Do You Have Milk Allergies?

Written by Cari Haus

Copyright 2005 Log Cabin Rustics

As a nation, we have been raised with milk on our breakfast cereal, ice cream as a reward, sour cream on our potatoes, and milkshakes atrepparttar local fast food restaurant. Dairy products are inrepparttar 143919 majority of our recipes, served in our school lunch programs, and a part of American life.


When my daughter suffered from respiratory infections, ear infections and sinusitis, I did not know that what I fed her could be contributing to her problems. At nights she would wake up screaming that she couldn¡¦t breathe. My husband and I would run into her room, grab her and take her intorepparttar 143920 bathroom. We would runrepparttar 143921 shower'¦s hot water tillrepparttar 143922 bathroom became steamy. Soon she could breathe and would start to calm down. Sometimes that wouldn¡¦t work and we would have to go torepparttar 143923 emergency room where they would put her in an oxygen tent to relieve her gasps for air.

A friend suggested I stop giving her milk. I was annoyed asrepparttar 143924 only milk she ate was on her cereal. I decided to try it and almost immediately, she was having more restful nights. There was a backlash when she spent time with others that fed her ice cream, but otherwise, her ear infections and breathing problems stopped.

I started to research this issue learned that that "At least 50% of all children inrepparttar 143925 United States are allergic to cow's milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products arerepparttar 143926 leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy." Natural Health, July, 1994, Nathaniel Mead, MD

A few years later, I began having regular bouts with sinusitis. Soon I was taking antibiotics on a regular basis. After awhile, they didn't work anymore and I had to take stronger antibiotics. When I complained to a coworker, she told me of a physician that made a huge difference in her life by working to see if she had any allergies. The physician had taken her off milk, and this made a huge impact on her sinus infections.

I went to seerepparttar 143927 physician, who, after looking at my nose, asked me to keep a food diary. I was annoyed. I thought I was a healthy eater and this was a waste of my time. However, as I wrote down what I ate. I found that every time I ate dairy products, my nose began to run. Like my daughter, I too had a milk allergy.

I switched to soy milk and my sinusitis completely ceased. I was sorry that I hadn't known this years before, when I had round after round of sinus infections in college. I had found that I could save time inrepparttar 143928 college cafeteria by grabbing a shake and a sandwich. I probably had allergic reactions torepparttar 143929 ice cream inrepparttar 143930 shakes.

A Frequent Problem

Allergists sayrepparttar 143931 most common allergen is dairy products. Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage and cream cheese, buttermilk, butter, sodium caseinate and lactate) arerepparttar 143932 cause of 60% of food allergens. There are also secondary chemicals that travel throughrepparttar 143933 food chain in meat and milk such as chemicals, hormones, drugs and wheat, peanuts, etc. (

Choosing Hiking Boots

Written by Marty Rubenski

If you’ve ever been 5 miles fromrepparttar trailhead with painful blisters, or even a sprained ankle, you will appreciate how much your hiking enjoyment rests literally on your feet. The selection ofrepparttar 143733 correct hiking boots can berepparttar 143734 difference between a great experience and a disaster. The choice ofrepparttar 143735 right pair of boots can add considerably to your comfort and personal safety, especially in rugged or difficult terrain.

Before you start comparingrepparttar 143736 many brands and styles of hiking boot, considerrepparttar 143737 type of terrain and your style of hiking. Do you take extended treks throughrepparttar 143738 mountains or just stroll throughrepparttar 143739 local park or greenbelt? Select a boot based onrepparttar 143740 most difficult terrain you will encounter. Do you carry a heavy pack? The heavierrepparttar 143741 packrepparttar 143742 sturdier boot you will need. Are you an all-weather hiker? Do you need a lightweight breathable fabric or a heaver waterproof material?

Modern hiking boots do not weigh as much as older styles. Lightweight high-tech materials have replacedrepparttar 143743 metal shanks used in older boots and modern fabrics offer many advantages. A lightweight boot can still offer plenty of support and be a lot easier onrepparttar 143744 feet over less rugged trails. Many of today’s top quality lightweight hiking boots offer a Gore-Tex® liner that helps keep water out while still allowing your feet to breath. All-leather boots provide more support thanrepparttar 143745 leather and fabric styles and they are easier to waterproof. They lend themselves to rocky terrain but they are heaver and less flexible. In my experience, leather boots will outlastrepparttar 143746 lighter styles, partly due torepparttar 143747 heavier construction but also due torepparttar 143748 fact that they have less seams which are alwaysrepparttar 143749 weak point in any boot.

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