Whether you suffer from hay fever, asthma, hives, or food allergies, histamine is taking a toll on your quality of life. If, in addition, you suffer from a chronic condition, you probably know that conventional medicine very quickly stops the fight. Admittedly, my son’s chronic hives have been characterized as incurable. Continue reading
Author Archives: Barbara Cerf-Allen
How does the ketogenic diet work?
The ketogenic diet is a high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet, which has been used for almost a century to treat cases of epilepsy resisting to anticonvulsant medications (see my previous post for more details). However, although its efficiency is now widely accepted, the exact mechanisms by which it operates are still not completely understood. Continue reading
How to Identify Reliable Information on the Web
Science fans, if you find yourself wondering about the validity of what you are reading on the web more often than not, you are not alone! Internet is such an amazing source of knowledge, but with such plethora of information, how do we know whom and what to believe? Continue reading
The Ketogenic Diet, a Treatment for Epilepsy
Contrary to what one may think at first, the ketogenic subject is quite broad and to cover it well will require several posts. In the first post I will focus on the description of the ketogenic diet and its application to epilepsy, for which it was initially developed. A second post will be dedicated to its possible modes of action. Continue reading
Being born in the US raises the risk of allergy
A recent study published in JAMA Pedriatr. shows that children born outside the US have a lower prevalence of allergic disease that increases after residing in the US for ten years.
Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH; Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR; Helen G. Durkin, PhD; Rauno Joks, MD, Prevalence of Allergic Disease in Foreign-Born American Children, JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(6):554-560. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1319.
The study reports that “children born outside the United States have significantly lower prevalence of allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies. However, the odds of developing allergic disease significantly increased after residing in the United States for one decade or longer.” Continue reading
Fighting Candida with the Right Diet
You probably have heard about Candida as the source of over tiredness and you probably have read that there are quite restrictive diets out there that promise a better life – but is it just worth it, and for starters, what is Candida really?
Gluten Free Grains
Gluten is the protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). A gluten free diet is required for people with celiac disease and other disorders where the intestinal mucosa becomes inflamed as a reaction against gluten.