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Snippets: Tylenol and Asthma Risks

I just ran across this article in Pediatrics magazine, further establishing the link between the use of acetaminophen and the asthma epidemic in the US.

If you or your kids are at risk (ie: have a family history of, or other significant contributing factors - like food allergies) for asthma, you would do well to find another fever and pain reducer.

In my house, we use the homeopathic remedy by HomeoLab called Kids Relief Pain and Fever Oral Solution. It doesn’t work for every single type of ache or pain (homeopathic remedies are very specific that way), but more often than not, it is just as effective as an OTC drug.

Read the full article of The Association of Acetaminophen and Asthma...

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Hey Laura, what are some natural solutions for cold sores?

Leila writes:

What do you recommend doing about Cold sores?

Any recommendations on how to prevent them? Or what works the best to heal them? I usually get them when I’m super stressed and tired. Thus my immune system is down and the virus has a chance to come up and show symptoms on my lip/mouth area.



If you want to do some major reading, here is an extensive article on natural remedies for cold sores like managing your Lysine/Arginine ratios (helpful food chart included), using Zinc or Lemon Balm, and improving your diet to increase immunity.

Someone has already done most of the work for me with this entry on Health911.com. It reviews the typical causes of cold sore...

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Snippet: Got canker sores?

My friend Sonja PM’d me with some blog-worthy info the other day. Harmony mentioned this in the comments of my fluoride post, but it’s a big enough issue that I think it needs its own Snippet.

Sonja wrote:

I have suffered from lifelong canker sores. Finally I started to do some research and realized that I was allergic to an ingredient in my toothpaste - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. In the last few months I have switched to Burts Bees SLS-free toothpaste. NOT ONE canker sore since.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a surfactant ingredient used in many hygiene products (toothpaste, shampoo, bubble bath, etc.) and can cause topical allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Its role in the exacerbation...

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Hey Laura, what can I do for my painful periods?

Anonymous writes:

I read somewhere that there’s no medical/health reason for a woman to have a period every month.  Even one of the nurses at my gyno’s office mentioned that she just takes her birth control pills continuously so as not to have one.  I can’t put my finger on why, but this seems strange and wrong to me.  However, I have nothing to back my opinion except that that’s how women were designed and it’s best not mess with Design (and maybe that should be reason enough).  I have never taken my pills continuously, though it’s extremely tempting as my period wrecks havoc on my whole body.  Every month I get sick to my stomach, lose my appetite, and energy, and get cramps...

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Hey Laura, how do I get jalapeno pepper residue off of my hands?

Kristina writes:

Tonight I was cutting jalapenos, and even though I rinsed and washed my hands afterward, I still got hot jalapeno chemicals on my face, in my eyes, under my nails, and on Tyler’s face!  Ouch!  This has never happened to me before.  What can I do to be more careful next time?

Ah, yes. I’m sure everyone has done this at least once! Capsaicin is a nasty bugger of a chemical!

Probably the best solution for next time is prevention - wear gloves when you do your chopping. What I’ve done in a pinch is to put my hands inside plastic produce bags while I remove the seeds and membranes (that’s where the capsaicin oil is most concentrated).

There are as many home remedies for...

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Hey Laura, what should I do about my chronic migraines?

Ashley writes:

Laura! Help! My headaches are ruling my life and I’m willing to try anything to find some long-term relief! I feel like I’ve heard it all (as a young child some doctor put me on antidepressants, eek!) and simply cannot be told one more time that I just need to “stress less” or pop a pill. Please help me find my way out of nearly 20 years of debilitating headaches.

Okay, so I’m assuming that you know all about potential food triggers for migraines, right? If you aren’t already, you need to be keeping a migraine diary. Trying to eliminate all the possible food triggers is nearly impossible, but scrupulously writing down what you eat for a week and tracking your migraine...

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Hey Laura, my neck hurts!

I keep getting these time-sensitive health-related posts that weasel their way to the top of my line-up!

Heather writes:

Hey, Laura!

[Tuesday] night, around 8 or 9, my neck started really hurting and was really stiff. It’s still the same (if not worse) today. On Sunday, I was sitting in an old wooden chair at a BBQ and it broke. I fell to the deck. My tail bone hurt most of the evening, but I have tail bone issues to begin with and it stopped by the time we went home after the fireworks. No pain at all on Monday. Do think that could have caused my neck pain?

Also, what should I do to fix this? We don’t have insurance and not a lot of “extra” money to pay for doctor outright. Any tips on...

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