Should Every Family Have a Dog?

Being an avid dog lover (just not really a cat person, although I would still put my car in a ditch before I’d even hit a rat on the road), I’ve always felt that there are a lot of lessons to be learned from having an animal for children.  Love, compassion, loss, what to do […]

Devastating Arthritis in Children Starts at the Pediatrician

Arthritis in the typical 50 or 60 year old is not a surprise, but when it strikes our children it’s something to be heavily concerned about. In general, arthritis that strikes our kids is going to fall into the auto-immune type where the immune system has turned in on itself, attacking the joints of your […]

Ascaris Lumbricoides Infections Evoke Polarized Cytokine Response – (11-09-00)

Ascaris Lumbricoides Infections Evoke Polarized Cytokine Response This is a very, very important article for two reasons. First, it brings to light to high numbers of parasites present in humans (some labs suggest numbers as high as 20% of their samples have parasites). And, it demonstrates an effect of these parasites on Th1/Th2 ratios, a […]

Allergies and Asthma: Dogs, Bacteria and Dust, Oh My!

The first 2 years of your child’s immune system are the most critical. Breast feeding, pets in the home, antibiotics, vaccinations–all these play a roll in the rest of your little one’s life. Let me amend that–the prior 9 months before the two years start are equally as important. Either way, the immune system does […]

Simple Approach Cuts Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis: 3 Key Factors

Rheumatoid arthritis can be debilitating as well as disfiguring. The heavier duty treatments try to reign in critical elements of the immune system. When it comes to the immune system, balance is key. You may also hear this balance called “immune tolerance.” In other words, we want the immune system to attack the invaders that […]