"The Essential Women's Movement
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Mar. 1, 2017

-First Action Step - Gain Access to Good, Clean, Organic Foods
- Second Action Step - Create A New Healthier Tradition for Holidays Especially Valentine's Day
- Third Action Step - What Do Single Women Need to Stop Telling Themselves About Relationships
- Fourth Action Step - What You Need To Know About Vaccinations
- Fifth Action Step - What You Need To Know About GMOs

Food Allergies vs. Environmental Allergies

Mar. 1, 2017

by Cathy Harris, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert

The main reason people are having food allergies today is simply because of GMOs, as we learned in our last e-newsletter entitled  "What You Need To Know About GMOs." 

There Are Reasons Why Your Grandparents Did Not Have Food Allergies

Food allergies are becoming a household concern and are on the rise. In addition to making life difficult for those who suffer from this modern epidemic, this is also further taxing to our medical system and our pockets.                                                                               
Every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department.  Processed foods in general can contribute to allergies for a number of different reasons. Most processed foods contain a variety of food colorings, flavors, preservatives, and other additives, which can have a major impact on anyone.

In the mid-1990's, new food proteins were engineered and introduced into our food supply, which were GMOs, yet many people are still to this day, clueless about this. 

Stop Eating Dairy Products

One of the first foods to undergo this GMO change was milk, which incidentally is also the number one food allergen in the US.  In 1994, the dairy industry started using a genetically engineered growth hormone, rBGH (bovine growth hormone) on cows in order to increase milk production. 

However, it resulted in higher rates of disease in the treated livestock. To counteract the ill effects, dairies also had to start using more antibiotics, which we now know is one of the driving factors behind the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs in humans.

African Americans can live to be a 100 years old, if they just gave up dairy products (milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, etc.).  Millions of Americans are lactose intolerance, especially African Americans, and even small amounts of milk, give them stomach aches, gas, or other problems. This means they are allergic to dairy products and need to cut it out of their diets, as soon as possible.

You can receive all the calcium and other ingredients that you think dairy products, especially milk, can give you by simply eating green, organic, clean foods in as natural forms as possible.
TEST YOURSELF! Stop eating all dairy products for 2 to 3 weeks to see if you feel better.  You should have a major rise in energy.  If you feel better after eliminating dairy foods, then cut them out of your diet completely! You don't need these foods. The goal is not to eat anything that is "altered." Dairy products are altered!
Other reasons to avoid milk:
  • Milk often contains unwanted ingredients: Under current industrial methods, cow's milk is often a toxic bovine brew of man-made ingredients like bio-engineered hormones, antibiotics (55% of U.S. antibiotics are fed to livestock), and pesticides, all of which are bad for us and the environment. For example, drugs pumped into livestock often re-visit us in our water supply. 
  • Cow's milk is for cows: The biochemical make-up of cow's milk is perfectly suited to turn a 65-pound newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in one year. So some may like cow's milk, but drinking it is both unnecessary and potentially harmful. And cow's milk is for calves -- not humans.
  • Milk makes you fat: According to leading experts, three glasses of low-fat milk add more than 300 calories a day. This is a real issue for the millions of Americans, who are trying to control their weight.                                                                         
  • Milk is actually a poor source for dietary calcium: Humans, like cows, gorillas and elephants, can receive all the calcium they need from a plant-based diet.
Two Types of Allergies
There are two types of allergies, "Food" and "Environmental" allergies, which cause people to suffer needlessly. Environmental allergies are also called "airborne" or "seasonal allergies."  Both types of allergies can cause you to be tired; miss days at work; have a chronic sore throat; feel achy; and can affect all parts of your body.

The big problem with allergies is -- most people think they have an environmental allergy, however, it's a 99.9% chance that it is a food allergy instead -- because people do eat different foods in different seasons. 

What You Should Know About Food Allergies

When you eat you should feel like going out and running a marathon. However, if you eat and all you want to do is fall asleep, guess what, you just ate foods that you are allergic to -- so you need to look back at what you ate recently or what you ate in the past 72 hours (or 3 days). 

If your allergies are thought to be "food-related," keep a food diary or food journal and track foods eaten and the body's response to them, in order to identify offending foods.
Some of the foods that you can be allergic to include -- milk or dairy products, eggs, nuts, avocadoes, rice, wheat, soy, corn, grapes, strawberries, cantaloupes, chocolate, peanuts, fish, shellfish, finfish, etc.
Having an allergic reaction doesn't mean you will break out in red spots, but more than likely, these foods will cause you to feel weak, sluggish or run-down, so your reaction can be "minor" or "severe." 

Food allergies can mask themselves in different ways including acne, especially pimples on the chin or around the mouth; epilepsy; arthritis; asthma; chest and shoulder pain; colitis; depression; fatigue; food cravings; headaches; hemorrhoids; insomnia; intestinal problems; muscle disorder; obesity; sinus problems; ulcers and unexplained dramatic weight gain or loss.
What You Should Know About Environmental Allergies

People might have an environmental allergy to ragweed, mold, oak, cockroaches, dust mites, feathers, horses, weeds, trees, pollen, the urine and saliva of a dog, etc.
For environmental or airborne allergies, you can purchase an air filter to clean pollen, mold, and dust from your home or office.  Frequent exposure to allergens combined with a weakened immune system, can result in the development of allergies.  If you can avoid contact with known allergens, you can reduce the misery of allergy symptoms.
Some hay fever sufferers experience relief almost as soon as they drink two or more glasses of water. The best time to take allergy or asthma medication is between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m..
Pollen season can play havoc on allergy sufferers. If you suffer from seasonal allergies you should:
  • Keep windows closed in your home and car
  • Buy special home or car filters
  • Use the recirculate setting on your car air conditioner
  • Use your home air conditioner to deliver clean, dry, and cool air
  • Do not use an attic fan for ventilation
  • Exercise indoors when possible
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully (pollen counts are highest early in the morning so outdoor activities/exercises in the evening are best)
  • Avoid outdoors on dry windy days
  • Take a vacation during the pollen season (Seashore is likely to have lower pollen exposures)
  • Avoid mowing lawns, raking or blowing leaves, it stirs up pollens and molds
  • Wash your clothes and your hair after being out in the pollen
  • Don't hang your sheets and clothes out to dry in the pollen
  • Wash your pet after being out in the pollen
  • Use over-the-counter antihistamines
Good Cooks Can Be A Death Sentence For Black Families

African Americans are horrible eaters and if you are known as a "Good Cook," then there is a good chance that you are also the unhealthiest person in  the family because in black communities, we praise Good Cooks and glorify overweight people, instead of speaking the truth. 

My mom was the Good Cook in the family and when she passed away at 82, a few years ago, my niece took over her title. However, she had a heart attack at 38 years of age because again, today families cannot eat like they did years ago. She was fine after the heart attack, but she still continues to cook bad foods.

How Eating for My Blood Type Saved Me

After reading the e-newsletter on GMOs, surely you realize that we can't do things like we did in the past. The food today is extremely different, so therefore, families can't eat the same foods, despite the fact that we grew up eating the same foods. 

Most families take blood types after the mother or father so most families will have at least 2 blood types in the household. So understand different foods are recommended for different blood types, especially in the blood type book  "Eat Right 4 Your Type."

Foods should give you energy, not make you feel tired or exhausted. My holistic doctor, Dr. Cornelius Stephens, who is also a chiropractor told me I was allergic to oatmeal, strawberries, MSGs, food additives, coffee and aluminum. 

What has been a lifesaver for me is eating blood type foods because since I eat these foods, I don't have an allergic reaction to them. However, I was allergic to many of the beans and peas, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, avocadoes, etc. -- before I started eating the blood type foods. 

Once I got off these foods, I had a major rise in energy in just two weeks.  Once I stopped eating these foods or foods that contained the ingredients, I started feeling absolutely great! 

Before I started eating this way, like everyone else, I would eat and have sinus issues, where fluids would build up in my head and chest and many times I would end up on medicine from doctors, that would also cause an allergic reaction.

But once I started eating for my blood type, I no longer have these issues, so everyone need to figure out which diet works for them. I also avoid eating any gluten foods, wheat, barley, rye, etc. because I was also having an allergic reaction to these foods, which again was a sinus-fluid buildup in my head and chest, along with headaches, sore throat, body aches, watery ears, red, burning and itchy eyes, etc. 

If you have sinus issues from your foods, taking over-the-counter antihistamines, won't help because chances are -- you will continue to eat the same offending foods.

My advice to anyone is, don't wait another moment, get tested today from a holistic specialist or chiropractor, who specializes in this field. At 60 years old, my only regret is not doing this earlier in my life.

Find Holistic Communities

Many people have went to doctors to take allergy tests, but all they will do is prick you with all these needles and tell you -- you might be allergic to some plant or tree growing at the time, so you will need to be a "Proactive Patient" and seek out holistic and natural communities.  

What you need to know upfront is that doctors know very little about health and nutrition. Every city has a holistic and natural community and the only way you will save yourself and your family is by joining these communities, no matter where you live.  You can usually find many of these groups at  or check with local health or wholefood stores in your city. 

What You Should Know About An EpiPen

Epinephrine (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr) is an expensive drug used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions caused by food, drugs, and insect bites. 

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat; hives or rash; diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; and cardiac symptoms including a drop in blood pressure, heart attack, or cardiac arrest.

Anaphylaxis requires emergency attention. Epinephrine pens like EpiPen, Twinject, or Auvi-Q are the most common at-home treatment. 

If you suffer from  severe allergies, a negative reaction is always something you may constantly worry about. This is especially true if you are a parent of a child with severe allergies.  

If you or your child has allergic reactions, it would be best if you keep an epinephrine auto injector or EpiPen handy.  The EpiPen comes with a spring-loaded needle that releases the medication through an injection. In addition to carrying an EpiPen, you should also make sure you inform the people around you that you have it, where it is, and how to use it.  

If you are alone, you should carry a card in your purse or wallet listing your allergies -- this way, if something happens while you are out, the paramedics will have a better idea of what is wrong.

The cost of the EpiPen differs depending on the pharmacy or distributor. Plan on spending $450 to $650 without insurance. T he EpiPen costs $475 on the average.  This is the average price for one to two pens.

Which Videos to Watch To Learn More About Food Allergies

Getting healthy is like putting together a puzzle and at the end of the day, only you can get healthy first by making healthier food choices then by paying attention to what's happening around you -- in your inside and outside environment. Only you will be able to save the people that you truly love so share this e-newsletter with everyone that you love.

Action Steps (Homework)
  • If you know your kids are allergic to certain foods, try to monitor what they eat by sharing information with other family members, babysitters, school teachers, school nurses and their doctors.
  • Try to figure out the offending foods by keeping food journals.
  • Don't leave home without an EpiPen, if you or a family member is allergic to certain foods.
  • Everyone, including children, should try to get tested by a holistic chiropractor or some other holistic allergy specialist to see what they are allergic to. Finding this out while you are young, can help you live a long, productive, healthier life.

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Mar. 1, 2017

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In the future my e-newsletters will be getting shorter, in order to free up time for writing more articles and books, e-newsletters, blogs, making videos, etc.

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