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December 27, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

Changes That Need to Happen in the Beauty Industry

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Becky Sturm, CEO/Founder of StormSister Spatique, an online retailer of Lotions, Potions and Serums for hair, skin, nails & body joins the show. She tells Eric what she would change about the beauty industry,  inexpensive skincare tips for problematic skin and more great information.


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Having spent 26 years in all aspects of the salon and spa and boutique business, as well as growing up in her grandmothers' salon has given Becky Sturm a well-rounded perspective of her industry. Her experience performing haircare, skincare and nailcare service as well as a vast knowledge of salon and spa beauty/grooming products has led to her recent foray into product development. The beauty industry is embroiled in much controversy about product ingredients, self-regulation and improper labeling as to what is considered "natural" and "organic". These issues are a major concern for Becky and her clientele and she will be addressing them with her own brand that will launch in the spring of 2011.


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Transcript of Interview with Becky Sturm


Eric Michaels: If I could change anything about the beauty industry, what would it be?


Becky Sturm: That beauty companies did more to clean up their ingredient lists. There are many controversial ingredients that do not need to be in personal grooming/beauty products. We should start by adopting the European standard.


Eric Michaels: What are some inexpensive skincare tips for problem skin?
Becky Sturm: It is imperative that problematic skin be cleansed morning and evening.  Skipping one of the daily cleanings perpetuates the problem. Wipe down phones (office, cell, landlines) daily, with a wet wipe. There is a lot of bacteria on phones. Change your pillowcase at least once per week. More often if possible. Our faces spend a lot of time on a pillow. That is a huge breeding ground for bacteria.


Eric Michaels: How often should hair be shampooed?
Becky Sturm: No more than once or twice per week. Ideally, no more than once per week. Slowly work up to this by rinsing on the days you would usually shampoo. Rub scalp as if shampooing, rinse thoroughly, add a bit of conditioner to the ends if needed and then 1/2 of the styling/grooming products used on the previous wash/rinse day. Work slowly up to this goal. You will save a lot of money on product/salon services and hair and scalp health will be improved. This regimen is especially helpful to those with curly/wavy hair.


Eric Michaels: How often should body exfoliants be used?
Becky Sturm: Two to three times a week is ideal. Not every day. Exfoliating is important for skin and body health. The face should not be exfoliated more than once or twice per week since facial skin is much thinner than the skin on our bodies. Too much exfoliation can actually cause skin problems through small abrasions.


Eric Michaels: Can any grooming products do double duty?
Becky Sturm: Your shampoo can certainly be used as a shower gel. Leave-in conditioners make great body moisturizers and work well as anti-static remedies. Shea butter is great as an all over moisturizer, cuticle balm, and hair balm for short curly hair.


Conclusion Tip: Add some pure shea butter to your winter skincare regimen by working a small amount into clean hands and patting gently over moisturizer. This seals in the healing/hydrating properties of your moisturizer and gives an added protection to skin in the winter months. This tips works for face and body.


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December 27, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

The #1 Nutrient That We Need For Optimal Skin Health

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Professional Nutritionist Shawn Stevenson joined the show. Shawn is a Professional Nutritionist specializing in biochemistry and kinesiological science, as well as advanced treatment for acute and chronic disorders. He is the author of several books including The Key to Quantum Health and The Fat Loss Code. He discusses what is the best topical treatment for healthy skin, what are some complimentary practices that people can do to bring a healthy glow and youthfulness to their skin, and what is the #1 nutrient that we need for optimal skin health...


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Shawn Stevenson holds a Bachelors of Science degree from The University of Missouri – St. Louis, and he is the founder of the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance. Over nearly a decade of research, Shawn’s work has touched the lives of thousands of people in his private practice, programs, and live events.  Shawn’s greatest gift has been providing a tremendous array of valuable strategies, insights, techniques, tools for healing, and proven methods for radically transforming the health and beauty of the human body.


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Partial Transcript of Interview with Shawn Stevenson


Eric Michaels: What is the #1 nutrient that we need for optimal skin health?

Shawn Stevenson: This is going to come as a surprise to many people, but the #1 thing we need for our skin health is actually saturated fat. Saturated fat is actually the basis of our entire nervous system and it may also come as a surprise for people to know that our skin is the outermost part of our nervous system which is directly extended from our brain when we are developed and with this being said, saturated fat is incredibly important. In recent media over the last few years, saturated fat were given a bad name just because of a misunderstanding. To keep it very simple, saturated fat is a chemical make up which the carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms and hydrogen means hydration which is actually a very very good thing. So the problems come in when the saturated fats become oxidized which it take extremely high heat to make good healthy saturated fat oxidized...


Eric Michaels: Are there any other important factors that influence the health of the skin?

Shawn Stevenson: Absolutely! There definitely are. The main would be the liver and the liver function of the person. Your liver has a direct influence over the nervous system. The other one would be the emphatic system. Your skin is actually your body's most largest organ and the lymphatic system is sort of like the body's sewage system, it helps to flush out a lot of toxins out through your skin...


Eric Michaels: What are the common hidden allergens that are contributing to breakouts?

Shawn Stevenson: The number one thing would definitely be the opposite of what we want the saturated fat it would be oxidized and rancid oils. That is the #1 thing that is causing the break outs. That would be things like cooked oils, things like olive oil, olive oil is a very great thing even for your skin, but when you cook it, because we want it extra virgin and unheated but we cook with it because we were programmed with the idea it's ok - you can cook with it to a certain degree but it is heat sensitive...


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December 27, 2010 @ 7:23 am

What exactly are bio-identical hormones?

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Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural anti-aging and sexual issues James Occhiogrosso joins the show. He discusses bio-identical hormones, progesterone as being protective against cancer and strokes...


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James Occhiogrosso is a Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural anti-aging and other male and female health issues and author of the book "Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life." He maintains an active practice helping both men and women overcome hormonal and sexual issues associated with aging, including erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, PMS and menopausal problems, and often acts as an advisor for men with prostate cancer whose doctors recommend a "watchful waiting" or “active surveillance” approach. Salivary home hormone test kits as well as bio-identical hormone creams are available at his website HealthNaturallyToday.com, via phone at 239-498-1547, or via email to DrJim@HealthNaturallyToday.com. You can also sign up for his free “Health Naturally” newsletter on his website.


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Transcript of Interview with Dr. Jim Occhiogrosso


Eric Michaels: In the recent past, appearances by Suzanne Somers and other celebrities have sparked a lot of interest in bio-identical hormone replacement for anti-aging, but conventional medical practitioners dispute its safety. What exactly are bio-identical hormones? And, are they safe?


Dr. Occhiogrosso: The term “bio-identical” refers to substances that are identical to those produced by the human body.  Prescription hormone replacement therapy is produced either synthetically or from animals and is not bio-identical.  The human body has difficulty recognizing non bio-identical substances hence they create problems.  This is one of the reasons pharmaceutical drugs have more side effects than natural substances.  For example: red yeast rice can lower cholesterol levels nearly as effectively as prescription cholesterol lowering drugs.  But, red yeast rice has mild side effects when compared to the prescription drugs.

Prescription hormone replacement therapy (HRT) consists of synthetic estrogens and synthetic progesterone, otherwise known as progestin.  These artificial estrogens have been implicated in the development of breast and other cancers, and synthetic progestin has been linked to an increased risk of a  stroke.  The Women’s Health Initiative study—which was supposed to prove the benefits of prescription hormone replacement therapy for women—was terminated early due to the increased risk of breast cancer and stroke in the study participants.

Bio-identical hormones, on the other hand, have not been linked to any of these problems. In fact, according to Dr. John R. Lee, M.D., bio-identical progesterone is somewhat protective against both stroke and cancer.


Eric Michaels: You mentioned progesterone as being protective against cancer and stroke, what about estrogen?


Dr. Occhiogrosso: When we talk about estrogen, you must realize that there are several different types of estrogenic hormones.  The three most prominent are Estradiol, Estrone, and Estriol.  Estradiol is the strongest and most active and the one that is most likely to cause problems, and estriol is the weakest and least likely to cause problems.  Estradiol is the most prominent estrogen in prescription HRT and appears to be the most dangerous.

When women are experiencing symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and/or PMS, it is usually not needed to replace estrogen.  The exceptions are women who have had their ovaries removed and menopausal women experiencing severe vaginal dryness.  Most other symptoms can be relieved with a little bio-identical progesterone cream applied daily.

When bio-identical progesterone does not do the job, a small amount of estriol cream, which is very safe, is quite effective.  Generally, most women (and men) have too much estrogen in their body because of poor diets and synthetic estrogens that find their way into our bodies through the environment.  Men, particularly older men, usually have estrogen levels that are too high, so they should not use estrogen in any form.


Eric Michaels: Can men use bio-identical hormone replacement too?


Dr. Occhiogrosso: Certainly!  Normal aging in both men and women causes certain hormone levels to drop, particularly testosterone in men and estrogen in women.  Also, aging causes both sexes to have lower levels of progesterone and DHEA.  These reduced levels cause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and low libido in both men and women, and are associated with sexual dysfunction in both sexes.  Restoring more youthful hormone levels can often eliminate these problems.  In addition, both progesterone and testosterone can help offset the negative effects of estrogen.


Eric Michaels: Men always worry about testosterone, but I have heard that raising testosterone levels can cause men to develop prostate cancer or women to develop muscles or grow facial hair.  Is this really true?


Dr. Occhiogrosso: According to the latest research, a healthy man that is free of prostate cancer does not increase his risk of developing it by enhancing his testosterone level—as long as he keeps it within the normal biological range. When testosterone levels drop due to aging, a man can experience depression, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, and in extreme cases, osteoporosis or muscle wasting.  Restoring a man’s testosterone level to its biological norm can have a major impact on his quality of life.  As far as women, they also need correct testosterone levels to feel well and maintain good health.  As long as a women keeps her testosterone level within normal limits, there is little risk of any side effects — except, of course — increased libido.


Eric Michaels: So how does one know which hormones to take, and how much of them to use?


Dr. Occhiogrosso: Well, the best way is to use a simple home saliva test (like the ones on my website) prior to starting any hormone replacement therapy to measure your levels.  Then, based on a professional evaluation of the results, you can balance your levels as needed.  After about two to three months or so, you can re-measure to insure that you are on the right path.  The important thing with hormones for both men and women is to achieve normal balance — more is not better!  In fact, using more than is needed can be detrimental.

Many bio-identical hormones like DHEA, estriol and progesterone are available over-the-counter without a prescription, but bio-identical testosterone can only be obtained by prescription from a compounding pharmacy.  This is because testosterone has a history of abuse by the “muscle building” crowd.  And overusing testosterone can cause serious health problems.  However, herbal testosterone creams designed specifically for men and women provide the raw ingredients to help your body produce more testosterone.   I use several of them in my practice.  They are very safe and I have found them to be very effective.  Both men and women with low libido — and men with erectile dysfunction can use them to improve their sexual functioning.


Conclusion Tip: The first is to get your hormones tested and evaluated by a professional before starting any therapy. This is imperative!  Without testing, you won’t know which hormones or how much of them to use and a professional can help evaluate your results.  Second, don’t try to raise your hormone levels beyond the biological normal values.  This can be very counterproductive!


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December 27, 2010 @ 5:59 am

Daily Nasal Washing is Recommended

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Dr. Scott Cordray, board-certified Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, & throat) - Head & Neck Surgeon joined the program. He discusses with host Eric Michaels the need to implement nasal washing into your daily routine to prevent colds, flu's and allergies.


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Dr. Scott Cordray is a board-certified Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, & throat) - Head & Neck Surgeon and is in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is a graduate of Oral Robert University and the Oklahoma State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his specialty training.

Dr. Cordray has been involved in research of chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis with some of the leading (Otolaryngologists) Ear, Nose, & Throat doctors in the U.S.  The studies include treating allergies and sinus diseases utilizing a Dead Sea salt solution in various ways. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Since 1983, he has been active in mission work on behalf of the poor, having traveled to such places as Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. He has authored the book, Staying Healthy on the Missionary Field, based on his own missionary experiences in order to help others who have a desire to embark on such adventures.


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TriCord Pharmaceuticals, founded by Dr. Cordray, is a privately-held company that develops rigorously-tested, over-the-counter healthcare products. The company’s signature products – Oasis Nasal Wash and Oasis Nasal Spray for both adults and children – treat, relieve and prevent allergy symptoms and related illnesses. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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Transcript of Interview with Dr. Scott Cordray


Eric Michaels: Why is daily nasal washing recommended for the prevention and treatment of coughs, colds, allergies and flu?
Dr. Cordray: Increasing numbers of doctors and allergists are recommending nasal washing products like Oasis as part of your family’s daily hygiene routine to help protect against airborne bacteria and viruses, including the flu.  Oasis Nasal Wash is a natural cleansing process that helps flush away bacteria and other harmful particles that can collect in our nasal passages.  Regular use of a nasal wash ensures free air flow and hydrates and moisturizes dry nasal passages.  While I would recommend saline rinses in general, Oasis has some specific natural benefits that make it a great choice.


Eric Michaels: How is Oasis different from other nasal washes?
Dr. Cordray: In addition to washing away bacteria, molds and allergens Oasis products relieve swelling in the nasal passages helping patients to breathe easier. Oasis Nasal products deliver superior results because they are the only patented nasal wash made using Dead Sea Salt. Dead Sea Salt is the only salt in the world that has a unique, mineral rich composition with highly-effective anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and nasal congestion,. Their mineral content is heavy in magnesium ions, which is what makes Dead Sea salts a natural anti-inflammatory.  Reduced swelling and congestion also minimizes the possibility of developing secondary illnesses or infection.


Eric Michaels: What caused you to develop Oasis Nasal Wash for your patients?
Dr. Cordray: I first became aware of the healing properties of Dead Sea salt and minerals while doing medical mission work in Russia.  After performing nasal surgery, I explained to Russian surgeons the use of saline rinses as a part of post-operative care. My Russian colleagues said, “Wouldn’t a saline rinse with Dead Sea salts be a more effective treatment?”  That was my first exposure to the therapeutic value of Dead Sea salts. Later, I found research by German and Israeli scientists that lends support to the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Dead Sea salts for treating external inflammatory diseases like psoriasis, which made me think they might be equally effective on internal membranes like sinus passages.  That’s when we incorporated the research into the development of nasal washes and sprays.

Two independent peer-reviewed clinical studies have shown that Oasis Nasal products, initially developed by Dr. Cordray for his patients, are significantly better than other saline washes in treating upper respiratory illnesses such as acute and chronic sinusitis.


Eric Michaels: Why is Oasis better than medicated products?
Dr. Cordray: Because Oasis Nasal products are all-natural, they provide the safest, most effective prevention and treatment available, without the harmful side effects or risk of over-medication associated with other products.

Most medicated products do little to help prevent the symptoms and ailments.  They often pose real medical risks, as medicated products can have harmful side effects and have the potential to interact with other medications you may be taking or even result in inadvertently double-dosing.  Some of the over-the-counter medicated products may offer temporary relief, but quickly lose their effectiveness.  Think of medicated nose sprays and how you can’t stop using them once you get started.

The beauty of Oasis is that it’s all-natural and there is no chance it will interact with other medication you are taking.  There’s no chance of side effects.  Plus, it works as both a preventative and treatment.


Eric Michaels: Where can consumers purchase Oasis?
Dr. Cordray: Oasis Nasal products are available online at www.OasisNasal.com.


Conclusion Tip: To maximize the effectiveness of Oasis, we recommend consumers incorporate nasal washing into their daily routine.  It’s a lot like brushing your teeth.  Most of us brush our teeth at least twice a day, knowing that dental health is a good preventative for cavities and gum disease.  Similarly, we know that good nasal health will help protect us from coughs, cold, flu and allergies.  That’s why doctors are recommending nasal washing as your first line of defense in protecting against allergies, bacteria and other sources of viral infections.

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December 26, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

Cutting-edge Technology Behind A New Skincare Line!

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Skin care expert Ashok Wahi joined the show. Ashok is a prominent inventor and president of Trutek Corporation, an innovative consumer product research & development company. He discusses why is this time of year a problem with skin, how can we prevent skin from drying in the winter and what is Trutek currently developing in terms of skin care technology.


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Ashok Wahi is a prominent inventor and owner of Somerville, NJ based-Trutek Corp., an innovative, consumer product research & development firm specializing in health and wellness. Trutek currently offers an extensive pipeline of technologies and products that strive to improve the quality of everyday life.

Wahi is a licensed engineer and currently holds a patent for NasalGuard®, a drug-free product that traps allergens before they can enter into the nasal passage and cause allergy symptoms, which is currently being marketed in the U.S. and Canada as Chloraseptic® AllergenBlock®.  He additionally is a published author and yoga instructor.

Wahi holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is a graduate alumnus of NYU Poly, The Polytechnic Institute of New York University, with a degree in operations research.


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Partial Transcript & Notes of Interview with Ashok Wahi


Eric Michaels: Why is it such an important time of year to discuss skin care?

Ashok Wahi: Many people often experienced increased dryness during the winter due to the drying effects of the sun and the wind and the fact that oil glands become relatively inactive and produce less moisture than usual. These changes make it even more important to maintain proper hydration and moisturization to avoid ailments such as chapped, scaling or itchy skin.


Eric Michaels: How can you prevent skin from drying out during the winter?

Ashok Wahi: It is important to exfoliate at least on a weekly basis because moisturizer is much more effective on exfoliated skin. Shower with lukewarm water as hot water can further dry out skin. Never skip the moisturizer after a shower or bath.


Eric Michaels: What is Trutek currently developing in terms of skin care technology?

Ashok Wahi: Our patent is pending for the cutting-edge technology behind our new skincare line, Citera Skin. Citera Skin is will be launched in the New Year and features an innovative positive-ion technology which is unlike any other that is currently on the market.


Eric Michaels: Where can listeners get more information about Ashok Wahi or Trutek Corp.?

Ashok Wahi: The Citera Skin website will be launched in the beginning of the New Year and the website address will be CiteraSkin.com. Any questions or comments can also be sent to Angeline Boyer of R&J Public Relations at aboyer@randjpr.com.


Conclusion Tip: Choose a moisturizer that is ideal for you. For example if heels and feet are an issue for you, choose a product that is targeted for that part of the body.


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December 26, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

You Will Survive Without Cigarettes!

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Matthew Bucklin, creator of the popular, natural stop smoking aid Quit Tea joined the program. He is an expert in smoking cessation, and since 2009 he has helped hundreds of people finally quit through his writings, advice, and one-on-one contact with people trying to quit smoking.


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Matthew Bucklin is the creator of the popular, natural stop smoking aid Quit Tea.  He is an expert in smoking cessation, and since 2009 he has helped hundreds of people finally quit smoking through his writings, advice, and one on one contact with people trying to quit smoking.  In 2010 he conducted a successful, non-scientific trial of smokers using Quit Tea and other smoking cessation aids for the purpose of quitting smoking.  He worked as a pharmaceuticals analyst for years, learning about drugs and the need for healthy and effective alternatives. He believes that drugs are the last option and that good health comes from a lifestyle change and sometimes a little help from natural remedies.


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Transcript of Interview with Matthew Bucklin


Eric Michaels: So everyone knows they need to quit smoking.  Is there anything you can tell people that will encourage everyone to finally quit?

Matthew Bucklin: There are very few people that love to smoke.  Most just continue smoking, even though they are fully aware of the damage they are doing to their health, because they are afraid to quit.  They are afraid that they will not be able to function normally throughout the day without being able to rely on cigarettes. They are afraid that the stress will be too much, they won't have the energy, or they will be too nervous to interact with people without cigarettes. So I remind people that want to quit that they will be fine.  Not only will they be fine but they will be better for quitting very soon.  After you quit you will feel better, have more energy, sleep normally, not smell like cigarette smoke.  Your skin will improve, so you will look better.  And your lungs recover quickly after quitting.  So not smoking will not kill you, but smoking might.  The sooner you quit the better, and you will survive without cigarettes.

Eric Michaels: Most people try to quit over and over again and fail.  Can you shed some light onto the reason for repeated failure?

Matthew Bucklin: There are many reasons people fail to quit smoking.  In the study we conducted we found that most people had try to quit 5 or 6 times prior to enrolling in our trial.  The products people had used covered the entire spectrum of smoking cessation aids.  That includes nicotine replacement therapies like the patch or gum, pharmaceutical products like Zyban or Chantix, cold turkey, and natural remedies like herbs or acupuncture and hypnosis.  And the reason people fail varies slightly for each, like not appropriately using the nicotine replacement therapy.  But the underlying cause every time is that people do not make a change to their lifestyle, and that makes it too easy for people to fall back into the same old routine that includes smoking.  To really successfully quit, you have to make quitting part of a healthy lifestyle that includes avoiding people who smoke and smoke filled areas like bars, eating better, getting exercise, sleeping 8 hours a night, taking your vitamins, and so on.  When you fully commit to living better, quitting smoking will seem easy.


Eric Michaels: So with New Years coming right up, a lot of people are going to make quitting smoking their New Years resolution.  Can you give all those people some advice about how to make this time a success?

Matthew Bucklin: When people ask me what they need to quit smoking, I always say you need 3 simple things:  A desire to quit, some information, and a little help.  You have to want to quit first of all, or else there is not a product, counselor, or system in the world that can prevent you from smoking.  So that is a must.  The second is information.  I have spoken to people that used Quit Tea that told me this time quitting was different because they have the internet now.  It is incredible important for someone to research quitting smoking and understand the nicotine withdrawal process before trying to quit themselves.  Before you quit, if you understand what is going on to your body as you go through withdrawal you can prepare mentally and with tricks and tools to help make it easier for you.  And third, many people have quit cold turkey, but I think it is important to have a tool, something to help you quit.  And it could be as simple as packages of raisins, which my mother's trick decades ago.  Nicotine replacement products are by far the most widely used, and unfortunately have dismally low success rates.  This is because people misuse them, and are unfortunately still hooked on nicotine at the end of the box.  Nicotine replacement may or may not work for you, but there are so many other products available out there.  My advice is to research as many as you can and figure out what will work for you.  And with all these three, the desire, information, and a tool, you can come up with you plan for quitting success, which I suggest people keep in a journal.

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Eric Michaels:  The smoking cessation tool you created and sell is Quit Tea.  Why does that work and how does it compare to other smoking cessation products?

Matthew Bucklin: I came up with the idea for Quit Tea years ago after quitting myself.  I had not smoked a lot, but I did a detox with herbs and spices, and months later I remember trying a cigarette and it tasted awful.  I realized there might be a connection between losing my taste for cigarettes and this detox, so I researched the herbs and spices to see if there was anything to it.  Well I realized that the spices I had used desensitized the taste receptors in my mouth.  So when cigarette smoke passed over my tongue it was no longer pleasant, it actually just sort of burned.  This realization inspired me to research all of the nicotine withdrawal side effects, and the corresponding herbs that would help you deal with these side effects.  After research, experimentation, and testing, I came up with a formula that worked.

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Quit Tea works because it is a simple boil-in-a-bag herbal tea blend, that will help you deal with all of the nicotine withdrawal side effects.  It helps relieve all of the added stress and anxiety that you feel from nicotine withdrawal.  The herbs also detoxify your body and help improve lung function.  And one big selling point is that it helps suppress your appetite.  Most people that use Quit Tea report little to no weight gain.  As I said before it helps you lose your taste for cigarettes.  But most importantly Quit Tea helps you break the psychological addiction to smoking, because it replaces that oral habit and helps you recondition your mind from the typical, stress trigger to cigarettes, to, stress trigger to herbal tea.

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There are many products out there, pharmaceutical and natural, but Quit Tea is different because it does not contain nicotine, caffeine, or lobelia.  Anything with nicotine will keep you hooked on nicotine.  Caffeine does not help.  And lobelia is potentially toxic.  I wanted to make sure everything in Quit Tea is good for you and can be consumed in high doses, because you should be able to drink a cup of Quit Tea every time you feel a craving for cigarettes.


Eric Michaels: Can you tell us about the quitting process?  What people can expect, or what people should know as they are quitting?

Matthew Bucklin: There will be times when quitting gets tough, but even if it doesn't seem like it, the hard part is very temporary.  So pre-quitting, I recommend getting everything cigarette related out of your house, telling everyone you know that you are going to quit, and finding a buddy to support you.  Then after your quit day you will probably find day 1 to be much easier than you expected.  The nicotine withdrawal symptoms will actually peak between days 2 and 4, these are the worst days for side effects severity, but usually people make it through because they are still determined, being so close after their quit day.  After day 4 the physical symptoms plateau and will slowly subside each day until the end of week 3.  Most people make it to this point with no problems because the physical symptoms work as a reminder to not smoke.  At this point there may be some lingering physical withdrawal symptoms, but they are minimal, and at this point people get tricked into thinking they will be fine without sticking to their quitting plan or routine.  Don't fall into that trap.  After this point it is going to be all mental, your body has broken the addiction but your mind hasn't.  Psychologists have said it takes 66 days to form a new habit that is why I really recommend sticking to a steady routine of physical activity like walking or working out, breathing exercises, drinking Quit Tea, or whatever it is you are doing to form new healthy habits, be very disciplined for 9 full weeks.


Conclusion Tip: Avoid places where people are smoking, and avoid alcohol.  I hear from a lot of people that it is extremely difficult to quit if they are around people that smoke all day.  So if you have a smoking area at work, avoid it.  And especially avoid bars for a while.  Instead of going out drinking go to the gym, you will look better and feel better after.  Drinking will completely destroy your resolve to remain smoke free.  Even months later drinking alcohol can be the trigger that leads you to smoking again, so be careful when you drink.


Web Site: QuitTea.com


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December 26, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

Our Homes Are Making Us Sick!

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Erika Lacroix, founder of the innovative EZ Breathe Home Ventilation System joins the show. She discusses why it is important to have good ventilation in the home, what can we do to help minimize the chances of allergens, toxins and mold growth within the home and a whole lot more.


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Erika Lacroix has dedicated her life to helping families provide healthier homes for their loved ones. As a Healthy Air Expert, Erika seeks to spread the word and educate families about the dangers of breathing unhealthy air and the effective ways in which to combat and prevent a harmful environment in the home.

As a college junior, Erika participated in a study abroad program called Semester At Sea. Along with her other 500 classmates aboard the S.S. Universe, she embarked on a 100 day journey around the world. It was during this adventure that she committed herself to improving the health and well-being of peoples everywhere.

Upon finishing her degree with a double major in Economics and Psychology from Lake Forest College, she moved to the mountains of Idaho. While living in Ketchum, Idaho her entrepreneurial spirit started to blossom by the creation of Mountain Media, a full service marketing agency, graphic design studio and publisher of the Sun Valley Catalog. Although this career satisfied her creative juices, she still had a longing to improve people’s health and well-being.  After being re-united with her college sweetheart and first love, Andre Lacroix in 2001, she found herself engaged to married and on the move back home to Ohio.

Upon returning home to Ohio, she entered the family business, Ohio State Waterproofing.  Her father, Nicholas DiCello had started OSW in 1978 and grew his company to be the nation’s largest residential waterproofer. As part of his commitment to complete customer satisfaction he wanted to offer a solution to his number one customer complaint, that the air still felt damp and had a “basement” odor. He asked Erika to join the family business and help him come up with a real solution to this problem. After a few years of research and development, the EZ Breathe Ventilation System was born. Finally, they were able to offer a complete solution to improving the basement environment. Within a short period of time, the testimonials and letters started pouring in thanking the EZ Breathe Ventilation System for the first good night’s sleep without sinus pain, relief from allergy and asthma symptoms, condensation free windows, a healthier indoor environment, and on they went.  Erika quickly realized that the EZ Breathe system had a much wider market than just basements. The EZ Breathe system was affecting the whole home and improving the health and lifestyles of those who lived in the home!

The ever-expanding EZ Breathe market is what makes Erika’s job so exciting. Every day she comes to work she is greeted by another happy customer’s testimonial about how the EZ Breathe system has improved their living environment and their family’s health. This really strikes a chord with Erika, a mother of three young boys, who is always trying to ensure a healthy, happy lifestyle for her and her family. She feels very blessed to have the opportunity to share her passion for helping others while continuing to grow her business in harmony with each other.


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Partial Transcript of Interview with Erika LaCroix


Eric Michaels: Why is it important to have good ventilation in the home?

Erika Lacroix: As you know the homes these days are being built pretty air tight. In the last fifteen to twenty years the ash tray ventilation codes have changed allowing us to build our homes tighter. We are creating what I like to call toxic cocktail in the home. The media has buzzed it as a sick home syndrome which basically in layman's terms is an increased concentration level of contaminants, air born bacterias, moisture allergens, pollens you name it and it is creating health problems for the vast majority of us...so our homes are making us sick.


Eric Michaels: What can we do to help minimize the chances of allergens, toxins and mold growth within the home?

Erika Lacroix: Well you know the American Lung Association and the EPA recommend a few different things you can do to combat indoor air pollution. First off they say the air inside your home is 3 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. And they list some things you can do to help combat that and one of them is source control which we are a firm believer in as well. If you have things like leaky down spouts that are leading to moisture intrusion obviously controlling the sources of contaminants the best you can. However what we are learning is that the source for a lot of these contaminants are just by products of our lifestyle. Things like cleaning products such as bleaches, fabric polishes, wood varnish, cooking in yoru home increases the moisture content, bathing, breathing, do you have a family pet, health and beauty products such as hairspray and nail polish - there is so much that we bing into our home that is harmful to us that to control those sources is really impractical and is just not going to happen because of the way we live our life. The other thing they recommend is ventilation and that is what we are big promoters of and creating air exchanges where you provide an exhaust for all those contaminants and in turn introduce some fresh air...


About E●Z Breathe USA


The E●Z Breathe System is a maintenance-free unit that helps protect homes from excess moisture, molds, toxins, allergens and poor air quality resulting in a cleaner, healthier living environment. It provides powerful ventilation, supporting both the EPA’s and the American Lung Association’s recommendations to use a ventilated system to reduce indoor air pollution. The E●Z Breathe unit is quiet, unobtrusive and fits easily into any room in the house. With no buckets of water to empty or filters to change, it requires no on-going time or attention. With its energy efficient design, it uses the same energy as a 40w light bulb with no on-going investment. It is a truly revolutionary approach to home ventilation and eliminates allergens. For more information, please visit ezbreathe.com.


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  • What makes the winter months a challenge to keep air in the home clean?
  • What is the EZ Breathe Home Ventilation System and how does it help purify air within the home?
  • How would I go about getting EZ Breathe installed in my home?
  • Conclusion Tip...



Web Site: ezbreathe.com


Phone: 866-822-7328


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December 25, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle to Having Great Skin

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Loren Ridinger, creator of the award winning cosmetic line, Motives® by Loren Ridinger and the uber-luxurious skincare line, Cellular Laboratories™, and founder of the exquisite jewelry collection, Loren Jewels® joins the show. She discusses with Eric Michaels her personal skin routine, her skin personally influencing the products that she develops and her driving force behind creating Cellular Laboratories™. Loren is also the Senior Vice President of internet retail giant, MarketAmerica.com.


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Senior Vice President of internet retail giant, Market America, Inc., Creator of the award winning cosmetic line, Motives® by Loren Ridinger and the uber-luxurious skincare line, Cellular Laboratories™, and founder of the exquisite jewelry collection, Loren Jewels®.

Loren is an internet mogul who has been changing the face of the beauty and shopping industries for many years. Her impeccable style has established her as one of today’s leading trendsetters. She has been named to Vogue’s Top 100 as one of their most influential women, selected by Haute Living as one of New York’s and Miami’s most influential residents, awarded the 2009 Women of Substance and Style award, recognized by Fashion Group International for her contribution to the fashion and beauty industry, in addition to being named Woman Extraordinaire in 2009 & 2010, as well as a Top 50 Entrepreneur by Business Leader magazine. Loren has transcribed her style and fashion expertise to her personal blogs, LorensWorld.com and MyFashionCents.com, which also won the DivineCaroline.com 2009.

Loren’s passion to help others leads her involvement with many charitable causes including Rally for Kids with Cancer, which she co-Chairs with Eva Longoria Parker, American Heart Association, from whom she received the 2010 Big Heart Humanitarian award, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Jennifer Lopez Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and many others.


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Transcript of Interview with Loren Ridinger


Eric Michaels: What is your personal skin routine?

Loren Ridinger: I’m pretty involved…I make a big effort to take care of my skin. I‘ve been doing it for many years and I think it’s important to take care of the outside of our bodies, the way we do on the inside. I wake up every morning and wash my face thoroughly and I never go to sleep with any makeup on. I put really amazing creams on that are filled with peptides and wonderful contents that revive and turn over skin cells. I take a lot of pride in making sure my skin is well taken care of. It’s easy to expose ourselves to free radicals and things outside, the sun, pollution…I really take the time to make sure my skin is in the best condition possible. It’s also important to teach other people how to take care of their skin. Cellular Laboratories™ is a great, easy skin routine for someone to learn.


Eric Michaels: Does your skin personally influence the products you develop?

Loren Ridinger: Most definitely! Because honestly my skin is not the easiest and I work really hard to make sure it looks good. My skin wreaks havoc just like anyone else’s and I want to make sure it’s looking the best it possibly can, all the time. Our products are designed to work with people who have really oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin and combination skin…I  have a combination of all of that. I think my skin is really good to test on because of that. People say to me, “Oh, your skin is really great,” but I work really hard at it. I think I have the most complicated skin because I have half dry skin and half oily. I am not blessed with good skin but I’ve been able to make it great skin by using our great products and I want to make it easier for the next person to have good skin, so I am able to try all of the products on myself.


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Eric Michaels: What was your driving force behind creating Cellular Laboratories™?

Loren Ridinger: My cosmetic brand, Motives. I think that Motives is such a phenomenal brand and we’ve had such amazing success with it. Putting on makeup is beautiful and makes people feel beautiful but you really need to have good clean skin first. You need to take care of your face…skin is our largest organ and if you are not taking care of that then everything else will suffer. They really go hand in hand for me, so I didn’t want people putting make up on without having their skin properly treated. Originally when I was thinking about doing the Motives line, it was natural for me to think about a skin care line that would expand upon cleansers and the different elements needed. We are always looking to add great new products to the Cellular Laboratories™ skin care line. The two really go hand in hand for me.


Eric Michaels: How important is maintaining a healthy lifestyle to having great skin?

Loren Ridinger: I think it’s everything. It’s critical, for people who want to maintain good skin. I would never go to bed with makeup on and would never go to bed without putting on the creams I need to make sure it will help me in the morning. When you are really stressed out, your skin wreaks havoc. You look in the mirror and you suddenly see a new fine line has appeared. You certainly can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail but everything in moderation. Having an incredible routine like Cellular Laboratories™ and using products that will help get deep down into the skin, is critical. Just like you have a routine for your day, having a routine for your skin is important too.


Eric Michaels: What one major thing women should know about skin protection?

Loren Ridinger: Never go out of the house without sunscreen on! People think that if you have an 8 SPF on, or SPF in your foundation it’s enough. Not true! The sun can do incredible damage to your skin. Why my skin has done so well over the years, is because I wear a hat and I never leave the house without SPF 50.


Conclusion Tip: If you can’t do anything else-put on SPF and wear a hat if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. It’s the most important thing you can do for your skin!


Web Sites:
MarketAmerica.com
MotivesCosmetics.com


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December 25, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

Getting to Know the Most Common Skin Disorders

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Carolyn Veroni, Executive Director of Business Development for Celazome Clinical Skin Care, a Dermazone division joined the show. She covers common skin disorders in a way of a vocabulary lesson with host Eric Michaels.


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As Executive Director of Business Development, Carolyn Veroni is responsible for the strategic direction of marketing and distributing Celazome Clinical Skin Care, a Dermazone division, across the nation and more than 20 countries worldwide. Under the marketing umbrella, she is responsible for the design and management of the Celazome website as well as social media interaction. She has developed a comprehensive technical manual used in training distributors and sales representatives. Veroni gives lectures on delivery systems, skin conditions and trending ingredients to name a few.

With more than 30 years in the heath, beauty and wellness industry, Veroni has touched nearly every facet of the industry, with a particular focus on marketing, education, training and sales. She marketed organic essential oils to homeopathic centers, day spas and health food stores in the Southeast region for London-based Absolute Aromas. She served as director of sales for Harmonix Corp., a manufacturer of lasers, microdermabrasion machines, permanent makeup equipment, and skin care products. She also owned a salon specializing in hair, nails and skin for 15 years in South Florida.

Veroni is a licensed cosmetologist; certified in lymphatic drainage from International Alliance of Healthcare Educators and a licensed Trichologist. She’s also a member of the International Association of Trichologists and American Botanical Council. Veroni’s passion is exotic plants and is a member of Aromatic Plant Project and the American Orchid Society. Veroni has distilled organically grown lavender, rosemary and lemon balm to capture the powerful Essential oils for perfumery and aromatherapy benefits.  She is a world traveler and has traveled to the far-flung jungles of Costa Rica, Malaysia and Thailand in search of orchids growing in the wild to photograph and document growth habits.

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Transcript of Interview with Carolyn Veroni


Eric Michaels: What is Hyperpigmentation?

Carolyn Veroni: Hyperpigmentation is a common condition in which some patches of skin turn darker in color. This is a harmless condition caused when there is too much brown pigment, called "melanin” in the skin. This condition can affect people in all races. All  hyperpigmentation, regardless of the reason, is treated by the same protocol. So whether an individual has pigmentation from acne or freckles or melasma the only way to correct it is to shut down the melanocytes.The most effective lightener and only true lightener in the USA is hydroquinone.  Other ingredients that potentiates  the result are glycolic acid, kojic acid and a timed-released delivery system. Celazome’s FADE SHADES is our recommendation.


Eric Michaels
: What is Psoriasis?

Carolyn Veroni: Psoriasis is the most common chronic skin disorder seen by health professionals. The condition is a genetically-determined autoimmune disorder believed to affect 2-5% of the world’s population. Psoriasis is perhaps one of the most frustrating conditions to treat. Just as the appearance, symptoms and severity of psoriasis differ from sufferer to sufferer, so do responses to different treatments. Furthermore, unlike other autoimmune problems that can spontaneously resolve themselves, psoriasis rarely does. Celazome’s Penetrating Moisturizing Body Lotion is our recommendation.


Eric Michaels: What is Rosacea?

Carolyn Veroni: Rosacea, formerly called Acne Rosacea, is a chronic skin disorder that affects the physical and emotional well-being of 14 million sufferers. Most often, women with fair skin must cope with the day-to-day symptoms and the self-esteem issues that are often associated with it. Rosacea almost always occurs between the ages of 30 and 60. It is identified at first by occasional flushing on the face (nose, cheeks, forehead and sometimes chin). It can sometimes be found on the neck, too. Since Rosacea may be affected by vascular changes, vascular triggers such as hot drinks, exercise, alcohol and spicy foods may cause the redness to flare up. Rosacea is a mystery disease – there are many hypotheses as to its cause, but there are no conclusive indicators. Genetic, gastrointestinal, infectious (organism and bacterial), immunological and environmental causes are all under review. Celazome’s Serum Vitae is our recommendation to help in the reduction of redness.


Eric Michaels: What is Eczema?

Carolyn Veroni: Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema is an inherited skin condition which often begins in early infancy. Typically this disease has periods when the skin is almost entirely normal, and periods when the condition is more active. So the child may be troubled on and off for years and then just grow out of it as an adult. The doctor can’t predict the course of this skin condition and many never “grow out of it.” Individuals with a family history of asthma, hay fever, or dry skin seem to be more likely to develop this non-contagious form of dermatitis. When eczema is active, the condition causes itching, erythema (redness), inflammation, fine scaliness, irritated papules and crusty erosions. The itching can even become uncontrollable, and many patients will even scratch at their skin while asleep. There is no cure for eczema, but there is relief for the symptoms of dry skin and itching.  Celazome’s Penetrating Moisturizing Body Lotion is our recommendation.


Eric Michaels: What is Dry Skin?

Carolyn Veroni: Believe it or not, excessive dry skin may also be inherited. Furthermore, the individual with the inherited tendency for dry skin may not be affected until hormonal changes, environmental conditions, or nutritional problems stress the skin. Older clients, who produce less protective sebum on the skin, and young children, who don’t yet have that active oil gland function, are often troubled by dry skin conditions. Itching (puritus) is the most frequent skin symptom. It may be indicative of an internal problem such as Diabetes or iron-deficient anemia, which can and does create havoc with the skin all over the body. The treatment of dry skin must be constant and requires an excellent emollient moisturizer. It should provide long-lasting moisture that is needed to minimize the development of continued dryness, while providing a sealing barrier to prevent further moisture loss. Celazome’s Penetrating Moisturizing Body Lotion is our recommendation.


Conclusion Tip: Because skin is dynamic and ever changing the best approach to skin success is to “treat” your skin as it looks and feels  TODAY- Having several different types of products on hand is always your best bet to healthy more radiant skin.


Contact Information:


Web Site: CelazomeSkin.com
Corporate: Dermazone.com


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December 25, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

New Developments in the Field of Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment!

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Dr. Neeta Ogden who is a board-certified allergist-immunologist who treats both adult and pediatric allergies in her private practice in Closter, NJ joined the show here on eHealth Radio. She discussed with Eric food and peanut allergies in kids, how allergies are affecting kids more than ever both food and otherwise, what kinds of treatments are there for allergies and more.


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Neeta Ogden, M.D. is a board-certified allergist-immunologist who treats both adult and pediatric allergies in her private practice in Closter, NJ. Dr. Ogden specializes in treatment of all allergic diseases including asthma, eczema, hives and other allergic skin conditions, food allergy, drug allergy, allergy shots, eye allergies, insect allergy, sinus infections and immune system problems that might cause frequent infections. Dr. Ogden is a graduate of Yale University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has is a frequent guest on Good Morning America Health and published work in leading academic journals and presented at national allergy meetings.


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Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. Neeta Ogden


Eric Michaels: Allergies are a really hot topic right now, especially food and peanut allergies in kids. why are they so prevalent now and has there been a marked increase in the last few years?

Dr. Ogden: Yes, there has been a distinct rise in food allergies in the last 10-20 years. it's been estimated that the incidence of food allergy in this country in the last 10 years alone has nearly doubled. there is no magic answer about why this has occured but there are a number of theories:

1. One of the main things is just increased awareness of, recognition and diagnosis--so this condition is just being reported more. 2. Another theory is the so called hygiene hypothesis--which sugges that because we've become too "clean" we aren't exposed to immune-building microbes and that allows the allergic part of our immune system to go haywire. 3. Other studies point to diet. One big thing is food processing--that for example in the US, our form of food processing--roasting and emulsification of peanuts--unlike China and Africa where they boil peanuts, may be causing an increase in peanut allergy. Other things related to diet--some studies have shown that a lack of Vitamin D, antioxidants and also Omega-3s and fish oilds can be causing this rise in allergies.

4. Finally, some are re-thinking when we introduce some of these foods that are considered very allergenic--that maybe waiting until we are 2-3 years old which is what was usually recommended in this country may be the issue. A study from Israel showed that there was a far lower incidence of peanut allergy in that country where peanuts are introduced less than 1 years of age.

As far as seasonal allergies, people are reporting more intense symptoms than ever before and that has been attributed to global warming which leads to earlier more intense pollen exposure. The hygeine hypothesis may also have a roll here as well. So again, a lot of theories, but no right answer just yet.


Eric Michaels: Allergies are affecting kids more than ever both food and otherwise. are there things that parents can do to help prevent them? also what tips would you give parents whose kids have food and seasonal allergies.

Dr. Ogden: There are a lot of things that parents can do. In terms of prevention, it can be tricky. Allergies tend to be genetic. Once a child has either parents or siblings with eczema, asthma or allergies, there is a strong chance that he or she will experience some form of allergic disease as well. If there is a strong histroy of allergy in the family--for example if a sibling has a history of a good allergy, then a mother can take certaon steps like delaying introduction of very allergenic foods until later in life, continuing breat feeding, when starting formula using partially or extensively hydrolyzed formulas. Environmentally there are also things parents can do especially when there is a history of seasonal allergies. First--be on the look out! A cold or chronic cough that lasts for longer than 10 days or 2 weeks may be signs of allergies or asthma. Once you suspect it see your doctor about treatment and possibly testing, the sooner you get a diagnosis the less time your child has to suffer or experience side effects like ear infections or sinusitis. Other things that can be doen around the house--during th ehigh pollen seasons like spring--get a weekly pollen report that prepares you for the bad days. Avoid going outside when the counts are high like early morning and evening. Keep windoes closed and run the A/C. Make sure that your home's A/C and heating filters are change regularly. When in the car keep vents pointed away from you. It's good to get a hepa filter to filter out even the smallest allergenic particles from the ambient air. And also vaccuum with a hepa filter. If dust mite allergy or eczema is a concern I recommend mattress and pillow covers to minimize exposure and also washing bedding in very hot water weekly and using a hot dryer cycle as well.


Eric Michaels: Once someone is diagnosed with allergies what kinds of treatments are there? are there over the counter treatments?

Dr. Ogden: There are a lot of effective treatments out there including over the counter medications. The main over the counter medications you might take are long acting, or what we call 2nd generation antihistamines and some common names are Claritin, Loratadine, Zyrtec. Benadryl, a 1st generation is good too because it's fast acting but it doesn't last as long and can cause sedation. Over the counter eye drops are also sometimes effective. I also strongly believe in saline spray and nasal irrigation either with a spray or netti pot to keep things flushed out. If these aren't effective yur doctor can prescribe other long-acting antihistamines, intranasal steroid sprays and if asthma is an issue--asthma inhalers and pills. Often people are on a combination of a bunch of these and that can lead to a lot of relief. However, for some people these medications don't work or they simply don't take medication all the time and for them allergy shots are a great option.


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Dr. Neeta Ogden discusses & answers:

  • What is new and on the horizon in the field of allergy diagnosis and treatment?
  • What are some of the most common things you encounter in your allergy practice that we might not have discussed so far?
  • Conclusion Tip...


Contact Information:


Web Site: DrNeetaOgden.com


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