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Allergy epidemic

10 Things To Know About Your Child’s Allergies Now

London naturopath in Kensington and Chelsea Susannah sees complex cases. Acquired allergies and intolerances: are we expected to live with them?
Allergic conditions
have been diagnosed in 50% of UK children .        [tweetthis]In the UK 50% of children have been diagnosed with one or more #allergic conditions. [/tweetthis]      Allergies occur when the immune system reacts, by producing antibodies, to a foreign substance (allergen). When the immune system identifies this substance as harmful, this is an allergic reaction. The same substance does not cause a reaction in most people. Where do our children’s allergies come from? Why is this fast becoming an allergy epidemic?

The allergy epidemic. Fast Facts.

  1. Most to least common environmental allergens: pollen, grass, dust mites, molds or moulds and weeds. Food intolerance/sensitivity: generally less serious, often limited to digestive problems.
  2. Severity ranges from minor irritation to anaphylaxis —a potentially life-threatening emergency. 90% of food-allergic reactions are to peanuts, eggs, milk, (shell)fish, wheat, soy, tree nuts. Symptoms: h
ives, eczema, asthma, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea. Anaphylaxis also causes confusion, rapid heart beat/palpitations,  swelling of lips, tongue, throat, bluish skin, nausea, dizziness, fainting.

The allergy epidemic – understanding it gives us knowledge to combat the allergy epidemic.

  1. The pathophysiology of environmental allergies is fairly well understood. Allergies and asthma often occur together. Diagnosis can be made by history taking, physical exam and a Radioallergosorbent test (RAST) (prick-skin test). Results are nearly immediate. 50-60% of positive skin test results are also false positives. ImmunoCAP (blood test measuring levels of antibodies to specific food proteins). Results take up to one week. Highly controlled food challenges can render a definitive diagnosis.
  1. Introducing high allergenic foods to your child is advisable from 6 months. these foods should be introduced one at a time. leaving 3 days in between each new food is best. It is encouraged to breastfeed babies with eczema or a family history for 4 months+. Avoid cow’s milk or soy formulas. Hydrolysed protein formulas are best. “Hypoallergenic” formulas will not prevent but may delay allergy onset.
  1. Allergic reactions share a genetic link. Specific allergies do not. Studies show a gender-specific genetic link in inherited allergies.
  1. Quercetin can block the effects of histamine before they start. Recommended: 500 mg 1-2 times/ day, weeks before allergy season+ vitamin C.
  1. The best way to fight allergies is to avoid the offending allergen. This is not easy. Controlling your environment is a start. Keep homes cool, dry, non-smoking, low-odour and ventilated (use a pollen-proof screen). If keeping carpets think small, vacuum and dust often. Launder sheets. pillowcases (55°C water) and wash indoor pets, especially cats, after discussing this with your vet weekly. Replace furnaces and air-conditioner filters while in use. Wash stuffed animals (55°C water/place in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few days) monthly.
Allergy Epidemic

Allergy Epidemic

  1. Leukotriene inhibitors and steroids sprayed in the nose can help with symptoms. Conventionally anti-histamines (diphenhydramine; check side–effects) with/out “Mast cell stabilisers” or steroids are given.
  • Changing medication prevents building a tolerance to them.
  1. Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) or allergy shots are injections of allergens given at increasing dosages. Typical treatment: weekly shots for the first 3-6 months, then monthly for 3-5 years.
  • Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) – a preventive treatment – is not as effective as shots but is safer, since there’s less risk of side effects (anaphylaxis).
  • In the case of severe allergies, carry an EpiPen in case of anaphylaxis.
  1. Most allergies can’t be cured. However, potentially life-threatening peanut allergies have recently essentially cured 9/10 recipients of a new treatment using a dose of a probiotic, together with peanut protein in increasing amounts.

Susannah Makram is a registered Naturopath. Her diagnostic skills are recognised as a registered Osteopath. Her interests in Naturopathic Nutrition, nutrigenomics, epigenetics and the functional approach to healthcare make her Portfolio treatment Safe, Clinical, Practical, Effective.

When you correctly identify your child’s allergies, Susannah will help you find a suitable strategy to help manage your child’s allergies. Managing your child’s allergy symptoms need not be a lifelong burden.

15 Fertility Rate Facts To Know Now

Fertility Rate – 15  Facts  – What You Need to Know Now If You Ever Want Kids

It’s likely you’re unsure of your current fertility rate. Modern times are affecting our fertility rates. Our fertility rates are subject to changing trends and patterns. We know lifestyle choices during pregnancy affect the health of your baby. What about food, exercise and other lifestyle choices we’re making today? Do they affect our fertility rate, our potential future?

These are choices we are making today.

“15 Fertility Rate Facts To Know Now”

‘One in six couples has problems starting a family’       [tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#fertility #pregnancy”]’One in six couples has problems starting a family’ [/tweetthis]

In a word, yes. Lifestyle factors can affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. This is by natural and assisted conception. It’s not just women, male partners affect chances of pregnancy too. Your fertility rate or your current fertility profile should enable you to face facts.

Why Fertility Rates Are On The Decline

Let’s get clued up now. Here’s why:

  1. One in six couples has difficulty having a baby – in 40 per cent of these cases the difficulty is associated with the man.         [tweetthis]In 40% of #infertility cases, the cause, for 1 in 6 couples, is associated with the man[/tweetthis]

Equal responsibility is about sharing knowledge and open communication. 

  1. Timing is just about everything when it comes to fertility –

In a normal cycle of 28 days, the woman ovulates normally on day 14 (14 days after the start of menstruation). The most fertile day would be on day 14 and the most fertile week is that which goes from day 11 to 17.

  1. The medical definition of infertility is the failure to conceive following twelve months of regular unprotected intercourse After this time your GP will refer you for:

A blood test to measure ovulation is required. The most common cause of ovulation problems is polycystic ovaries.

Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and fertility problems. So this might be tested for also (vaginal swab or urine test). Male sperm count and motility are measured at this stage from a sperm sample.

  1. Secondary infertility accounts for 60 percent of infertility cases – that is, when a couple has trouble conceiving after they’ve already had a baby or more — is more common than primary infertility, when first-timers have trouble.
  1. Women are at their most fertile between the ages of 20-24

There are both advantages and disadvantages to giving birth at different ages. Overall, being healthy parents puts you in good stead.


Female Infertility

15 Fertility Rate Facts To Know Now

  1. Female fertility begins to decline at age 30.

If you are over 40, you may want to start your quest for a second pregnancy with a fertility expert on hand. Similarly, if your partner is over 40, you may want to get a specialist on board from the beginning.

  1. Sperm DNA damage has been identified as a major contributor to male infertility        [tweetthis]Sperm DNA damage has been identified as a major contributor to male #infertility[/tweetthis]

The quality and quantity of the sperm diminishes from the age of 25. Damage to sperm DNA (sperm DNA fragmentation) affects every fertility checkpoint and can increase the risk of miscarriage.

The SpermComet assay is a second generation sperm DNA test. It is the ONLY test that can measure the extent of damage in individual sperm.

  1. Men Do Have a Biological Clock

Males can produce viable sperm — and father babies — well into their AARP years. However, older men are more likely to have fertility issues. Also, due to dipping testosterone levels, there is a decrease in quantity and quality of sperm. Sperm strength, motility and other factors.

Male Fertility Testing

Male Fertility Testing


  1. More than half of all pregnancies conceived through IVF in women over age forty are produced through donor eggs. Egg freezing or (new techniques like) vitrification is not a taboo subject any more.


  1. Female infertility is typically caused by one or more of these factors:

Damage to fallopian tubes (tubal infertility)
Uterine or cervical causes
Ovulation disorders


  1. Success in assisted conception is dependent on the quality of the sperm and eggs

Egg quality falls with age. Hence, one of the strongest predictors of whether an IVF cycle will be successful is the age of the woman. A major cause of this is the development of chromosomal abnormalities in the egg as it matures, which can in turn be passed on to the embryo.

Genetic screening is available to help choose the best embryo(s) to replace and thus increase the pregnancy rate.


  1. Cough medicine can help you get pregnant, laptops and briefs can impair sperm production. Saliva is a sperm Killer & position doesn’t really matter. Common Chemicals Are Fertility Inhibitors

Expectorants loosen up mucus in your chest but they are also able to loosen up cervical mucus – if antihistamine-free. Looser cervical mucus is easier for sperm to hitch a ride in!

Not all bodily fluids get along. In fact saliva is a sperm killer. The truth is most lubricants and massage oils are fertility unfriendly. So it is best to go without when you are baby making.

Some studies have shown that the now-infamous Bisphenol A (BPA) can decrease fertility in women. Perfluoronated chemicals (PFCs), used in Teflon, have also been shown to affect the menstrual cycle.

15 Fertility Rate Facts To Know Now Continued…

  1. Both Prescription & Recreational Drugs affect fertility as does smoking cigarettes

Some antidepressants (like SSRI’s) can raise a woman’s serum prolactin level. This can interfere with normal ovulation. Even certain antiemetic (anti-nausea) medications can alter prolactin levels.

Using any drugs, even cannabis, can affect the menstrual cycle. Heavier drugs like opiates have been shown to suppress the reproductive cycle. They affect the centers of the brain that control release of the female hormones.

Smoking cigarettes – even secondhand smoke – has been shown to reduce fertility time and time again.


When IVF Fails

When IVF Fails


  1. An Unhealthy body weight may prevent you from having children

Being overweight, obese or underweight can have negative consequences for one’s ability to conceive. This is because obesity can interfere with normal hormone function and fertility. The only treatment available to successfully reverse sperm DNA damage is largely dependent on two things. These are nutrition and nutritional supplementation.

  1. Fertility is a sensitive subject for a reason and there are support groups. Fertility and therapeutic counselling is also available for couples trying to conceive naturally. These are also there for individuals and couples using assisted fertility methods.

15 Fertility Rate Facts To Know Now

Susannah understands that when a couple hears a diagnosis of  ‘unexplained infertility’ it’s incredibly frustrating. When natural conception or assisted reproductive fertility treatment haven’t been successful, it’s difficult to hear. The most common assisted fertility treatment is IVF.  We put together 15 fertility rate facts to know now because you want to understand what the next steps are. You want to move forward from this, when ready. You should be able to discuss these steps and come to a decision together.

Nutrition impacts 80% of your modern lifestyle. This impacts every single factor affecting fertility. This goes for both men and women. If you  take ownership of your health you can make sure that the right changes impact you and your partner for the best.


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