Monthly Archives: April 2011

How mast cells react to pollen?

Previously, you were introduced to the mast cell that plays a role in allergy symptoms.   But what is going on with a mast cell when it encounters pollen?    

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Mast Cells and Allergies

So far you have learned about some allergy facts and what are allergies.   But to undestand what is responsible for the allergy symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes etc, you need to have an  understanding of mast cells.   So what … Continue reading

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What are allergies?

Allergies are an exaggerated immune response by your body to any substance you come in contact to via: directly – as in poison ivy rash the air we breathe – as in pollen, animal dander the food we eat – … Continue reading

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Allergy Facts

Here are some allergy facts: Each year approximately 25% of Americans suffer from allergies. (1)  Allergy is the 5th leading cause of disease in the U.S. among all ages and a major cause of work absenteeism.(2)  Direct costs accounted for … Continue reading

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Garlic protect against hip ostearthritis?

Garlic is the wonder herb.  It is known to help with blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and has antibacterial properties.  Now garlic is being touted as providing herbal pain relief for osteoarthritis.   According to researchers at King’s College London and … Continue reading

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Does asparagus help fight cancer?

Does asparagus help fight cancer?  A patient of mine asked me this question.   Her niece is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and had come across an asparagus recipe that is touted for helping people fight cancer.  Asparagus is known … Continue reading

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