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  Be aware of allergens
  By Breeanna Jent

   Fifty-million Americans suffer from some type of allergy; roughly 15 percent of the current population of the United States.
   Dr. Daniel Soteres, M.D., M.P.H., a board-certified allergy and immunology physician at Asthma and Allergy Associates and Research Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provided those statistics; and said allergies can develop at any age with heredity possibly playing a role.
   “If one parent has allergies, there’s a 48 percent chance their children will be affected by allergies. If both parents have allergies, there’s a 70 percent chance their children will, too,” said Soteres, who is also a member of the Colorado Allergy & Asthma Society.
   The National Integrated Health Associates website defines allergies as “an exaggerated reaction of the immune system to a substance that would not normally cause a reaction in most individuals.”
   In allergy sufferers, “The immune system perceives a particular substance … as a threat and triggers the release of histamine, causing an allergic symptom.”
   Allergic rhinitis –- more commonly known as hay fever –- is the most common allergic disease in the United States, Soteres said.
   It affects nearly 40 million people in the U.S., including 20 percent of adults and 40 percent of children, he said, adding that it is most prevalent in children because that is the age it peaks.
   “In 80 percent of cases, symptoms develop before age 20,” Soteres said. But, he said, “Children need to be exposed for two to three seasons before you can start testing for allergies.”
   Soteres said other types of pollen allergies include weed and grass pollens, which can affect people during the spring, summer and fall months. Perennial allergens — like house dust that might contain pet dander; mold and fungal spores; fabric fibers; bits of insects or dust mites (which are not common in Colorado) — can affect people year-round. provides a comprehensive list of Colorado’s known allergens, including El Paso County. More than 400 severe allergens and more than 120 moderate allergens have been identified for all four seasons in the county.
   Untreated, allergic rhinitis can negatively affect attention and reaction times, cognitive functions, sleep, productivity, mood, motivation and energy level, Soteres said.
   There are several ways to treat, manage and even eliminate allergies.
   “Once someone develops allergies, you can give them shots to train the body to fight the allergens,” Soteres said. “After three years of these shots, you can stop the treatment and maintain the benefits.”
   Allergy sufferers can also utilize salt water nasal rinses, antihistamines or immunotherapy to relieve, treat and/or manage their symptoms, he said.
   The National Integrated Health Associates takes a “holistic integrative medical approach to allergy testing and treatment,” according to its website. The group “utilizes a dual” approach by addressing both the “immune system response and the autonomic nervous system response to the allergen.”
   The organization uses needle-free allergy testing to identify allergens and determine an individual’s formula for the allergy serums. The serums “cause the immune system to build up blocking antibodies that turn off the allergic response, and can even eliminate the allergy.”
   While the NIHA states its holistic integrative approach to allergy treatment is sufficient, there could be an “underlying disturbance” that causes the body to overreact. The NIHA will then identify the root cause by looking at “sources of toxicity.” The next step is treating the issues that contribute to the allergic reactions.
   Soteres said, although allergy tests are helpful, self-diagnosis is important.
   “I tell parents, colleagues and my kids: ‘You don’t have to check your common sense at the door. If you have itchy or watery eyes, runny nose and/or congestion, those are some common signs of allergies,’” he said. “Tons of people self-diagnose, and I think that’s perfectly reasonable in this case.”
   For more information on the NIHA, visit
   For more information on the Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society, visit
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  Cookie Dough Balls

   There are few things as smile-inducing in life as a chocolate chip cookies. These moist, yummy, cookie dough balls are the perfect quick energy snack to pop into your mouth in the middle of a busy afternoon.
   What makes these cookie dough balls a healthy source of energy rather than a fattening treat are the ingredients: whole oats, natural peanut butter and high quality protein powder create a trifecta of wholesome, complex carbs, usable protein and satiating, good-for-you fat. Also important is the distinct lack of simple sugars that you’d find in traditional cookies.
   Courtesy of
   Servings: 32
   Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (about 2/3 cup)
  • 20 drops liquid stevia OR ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter (no sugar added – just peanuts and salt)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water (or coffee for a caffeine boost!)
  • 1/2 cup of stevia-sweetened chocolate chips
  • sprinkle of sea salt
    1. Place the rolled oats, ground flax seed, cinnamon, vanilla protein powder, stevia, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and water (or coffee) in a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are blended.
    2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the chocolate chips. Stir to combine. Note: the mixture will appear crumbly, but once you press it together it will stick.
    3. Form the energy bite mixture into 1" balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. Enjoy!

       Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 100 calories, 6g fat, 8g carbohydrate, 1g sugar, 46mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 5g protein.
       David Corder CPT
       Perfect Fit Wellness Center
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