Friday, November 5, 2010

Mother's Intuition

Last month National Jewish in Denver issued a press release about their "new" findings that asthma might be caused by food allergies in some people. But mothers of food allergic children could have told you this years ago.

"Our study suggests that food allergies may be an important factor, and even an under-recognized trigger for severe asthma exacerbations. People with a food allergy and asthma should closely monitor both conditions and be aware that they might be related," said Andrew H. Liu, a lead research with National Jewish.

The press release also states that, "Researchers could not determine if food allergies actually cause asthma attacks or if asthma and food allergies are both manifestations of a severe allergic profile. They speculated that food-allergic reactions might be triggered in some people with asthma only when combined with strenuous exercise." You can read the rest of the article here.

Seriously? I could have told you all this and more. In fact, I can tell you that food allergen exposure can absolutely cause asthma attacks. Sophie got to the point with her wheat allergy that every single time I boiled pasta made from wheat, she had an asthma attack. Every time! And she almost never has an asthma attack without an allergen exposure. I suspect that if the allergen is atomized by boiling it or using another similar technique, and the food allergic person breathes in the atomized allergen, most people would present with an asthma attack.

I'm glad to see that medical science is catching up with mother's intuition slowly but surely.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What to Eat Between the Holidays

With the passing of Halloween, we are now in the midst of the holidays, and all of the busy-ness and craziness that come with them. At times like this, it's important to have some quick go to meals--things you can keep on hand and throw together in just a few minutes. This one is top of the list for my family:

Mexican Beef with Rice

2 1/2 cups white rice (or 2 cups brown rice)
5 cups water
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
1 lb. of browned ground beef (I actually use ground turkey)
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt

Put all ingredients in a big pot or a rice cooker (not steamer) and bring to a boil. Simmer until the rice is done.

black beans
or use your imagination...