Podcast: Herbs and Seasonal Allergies with Dr. Glen Nagel

Treat your seasonal allergies with herbs! It’s spring in the Pacific NW and for many that can mean misery. If you suffer from seasonal allergies it is also the season of allergy medicine advertising, promoting many over the counter medications designed to ease your symptoms. If you suffer with allergies, you’re certainly not alone. According to the US National Institutes of Health, more than 50 million Americans live with allergies. This represents the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, is higher among children, and has rapidly increased over the past 15 years. But, did you know that the treatment of allergies with herbs is effective and one of the oldest medicines, going back on record over two thousand years. The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary healthcare. Today we are

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What is Gluten? Why Go Gluten Free?

These days it is easier to go gluten free in your diet. Perhaps you are wondering what it is and why it can be a problem. Read on to learn more. Gluten is…. • A protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and many food additives. Gluten is often hidden in foods, which makes reading labels even more important. • These grains are particularly toxic to susceptible individuals due to their gliadin content, a polypeptide (chain of amino acids) contained in gluten.   Why is it a problem? • Gluten can create many behind the scenes symptoms that stress the body over a long period of time leading to weight gain, inflammation, digestive problems, and joint pain. Gluten strikes everyone differently. • People with chronic fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, and auto immune disorders have suppressed immune systems that create an inability to assimilate and digest these foods. • Like

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Are Your Allergy Symptoms Trying to Tell You Something?

Are Your Allergy Symptoms Trying to Tell You Something?

  Are they telling you that it’s time to look at your diet? If you are reacting to pollens, grasses, and other environmental “allergens,” your sensitivity and intolerance to these substances may be just the tip of an iceberg.  It appears that seasonal allergy symptoms are expressed based on a “total load” of antigens in the body, of which food is a part.  Dietary changes have proven again and again to influence our sensitivity to season allergens, having a profound relationship to the cause of our symptoms.   Are they telling you to work on your digestion? For centuries, Chinese Medicine have given us insight into the relationship between digestion and the entire respiratory system. In most cases where susceptibility to allergy is strong, there is a central digestive component.   This focuses largely on the phenomenon of intestinal permeability, also known as “leaky-gut syndrome,” as well as

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