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1 m gMB'm - -r , WiHr tt.Trt f H ti w r.' w v ;4 w W , ,j -... F THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 11D "I can't see teaching UV3ptk nvwhere v -;rv Yy anywhere else!" i ix M w y f 411ergy season is off to an early start For 25 years, the Jewish Community Day School has been committed to academic excellence while fostering strong Jewish identity. With our move to our new campus, we will begin our second quarter century as the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy and we will be conveniently situated just north of the Jewish Community Center in West Palm Beach. "We have small classes, who can suffer a potentially fatal caring teachers and we're a family." Helen Schwartz- -15-year JCDS kindergarten teacher and mother of two JCDS students. Arthur I. Meyer t Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy Jewish Academy 1 i- 5 1 does nol discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, 5 C'vf race or creed in its student acceptance policy. Beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools respiratory crisis touched off by an allergen overload. The vast majority of sufferers do little or nothing to relieve their misery. Dr. Bryan L. Martin, vice president of the American Osteopathic College of Allergy and Immunology, points out that medical care is sought by only 12 percent of patients with allergic rhinitis, as nasal allergies are officially called. "Many suffer, but few go to physicians," Martin said. "The rest suffer in silence, or they attempt to control their symptoms with over-the-counter medications," often choosing inappropriate drugs that do not bring the desired relief and sometimes cause side effects Part of the problem of inaction, Martin says, might be the insidious nature of allergy symptoms, which often develop gradually and get progressively worse as the season wears on. In the best of all possible worlds, those with a history of extreme reactions to allergens from trees, grasses and weeds How to minimize allergy symptoms People whose symptoms are not severe enough to warrant weekly trips to an allergist are not doomed to suffer. Here are some ways to minimize symptoms. Keep windows closed: Both in the car and at home, use the air-conditioner and have it serviced regularly to remove accumulated molds and dust. Cleanse the air with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate accumulator) air cleaner. Reschedule outdoor activities: To minimize exposure to pollen, the best time to be out is during the night. Alternatively, try to do outdoor activities just before or at daybreak when plants are still covered with dew, during or just after a steady rain or in midafternoon when pollen rides high in the air. Exercise wisely: Avoid exercise locations loaded with pollen or pollutants such as fields of weeds and grasses and heavily trafficked areas. Consider wearing goggles or wrap-around glasses and a pollen-filtering nasal mask during the activity. Avoid irritants: Tobacco smoke, hair sprays, air fresheners, potpourris, perfumes, colognes and scented lotions, soaps and laundry detergents can aggravate nasal allergy symptoms. Use a lighted match to cleanse bathroom air. Control molds and dust Assume that anything that has been damp is riddled with mold spores: garages, basements, crawl spaces, barns, compost heaps and woodpiles. As for dust, avoid decorating with knickknacks and other dust collectors and use dustproof covers on mattresses and pillows. Medicines: If these measures fail to keep symptoms at bay, a doctor can prescribe a long-acting antihistamine that will not make you groggy. There are now about half a dozen products on the market, so if one does not work, try another. EQjrirTimri DmMm the number of people developing symptoms Will be higher this year due to weather changes caused by El Nino. 4y Jane L Brody Xfie New York Times News Service J For some 40 million Americans with nasal allergies, the legacy of El Niflo is expected to last well beyond the mild temperatures that graced the North and the torrential rains that afflicted the South and West this winter, i In the Northeast, many people allergic to tree pollen are already fllagued with their annual torment of sneezes, itchy eyes and stuffy or ninny noses. The mild temperatures have pushed the tree pollen Season forward about a month, which will prolong the exposure to these allergens and increase the number of people who develop Symptoms. And in places such as California, Florida and Alabama, where winter rains broke records and caused serious flooding, abundant vegetation will join a bumper Crop of mold spores to produce a potent allergenic arsenal. The National Allergy Bureau, a program of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, says the unusual amount of precipitation may also promote he growth of pollen-producing grasses and weeds, which will add to the load of airborne allergens through the fall. i So, those with nasal allergies Should do what they can to avoid would have started a desensitiza-tion program many months ago, getting weekly injections administered by a doctor who specializes in allergy and immunology. These ' shots expose the immune system to tiny, gradually increased doses of the allergens that contribute to symptoms. When the amount of allergen in the shot approaches the level a person would be exposed to in the environment, there is unlikely to be a noticeable reaction to real-life exposure. Announcing a research study for treatment of annoying acne in 12 to 30 year olds. Lotion applied to skin (no oral medication) over 12-week period, total of five office visits. Study conducted by Lewis H. Kaminester, M.D., FAAD. Board Certified Call 626-7546 626-SKIN for more information. clude sinusitis, ear infections, nasal polyps and a worsening of asthma. Getting the upper hand on airborne allergens is especially important for people with asthma, undue exposure to airborne allergens and arm themselves with effective treatments. When nasal allergies are ignored, possible consequences in Too much Synthroid may weaken bones LEWIS H. KAMINESTER M.D.. F.A.C.P., F.A.A.D. Dermatologist The Summit, 840 US Highway One, North Palm Beach, Florida, Suite 300 The Premarin you take can help protect your bones. To minimize your risk of osteoporosis, make sure you get regular exercise such as tennis or walking and get 1,200 to 1,500 mg of calcium daily. I Unneeded drugs being i prescribed i for children Question: I just heard that thyroid hormone can cause osteoporosis. This worries me because I have been taking Synthroid for years. I don't want to end up in a wheelchair like my grandmother. Before I started on Synthroid I felt dreadful. I had no energy and gained weight even on a low- The Washington Post Many doctors continue t"lo inappropriately prescribe calone diet. My regular doctor thought I was depressed and prescribed Prozac, which made : things even worse. My gynecologist had me on Premarin to keep my bones strong and she discovered I needed Synthroid. She said Pre People's Pharmacy Joe & Dr. Teresa Graedon Our Spring Cleaning is Underway... Excuse our dust but do take advantage of our bodacious bargains! Select Group Of Sportswear... now the combination of allurinq luxury desiqners and th lure of lavish discounts is awaitinq you at DAZZLE! sexy silk couture chiffon touslinq taffeta Q. I have high blood pressure and take Cardizem CD with reasonably good results. What can I take for a cold or sinus infection? I recently bought Tylenol Sinus Medication and when I got it home it said not to take this product if you have high blood pressure. A. Many over-the-counter cold and allergy products are inappropriate for people with hypertension. These drugs contain decongestants that may constrict blood vessels and raise blood pressure. Avoid ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine or ephedrine. For colds, you might wish to consider vitamin C, chicken soup, echinacea or a saline nasal spray. Sinus infections respond best to prescribed antibiotics. Q. My wife and I tried your golden raisins and gin for arthritis and we were unimpressed. We have discovered something else, though. Take two teaspoons of Certo dissolved in three ounces of grape juice. Do this three times a day. We have been told to cut back to one teaspoon Certo in grape juice twice a day after the joints quit aching. A. Certo contains pectin, a natural ingredient found in the cell walls of plants. It is used as a thickening agent in jams and jellies. This is the first we've heard of using pectin for arthritis pain. It seems safe, however, though there is no scientific evidence to suggest it is effective. Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon antibiotics for children suffering from colds and other viral infections against which the drugs are useless, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Overprescription is considered a critical factor in the increasing ability of infectious germs to resist antibiotics designed to kill them. The practice is prevalent across all medical specialties, but is more common among family physicians than among pediatricians, re marin could interfere with thyroid tests and Prozac could cause thyroid problems. I am now off Prozac and feel great, but I would hate to end up with osteoporosis. Should I stop the Synthroid? Answer: Low thyroid activity can mimic depression, but antidepressants may complicate thyroid treatment. Don't stop your Synthroid, but check with your doctor to make sure the dose is right. Too much thyroid hormone, either made by the body or taken as medicine can put a person at higher risk of osteoporosis. We are sending you a brochure that discusses these issues in greater depth. Anyone else who would like a copy of Graedons' Guide to Thyroid Hormone, please send $2 with a long (No. 10) stamped, self-addressed envelope to Graedons' People's Pharmacy, No. T-330, P.O. Box 52027, Durham. NC 27717-2027. we'll make $2)99 you happy! holds a doctorate tn medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert. Skeptic's study on vitamins led to crackdora . 350 S. County Rd. palm beach, fl 33480 on the south corner facing town hall K a protein byproduct found in blood he takes niacin, folic acid, B-12 and B-6. And a mineral pill every week. LfJ the "fundamentally dishonest" vitamin business. In their 1994 book The Vitamin Pushers, he and coauthor Victor Herbert wrote about vitamin manufacturers that made millions by allegedly duping Americans into believing that they needed vitamins to ease stress, add pep and provide nutrients not found in three square meals a day. This all makes it stranee to "But when people say, 'Oh, you're against everything that isn't a drug,' I say, 'Well, I take 100.5 vitamins a week,' " he said. "And I'm using them properly." Los Angeles Times ALLENTOWN, Pa. Dr. Stephen Barrett believes that his biggest impact came in the late 1970s, when he and his colleagues took on the burgeoning vitamin industry. He did a study of the many dubious claims the supplement manufacturers made in magazine ads, which led to a Consumer Reports story and then tougher federal rules on mail fraud in 1983. Even today, Barrett barely hides a contempt for what he calls 10-6 mon - sat 561-832-7790 VALET PARKING discover that Barrett himself gob bles nsttuis ot vitamins, i o control his cholesterol and homocysteine ported a team of researchers headed by Ann-Christine Nyquist, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Nyquist and her colleagues analyzed data from the 1992 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics. They found that antibiotics were prescribed in 44 percent of cases involving the common cold, and about 70 percent of bronchitis cases. One-third of the antibiotics prescribed for children under 18 in 1992 were to treat otitis media, an ear infection that studies have found often clears up without treatment. Overall, more than 20 percent of antibiotics prescribed to children by office-based physicians were for colds, sore throats not caused by streptococcus bacteria and bronchitis. While insurance status did not appear to influence the decision about whether to prescribe, Nyquist's team found that nonpediatririans were more likely than pediatricians to give patients drugs for these conditions. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 were also more likely to receive an antibiotic for a respiratory illness. "Since parents of school-aged children often do not have mechanisms in place to care for their child at home," the authors wrote, "they may perceive antibiotic treatment as reassurance that 'everything possible is being done' and feel more comfortable returning the child with a respiratory ill-'ness back to school." LOOKING YOUNGER has never been more practical ... 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