baby boy for the first time. How amazing to look upon the little life you’ve created. Cohen is my third boy, and I remember feeling guilty with a sense that something wasn’t quite right. My intuition was confirmed when I saw the look on the nurse’s face as she listened to my little boy’s heartbeat.

In that moment, my life changed forever. Cohen was whisked away to the NICU and diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis. PVS is a heart valve disorder that involves the pulmonary valve, which acts as a doorway that lets blood into and out of your heart. Stenosis, or narrowing, occurs when the valve cannot open wide enough, causing less blood flow to the lungs.


140120OSM sitlessblogIt is well known that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In other words, sitting too much is bad for your health.

A study sought to quantify exactly how bad it can be. Researchers found that the amount of time a person watches TV is a good marker for determining a person’s sedentary time. While someone might not remember how many hours they sat yesterday, they can probably estimate time spent watching television.


140106OSMmeditationpost1My recent vacation to Oahu, Hawaii, was a real eye-opener in many ways. Because it was a last-minute decision to go (we left four days after we booked the condo), I didn’t have a chance to micro-manage the vacation schedule as I usually do. Consequently, I had a week in paradise with no planned activities.

The timeshare condo we rented is in a small coastal town called Waianae. The building we stayed in was a mix of residents and vacation condos, rather than a resort. The town certainly was not touristy, and the few restaurants consisted mostly of Hawaiian and Asian takeout. My husband and I spent hours on our balcony overlooking the ocean, playing games and talking. We went snorkeling and burned the backs of our legs. We drove around the island and ate crepes. Long story short, we did a whole lot of nothing and enjoyed every minute of it. It was amazing.


131216OSMtravelallergiesWe frequently get calls from patients who’ve either lost or forgotten medications when they are traveling. If you suffer from allergies and asthma, consider these six tips before you head out on vacation:

1. See your physician: Before you go on that well-deserved trip, see your physician and let him or her know your travel destination. Discuss concerns you might have, especially if you know you are going to be exposed to something you are allergic to, such as a friend’s cat or dog. Your doctor may be able to provide helpful advice.