Food Allergies
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Food-AllergiesYou eat one of your favorite foods, as usual. You feel funny after 20 minutes. Not usual. One look in the mirror reveals that your lips are swollen beyond Angelina’s pretty proportions—definitely not usual. As shocked as you might be, the truth is that “you could wake up tomorrow with an allergy to something you’ve eaten your whole life,” says Melinda M. Rathkopf, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, FAAP, of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska and assistant clinical professor at the University of Washington. Though, according to the FDA, adult onset food allergy occurs only in about 2 percent of the population, it is nonetheless on the rise. The reasons for this are unclear, but experts have theories. One is that negative food reactions stem from an existing pollen allergy: Rathkopf says that if you’re allergic to pollens like ragweed or birch and you consume fruits or veggies with a protein similar to one found in pollen, your body may mistake the fresh produce for the environmental allergen. An allergic reaction then ensues, causing your mouth to itch and tingle. Read more at healthy eating
Another theory is that the increase in adult food allergy is a byproduct of better hygiene. “Our current daily living includes many ways to keep us healthy from germs such as using plenty of antibiotics and being clean—as compared with farm or jungle living with exposure to many germs,” says Scott H. Secherer, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “As such, our immune system keeps less busy fighting bad germs and more likely to get misdirected to attack harmless proteins in foods, animal danders, pollens, etc.”

Fun and Interesting Thanksgiving Facts
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Fun-and-Interesting-Thanksgiving-Facts Thanksgiving Day is a Holiday rooted in rich history. Here are some very fun and interesting Thanksgiving facts to share during Thanksgiving dinner.
*Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
*Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
*The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.
*The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
*The pilgrims sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.
*The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
*The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was beer.
*By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast.
They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
*The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford organized the Thanksgiving feast and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.
*The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
* At the first harvest celebration with the pilgrims and Native Americans, "fowl" was eaten. While this might have been turkey, it's more likely to have been geese and ducks.
* A mature turkey has 3,500 feathers. Turkey feather were used by Native Americans to stabilize arrows...

What is Organic Food
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Organic-FoodsOrganic food is grown in a manner that is friendly for the environment as well as safe to eat. The goal is to work with nature instead of against it to get the supply of food
that is needed out there. Many people are concerned about the negative effects of conventional farming methods.
There are some common problems when growing fruits and vegetables. There are pests that want to eat them as well. Conventional methods allow the use of pesticides to control them as well as herbicides to get rid of weeds. With organic foods though no chemicals are used. Natural compost is used as fertilizer and traps are used to get rid of the pests. Weeds are pulled by hand or removed with machines as well.
With organic food processing though the soil is able to maintain a great deal of the nutrients. In fact, in many areas the compost that is used for fertilizer can actually help the soil to be better than it was in the past. This means that the ground isn’t being depleted of anything and that future crops have an excellent chance of growing there...

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