Study: Probiotics Don’t Do Shit for Healthy Adults’ Shit

A new study suggests that if you’re a healthy adult without any underlying conditions mucking up your digestion, you might want to think twice before spending your hard-earned dollars on probiotics.

Source: Study: Probiotics Don’t Do Shit for Healthy Adults’ Shit

There are lots of personal anecdotes about probiotics helping someone through digestion related issues.  If it works for you, that’s all that really matters.

Top 10 Ways to Tame and Deal with Your Allergies

Sneezing, wheezing, and otherwise feeling like hell: Allergies are a special kind of everyday torture. Although we don’t have a cure for your food or environmental allergies, we do have some proven tips to help you suffer less and minimize reactions. Here are our top 10 tips for people who suffer with allergies.

Source: Top 10 Ways to Tame and Deal with Your Allergies

I was just reading that Proctor & Gamble uses peanut oil in a lot of its products, like Fabreeze. I find it horrifying that this isn’t on the labels.

Get an allergy test and allergy shots, if you can. I have suffered from year round allergies since I was a kid. I never knew I was suffering, but I was tired all the time, lethargic, couldn’t think clearly, etc. Doctors thought I had narcolepsy… Anyway, I finally did an allergy test, and found I was allergic to almost everything. Molds, pollen, cats, dogs, the great outdoors… Life in general. 😉

This Company is Making an Epi-Pen That Fits in a Wallet

AdrenaCard is meant to help people who are both unfortunate enough to need an epinephrine injection for serious allergic reactions—and human enough that they regularly forget their “epi-pen” when they’re going out. It’s a small epinephrine injector that fits inside a wallet.

Source: This Company is Making an Epi-Pen That Fits in a Wallet

I have an epi-pen.  It was my friends dying wish that I have it 😉

Great idea but I seriously doubt this will pass the FDA as shown because I know how it works and I have to think about it even know.

Black base injection point that is symmetrical to the part that you push on that has a green arrow with the 1 printed on it? The plastic side goes on the patient instead of the metal side contrary to almost anything you would expect to receive an injection from?

At a minimum the black becomes red, receives a tapered end, I mean I am not an industrial designer but just looking at this thing it doesn’t look like you would obviously expect it to function.

Yogurt Isn’t Always the Best Source of Probiotic Bacteria

As a parent with a background in science, I usually feel comfortable in the drugstore medicine aisle. I’ll stand there for 15 minutes comparing ingredients and prices, getting in every other parent’s way, and I’ll walk out feeling confident that what I have bought is a good value and will make my wee one feel at least a little bit better. Not so when I found myself faced with a daunting aisle of probiotics—live microorganisms that can confer health benefits—at my local health food store recently. I wanted to find some good bacteria to repopulate the gut of my toddler daughter, who was finishing up what seemed like her 80th dose of antibiotics in three months. I couldn’t even understand the labels, let alone fathom what I should buy. Did I want Lactobacillus GG? Bifidobacterium lactis? Lactobacillus acidophilus? What the hell were Lactobacillus anyway, and why does one small tub of them cost $28?

Source: Should Your Kids Take Probiotics?

Some aren’t aware that probiotics don’t take up residence, even in the best-case scenario. When you stop taking them, you stop getting whatever benefits they provided.

Study: Common Decongestant May Be Worthless

When racked with a cold, flu, or bout of allergies, breathing through a snotless schnoz can seem like a sweet, sweet luxury—one most coveted during sleepless hours of the night. But many of the pills marketed to help achieve that unobstructed euphoria may be infuriatingly useless.

In a new study of more than 500 adult allergy sufferers, researchers found that the common, over-the-counter(OTC) decongestant, phenylephrine, was no better at unclogging noses than placebo—even when given at higher doses than those currently approved. The study’s authors called on the Food and Drug administration to strike phenylephrine from its list of effective nasal decongestants.

Source: Common decongestant may be worthless, study finds

Decongestants don’t “bust up boogers”.  They reduce swelling in the mucous membranes, thus opening nasal passages.  Mycolytics, like Mucinex (guaifenesin) break up mucus.

Thanks Walter White. Thanks a lot.