Monthly Archives: August 2014

‘Dirty’ Kids Lower Allergy Risk

According to a study at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and other institutions, the findings revealed that early exposure to bacteria and certain allergens may have a protective effect by shaping children’s immune responses – a finding that researchers say may help inform preventive strategies for allergies and wheezing, both precursors to asthma. 
According to Robert Wood, MD., chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, there are many immune responses that are shaped in the first year of life and that certain bacteria and allergens play an important role in stimulating and training the immune system to behave a certain way. In the study, infants that grew up in homes with mouse and cat dander and cockroach droppings in the first year of life had lower rates of wheezing at age three compared to children raised in “clean” homes not exposed to these allergens. In addition, infants in homes with a greater variety of bacteria were less likely to develop environmental allergies and wheezing by age three. Some 41 percent of allergy-free and wheeze-free children had grown up in such allergen and bacteria-rich homes. By contrast, only 8 percent of children with wheezing and allergies had been exposed to these substances in their first year of life.
Source: Jnl of allergy and Clinical Immunology – June 2014

FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

By Dr. Mercola – August 2014

If you haven’t had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle… If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

After many decades of promoting aspirin, the FDA now says that if you have not experienced a heart problem, you should not be taking a daily aspirin—even if you have a family history of heart disease. This represents a significant departure from FDA’s prior position on aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks.

On its website, the FDA now says:

“FDA has concluded that the data do not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called ‘primary prevention.’ In such people, the benefit has not been established but risks — such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach — are still present.”

Aspirin also increases your risk for a brain bleed, especially if you are older. One study found a high mortality rate for elderly individuals who had been taking aspirin prophylactically when they suffered a head trauma, resulting in deadly brain hemorrhage.

 Regular aspirin use also destroys the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, increasing your risk for duodenal ulcers, H. Pylori infection, Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease. Patients taking low-dose aspirin develop gastric ulcers. The damage to your duodenum—the highest part of your intestine into which your stomach contents pass—can result in duodenal ulcers, which are prone to bleeding. Even low-dose aspirin is proven to cause problems.

The Real Key to Protecting Your Heart Is Reducing Chronic Inflammation.

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