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Allergies; Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system. The allergic immune system misidentifies an otherwise innocuous substance as harmful, and then attacks the substance with a ferocity far greater than required.

Allergy Facts

  • At least one in 6 people suffer from allergies.

  • The tendency to have allergies is inherited.

  • 8 out of 10 allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round.

  • Americans who spend most of their time indoors are exposed to air more polluted than in most cities.

  • The most important allergen in house dust is the house dust mite, or actually its waste particles.

  • Dust mite exposure in the home is greatest from the bedroom mattress and pillow.

  • Dust mite allergy is a major trigger for many asthmatics.

  • Controlling exposure to mites, or any allergen for that matter, is the best treatment.

  • Only a few of the many types of grasses trigger the majority of grass allergy symptoms.

  • There are more than 10,000 types of molds, and the spores that they release to reproduce can trigger allergy symptoms.

  • Possibly 5 to 10% of the US population is allergic to cats.


  • Absentmindedness
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Burning eyes
  • Constipation
  • Coughing
  • Dark circles under or around the eyes
  • Dermititis
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Distraction, difficulty with
  • Dizziness
  • Eczema
  • Embarrassment
  • Flushing
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hives
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Irritability/behavioral problems
  • Itchy nose and/or throat
  • Itchy skin
  • Joint aches
  • Muscle pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nausea
  • Postnasal drainage (postnasal drip)
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Ringing, popping or fullness in the ears
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin Rashes
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Sneezing
  • Swelling (angioedema)
  • Throat hoarseness
  • Tingling nose
  • Tiredness
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Watery, itchy, crusty or red eyes
  • Wheezing

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High Blood Pressure; Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when your blood pressure frequently goes over 140/90. Beta Glucan Testimonial from: J. N. . California

Pre-hypertension is blood pressure readings from 120-139 over 80-89 on most measurements. If you have pre-hypertension, you are likely to develop high blood pressure at some point, unless you make lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure to normal.

High blood pressure can affect all types of people. Most people feel no symptoms with uncomplicated high blood pressure. Essential hypertension (hypertension with no known cause) is not fully understood, but accounts for between 90-95% of all hypertension cases in people over 45 years of age.

Even though many times high blood pressure does not have a known cause, the condition can still be treated effectively with both lifestyle modification and medications.

Lifestyle modification includes following a low sodium diet, exercising, quitting smoking, losing weight, and avoiding excessive alcohol intake. There are dozens of different medications available for the management of high blood pressure.

About 1 in every 5 adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs more often in men than in women, and in African Americans almost twice as often as in Caucasians.


As if it wasn't bad enough that the causes of high blood pressure are unknown, recognizable physical symptoms of high blood pressure are almost non-existent. Although some patients complain of dizziness, headaches or blurred vision, most patients only discover they need hypertension treatment when their blood pressure is taken.

Sinus Infections and Bronchitis; Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi -- the main air passages to the lungs. Acute bronchitis generally follows a viral respiratory infection. Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition of excessive bronchial mucus with a productive cough. Cigarette smoking (active and passive exposure) is the chief cause of this disease.

Symptoms - Acute bronchitis

  • A persistent cough producing green or yellow phlegm (sputum)

  • Wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • You may have a slight temperature

  • You may have chest pain or discomfort behind your breastbone (sternum)

Symptoms - Chronic bronchitis

  • Chronic bronchitis usually starts with prolonged bouts of acute bronchitis but over time it becomes constant and the cough grows deeper

  • Coughing then continues all day and night but it is usually worse first thing in the morning

  • The cough is productive meaning that you cough up phlegm that is usually grey or white. The appearance of green or yellow phlegm usually indicates the start of a chest infection

  • You may be short of breath or you may wheeze

  • To be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis you have to have had the illness for at least 3 months of the year for 2 consecutive years

  • You are at risk of developing pneumonia if you suffer from chronic bronchitis

Brain Tumor; A brain tumor is any growth of abnormal cells in the brain. Primary brain tumors involve any such growth that originates in the brain, rather than spreading to the brain from another part of the body.


  • A new seizure in an adult.

  • Gradual loss of movement or sensation in an arm or leg.

  • Unsteadiness or imbalance, especially if it is associated with headache.

  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes, especially if it is more peripheral vision loss.

  • An eating disorder as a child.

  • Double vision, especially if it is associated with headache.

  • Hearing loss with or without dizziness.

  • Speech difficulty of gradual onset.

Cancer; any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.


  • Bladder cancer: Blood in the urine, pain or burning upon urination; frequent urination; or cloudy urine

  • Bone cancer: Pain in the bone or swelling around the affected site; fractures in bones; weakness, fatigue; weight loss; repeated infections; nausea, vomiting, constipation, problems with urination; weakness or numbness in the legs; bumps and bruises that persist

  • Brain cancer: Dizziness; drowsiness; abnormal eye movements or changes in vision; weakness, loss of feeling in arms or legs or difficulties in walking; fits or convulsions; changes in personality, memory or speech; headaches that tend to be worse in the morning and ease during the day, that may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting

  • Breast cancer: A lump or thickening of the breast; discharge from the nipple; change in the skin of the breast; a feeling of heat; or enlarged lymph nodes under the arm

  • Colorectal cancer: Rectal bleeding (red blood in stools or black stools); abdominal cramps; constipation alternating with diarrhea; weight loss; loss of appetite; weakness; pallid complexion

  • Kidney cancer: Blood in urine; dull ache or pain in the back or side; lump in kidney area, sometimes accompanied by high blood pressure or abnormality in red blood cell count

  • Leukemia: Weakness, paleness; fever and flu-like symptoms; bruising and prolonged bleeding; enlarged lymph nodes, spleen, liver; pain in bones and joints; frequent infections; weight loss; night sweats

  • Lung cancer: Wheezing, persistent cough for months; blood-streaked sputum; persistent ache in chest; congestion in lungs; enlarged lymph nodes in the neck

  • Melanoma: Change in mole or other bump on the skin, including bleeding or change in size, shape, color, or texture

  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin; persistent fever; feeling of fatigue; unexplained weight loss; itchy skin and rashes; small lumps in skin; bone pain; swelling in the abdomen; liver or spleen enlargement

  • Oral cancer: A lump in the mouth, ulceration of the lip, tongue or inside of the mouth that does not heal within a couple of weeks; dentures that no longer fit well; oral pain, bleeding, foul breath, loose teeth, and changes in speech

  • Ovarian cancer: Abdominal swelling; in rare cases, abnormal vaginal bleeding; digestive discomfort

  • Pancreatic cancer: Upper abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss; pain near the center of the back; intolerance of fatty foods; yellowing of the skin; abdominal masses; enlargement of liver and spleen

  • Prostate cancer: Urination difficulties due to blockage of the urethra; bladder retains urine, creating frequent feelings of urgency to urinate, especially at night; bladder not emptying completely; burning or painful urination; bloody urine; tenderness over the bladder; and dull ache in the pelvis or back

  • Stomach cancer: Indigestion or heartburn; discomfort or pain in the abdomen; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; bloating after meals; loss of appetite; weakness and fatigue; bleeding - vomiting blood or blood in the stool

  • Uterine cancer: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, a watery bloody discharge in postmenopausal women; a painful urination; pain during intercourse; pain in pelvic area

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Lung Cancer; A cancerous growth in lung tissue. Lung cancer may be metastatic from another source or may be primary. Classification is based on the type of cell the lung cancer originates from. (adenocarcinoma, alveolar cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, large cell and small cell carcinomas).


Torn Cartilage; Meniscus tears describes a tear in the shock-absorbing cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.


The symptoms range from minimal aching to a painful, locking knee. There may be clicking and swelling. The knee can also give way in various positions and the range of movement of the joint may be limited.

Colds; A cold is a contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract characterized by inflammation (swelling and irritation with presence of extra immune cells) of the mucous membranes, sneezing, and sore throat. Colds are caused by more than 200 different viruses known as rhinoviruses. They are not caused by the same viruses responsible for influenza ("the flu"). Colds spread through exposure to droplets from the coughing or sneezing of others with a cold or by hand contact with objects contaminated by someone with a cold.

The incidence of colds is highest among children, and the incidence decreases with age because immunity to the virus causing the cold occurs after the illness. Gradually, immunity to a wide variety of viruses that cause colds is developed in adults. On average, children have 10 colds a year and adults have 3.


  • Sore throat

  • Cough

  • Stuffy nose

  • Sneezing

  • Runny nose

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Muscle Aches.

Diabetes; any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst. It is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

Symptoms - Diabetes 1

  • Excessive urination including frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night

  • Intense thirst and hunger

  • Severe fatigue

  • dry skin

  • blurred vision

  • unexplained weight loss

  • thin, malnourished appearance

Symptoms - Diabetes 2

  • fatigue and/or nausea

  • frequent urination

  • excessive thirst

  • weight loss

  • blurred vision

  • frequent infections and slow healing of wounds or sores

  • blood pressure consistently at or above 140/90
    HDL cholesterol less than 35 mg/dL or triglycerides greater than 250 mg/dL.

Root Canal Infection; Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp (core) of a tooth is removed and the inside areas (the pulp chamber and root canals) are filled and sealed.

Eczema; An inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by the presence of redness and itching, an eruption of small vesicles, and the discharge of a watery exudation, which often dries up, leaving the skin covered with crusts; ­­ called also tetter, milk crust, and salt rheum.


  • Skin inflammation – swelling of the skins surface and the underlying tissues of the skin.

  • Redness – caused by widening of the blood vessels in the skin and associated increase in blood flow to the affected area.

  • Itching – can vary in intensity and leads to scratching – inflammation and worst case – infection.

  • Dry, scaly skin – depends on the individuals skin type, but dry skin can often predispose a person to the development of eczema.

  • Pale skin and loss of pigmentation – due to reduced blood flow caused by eczema’s disruptive effect on the skin’s circulation.

  • Thick leathery skin – overtime the skin can become thicker due to the constant scratching. The skin tries to protect itself from this by producing more keratin ( the tough protective protein found in skin cells).

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Kidney Failure; The inability of the kidneys to adequately remove wastes from the bloodstream, resulting in severe metabolic derangement's.

Symptoms - Acute Renal Failure

  • Confusion

  • Fatigue

  • Fluid retention

  • Intestinal bleeding

  • Tissue swelling

  • Oliguria (low urine output)

  • Coma

  • Seizures

Symptoms - Chronic Renal Failure

  • Anemia

  • Bleeding

  • Blood in stools or vomit

  • Easy bruising

  • Excessive urine output

  • Insufficient urine flow

  • Lowered mental alertness

  • Muscle cramps

  • Muscle twitches

  • Nocturia (nighttime urination)

  • A numb sensation in the extremities

  • Seizures

  • Sleep disorders

  • Uremic frost (deposits of white crystals in and on the skin)

  • Yellow-brown skin color.

Sytemic Lupus;Systemic lupus erythematosus (or lupus) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of joints, tendons, skin and other connective tissues and organs. It causes the immune system to produce antibodies that attack the body's healthy cells and tissues.


  • Weakness

  • Lack of energy

  • Low grade or spiking fevers

  • Loss of appetite

  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Frequent infections

  • Anemia or low white blood count

  • Rashes - typically on the bridge of the nose and across the cheeks in a butterfly shape. (Discoverers of lupus thought that the rash resembled the mask-like configuration on the face of a wolf, and named the disease LUPUS which means WOLF, in Latin).

  • Hair loss (alopecia)

  • Ulcers in the roof of the mouth.

  • Allergy to sun (exposure may bring on any of the variety of sypmtoms associated with lupus)

  • Red, swollen, painful joints or muscles convulsions; psychosis; nerve abnormalities that cause strange sensations or alter muscular ability

  • Nephritis (kidney problems)

  • Phlebitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)

  • Pleurisy; pericarditis (inflammation of the membraneous sac surrounding the heart) and/or peritonitis [taken together this type of inflammation is known as polyserositis].

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Meniere's Disease; Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear affecting balance and hearing, characterized by abnormal sensation of movement (vertigo), dizziness, loss of hearing in one or both ears, and noises or ringing in the ear (tinnitus).


  • Abnormal sensation of movement of self or the environment (vertigo)

  • May be episodic

  • Lasts from minutes to more than 8 hours

  • Worse with sudden movement

  • Dizziness

  • Hearing loss in one ear

  • Low frequency noises lost first

  • Extent of hearing loss may change

  • Noises or ringing in one ear (tinnitus)

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Sweating (may be profuse)

  • Uncontrollable eye movements

Myelofibrosis; A disease in which the bone marrow is replaced by fibrous tissue. This may occur as a primary pathological process or may be part of another underlying illness, such as chronic myelogenous leukemia.


  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal fullness related to an enlarged spleen

  • Easy bleeding

  • Bone pain

  • Pallor

  • Shortness of breath on exertion

  • Bruising

  • Increased susceptibility to infection

Osteoarthritis;Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting both men and women as they grow older. Because the disease causes pain and stiffness as bones and cartilage progressively break down, osteoarthritis is also sometimes called "degenerative arthritis." Doctors have several courses of therapy for osteoarthritis sufferers, who are usually age 45 or older. Treatments for osteoarthritis often include pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory drugs, application of heat and cold, protection of the joints, and controlled activity, although surgery is sometimes an option.


  • Stiffness of the joints upon awakening

  • Swollen joints

  • Joint pain

  • "Popping" or grinding sounds in a joint

  • A warm sensation in one or more joints.

Parkinsons; Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain characterized by shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. The disease is associated with damage to a part of the brain that is involved with movement.


  • Slowness of voluntary movements, especially in the initiation of such movements as walking or rolling over in bed.

  • Decreased facial expression, monotonous speech, and decreased eye blinking.

  • A shuffling gait with poor arm swing and stooped posture.

  • Unsteady balance; difficulty rising from a sitting position.

  • Continuous "pill-rolling" motion of the thumb and forefinger.

  • Abnormal tone or stiffness in the trunk and extremities.

  • Swallowing problems in later stages.

Pneumonia; Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs.

The lungs' air sacs fill with pus, mucus, and other liquid and can not function properly. Oxygen can not reach the blood. If there is insufficient oxygen in the blood, body cells can not function properly and may die.


  • Develops very quickly. You will feel extremely ill

  • Fever between 101°- 106° and chills (shivering)

  • Sweating especially at night. You may wake up soaking wet

  • Joint pain and muscle aches

  • Cough which may be productive (you cough up phlegm) or non-productive (you do not cough up any phlegm). The phlegm may be green, yellow, rust-coloured or contain actual spots of blood

  • Breathlessness, wheezing or rapid breathing which may sometimes be laboured

  • Chest pain especially when coughing or taking a deep breath

  • Sore throat

  • Swollen glands in the neck

  • Lack of appetite

  • Upset stomach

  • Fatigue and tiredness which is worse than when you have a cold or flu

Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over 15 million people in the US alone. The mortality rate has actually risen, and it is now the fourth leading cause of death. While there is occasional disagreement regarding classification, COPD as used here encompasses emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or a combination of the two. Asthma is sometimes classified as a form of COPD, and some cases are virtually indistinguishable from chronic bronchitis, but asthma is covered in a separate section of this AFPAM. The pathogenesis of COPD involves destruction of the alveoli (emphysema) or obstruction of the large and small airways (chronic bronchitis); most cases have elements of both.


One tragedy of emphysema is that most patients lose 50-70% of their functional lung tissue before they become aware of the symptoms of the disease. Breathlessness--a feeling of being out of breath during routine physical activity--is usually the first symptom people notice. If walking up a flight of stairs takes your breath away, that could mean you have emphysema (but it is also a symptom of heart disease and some types of cancer). Other common symptoms of emphysema are unexplained weight loss; increased chest size (barrel chest); wheezing or labored breathing (or reduced breath sounds); a productive cough yielding large amounts of dark, thick phlegm or mucus; and a lingering cough, often dismissed as "smoker's cough."

Other symptoms may be skipped breaths, insomnia or frequent nocturnal waking, memory loss, morning headaches, impotence, nasal flaring, blurred vision, increased breathing difficulty while lying down, chronic fatigue, impaired concentration, atypical irritability or loss of temper, excessive daytime sleepiness, and swelling of feet, ankles, or legs. If any of these symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

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Rash; A fine eruption or efflorescence on the body, with little or no elevation.

Sinus Infection;A disorder involving infection and/or inflammation of the sinuses of the head.


  • Headache (in the front of the head or around the eyes)

  • Facial pain around the eyes or in the forehead or cheeks

  • Pain in the roof of the mouth or teeth

  • Nasal drainage (yellow, yellow-green, thick)

  • Fever, chills

  • General ill feeling

  • Occasionally, facial swelling around the eyes

Rheumatoid Arthritis;Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease that primarily affects the joints and surrounding tissues, but can also affect other organ systems.


  • Inflamed joints that are swollen and tender; may also be warm, red, painful, and difficult to move

  • Generalized feelings of sickness, lethargy, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, and weight loss

  • Anemia—a decrease in the number of red blood cells to levels below normal

  • Rheumatoid nodules—lumps of tissue that form beneath the skin, often over bony areas exposed to a force of pressure like the elbow (most commonly), or feet and fingers

  • Pericarditis—an inflammation of the linings that surround the heart

  • Pleuritis—an inflammation of the lining that surrounds the lung

  • Inflammation of lung tissue itself

  • Vasculitis—inflammation of the blood vessels that can cause further inflammation and tissue damage that affects the nerves, skin, or other organs

  • Sicca syndrome (or Sjögren's syndrome)—dryness of the eyes and mouth due to inflammation of tear and salivary glands

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phagocytosis
[2] http://ss.niah.affrc.go.jp/publication/topics/
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibody