Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Must Watch/Buy This Video: Genetic Roulette

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

I’m not sure why I never thought of it before, but it seems that there is a connection between genetically modified foods and allergies. The movie Genetic Roulette describes exactly what my son has been dealing with–extreme food allergies. And it has given me hope that if we put him on a 100% organic diet, we might be able to reverse some of the issues. Through October 17, 2012 you can watch it free; after that you can rent it or purchase it on that site.

I am not being paid to promote this video. I shared it on Facebook, and I feel that it is timely information. When I sat down and started watching it, I didn’t even finish before I knew I had to share it with my readers here on this blog.

And it’s just one more reason why I hope with all my heart that Proposition 37 in California passes!

Help With Food Allergies

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A lady whose blog I follow has a child that was recently diagnosed with multiple food allergies. She asked her readers for advice, and the results were overwhelming. There are over 100 comments and counting. Lots of good information. If your child’s eczema is a result of food allergies, you could get a lot of helpful advice from reading the comments on this blog post.

Multiple Allergies – What Does the Rest of the Family Do?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

So one of your family members has been diagnosed with severe allergies to a bunch of foods. It’s not just gluten; it’s not just soy, or eggs, or nightshade, or dairy. It’s all of them. And more. Should you put the whole family on the limited diet or should you cook two separate meals three times a day?

There isn’t really an exact answer to this question. The answer will vary with the family and circumstances. However, I think I could give you some advice based on my experience with first a brother and then a son with multiple allergies, as well as myself having gone gluten-free for our baby (which, by the way, seems to be doing quite well–his eczema has not progressed since I did that).

What exactly you do with the rest of the family’s diet will almost certainly depend on the number of allergies and the severity of the allergies.

For instance, if you have a child that has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts, then it would probably be a good idea to banish peanut butter and all peanut-containing products from the home. Almond butter will work just fine, even if it is a bit more expensive–but it’s way cheaper than a trip to the emergency room!

However, if your child (or other family member) has a very large list, but no or few life-threatening allergies, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to make your whole family adopt the special diet. Not only can it get very expensive (especially for a large family), but it would deprive the others of much enjoyment.

You may need to get some extra kitchen equipment if the person has severe, life-threatening allergies to certain things. I already mentioned substituting almond butter for peanut butter. In my home, we have a son who is allergic to peanuts and all other nuts, but he is not highly sensitive to minute amounts of anything. He is actually allergic to most seeds as well as nuts, yet I can use my blender for making pesto for him after making nut milk for the rest of the family, and he has no problem. Of course I clean it first, but I know it isn’t as clean as new. So I haven’t banished peanut butter and other nuts. He just never gets any. This is nice for us, but many families will need to take into consideration getting separate equipment for items that cannot be perfectly cleaned (like blenders, bread machine pans, toasters, etc; pans and dishes and silverware shouldn’t be a problem if thoroughly cleaned).

Does this mean you need to cook 6 meals a day? Not necessarily. It depends on the list. Suppose you have someone allergic to wheat, and the family wants sandwiches. Just use wheat- or gluten-free bread for that person. Allergic to potatoes? Put a sweet potato in a separate pan while baking potatoes for the rest of the family. Allergic to dairy? Cook some of the lasagna in a separate pan without the cheese (use tofu or quinoa or some other seasoned filler instead of ricotta and leave off the mozzarella).

If there is a long list of allergies, you may need to serve 2 meals at a time, one for the allergic person and one for the rest of the family. That is the reality in our house. But that doesn’t mean I spend all my time in the kitchen. There are actually 3 diet plans in our house: The long list of prohibited foods for Manny, gluten-free for me, and anything goes for my husband and daughter. Usually that means I eat one diet or the other. Rarely I’ve been known to cook 3 different cereals (say, amaranth for Manny, oats for me, 5-grain cereal for the other two), but I usually only cook two things. Today we had grilled veggies & tofu. Manny couldn’t have them, so my husband fixed him something else. He and our daughter ate the veggies with bread, but I just left off the bread and ate the veggies and tofu.

However, sometimes I cook things in bulk for Manny. Pancakes, waffles, biscuits, squash, beans, etc, can all be cooked in bulk and frozen. Then when I don’t have time to cook a regular meal, I can pull something out of the freezer.

When we have beans, sometimes I take out some of the beans before we season them (he can’t have the tomato sauce we add to our beans) and season them separately for him. When I made millet pudding for the family, I made some with nut milk for us and a small batch with hemp milk for him–but I baked them at the same time. He can have many of the veggies that we have, so I make them available for him with whatever his main course is. We also have an allergy-free cold cereal available, and some crackers and rice cakes, so that when we are in a rush, there is something we can feed him for supper (at our house, lunch is like most people’s dinner, and supper is a light meal). When we have pasta, we cook rice pasta for him and put olive oil, yeast flakes, dry basil, granulated garlic, and salt on it, while the rest of the family has a sauce of some kind (cashew cheese, spaghetti sauce, pesto, etc). He can usually have some salad, if I leave the tomatoes and carrots out.

So if the list is long, you may need to fix two separate meals, but often you can prepare two similar dishes at the same time. Making two lasagnas takes only a tiny bit more effort than making one–and no extra baking time if they are baked together. Having extra meals frozen and ready to eat can be very helpful, so when you cook, cook in bulk.

If the person only is allergic to one or two things, the severity of the allergy and the rest of the family’s love of the item(s) will make it easy to determine whether to cut it out of the family diet or not. But when the list is extensive, as in my son’s case, you may need to change your attitude toward cooking, spend a little time now and then in the kitchen, cook some things in bulk, etc. It is, however, totally doable. And the rewards–less itching, growing better, better attitude, etc–will definitely be worth the effort.

Survey for Mothers of Babys With Eczema

Monday, September 10th, 2012

In light of some of the things I have been learning, I would like to see if there is a relationship between metal dental fillings in the mother and eczema in the baby. Please take this brief (4 question) survey. I will post the results when I feel I have received enough data. If everyone that visits this site takes the survey, I should be able to post it within a week or two. Be sure to subscribe so that you won’t miss the results.

How severe is your baby's eczema?

At what age did the eczema start?  
Do you have amalgam (metal, "silver") fillings?

How many do you have?
Do you have any symptoms of yeast/candida? (google for list of symptoms if you are unsure)

Thank you so much!

Red Bottom, Green Poop

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

In researching coffee enemas, I discovered a post called Red Tushies and Green Poop. I wish I could have read this when Manny was a baby (can you believe he’s 3 1/2 now?!). No one seemed too concerned about the detail, though I did research it a bit. Nowhere did my research point to gut irritation as the cause of the strange breastmilk poop color. At least, not 3 years ago.

But as the author of that post says, consistently green poop is not normal. The occasional green poop from getting too much foremilk, or from an illness is one thing. To have it day in and day out isn’t. I don’t know when Manny’s poop turned green (it wasn’t at birth), but Ralfie’s poop started turning green between 6 and 7 weeks old. Now at almost 8 weeks I am forgetting what normal breastmilk poop looks like. I’ll spare you pictures, but Google has quite a few good examples.

The truth is, a breastfed baby’s poop should be orange with white curds in it. Ralfie’s poop is orange green or mossy green and has almost no curds at all. He also has a lot of gas, which sometimes makes him uncomfortable. The Red Tushies article puts it this way:

While there is a wide range of normal in color for a baby’s bowel movements, a persistent mossy color can indicate something is up.  The green may also be tinged with blood (usually dark in color).  Consult your doctor immediately if you see blood in your baby’s diaper.  While bright-red blood typically indicates a fissure or other lesion near the opening to your baby’s anus, darker blood comes from further up and can indicate allergic/sensitive irritation or something more complex.  With or without the presence of blood, you may also notice that your baby’s bowel movements are frothy, foamy, or mucousy.  While this is fairly common, it is not normal and should be investigated.

How I wish I’d known that when Manny was a baby! Some of the comments said it was yeast, though the author didn’t feel that the red anus indicated yeast unless it was accompanied by other symptoms of yeast (which she lists). I’m not so sure. Just because there is yeast in the gut doesn’t mean that there will be a yeasty diaper rash. Although Manny did get one at one point (we cleared it up with an OTC anti-fungal cream). My daughter had thrush in her mouth but it never made it to her diaper (thankfully that, and a bad case of diarrhea that dehydrated her so badly she had to be hospitalized, was the worst thing she ever had healthwise; she’s the picture of health today). I’ve heard stories of someone with yeast testing negative for yeast in the stool. It seems yeast can change its nature and do all kinds of weird things.

What is the point of all this? If your exclusively breastfed baby has consistently green poop and redness around the anus, chances are something is wrong with his gut. Whether it is pathogenic bacteria, as Manny most certainly had, or yeast, or both, or something else, that isn’t my place to say. I’m no doctor. But it does give you a place to start working, and definitely can help you focus your time with the doctor in an area that will be more profitable, in terms of finding the cause, than simply discussing skin care.

If your baby is on formula, their poop will be different. And once you introduce solids, breastfed or formula fed babies will both have similar poop–at least, once solids comprise a good share of the diet. However, the redness around the anus will still be there. Both my sons have it. What about your baby?

Coffee Enemas for Allergies?

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Have you ever had an enema? I haven’t. Not that I never will, just I never have so far.

But I’ve heard a lot about them. They can be useful for more than just relieving constipation.

A friend of mine, a naturopath and director of Modern Manna, a Christian health ministry, Danny Vierra runs a 10-day detox program called Bella Vita. The guests that come to his program use coffee enemas as part of the detox. Danny says that once they started using the coffee enemas as part of their program, they noticed that people stopped having severe detox symptoms. Former smokers found that cravings went away in less than a day when they used the coffee enemas.

I went to one of his seminars recently, and I asked him for advice about Manny and his eczema. He was just about to leave, so he didn’t have a lot of time to discuss it, so he recommended coffee enemas.

I thought, “That might be helpful. I’ll need to see about getting an enema kit.” But I didn’t think about it much after that.

Then today I came across a site that talks about coffee enemas. I scanned down the page until, around the middle of the page, I came across a list of benefits the author had experienced with coffee enemas:

Massive food allergies: Previously only two foods didn’t make my body hurt – lettuce and coconut oil! I was able to just barely get away with eating goat yogurt and organic turkey for protein.

Once I began coffee enemas, my food tolerance increased more and more. Now, I can eat all kinds of dairy products, beef, eggs, nuts, fruit – even occasional dark chocolate and (rarely) wheat products!

I interrupted my husband right there and told him, “We need to get an enema bag for Manny.” We found one on sale at Walgreens (on sale and buy one, get one 50% off–we bought four). Now I just need to get some organic coffee. I think I’ll just get the lightest roast I can get (the longer it roasts, the more it destroys the part of the bean that is beneficial) at the health food store.

So I decided to research the topic further. Had other people found relief from eczema by using coffee enemas?

Apparently, the answer is yes. One site, dedicated to an eczema cure (please note that I know nothing about the protocol, and how effective it would be for everyone) explains how the coffee enema works.

The alkaloid, caffeine, dilates the bile ducts throughout the liver. All the clogged channels filled with toxins that force incoming toxins to continue to re-circulate causing pain, are instead, emptied rapidly.

Another site discussing the topic says:

Yes, it is possible to use coffee enemas for eczema. This is because . . . there is a high correlation between a worsening colon condition and eczema. What this means is that as your body is more exposed to toxins within your body, the manifestations of eczema worsens as well. Hence, if you will cleanse your colon, there is a high chance that it will not manifest for a long time.

Now why am I even researching this? Let me see if I can explain.

When a conventional doctor sees eczema, he says, “Keep the skin moist, try hydrocortisone, and let me know if it’s not working and I’ll prescribe something stronger.” Or something like that. A few doctors, like my son’s pediatrician, will also recommend using probiotics. If food allergies are suspected, they might suggest you try cutting out common allergens and might refer you to an allergist. But mostly, they just treat symptoms.

But I am convinced there is a cause. It can’t just be genetic. Granted, maybe an allergy here or there could be genetic. But I believe there is a cause. As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I am suspecting heavy metals and yeast. These are both toxic to the body, the latter especially when it dies off. Some people have a harder time eliminating toxins than others. So getting the body to flush out toxins faster without negative side effects would clearly be helpful in the healing process.

After all, if food allergies are causing the eczema, there is a good chance that the colon is irritated. Redness around the anus seems to be a good indicator of an irritated colon, as does mossy-green poop in breastfed babies (this site discusses the subject in some detail). So anything that will help the colon heal would theoretically be beneficial to eczema.

This is definitely something we are going to bring up with the naturopath when we go see him next Tuesday. I’ll let you know the results of that visit as soon as I can.

In the mean time, have you ever had a coffee enema? Have you even heard of someone doing one? Please share your thoughts!

Making Some Interesting Connections – Yeast, Heavy Metals, and Eczema

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

There might be a pediatrician or other MD that would make the connection, but they would be few and far between.

What connection? The connection between yeast, heavy metals, and eczema.

I’ve been doing a bit of research on the topic. Let’s just say that there does seem to be a connection. And it would make sense. I had dental work done (“silver” fillings) while pregnant with my second child–the one that inspired me to start this site. Now both my sons have eczema. This thought has gone through my mind more than once in the last year or so. Today, well, it just came together. It started when I asked myself why both of my children who have eczema also have yeast, especially since they were born at home and I had no antibiotics during either birth, and none in the second pregnancy–I did take some during the first pregnancy, but in the first trimester, and I took probiotics afterwards. On the other hand, I had antibiotics during the pregnancy and during the birth of my first, and all I had to deal with was thrush, which cleared up and she’s as healthy as can be today–no allergies.

Here are some links that I’ve been reading. They aren’t all great scientific studies, but in my opinion, sometimes the experiences of others are more helpful than all the scientific studies in the world. Hence this website. But I digress.

This site talks about the connection between candida and skin conditions. It made a lot of sense to me.

This thread on the forum about a lady’s experience with her daughter’s eczema and its connection to candida is fascinating. I was intrigued when she brought up heavy metals several posts into the discussion. If you read far enough, you’ll find out that she got them all out and they are both doing better.

I’m going to keep researching this topic, and I’ll keep you informed on my findings. I’ll also let you know what happens next week when we talk to Dr. Dramov again.


Should You Wean Your Baby who Has Multiple Food Allergies?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Ever since my first child was born, I have been a big advocate of breastfeeding. I figured I would nurse as long as there was an interest. This was heavily influenced by a friend who was still nursing her two-year-old. I weaned my daughter at 19 months because my second pregnancy had made it too painful–and she was only nursing once a day by then anyhow.

I planned on nursing my son at least that long. But I began to have second thoughts about nursing as I watched him break our in a rash as he drank. It got worse as he got older. We tried giving him goat’s milk formula, and even experimented with homemade sunflower seed milk (that experiment landed us in the emergency room, though we didn’t make the connection between the reaction and the seeds until later, especially since he threw up just outside the hospital and had no symptoms once we got in the door). Soy wasn’t an option–we knew e was allergic to it. I didn’t know about hemp back then. It is a complete protein and has lots of good fat in it, but hemp milk is very expensive. I pay $34 per dozen for it from Azure Standard now, but imagine how much milk a 6-month-old can drink… I would use a case in a week or less. There are amino acid based formulas available, such as Neonate, but by the time we found out about them, he simply would not eat them. Period. And I don’t blame him; they taste awful. Plus I think there was at least one ingredient in them he couldn’t have; I don’t remember now.

Once we were convinced that there was a relationship between what I ate and his eczema, I tried eliminating various foods from my diet to clear it up. This works in some cases. My brother was allergic to wheat as a baby and would break out in a rash anytime mother ate wheat. Once she made the connection, she quit eating it and he quit breaking out. But then, she quit nursing and switched to goat’s milk at 6 weeks due to supply issues, though his allergy to wheat, as well as some other things, continued for years. He was never as bad off as my son, however, and has pretty much outgrown all the allergies.

So I tried eliminating the four worst offenders, wheat, soy, eggs, and milk, one at a time. When I saw no change after two weeks each, I added them back in. Later after some strange skin electroacu-something allergy test, I tried eliminating the 6 or 7 foods it showed as reactive. No change. Later he had an IgG food sensitivity test done, and I eliminated and rotated as best as I could based on the results. Still no change (thanks in part to several false negatives on that test–one of which was the infamous sunflower seeds; which reminds me, if you can eat them and can’t have dairy, they make a delicious sour cream–I found this recipe during this time). I remember hunting the kitchen in desperation one day, trying to find something to cure my nursing-induced hunger. But I couldn’t find anything that didn’t require preparation, so I ran to the local health food store to buy rice crackers and such.

It was a very hard time. I had to bring my own food to potlucks. I remember mixing quinoa, fresh and frozen veggies, and olive oil, because I didn’t know what else to fix, and eating that while I looked with envy at all the delicious entrees and mouthwatering desserts everyone around me was eating.

So I began to consider weaning. Manny had not been interested in solid food at 6 months. My husband thought I was neglecting him, but my research told me that as long as he was still gaining weight and nursing well, I shouldn’t worry about it. He finally did start eating around 10 months. I decided to wean him at 12 months. My plan was to feed him beans and cereal to give him a complete protein, with flax or olive oil mixed in for fat, and whatever veggie or fruit I could get down him. So at 12 months I began to wean him, finishing the process in less than two weeks.

When I declared my intention to wean online, I could not believe the amount of flack I got for my decision. “Breastmilk is best for your baby, even if he has allergies,” some insisted. Others told me of how they had persevered with their baby’s special diet until they were two or even later, as if they were trying to make me feel guilty for wanting to wean so I could go back to eating normal, tasty food. I mean, try eating pinto beans without onion or tomato. My husband would not eat half of what I was forced to eat during that time. I didn’t know enough about gluten-free baking to give up gluten. If I had known what I know now, I might have tried, but it wouldn’t have helped, because there were other foods that he was highly allergic to that I was still eating.

All I knew was that it was hard to identify trigger foods with the delay between my eating them and them turning into breastmilk and entering my baby’s digestive system. I knew it would be easier to do an elimination diet with him than with me, and that reactions would show up faster. So I ignored the naysayers and just weaned him.

In hindsight, I know now it was the best thing I ever did. I was still eating so many things that we didn’t know he was allergic to (remember the sunflower seed sour cream? That was one of the things; we didn’t figure out that one until later). Plus I comforted myself with the thought that I had nursed him a good 12 months; many babies are lucky to get 6 months or even less. He was able to go straight to solids with rice milk and hemp milk for liquids, without the need to add in a formula. We did eventually find a good hypoallergenic multivitamin in capsule form that we could dump into his milk to help make up for gaps in nutrients (Children’s Basic Nutrients). It was much less stressful for me to cook him a batch of beans, blend, and freeze them to use a few cubes at a time (I froze them in ice cube trays), and cook cream of some gluten free grain, such as quinoa or rice or millet daily, than it was for me to try to find something I could eat that was palatable. We made more rapid progress in figuring out the trigger foods this way. And he thrived.

So what should you do? I can’t tell you. Each case is different. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you make an informed decision:

  • How old is the baby?
  • How well is your baby eating solids?
  • How long is the list if food allergies?
  • Have you identified all the food allergies?
  • Can you survive on your baby’s special diet?
  • How is your milk supply?
  • Is the restricted diet affecting your milk supply?
  • What is your budget for special formula, and is your baby young enough to accept said formula?
  • Can your baby handle alternative milks, such as goat or almond, that could be doctored into a homemade formula?

Let’s look at some of these in more detail.

The longer you nurse, the better. Of course, whether you work or not, and how good your milk supply is, are factors to consider. And how well the baby is eating. Your baby should have breastmilk and/or formula until at least 12 months, though you can start adding in safe foods whenever he is ready. I would recommend waiting until at least 6 months, and then holding off on the grains for a few months more, since grains are harder to digest.

If your child has just one or two or a few allergies, such as gluten and milk, then don’t eat those and nurse as long as you can. Websites such as Gluten-free Goddess have tons of delicious recipes, and I can testify that the Delicious Gluten-free Bread really is delicious!

But if you are dealing with a long list, and getting enough calories to keep up milk production is becoming an issue, because the food is so boring it makes you lose your appetite, then perhaps you should consider weaning. If your baby can handle a homemade formula with a milk ternative, or you can afford the expensive amino-acid based formulas, or if you can get your insurance to help pay for them, and if you start early enough that your baby will accept them, then don’t feel guilty for switching to a bottle. Figure out what is right for you after careful research and prayer, if you believe in praying. And once you know what decision you are going to make, ignore the naysayers and guilt-trippers. Be a duck–let their criticism slide off without affecting you. Because you are the mother, and ultimately you know what is best for your baby. Period.

Have you weaned a baby with food allergies? When did you and why? If you haven’t weaned yet, feel free to share your circumstances for feedback; I promise I will give opinions and not criticize your decisions, nor will I allow other commenters to do so. Please share!

Discussion of Indoor Air Quality and Air Purifier Review

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

When a loved one has allergies, and especially eczema, taking care of their skin and eliminating the triggers is very important. However, there are factors other than diet and skin care to consider. For instance, many children with eczema eventually develop asthma. My son never has, and I don’t think he ever will (I’m keeping my fingers crossed), but still, I have taken many precautions to take care of the air he breathes.

There are many things you can do to improve the air quality in your home. One of the most basic is to open the windows. Of course, this is not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes pollution or pollen levels are so high that it is better to keep them shut. If you have a forced air system like we have, you might want to keep the windows closed in winter to keep the house warm–or if you live in a humid climate like we did in south Texas, you might want to keep them closed in the summer to keep the humidity out while you run the air conditioner! The problem is that indoor air quality can get worse than outdoor air quality.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the decline of indoor air quality. One is definitely the cleaners and other chemicals many use in your home. Air fresheners, toxic chemical cleaners, and even the foam in your sofa, can fill the air with toxins that reduce air quality. Oxygen become depleted, making one more drowsy. Positive ions build up in the air, causing free radical damage in the body.

Used with permission.

All of these factors are things everyone should consider, whether they have allergies or not. Those who have allergies, however, would do well to be especially diligent about the quality of the air in their home. The reason is that the body is busy dealing with the allergens it is exposed to, and reducing exposure to as many as possible can help the body deal better with the ones it can’t avoid. For instance, my son has both food and environmental allergies. We once visited a home with a dog and spent several hours there. When we left, he was experiencing a flair-up of eczema, especially on his face. A year later we spent several days in this home, and hardly had any problems at all–in fact, it was during this time that we quit using prescription steroid cream. In the first case, he was still being exposed to many allergens through my breastmilk, whereas we had eliminated all of the major and many of the minor allergens later, and so his body was able to deal with the exposure to the dog dander better. My mother finds that she can deal with her environmental allergies better if she avoids wheat during the pollen season.

Used with permission.

So what can you do to improve your air quality? Besides eliminating as many toxins as possible from your home and opening the windows as often as possible, you can invest in a good quality air purifier. Jarden Consumer Services offered to allow me to try one of their air filters, and I was very pleased to get the Holmes® HAP9424B-TUS Medium Room Air Purifier, along with 4 extra allergy-removal aer1 ™ filters (this purifier uses two filters at a time).

I really like the purifier’s sleek design. It doesn’t look out of place, and is much nicer than many older air purifiers. Being tall and narrow like it is, it is easy to fit into just about any room. The fan has 3 speeds to choose from. It tends to blow a bit, especially on the higher settings, but it’s not heavy and easy to turn it in a different direction if one doesn’t want to be in the draft. The noise is a little more than some purifiers, perhaps, about like a low fan, but it is not annoying, nor does it make other sounds difficult to hear. One feature I like is the ion button, which makes the machine emit negative ions. These counteract the bad positive ions and make the air much more like outdoor air. This can be turned on and off, because, as the manual said, leaving it on all the time can cause excess dust to collect on surfaces. It also has a light that will flash when it is time to replace the filter. The fan is designed to run 24/7, all year long, unlike the fan in the bathroom, for instance, which could catch fire if left on too long.

I did not notice any improvement in my son’s condition with this air purifier; however, as I mentioned already, he does not have asthma or any lung problems, so I was not surprised at this. I have no doubt that it has improved our quality of life in ways that we are not necessarily sensitive to. Sometimes we have it out in the living room, so that the whole family can benefit. Other times we will put it in my son’s room–especially at night–so that he can get the full benefit of better air.

If you are interested in getting this or another purifier like it, as well as replacement filters, you can visit the Aer1 Systems site, or check with major retailers like Wal-Mart or Target.

Will Rogers Institute Raises Asthma Awareness

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Did you know that there are currently over 7 million children in the U.S. who suffer from asthma? And that children with eczema are at higher risk of developing asthma?  The Will Rogers Institute, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting medical research and educating the general public on topics of health and fitness, is sharing an exclusive Public Service Announcement campaign with us!

It’s startling to learn, but asthma has been identified as one of the country’s most common and costly illnesses!  Because of this fact, we must do everything we can to educate and discuss this condition and help change these statistics for the future of our children.   WRI has released a new PSA campaign that highlights the danger signs and health risks associated with asthma, starring Emmy award winning actor Bryan Cranston, best known for his starring role in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad.

For an exclusive look at the PSA, please visit the campaign page:

This fall, with the help of Cranston, WRI is getting out there and sharing this PSA with the public and I encourage you all to pass along this information to loved ones as well.  The simple signs of asthma to look out for include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

Take notice of these signs and symptoms and determine whether it’s appropriate to talk to your child’s doctor about asthma. Together, by educating, we can really make a difference.

For even more information, including free health booklets, please visit: