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Trying It Out For You: A Salt Cave (aka Halotherapy)

  Halotherapy is simply the inhalation of aerosolized dry salts… …which is quickly becoming a very popular new therapy added to many spas.   These salt therapy lounges can be very beautiful, with gorgeous Himalayan salt wall features and flowing loose salt over the floors to give the appearance of a salt cave, while plain old sodium chloride crystals (table salt, basically) are aerosolized into the room’s air for inhalation. These spas claim that halotherapy can improve respiratory allergies, fix chronic dermatologic skin issues like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and even decrease the frequency of upper respiratory infections.   But …

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Pets Decrease Asthma Risk

  Since Mother’s Day was yesterday, today let’s talk about an important medical study that parents need to be aware of. You’ve probably heard that exposure to dirt in childhood is an essential part of boosting immunity and decreasing future allergies… …but did you know the same is true for animals?   It’s true. Early exposure to dogs and farm animals (during the first year of life) statistically significantly decreased the development of asthma in children 5+ years later. Published on November 2, 2015 in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that exposure to animals decreases future development of asthma, a very …

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7 Essential Tips To Make Spring Allergies Disappear!

Spring is my favorite season.   And today is the first day of spring, so I’ve got a list of lots of great things you can do to optimize your health during this time of renewal and awakening! For many folks the first thing that comes to their mind during spring isn’t beaches and bare feet and picking fresh strawberries and bumble bees and gardening and sunshine… …it’s allergies. Well that stinks. But I’ve got your back! Because I don’t want you to drug up on antihistamines and watch your lovely spring season go by in a blur of grogginess. …

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