Natural Family Medicine | 360-882-1339 | 16701 SE McGillivray Blvd, Suite 265, Vancouver, WA 98683 |

Call 360-882-1339 to schedule an appointment!

Archive Category: Allergies

Dangers of Mattresses

January 8th, 2018

Shopping for mattresses can be daunting–they are expensive, there are many options, AND they can be TOXIC. has posted this article on crib mattress studies showing not only VOC’s which are dangerous, but fragrances and more. You can bet these studies would likely apply to other mattresses, too. I can recommend cotton or natural latex mattresses. If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, we have a couple of options: Mulligan Mattress and Cotton Cloud Natural Beds. I recently purchased a natural latex mattress and am thrilled!! Very comfortable, no chemical odors, sleeping better–Hurrah!! I even bought a natural latex pillow which I also recommend. Please read the article and check out these mattress options. To your health!

Allergies–More than just the sniffles

May 31st, 2016

The is a great article summarizing the  impact of “hidden” allergies on our overall health. The reactions may be seemingly unrelated, but exposure to allergens and intolerances can cause many adverse reactions–from chronic fatigue to joint pain. Schedule an appointment for testing–even “healthy” foods can be the culprits.

Oral Allergy Syndrome and Seasonal Allergies

April 5th, 2016

Food intolerances and allergies can aggravate pollen allergy symptoms. Testing of food allergies (IgE response) and/or immuno-reactivities (IgG and IgA responses) can been completed with simple blood testing. Avoidance of indicated foods can then reduce your adverse reactions to pollens. You may also try avoiding the following foods to see if they reduce your reactions to pollens:


If you are allergic to BIRCH, potential triggers include:

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Coriander
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Fennel
  • Hazelnuts
  • Kiwi
  • Nectarines
  • Parsnips
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums

If you are allergic to RAGWEED, potential triggers include:

  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chamomile tea
  • Cucumber
  • Honeydew
  • Watermelon
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Zucchini

If you are allergic to GRASSES, potential triggers include:

  • Celery
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

If you are allergic to MUGWORT, potential triggers include:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Black pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Caraway
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Kiwi
  • Parsley
  • Peanut
  • Sunflower





March 18th, 2016

Allergy season is upon us. The good news is that there are things you can do to reduce your reactivity. One of my favorites is to start taking nettles (tincture or tea or capusles), ideally starting in January but they can help later, too. Vit. C and quercetin also also invaluable. Avoiding your food intolerances is key–they can be easily identified using a finger-stick test. And, of course, remember nasal lavage with sterile saline. Read more here.

Foods to Reduce Allergies

April 3rd, 2015

So I know for a fact that nettles reduces allergy symptoms. And I fully support including the other foods in our diets, too, since they support our overall health!  Click here.

Dust Mites–All You Ever Wanted to Know . . .

April 3rd, 2015

. . .  Or maybe not! Check this out . . . .

Reduce Risk of Allergies! Live on Dairy Farm!!

July 11th, 2014

OK, so that won’t be a viable option for most of us, but the point is that getting exposed to a little dirt is likely beneficial for our immune system! Read more here–then go make a mud pie (just don’t eat it 😉  ).

Seasonal Allergies?

May 15th, 2014

As beautiful as our spring and summer flowers may be (let alone grass and trees growing!), many people suffer from seasonal allergies. Nettle tea or tincture along with nasal lavage (neti pot) are two of my favorite treatments. Homeopathics can also be helpful–Allium cepa and Pulsatilla are great for watery nose and eye symptoms. This article also talks about Butterbur–I haven’t used it but am hopeful many may find relief with it. Another remedy I have found effective is “AAC” from Canada. Elimination of food intolerances is also a must!

Do We Really “Outgrow” Allergies??

March 4th, 2014

I’ve always said, “No”. Our reaction to the foods may change but I believe the allergy or intolerance persists–with different and/or deeper symptoms. This article supports my theory. Read on . . .

Breastfeeding During Food Introduction

November 19th, 2013

I am excited about this research! They found that there were fewer food allergies in infants who continued to breastfeed during food introduction. And, yes, I recommend waiting to introduce foods–the article suggests “at least 17 weeks” but my general recommendation is to wait until the infant can sit up unassisted, teeth have started to erupt, and/or the infant is actually interested in food. I also recommend against starting with grains–veggies are a better choice. Please schedule an appointment to determine the best approach for your baby! And keep breastfeeding 🙂

Older Posts »