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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.

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150519FoodIntollerance-300People frequently come to us with digestive issues, wondering if they have food allergy. Food allergy in adults is uncommon. When it comes to recurrent bloating, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation, food intolerance is often to blame.
 
There are certain carbohydrates in foods that are considered FODMAPs, which is short for sugars that are highly osmotic, meaning they pull water into the intestine and are hard to digest or absorb.
 
Examples of such foods include:

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onions)
  • Galactans (beans, lentils, soybeans)
  • Polyols (sweeteners, such as isolate, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol and stone fruits, such as cherries, peaches, plums, etc.)

Could one or more be the cause of your symptoms? The Stanford Digestive Health Center has come up with a low FODMAP diet that may help.

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150421OralAllergySyndrome-300Some people who are allergic to pollen develop itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face and throat when they eat certain fruits and vegetables. This is known as oral allergy syndrome. Symptoms usually occur within minutes of eating the food.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by a cross-reaction between various pollens and certain proteins in fruits, vegetables and nuts that are structurally similar to the proteins in pollen. The immune system becomes confused and causes an allergic reaction that can lead to an itchy, tingly mouth and sometimes a mild sensation of swelling in the mouth or lips. Occasionally, blisters may result.

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140622OSM peanutblog finalNew treatments may soon be available for patients with peanut allergy. For decades, our best therapy was identification, avoidance and treatment of reactions with epinephrine and antihistamine. But this could change with a new procedure called oral peanut desensitization.

While attending an allergy conference, I listened to a debate about peanut desensitization and whether it is helpful, safe and ready for the general public. An allergist from Lake Oswego, who is currently treating selected patients with desensitization, argued for it, while an allergist from Seattle argued against it.

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140609OSMpeanutallergy finalWhen it comes to food allergy awareness, peanut allergy is most commonly known because of its prevalence and symptom severity, which can include death.

About 1 percent of the United States population has peanut allergy. Among children with food allergies, youngsters have the highest allergic reaction to peanuts, followed by milk and shellfish. Peanut allergy is estimated to affect about 400,000 school-aged children in the United States, and it is one of the food allergens most commonly associated with severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis.

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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.

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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.

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130930foodallergy1Eating out is fun. It allows us to socialize and enjoy good food prepared by someone else. With our busy schedules, restaurants are an important part of many lifestyles.

In fact, 44 percent of adults say restaurants are an essential part of their routines, according to the National Restaurant Association. But if you or someone in your family has a food allergy, eating out can be stressful.

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The end of school is almost here! And parents are busy researching camps to sign up their kids for the summer. If you have a child with food allergies, sending your child away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce may be the perfect opportunity to provide your allergic child with a fun, “worry-free” sleepaway 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 18-23. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.  

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