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Taking the Burn out of Cedar Fever: A new look at treatment options

September 20, 2017

If you have any ties to Texas, you are sure to hear anecdotes about the intimidating and vicious cedar fever. Grunts, moans, and complaints ensue for the entirety of the winter months. Cedar fever isn’t a sickness, a cold or flu that comes over Texas for the same time period, year after year. It’s an…

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The Madness Behind the Mold Count

September 6, 2017

A green air sampling machine sits atop the Allergy Associates of La Crosse building, turning with the wind and vacuuming in air to trap pollen and mold samples on a greased slide. Tony Kavanaugh, medical laboratory technician at Allergy Associates, climbs up to the roof nearly every morning to retrieve the sample for the day. He grabs the…

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The gluten-free dilemma | Should I be gluten-free? And how?

August 23, 2017

Eating gluten free is on the minds of many health conscious people today, but why is it important for some people to eat gluten free and not others? Let’s take some time and explore three health conditions related to the need to reduce or eliminate gluten and how it can be managed. First, it’s important…

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Mold Allergies: When pollen is gone and symptoms drag on

August 9, 2017

Mold is a tricky, complex allergy, but successful treatment has been found for many patients through allergy drops using the La Crosse Method™ Protocol. Thanks, in part, to farmers. Dr. George Kroker, partner at Allergy Associates of La Crosse, told the story. “For a while at our clinic, early on, shots and drops were both…

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Ragweed 101: What it is and how to avoid its common (and uncommon) consequences

July 26, 2017

Do you ever notice that the sick days at your workplace seem to increase over late summer and early fall? Whether it feels like a nasty cold, sinus infection, or as some would say, the feeling of “getting hit by a truck,” it seems to always sweep through around that time. Chances are that the…

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Prebiotics: Another Piece of the Gut Health Puzzle

July 12, 2017

Prebiotics, perhaps less known than probiotics, are an important piece of the gut health puzzle. We have reviewed in recent weeks how a balanced microbiome, along with probiotics, supports our overall health, particularly digestive health. Prebiotics are a vital component to include in one’s day to day diet for a healthy digestive system. The definition…

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Probiotics to Support Gut Health: A Helpful Component of Allergy Treatment

June 28, 2017

Previously here, we discussed the importance of the microbiome in gastrointestinal (GI) health. Many patients being treated for allergic issues using sublingual immunotherapy have associated GI issues that can be helped with adjunct therapy using probiotics. With so many people affected by digestive disorders, it’s important to review how to ensure your microbiome is supported…

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The Microbiome, Health Phenomenon of the Future?

June 14, 2017

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who was deemed the “Father of Modern Medicine,” may be best known for his quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates also said, “All disease starts in the gut.” And as modern medicine continues to evolve, this could not seem truer. Gut health is a hot…

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Seasonal allergy symptom relief during allergy season

May 31, 2017

While pollen levels are on the rise, so are seasonal allergy symptoms. For some patients, seasonal allergy symptoms can still occur while the immune system is in the process of building their allergic tolerance using sublingual immunotherapy. For those who haven’t started immunotherapy yet, it can be even worse. To avoid days of miserable allergy…

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