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More Gleanings from the healthcare industry

Coffee Linked to Miscarriages

A Swedish/U.S. research team, publishing its findings in the 12/20/2000 New England Journal of Medicine, found that American coffee increased the risk of miscarriage:

1-3 cups - 30% increased risk
3-5 cups - 40% increased risk
5+ cups - 100% increased risk

Chocolate Is Good for the Heart

Chocolate contains procyanidin, a chemical belonging to a group called the polyphenolic compounds which are known to protect against coronary heart disease.

A research team in Sweden and the United States, publishing its findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the equivalent of one-to-three cups of American coffee increases the risk of miscarriage by 30 percent. Three-to-five cups raises the risk by 40 percent. Five cups or more yields more than double the risk. 

Source: Associated Press, December 20, 2000

Chocolate Is Not Always Good for the Brain

Chocolate is a common food trigger for migraines. Of the 28 million Americans who suffer from migraines, 70% are women. The most common food triggers for migraines are:

  • Chocolate
  • Red wine
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products
  • Cured meats
  • The food additive MSG


Snuff Out Seasonal Allergies

Are seasonal allergies driving you crazy? Here are some tips:

  • Keep windows closed during the day, and especially at night. Use air conditioning to filter air.
  • Don't use overhead fans while sleeping.
  • Limit outdoor activity when pollen counts are highest: mornings during the fall when ragweed is at its worst, and evenings during the spring and summer when grass pollen levels are elevated.
  • During the day, pollen collects on your clothes and hair. Shower before going to bed so that you are not rubbing your face in a pillow full of pollen.
  • Eliminate exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • If you are building a home, include a central vac.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.
  • Use Dacron or foam hypoallergenic pillows and hypoallergenic mattresses. Avoid goose down.
  • Do not store firewood near the home.
  • If you are allergic to your pets, remove them from your home.
  • Turn house plants into outdoor plants. If you must have them in the home, don't have them in your bedroom.
  • Use an Austin Air Cleaner HEPA filter in your bedroom and family room.
  • Limit the amount of carpet in your home.
  • Cleaning the inside of your refrigerator with vinegar will help to control mildew.
  • Purchase draperies, sheets, and blankets that can be washed in 130 degree water to kill dust mites
  • Keep the humidity level at 25-50%.

My allergies

My allergies have been driving me nuts since I was in grade school. When I was about 40, I ran into a friend at the airport, and for some reason we started talking about allergies. He told me that he took allergy shots for 2 years and then was cured. That got my attention, because I had been taking allergy shots since I was about seven years old. I quickly asked who his doctor was. He said, "Alan Gilbert."

ALAN GILBERT! That was my allergist. At my next appointment, I told Dr. Gibert the story and then asked him why I had been taking allergy shots for over 30 years. He simply said, "Because of all my patients, you easily have the worst allergies."  

So, how do I survive my allergies other than two shots per week? Here are the medications I recommend you ask your doctor about. Ask your doctor before trying them. I am not a doctor.

  • OTC Flonase® Sensimist™ - Two sprays in each nostril daily
  • OTC Zyrtec® 10mg Tablets - One tablet nightly before bed. Zyrtec makes you drowsy, so take it before bed.
  • Atrovent® (Ipratropium bromide) - I call this Imodium® for your nose. It is a nasal spray. I suffer from something called gustatory rhinitis. Every time I eat, whether it is a saltine cracker or jalapeños, my nose runs. Taking Atrovent before my meal cures it. Ipratropium bromide is also a cheaper alternative to Astepro®. A prescription is necessary.
  • Astepro® (Astelin or Azelastine) - An antihistamine nasal spray. It is interesting, because it also seems to act like a decongestant. It acts much more quickly than most oral antihistamines. A prescription is necessary.


The information contained above is intended for general reference purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment. Medical information changes rapidly and while Married and its content providers make efforts to update the content on the site, some information may be out of date. No health information on Married, including information about herbal therapies and other dietary supplements, is regulated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore the information should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor.

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