Onions, a remedy for cough?

After a long pause in writing, I am looking forward to being more active here, and sharing the result of my browsing and researching. These past years have been filled with constant research but very little time to actually summarize and write the result of those long (often night-time) sessions. Where should I start?

We all have a lot on our minds right now. The world is pushing and pulling in all different directions, and never have we felt more divided. And this is a pretty disturbing feeling. In the midst of all this division though, I think we can at least agree that we need to support our immune systems, and that we need to look for help everywhere we can, starting from what is a the center of our every day life: food, and natural ingredients.

Is anybody coughing around here?

This winter has brought respiratory symptoms to many of us. And whether we are dealing with a mild cold or a more severe disease, we all could use some help, especially coming from comforting ingredients we often have lying around. As I was recently looking for ways to relieve a (mild) cough, I found recommendations to cut an onion open and to leave it close to the bed at night. I also found advice to infuse onion pieces in water for a few hours and to drink spoons of the liquid regularly. And I wondered if there was any truth to those.

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Candida can cause severe asthma

Candida is all over the web, deemed responsible for chronic fatigue and brain fog, but did you know Candida infection is also involved in asthma and can actually cause severe asthmatic conditions associated with high death rates?

Candida albicans growing on Sabouraud agar

Candida albicans growing on Sabouraud agar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Being born in the US raises the risk of allergy

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