Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and your asthma

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is why I became a Certified Asthma Ambassador with Asthma Canada because my youngest child and I would spend hours in emergency waiting to be assessed by the doctors for his cough. At first my child was seen by a pulmonologist and it was only when a pediatric allergist found some sensitivities to foods that we began to get his asthma under control. Prior to this, my son had seen two allergists who were unable to find any reactions to anything. It took years for me to figure out what was causing him to cough, get his symptoms under control, and then work on the allergic rhinitis which then allowed me to treat his United Airway Disease preventatively. What a relief that was. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


People who have both asthma and allergic rhinitis should use both a preventer nasal spray and an asthma preventer inhaler regularly.

You may need to see a specialist if you have severe allergies (such as food allergies or severe skin rashes), symptoms that are not typical of allergic rhinitis (such as a constantly blocked or bleeding nose just on one side), or if your symptoms are not getting better with medication.

Can allergic rhinitis make asthma worse?

Allergic rhinitis can make asthma harder to control. People with asthma who also have allergic rhinitis have more visits to hospital or emergency departments and more time off work or school than other people with asthma.

Allergic rhinitis symptoms

You don’t have to have all these symptoms to have allergic rhinitis

• Itchy, runny or blocked nose

• Itchy or watery eyes

• Sneezing

• Always feeling like you have a head cold

• Frequent sore throats

• Hoarse voice

• Breathing through the mouth

• Snoring

• Facial pain or pressure

• Frequent headaches

• Repeatedly getting middle ear infections

• Constantly coughing to clear the throat or soon after lying down to sleep

• Bad breath

• Sleeping badly or being tired during the day

• Breathing problems even when your asthma is well controlled.

Is Chlorella Good for Health?

Nope! Click on the links to learn more about blue-green algae, and The Harmful Effects of Chlorella & Spirulina. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


Chlorella will probably not hurt you (unless you’re allergic to it), but we have no studies on the effects of long-term use. More importantly, we have no strong evidence to show that it will do you any good. Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, green discoloration of the stools and stomach cramping. Taking chlorella supplements can also lead to sun sensitivity.

For the record, I don’t approve of taking blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon), which is different from chlorella. Some species of blue-green algae produce toxins, including neurotoxins that can increase long-term risks of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system. Note, however, that spirulina, a common variety of blue-green algae, does not produce these neurotoxins and was given a favorable safety rating after an extensive review by the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements Information Expert Committee in 2010.

 Spirulina and chlorella are often promoted together as green “superfoods,” but the science that addresses their nutritional benefits is scant at best. Some laboratory and animal studies have indicated that spirulina has antiviral and anticancer effects, boosts the immune system and protects against allergic reactions, but there’s no proof of any such positive health effects in humans. Spirulina has been used in World Health Organization (WHO) feeding programs for malnourished children in underdeveloped countries, and the WHO has found that a daily, one-gram dose of spirulina provides enough beta-carotene to reduce the incidence of Bitot’s spots (a type of blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency). Spirulina is also a good source of protein, although Western diets already contain more than adequate amounts.

The Harmful Effects of Chlorella & Spirulina

I would avoid taking any of these supplements because we don’t know much about them and the latest information coming out is connecting them to Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s Disease. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.

Contamination with Toxins

It’s essential to buy spirulina, and any other dietary supplements including chlorella, from a reputable manufacturer. If not processed correctly, spirulina can contain a high concentration of toxic substances called microcystins and anatoxin, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The maximum safe intake for these toxins have not been determined. These toxins may build up in your system and affect your liver and nervous system, especially if you are taking spirulina for an extended period of time. This is of particular concern for children, as spirulina is sometimes used as an alternative treatment for attention deficit disorder. Spirulina can also be contaminated with heavy metal toxins or with bacteria from animal fertilizer runoff.

The Carpet and Rug Institute

Do you really value the certification provided by these entities? How much do you trust them if they charge companies dues to get their seal of approval? How do you feel about products from companies that don’t pay these companies?

What about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program or Product Certification? What is the difference between them? What if a product has a different certification but at least it is 3rd party certified… is it any less deserving in your opinion?

I wanted to recommend a product to a health authority that had been 3rd party certified but the health authority wouldn’t bite and the 30-year history of the manufacturer wasn’t interested in getting the certification wanted by the health authority. Are these guys any less deserving to have their products seriously considered by the health authorities? Does that mean a system isn’t valid because they haven’t been certified … with technology changing so quickly is certification keeping up? With all the bias and vest interests it was hard to determine who was really neutral and what was best for the common good. Seems to me we should be worried about trying to keep our infrastructure costs low currently estimated at $13,813 per Canadian household by the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card in 2012 or they will go through the roof for every little thing! Interested in your thoughts. Click here to learn more or go to the CRI Home page.


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Chapter 1 – Help for the Middle Class

Changes to the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) took effect in July, 2016. I recommend clicking on the link to read the announcement and policy in full. Click here to learn more and see more graphics.


Chart 1.3A - Personal Income Tax Rate Changes, 2016. For details, see the previous paragraphs.

Notes: Benefits received under the current system are illustrative and reflect federal and provincial/territorial taxes paid on the Universal Child Care Benefit. The actual after-tax amounts would depend on the family’s province or territory of residence. It is assumed that the single parent includes the Universal Child Care Benefit in the child’s income. The family income referred to in this chart is known as “adjusted family net income.” This income is a family’s net income (the net income of the individual and the individual’s spouse or common-law partner reported on line 236 of the income tax return) minus any Universal Child Care Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan income received plus any Universal Child Care Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan amounts repaid. Adjusted family net income will be used to determine entitlement to the Canada Child Benefit. NCBs = National Child Benefit supplement; CCTB = Canada Child Tax Benefit; and UCCB = Universal Child Care Benefit.

Source: Department of Finance.

What Happens When Oil Spills Meet Massive Islands of Seaweed?

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 Illustration of the potential impacts of oiled Sargassum and associated biota in the water column.


While sea turtles, for example, as cold-blooded reptiles, may enjoy the relatively warmer waters of sargassum islands, a hot sun beating down on an oiled ocean surface can raise water temperatures to extreme levels. What starts as soothing can soon become stressful.

Depending on how much oil arrived, the sargassum would grow less, or not at all, or even die. These floating seaweed oases begin shrinking. Where will young sea turtles take cover as they cross the unforgiving open ocean?

As life in the sargassum starts to perish, it may drop to the ocean bottom, potentially bringing oil and the toxic effects with it. Microbes in the water may munch on the oil and decompose the dead marine life, but this can lead to ocean oxygen dropping to critical levels and causing further harm in the area.

From Pollution to Protection

NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have designated sargassum as a critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Sargassum has also been designated as Essential Fish Habitat by Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and National Marine Fisheries Service since it also provides nursery habitat for many important fishery species (e.g., dolphinfish, triggerfishes, tripletail, billfishes, tunas, and amberjacks) and for ecologically important forage fish species (e.g., butterfishes and flyingfishes).

Sargassum and its inhabitants are particularly vulnerable to threats such as oil spills and marine debris due to the fact that ocean currents naturally tend to concentrate all of these things together in the same places. In turn, this concentrating effect can lead to marine life being exposed to oil and other pollutants for more extended periods of time and perhaps greater impacts.

Is It Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum? 8 Signs to Watch For

This is nasty if you get it. Be careful and ensure you stay hydrated. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.


Some 70 to 80 percent of pregnant women have morning sickness during their first trimester, but some 5 percent get it really bad, vomiting several times a day and getting zero relief from home remedies. Women with this condition, called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, need to seek medical care ASAP to maintain a healthy pregnancy.