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A New Cure

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Sydney3 Comments

A recent study shows that researchers may have found the exact cells that cause certain allergies. Now, since this group of cells are now made known, scientists may be able to come up with a way to block these cells, which in response would block your allergies. This group of cells are known as the TH2 cells. Scientists do have a treatment for peanut allergies which basically forces your body to become immune to the allergen by exposing your body to increased amounts of that specific allergen which in result helps the tolerance of the allergy. According to this article “We saw a dramatic decrease in TH2A cells after the success of the treatment,” stated by cell biologist Erik Wambre. Scientists are still researching new ways to stop the development of these cells in order to help allergy patients. This article came of interest to me because I’ve witnessed my sister dealing with awful allergies during the spring. Her allergies aren’t food related but this study is geared to help all allergies that caused by the TH2 cells. In witnessing …

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Natural Marshmallows

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Sydney1 Comment

Did you know there’s such thing as natural marshmallows? Neither did I, though whether “natural” means anything or not, Dandies Natural marshmallows are sold for twice the amount of a typical Kraft marshmallow package. It’s crazy to think just because of one little label, that is really bogus, it can double the price of something. I made a visit to Natural Grocers on 48th street and was overwhelmed by the herbal smell upon entering the building. At that point I wondered to myself, is this a selling point for them? Make the store smell natural and herbal so the customers believe more in these products? The produce area is also an area where they can stick an organic sticker on the products and raise the price by $2/lb, which in my mind is not worth it. Though, if I was not educated about the truths of organic v.s. non-organic I would probably believe in it too. Organic is a label that makes these products stand out. It’s something different and that’s why I think customers are drawn in. Don’t get …

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A Little New Will Never Hurt You

In # 1: You are what you eat by Sydney2 Comments

I was raised in a rural town were my family’s operation was – a feedyard. Growing up on a farm/feedyard in rural Nebraska has really shaped me into the person I am today, and most definitely shaped my eating habits. Needless to say, I was raised on hamburger and steaks. It was a lifestyle where vegetarian was not an option. It was meat and potatoes. I was a child that was not fond of anything green, especially peas. You could say that this is just a picky eater but one thing that was never an option to me was dairy products. Growing up one of my favorite family traditions was our Mt.Oyster feed at the Nightcrawlers bar the end of every march. To this day I still enjoy introducing people to our Bader family “chicken nuggets.” I saw the full circle of this event from the branding, my personal job was tackling the calves. Then came the seasoning and breading of the Mt.Oysters. Then the finale of it all was the feed. It still occurs the end of every March, …