What is PANS/PANDAS and is it treatable? The knowledge and awareness about Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep (PANDAS) is rapidly growing, but did you know that of the nearly 150 different strains of Group A streptococci (GAS) infections, only 10-12 are thought to account for symptoms of PANDAS? Researchers are continuing to learn more about the exposures to multiple infectious organisms and the relationship to innate immunobiological mechanisms and the potential for subsequent autoimmune and/or autoinflammatory processes. What
Food Dyes and Artificial Colors: Toxic or Harmless? While it’s said that we should “eat the rainbow” in terms of a variety of colorful foods, it’s important to be cognizant of the artificial colors that sneak their way into commonly consumed products. When artificial, bright colors are added, they can make foods appear to be more fresh and alluring, but what’s underneath the surface is really a complex chemical composition. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest
Don’t Get Sick – 8 Ways to Boost Your Immune System! The school year has once again started and winter is sadly on the horizon, which means the cold and flu season is upon us also. While there are many things we readily know we can do to prevent a sniffling nose or a fever, there’s always room to build off those foundations and incorporate immune boosting ideas! 1. Clean Hands In addition to washing your hands before meals, it’s
Back to School Lunch Ideas Back to school time is here! To help ease the frenzy of getting to the bus stop, packing backpacks, scheduling after-school activities, and still managing time at home with your family, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help make packing your child’s lunch easy and healthy! So where do you start? Include your kids in the packing process. Having kids involved in preparing their lunches not only increases the likelihood that they’ll enjoy what
The Difference Between Food Allergies and Sensitivities Current data suggests that nearly 10% of people experience food allergy symptoms, which has been trending upward in the last 2-3 decades. Like many chronic conditions, the expression of food allergies can be influenced by genetics, environment, and the genome-environment interactions, or epigenetic effects . Additionally, food-related symptoms may not be exclusively allergies, but they can also be defined by intolerances or sensitivities which typically elicit more mild symptoms and are non-immune reactions.