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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: The 7-Day Allergy Makeover by Dr. Susanne Bennett

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Influenster, and their brand partners,  for review purposes on social media, and this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.


I hope you read Dr. Bennett's guest post earlier today!

It had a lot of great ideas to get you thinking about what may be triggering allergies!

Now onto the book!

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Synopsis

A top allergy specialist provides a simple holistic program that helps a broad range of allergy sufferers heal themselves naturally.


THE 7 DAY ALLERGY MAKEOVER is written for people who want to take an active role in their own healing. The book lays out action-oriented, step-by-step instructions on uncovering the root cause of allergies, and makes simple but specific changes that can stop allergy symptoms from recurring.
What began as a mother’s desperation to save her son has led to a comprehensive program that helps a broad range of allergy sufferers heal themselves naturally. As an allergy specialist, Dr. Susanne Bennett sees roughly 100 patients a week, from children to movie stars. They come to her after exhausting every resource: doctors, medicines, creams, shots, you name it. They suffer from hives, sneezing, headaches, asthma, muscle aches, swelling and digestive problems, and more. THE 7 DAY ALLERGY MAKEOVER, based on 23 years of Dr. Bennett’s clinical experience, is an easy-to-implement and transformational plan for eliminating allergies from your life forever.



Each chapter in THE 7 DAY ALLERGY MAKEOVER focuses on a different aspect of health and environment for a person suffering from allergies--nutrition, air quality, living environment, water, body hygiene, and emotional and mental stresses.


Review:

Having had friends whose children passed allergy tests, but were having severe reactions to something in their lives or that they were coming in contact, I have become very 'allergy conscious', so I was quite interested in reading this book! Dr. Bennett really gives the reader a 100% true mini-medical course in not only what an allergy is, but how it has different levels (like sensitivity versus causing anaphylactic shock), and how an allergen can be more than something in the air or being ingested by our bodies.

The book is helpful to try to eliminate things that might be causing your allergy symptoms. Having gone through this process with friends, and a little with Miss Grace (re her gluten sensitivity), it is really best to eliminate one possible cause and see if you get changes. If not, then eliminate something else, until the wanted results are scene. It takes time, so the 7 day concept is really more of a starting point, as most allergy sufferers need a couple of days to stop reacting to the allergen once it has been removed. 

I love the symptom check lists that she has in the book, to help you pin point where you need to start looking at a possible cause. Her indexes with trigger foods and ones to avoid are also really great for those having no idea what foods might be causing their symptoms (who knew a sensitivity to eggs could cause joint pain?). her chapters on water and hygiene products may make you question everything ! It is an eye opener of a book, and I urge everyone to read it, to see if you might have allergy  issues, you didn't realize you did! 
About the Author:


Dr. Susanne Bennett, D.C., is a holistic chiropractor specializing in allergies, clinical nutrition, environmental and lifestyle medicine, with an emphasis in pediatric and young adult health care. Combining Eastern, Western, and energetic techniques in her Los Angeles practice, she has earned nationwide recognition among physicians and patients for her pioneering efforts in treating chronic health problems that resist conventional medical treatment.

Guest Post: 10 Surprising Facts about Allergies by Dr. Suzanne Bennett

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this post,, free of charge, from the author, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post it.


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How to Deal with the Most Common Allergy Problems   

Dr. Susanne Bennett, author of The 7-Day Allergy Makeover, says that approximately 55 percent of Americans suffer from allergies. Most Americans are allergic to something: pollen, dander, dairy products, gluten, and mold are just a few of the most common allergens. In fact, if you don’t suffer from allergies to these or other compounds, you are actually in the minority!

What’s even more important, she says, is that countless people think that their low energy, problems with digestion, or headaches are “normal” when in fact, they may be the signs of undiagnosed allergic reactions. 

People who suffer from one allergy tend to suffer from many, because allergies are a sign of a deeper dysfunction in your system. Only by getting to the root cause of these allergies can you hope to eliminate them for good. 

Here are some of the most important things Dr. Bennett says people need to know about allergies:

1. Allergies don’t always show visible signs.

Allergens don’t always affect the system you might think.  Another common misconception is that respiratory allergies only affect the respiratory system and that food allergies only affect digestion. This is not the case.

In fact, allergic sensitivities to food, such as sugar, can cause joint pain due to inflammation. Gluten sensitivity can produce lethargy and brain fog. Likewise, inhaling mold doesn’t simply affect our breathing. It can also cause headaches and itchy skin. Finally, many chemicals, such as MSG or artificial sweeteners can even affect our emotional well-being, producing nervousness and anxiety. 

2. The environment is loaded with allergens. 

Allergens are carried in our furniture, our cars, and even the very air we breathe and water we drink.  Toxic chemicals and fungi are two very common types of allergens that may be hidden in our every-dayenvironments.

3. Drugs and creams don’t actually treat allergies.

Americans spend over $4 billion to fight their allergies each year. The majority of that money is spent on doctor visits and medications. But drugs and creams don’t actually treat allergies. Every doctor will admit that such medications merely mask the symptoms without addressing the root causes.

While antihistamines and other drugs may provide temporary relief, their use is often accompanied by uncomfortable side effects. What’s worse, by loading the body with even more difficult-to-process chemicals, people who use such medications may actually be making their allergies worse. Your skin is overloaded with allergens.

If you’re using beauty products and soaps with chemicals in them (sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and phthalates, just to name a few) you are wearing your body down with chemical allergens. Your pores are permeable; you will absorb whatever you apply on your skin!

4. Are you using dairy alternatives?

Be careful! You ever wonder why you feel bloated and gassy after that vegetarian meal or cup of dairy-free ice cream? One of the most common allergies is to soy. While avoiding dairy is essential for healing your allergies, replacing it with soy can give you terrible digestion and leave you tired. Try almond or coconut options instead.

5. There are seven types of foods that cause the majority of food allergies. 

These include: dairy products, gluten products (wheat, barley and rye), sugar, alcohol, peanuts, eggs, and mold-containing foods (such as many dried fruits, moldy cheeses, and mushrooms).

By eliminating or even reducing your intake of these foods you can help reset your body’s load of allergens and eliminate your allergy symptoms.

6. Runny noses and itchy eyes can be due to more than pollen.

Pollen is often thought of as the only airborne allergen. However, pollen allergies are seasonal and usually disappear once pollen-producing plants stop releasing it into the air. If you have typical hay fever symptoms (runny nose, watery eyes, swelling, and itchiness) that last year-round, you may actually have mold allergies.

Mold is common in any damp area in the home, such as bathrooms and basements. While black mold is visible to the eye, many other forms of mold are not as easy to spot and will build up in humid areas. Mold can also be ingested when we eat certain foods, such as peanuts, dried fruits, green salads and moldy cheese (Roquefort blue cheese, brie cheese). These should be avoided for mold-sensitive individuals.

7. We can be allergic to chemicals in our tap water.

Tap water in America won’t produce acute allergic symptoms. However, it is filled with numerous chemicals to which people have allergic sensitivities. The buildup of such chemicals in our bodies over time can wear it down and lead to even more allergic symptoms.

Many people experience itchiness and discomfort after swimming in a chlorinated pool, yet they drink it almost daily in their tap water. Likewise, small amounts of other chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury, fluoride, and even uranium are allowed in our tap water. For this reason, having a carbon-filtered reverse osmosis water purifier is essential to help deal with allergens in our water.    

8. Bad gut bacteria can make you allergic to many foods.

There are over three trillion bacteria in your gut and they help process and digest foods and extract nutrients that your body could not do on its own. However, through improper care of our fruits and vegetables, untidy kitchens, and exposure in our urban environment, we may ingest bad bacteria that hurt our digestive systems.

Bad bacteria in our gut make it more difficult to process what are known as fermentable
carbohydrates, the short-chain sugars that are found in countless foods such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, and pitted fruits such as peaches, plums and cherries. Humans have difficult time digesting these fermentable sugars because we lack the enzymes to break them down.

The end result is intolerance to fermentable carbs that can produce terrible bloating, gas, cramping, and constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often the direct result of allergic sensitivities produced by bad gut bacteria.

9. Our furniture and cars can trigger chemical allergies.

Increasingly, much industrial production depends upon what are known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs. These compounds, such as formaldehyde, are found in many glues, vinyl products, paints, fuels, carpet and plastics that we are surrounded by everyday.

For instance, furniture made of particleboard will often use formaldehyde in its glue, while the “new car smell” is actually that of volatile organic compounds in the paint, leather, carpet and glue. VOCs can produce a host of allergic symptoms, such as itchy throat, headaches, brain fog, and confusion. At higher concentrations it is especially harmful to human health.

10. Allergic sensitivities can make you feel hung-over—without drinking a drop of alcohol.

If you’ve ever woken up irritable, with poor concentration, and with low energy, you might be having a “sugar hangover.” If you eat too much fruit and sugar, the yeast and mold that are common in the gut will begin to ferment it. This fermentation produces an autointoxication that is similar to what happens when you drink too much alcohol. Your body has a “brewery” churning in the gut. As a result, you may feel exactly like you Do when hung-over, without the fun of getting tipsy the night before!


The good news is that allergies can be healed all-naturally, without drugs, creams, or medication

By improving the quality of seven key areas in our lives, we can rid ourselves of the buildup of allergens and toxins in the body. You will restore vibrant health from the inside out!

Dr. Bennett believes that if you’re dealing with chronic symptoms every day, then you have hidden allergies that are preventing you from feeling good and achieving your optimal state of health.

Her new book The 7-Day Allergy Makeover offers clear, easy to understand, and effective strategies for people suffering from allergy symptoms – the obvious ones and the not-so-obvious ones. 

Stay tuned later today for my review of the book!


About the Author:

Dr. Susanne Bennett, D.C., is a holistic chiropractor specializing in allergies, clinical nutrition, environmental and lifestyle medicine, with an emphasis in pediatric and young adult health care. Combining Eastern, Western, and energetic techniques in her Los Angeles practice, she has earned nationwide recognition among physicians and patients for her pioneering efforts in treating chronic health problems that resist conventional medical treatment.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Rescue OrnamenTrap is YOUR Solution to Pesky Summer Pests like Flies!


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Rescue! , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Back at the beginning of Summer, I shared about the great new
Rescue OrnamenTrap for Yellowjackets.

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Today, I've got their second OrnamenTrap, for FLIES!
You know, those persistent, pesky pests that can just about
RUIN a Summer BBQ!

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Just like it's cousin, the OrnamenTrap for Flies is VERY pretty, and can be hung just about anywhere!

You get everything you need in one package as well!

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You get the decorative container, the hanger, and the insert base, along with the insect trap. All in one easy to put together package! All you need is water!

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You pull out the bag, that is ALREADY attached to your top, and then just screw it into the base (just make sure you have the right END of the base, otherwise it won't work! LOL). Pull up on the insert and lock it into place. Add your tie to hang, and then follow the directions, for adding the water. 10 minutes later, you're ready to hang! making the package perfect for last minute purchasing, to keep those pesky flies away from where you'll be eating at your party or BBQ! Easy peasy!

The OrnamenTrap Fly Trap can be used whenever hot, humid conditions, or the presence of animals or garbage cause an outdoor fly problem. For us, we have an outside garbage barrel, that always attracts a legion of flies, and since the picnic table and BBQ area is about 15 feet away, guess where those pesky flies go next?

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Yup! But with this fly trap up, we haven't had a problem since I put it out! And it has helped to keep flies from getting into the screened in porch area (the cat getting OUT, that's another issue that Rescue! can't help with, LOL).

You can buy replaceable inserts, as well, so your fly traps can keep working until you aren't staying outside anymore! Check out the website for your local dealer, or you can purchase them online!

We love the line of Rescue! products and these new OrnamenTraps are perfect for our yard! Check them out and you'll agree too!

Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Booksparks , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


booksparks summer tour

And now for our latest entry into the Summer long read-a-thon!

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Synopsis:

From the author of Forever, Interrupted—hailed by Sarah Jio as “moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching”—comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both.

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.


Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?


Review:

Modern relationships. They're nothing like those from the proverbial good old days! This story examines those of modern couples, and a dysfunctional family. Are they all searching for happily ever after, or are they settling for happiness for right now? Can love change when it is lost? Can it be found again, or it forever changed by what was lost? The author does a great job in examining how expectations and dreams can falter and stymie a marriage when there is a lack of communication, and how when we don't know ourselves, it is hard to be part of a 'whole' based on quicksand. In many ways the book is also a coming of age novel, but for adults. About finding your joy, and what makes you happy, and not meeting other's expectations. It is a super quick read and perfect for reading by the pool for a late Summer lazy day!


About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog,Rabbit. For more, check out herFacebook and Twitter pages, and her website! : http://on.fb.me/QCF5T8


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