Look after your skin with hypoallergenic laundry tools

We all get a rash sometimes, but imagine  not being able to use deodorant, polish, air-freshener and even being cautious of what’s in your washing…

Chemical sensitivity is often overlooked when we think of the allergies that affect people on a daily basis.

But companies like Ecoegg are making in-roads into making life more bearable for those of us who experience such a disabling condition. In particular, they create laundry products, among which their eponym, a curious laundry egg, is the most famous.

Laundry for sensitive skin
Laundry that’s kinder to yyour skin

The Ecoegg replaces washing powder or liquid and you can use it up to 720 times – which amounts to about 3 year’s worth of washing on average! Talk about a money saver…

But perhaps more importantly, it’s hypoallergenic – suitable for sensitive skin and supported by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Society.

It can be used on all clothes, no matter the colour or textile and can even be used at cooler temperatures without the use of harsh chemicals, so it also helps save the environment. And finally, if you’ve heard of Kim Woodburn, celebrity Queen of Clean, from Channel 4’s “How Clean is Your House”, even she’s endorsing it.

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Probiotics Provide Hope for Children with Allergies

Positive news on the use of probiotics by Maureen Williams, ND

A runny nose is all in a day for a child with allergies but new research has found that a simple supplement may help stop allergic sniffles. A study published recently in Indian Paediatrics found that allergic symptoms diminished in children with allergies who took a probiotic supplement containing a friendly intestinal bacterium called Lactobacillus salivarius.

Testing probiotics in allergic children

The study included 240 children, 6 to 12 years old, with allergies to mould or dust. The children all suffered from rhinitis, which presents as the familiar runny nose, itchy nose, and nasal congestion. Some children also had itchy, red, watery eyes, and some had mild asthma symptoms like cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Participants were divided into two groups: one received a probiotic supplement with 2 billion colony-forming units of Lactobacillus salivarius once daily for 12 weeks, and the other group received placebo. Their symptoms and use of allergy medications were monitored weekly by parents and at regular check-in visits during the study.

Probiotics seem to reduce allergy symptoms

Symptoms and medication use were similar in the probiotic and placebo groups at the beginning of the study, but over the course of the trial, a few differences developed:

  • By week 8, rhinitis and eye symptoms were much lower in the probiotic group than in the placebo group.
  • This difference in symptoms was even more significant by week 12.
  • Probiotic-treated children were using fewer medications by the end of the study.

“We found a marked reduction of the allergy symptom scores during treatment with Lactobacillus salivarius,” said study coauthor Dr. Rong-Hwa Jan from the Institute of Medical Science at Tzu Chi University in Taiwan. “The dramatic improvement in symptoms along with the decreased use of medications suggest that Lactobacillus salivarius may be an important treatment tool for allergic rhinitis in children.”

How do intestinal bacteria help allergies?

Although no one knows for sure why probiotics have anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory effects, some laboratory studies suggest that the presence of healthy intestinal bacteria may increase levels of chemicals that are responsible for keeping the immune system in check. A properly controlled immune system is less likely to be triggered by particles in the environment like dust, pollen, and animal dander.

Keeping children allergy-free

Here are some ways to help reduce the risk of allergies and asthma in your children:

  • Nurse them for one year. Breast milk helps babies develop healthy intestinal bacteria and can reduce their risks of allergies and asthma later in life.
  • Avoid antibiotics as much as possible. Antibiotics can disrupt colonies of normal bacteria that populate the intestines. Studies have found that antibiotic use early in life is linked to a higher risk of allergies and asthma as children grow.
  • Expose them to animals. Even if you can’t have pets because of your own allergies, having your children spend time around animals on a regular basis can help prevent dander allergies.
  • Consider probiotics. Based on this study, probiotic supplements could be a good idea for children with allergies. In addition, cultured foods like unpasteurised sauerkraut, fermented pickles, and cultured dairy like yoghurt and kefir provide strains of similar lactic acid–producing bacteria that might help keep the immune system in check.

(Indian Pediatr 2012;pii: S097475591100603-1)

Maureen Williams, ND, completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been in private practice since 1995. With an abiding commitment to access to care, she has worked in free clinics in the US and Canada, and in rural clinics in Guatemala and Honduras where she has studied traditional herbal medicine. She currently lives and practices in Victoria, BC, and lectures and writes extensively for both professional and community audiences on topics including family nutrition, menopause, anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, and easing stress. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.

It’s getting easier to buy unpasteurised milk

Unpasteurized milk is lauded by its supporters for its superior quality.

It is argued that raw milk has more vitamins, beneficial enzymes and ‘friendly’ bacteria. 25% of milk’s vitamin C is said to be lost through pasteurisation.

fresh milkIt is also believed to be easier to digest and, apparently, studies show it can reduce allergies such as asthma and hayfever. Some even believe the saturated fat found in the cream is good for you.

But surely the best arguement is that it tastes better? When pasteurised milk is heat treated it loses its flavour.

Now, while it is still difficult to get hold of unpasteurised cow’s milk, it is possible to get raw, active, unpasteurized goat’s milk – just like real milk should be!

You can try a brand known as Chuckling Goat. The taste is mild and sweet, and not ‘goaty’ at all.

There was a time when unpasteurised milk was understandably risky, because of bacterial infection, but hygienic methods have substantially improved since the days of Louis Pasteur.

Chuckling Goat are licensed to sell raw goats milk; both the goats and their milk are regularly and rigorously tested to ensure stringent standards of safety and purity.

For more information on raw milk visit raw-milk-facts.com

Food Allergies, a City Curse?

I saw this in the Daily Mail on Saturday..

Children in heavily built-up town centres have more food allergies than those in rural areas. Lead author Ruchi Gupta, assistant prof of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said “We have found for the first time that higher population density corresponds with a greater likelihood of food allergies in children.” The US study in ‘Clinical Pediatrics’ journal, investigated 38,465 children aged 18 & under. City areas had 9.8% of children with food allergies, compared with 6.2% in rural communities. Dr. Gupta said “Similar trends have been seen for related conditions like asthma. The big question is – what in the environment is triggering them? One theory is pollutants in urban areas may trigger the development of allergies.”

See the updated Daily Mail report here

Food allergy is a serious & growing problem in UK. Severe reactions include a drop in blood pressure, trouble breathing & swelling of the throat. It can cause death.

The ‘free from’ times, they are a changing… for the better!

Everyone’s getting excited about this year’s Allergy & Free From Show this May. It’s the biggest event yet for everyone affected by an allergy or intolerance with the latest products, information and up-to-date support.

Tickets are free so come and see us there.

Tom Treverton, Event Director at The Allergy & Free From Show, tells us how it’s going…

As our team enters the home straight towards this year’s Allergy & Free From Show (18 – 20 May, Olympia, London), our third edition as organisers, the excitement in the office is really building.

This is an event that we all love working on. Since we took it on in 2010, year-on-year growth (in terms of visitors, exhibitors and sponsors) has been staggering. 2012 is set for another record year; pre-show ticket registrations are already 4,000 higher than they were at this stage in 2011 (and last year’s show ultimately attracted over 10,000 visitors!).

Naturally, these kinds of trends will make any event organiser very happy, though they are certainly not the only reasons we enjoy working hard to progress this show each year.

Another massive reason: this is an extremely important event to our visitors, because it’s the only UK public-facing show that exists for people living any kind of ‘free from’ life, for reasons of health (i.e. due to allergies, intolerances, coeliac disease, chemical sensitivities) or lifestyle. Our job is to provide the best possible live forum, where visitors can discover product / treatment solutions and take control.

In direct contrast to the woefully inadequate UK provisions of skilled healthcare professionals in this space (supply still nowhere near demand!), we are constantly amazed by the incredible number of fantastic ‘free from’ products that are emerging – seemingly on a daily basis – and are becoming part of the show! These are positive changes; this constant influx of improved products and new choices can only enrich the visitor experience.

We’ve instigated a few changes of our own. The show will take residence in the larger, recently completed West Hall at Olympia, London. We’ve also tweaked our show name, replacing ‘gluten free’ with ‘free from’, in order to better reflect what the show has become. Yes, we are (and will always remain) 100% committed to serving those that need to exclude gluten from their diets, BUT we also exist for those living free from… nuts, dairy, eggs, soya, wheat, pet hair, dust mites and pollen (to name just a few!).

A final change… there will be two editions of the show in 2012! Alongside the London show in May, we are launching a northern edition of the event, taking place later in the year in Liverpool from 27 – 28 October. We can’t wait to replicate the buzz of the London show on Merseyside.

The UK ‘free from’ market is rapidly maturing, and is undoubtedly one of the best on the planet. We relish working on a show that’s right at the heart of that market and delivering a multi-sensory, exciting live event that places the leading brands alongside the thousands of people that are looking to discover them!

See you on the show floor!

Tom Treverton, Event Director, The Allergy & Free From Show

London show: 18 – 20 May 2012, West Hall, Olympia, London
Liverpool show: 27 – 28 October, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool.
Tickets: Access FREE tickets for either show at www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/goodnessdirect
Exhibiting enq: Bruce@f2fevents.co.uk / +44 (0)1442 289927
Website: www.allergyshow.co.uk

Free tickets to The Allergy and Free From Show: 18-20 May 2012

Got an allergy? Is your diet Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Casein Free, Lactose Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free?

The Allergy & Free From Show 2012 has teamed up with GoodnessDirect to give you unlimited FREE tickets (worth £10 each)!

Taking place from 18 – 20 May at London’s Olympia, this is Europe’s largest public event dedicated to delivering solutions for free from lives. If you suffer from asthma, eczema, sensitive skin, hay fever, chemical sensitivities, food intolerance, coeliac disease or other allergies or intolerances then this is for you.

Last year’s event was an enormous success…


This year there are more free from features and exhibitors than ever before:

  • Try and buy the latest free from foods, skincare and household products
  • Consultations, seminars and workshops with the UK’s top Allergists, Dieticians and other specialists
  • Free from cooking demonstrations
  • Charities, support groups and thousands of like-minded attendees

And a host of additional exciting content!

Come and see us there (Stand 135) for free…

Book unlimited free tickets for you, your friends, family and colleagues at www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/GoodnessDirect

Did you know elderberry juice was so powerful?

Who knew that elderberry juice had so many benefits?

Not only does it contain vitamins A, C and B, it also feeds you a healthy dose of antioxidants.

This seems to have a good effect on the immune system as Elderberry Juice is renowned for its ability to treat illnesses like the flu, common colds, sore throats and other infections.

Its ability to reduce mucus also seems to help with asthma, coughs and bronchitis.

pure elderberry juice
Finally, a pure organic elderberry juice

What is more elderberry juice is also documented as helpful for treating serious diseases like AIDS and diabetes. It helps lower cholesterol levels and maintains a healthy digestive system. It has anti-viral, anti-histamine properties and is thought to deal with many other ailments from yeast infections to skin problems.

Sceptical?
I’m wary of listing illnesses as if one herbal remedy could be a cure-all, but the information available about elderberry juice is pretty impressive.

If you are interested Biona have produced a pure organic elderberry juice. While you can find elderberry syrup, this currently seems to be the only completely pure elderberry juice widely available on the UK market.