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Hygiene-325The hygiene hypothesis is a theory used to explain why there has been an increase in allergies around the world.

What exactly is hygiene?

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes hygiene as conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases, which means the things that you do to keep yourself and your surroundings clean to maintain good health. This might include bathing, dental care, handwashing, using clean water sources, keeping human and animal waste away from food and water, all with the goal of preventing infectious disease. This is a good thing, overall, we want clean and sanitary living conditions, but, in theory, it may be contributing to immune system confusion.

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160927FluVaccines-325It is recommended that everyone older than 6 months receive an annual influenza vaccination, especially children, seniors, those who have asthma, and women who are pregnant.

In the past, there has been concern about vaccinating patients who have a history of egg allergy because the majority of injectable and nasal influenza vaccines are cultured in fluid from chick embryos. However, the current flu vaccines have very small amounts of egg allergen in them. Studies have shown that patients with egg allergy, even those with a history of severe anaphylactic reactions, can safely receive a flu shot. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to skin test with the flu vaccine prior to receiving it.


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160913PetsGoodHealth-325For years, I've heard about how pets can help lower stress, which can improve your body and your mind. And I've always wondered, is this really true?

In my personal experience, I have found that having pets at home does decrease my stress, gets me out of the house to walk, gives me joy when I see them play—and I just adore coming home to someone so excited to see me. Seeing the wagging tail and hearing the happy sounds my dog makes when I return is really comforting, and it always brings a smile to my weary face.

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160830HiddenFoodAllergies-325Going out to eat when you have a food allergy can be a little like "Where's Waldo?"—your food allergen could be hiding in anything. Here are a few things to consider.

Be aware of hidden ingredients


160726VitaminD-300Many who live in the Northwest are vitamin D deficient. This is due to many reasons. One, is that we do not get enough sunlight to help produce enough vitamin D, often because many people have indoor jobs.

Common symptoms include muscle or joint pain, weakness, tiredness and fatigue, and possibly depression. There is a blood test to determine vitamin D deficiency, however, most insurance companies don’t cover it.