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Allergies have become widespread in developed countries: asthma, hay fever, eczema, hives and food allergies are all increasingly prevalent. A generation ago only 10 percent of the Western population suffered from allergies, but now it has tripled to over 30 percent and one out of 10 children are asthmatic. Not only are allergies becoming much more prevalent but also their severity is increasing, the mortality rate for asthma increased 28% between 1980 and 1994. Many individuals have one or more foods that they are allergic or sensitive to and their body does not function well when they eat these foods. Food allergies and sensitivities occur when your immune system mistakenly identifies a normally harmless substance and tags it as an invader, as it does to bacteria or viruses. Your immune system then attacks this substance the same way it would attack any invader. When your immune system chronically attacks an invader, it has side effects. It can cause aches, pains, fatigue, brain fog, mood and behavioral problems. Think about the symptoms you experienced when you last had the flu. Many of the symptoms were caused by your own immune system and not the bacteria or virus. Symptoms of food allergies and sensitivities are varied. Conditions very commonly caused by food allergies and sensitivities are chronic muscle ache and pains, chronic fatigue, low energy, mood disorders, premenstrual syndrome, chronic and recurrent infections. Research is now connecting food allergies and sensitivities even to behavioral and learning disorders, ADHD and even autism. With food allergies and sensitivities gastrointestinal symptoms are quite common. The primary GI symptoms of food allergies and food sensitivities are bloating, gas, abdominal pain and discomfort, nausea and heartburn. I find in my practice that the vast majority of individuals being treated with medications for gastrointestinal problems such as reflux, GERD, IBS, IBD have undiagnosed food allergies or food sensitivities. Primarily there are two types of immune system reactions which can cause typical food allergy reactions, IgE and IgG. IgE reactions are very quick usually in 2 hours or less and therefore easier to identify. If you eat a strawberry and your throat swells up from an IgE reaction it's easy to identify your allergy. On the other hand IgG food allergic reactions can take up to 48 to 72 hours to occur and are known as the ‘hidden food allergies’. Therefore, IgG food allergy reactions are more difficult to figure out on your own. For example you may have no symptoms from an IgG food allergy reaction for about 12 hours, followed by a full day of pain, fatigue and depression. Undiagnosed food sensitivities are also a common trigger for a wide range of physical and emotional disorders. Instead of IgE or IgG antibody reactions, food sensitivities are usually mediated by physiological responses to the offending foods and are usually undetectable by lab tests. Some experts have estimated that as many as 60% of the population suffers from undetected food sensitivities. When a food is not properly digested, the intestines can become irritated or even inflamed. Because of this, the lining of the gastrointestinal tract can eventually develop little openings that partially digested food can pass through. This is referred to as "leaky gut syndrome." When these particles enter the bloodstream, the body's immune system recognizes them as foreign and attacks them. Thus, a complex immune response is initiated at this point that may not involve IgE or IgG antibodies. In my upcoming seminars I will explain why many individuals food allergies and food sensitivities go undiagnosed causing them to continue to suffer with multiple health problems. I will discuss the various means utilized in functional medicine to properly diagnose food allergies and sensitivities. I will also explain how food allergies affect your overall health as well as your thyroid function. Due the high demand and sensitivity of this information, seating for these thyroid seminars is limited. It will be held on Monday September 30th 7 to 8 PM at the Pain and Brain Healing Center in Blaine and Wednesday October 2nd 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Northtown library in Blaine. Please call 763-862-7100 to reserve a seat today and directions for each location! Dr. Greg Fors, D.C. is a Board-certified Neurologist (IBCN), certified in Applied Herbal Sciences (NWHSU) and acupuncture. Trained through the Autism Research Institute he is a registered Defeat Autism Now! Doctor. As the clinic director of the Pain and Brain Healing Center in Blaine Minnesota he specializes in a functional medicine approach to fibromyalgia, fatigue, food allergies, hypothyroidism, depression, autism and ADHD. If you have any questions or comments regarding this article you can contact Dr. Fors at 763-862-7100 He is a sought after international lecturer for various post graduate departments and state associations. Dr. Fors is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Why We Hurt” available through booksellers everywhere.

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BIRDS AND THE BEES (continued) • To safeguard your home from woodpeckers, consider the reasons these creatures peck. The fast drumming by the male is an attempt to attract a mate and announce to other males in the area that this is his territory. He usually chooses a hollow branch for this purpose, but will opt for a house’s gutter or loose siding. They also peck searching for insects. If you see holes in your siding, you could very well have insects living in the boards that the bird found. Your siding is also an attractive place for a nest, and it’s nothing for the woodpecker to drill a hole large enough for entry. It can be beneficial to install a nest box on the side of your house or fence to keep them from pecking into the siding. • The woodpecker has a very thick skull and a builtin “shock-absorber systemâ€? in its neck and rib cage to withstand the constant pounding. • Filling up your birdbath today? The Audubon Society recommends a depth of about 2 ½ inches (6.3 cm). Any less makes it too difficult for the bird, and deeper water frightens them. • Not every group of birds is called a flock. A group of pelicans is known as a squadron. Other unusual group names include a charm of hummingbirds, a tiding of magpies, a muster of peacocks, a conspiracy of ravens, a bouquet of pheasants, a murmuration of starlings, and a murder of crows. • It’s a long trip south every year for the North American Black Warbler, a small bird about 6 in. (14 cm) long, weighing only 0.39 oz. (11 g). Every year, it migrates a distance of nearly 2,500 miles (4,023 km) that is covered in a non-stop flight that takes close to 90 hours. They accomplish this by doubling their body mass as migration time nears. The warbler’s average speed on the journey is 27 mph (43 km/hr). • West Baden Springs, Indiana was the birthplace

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â–ş On Sept. 22, 1554, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez Coronado, his health badly deteriorated from injuries and the toll of his strenuous travels, dies. Coronado explored much of the southwestern United States, but never found the fabled Seven Cities of Gold he had sought for decades, and died believing that he had been a shameful â–ş On Sept. 15, 1935, German Jews are failure. stripped of their citizenship, reducing them to mere “subjectsâ€? of the state. â–ş On Sept. 16, 1893, the largest German Jews were excluded from a land run in history begins with more host of high-profile vocations, from than 100,000 people pouring into the public office to journalism, radio, Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma to claim theater, film and teaching -- even valuable land that had once belonged farming. Jews found it difficult to buy to Native Americans. With a single shot food, as stores would not admit Jewish from a pistol, the mad dash began. customers. â–ş On Sept. 20, 1960, California hot â–ş On Sept. 9, 1942, in the first and rodder Mickey Thompson takes another only air attack on the U.S. mainland shot at the world land-speed record. in the war, a Japanese floatplane drops Although he only managed to coax his incendiary bombs on Oregon’s Mount streamlined Challenger up to about 378 Emily, setting fire to a state forest. The mph on his first run and 368 mph on president immediately called for a news the second, his speedy trips across the Bonneville Salt Flats won worldwide blackout for the sake of morale. fame for the car and its driver. â–ş On Sept. 10, 1977, at Baumetes Prison in Marseille, France, Hamida â–ş On Sept. 18, 1974, actress Doris Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant Day, one of the biggest box office draws convicted of murder, becomes the of the 1950s and ‘60s, wins a $22.8 last person executed by guillotine. In million malpractice suit against her 1981, France abandoned the guillotine former lawyer. After the death of her third husband, Martin Melcher, in 1968, forever. she discovered that her $20 million in â–ş On Sept. 11, 1991, a Continental life savings had disappeared. Express commuter plane crashes (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Tidbits continues its examination of the 1956 Jewel Akens song by moving on to “the flowers and the trees.” • Of the more than 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world, 15,000 of them are roses. About 10% of flowering plants in the United States are considered endangered, including the state flower of Minnesota, the pink and white lady slipper. This rare wildflower can take up to 16 years to produce its first flower, and it’s illegal to pick them. • The world’s largest flower, the titan arums, has blossoms 10 feet high (3.0 m) and 3 feet (0.9 m) across that weigh nearly 36 lbs. (16.3 kg). What a shame its nickname is the “stinking corpse lily,” because its flowers smell of rotten meat and decaying flesh! This is to attract flies, which are the flower’s pollinators. • Beware of outward appearances! The lovely Venus Fly Trap is really a carnivorous plant that receives nutrition from eating insects. Its thick leaves are covered with small hairs that snap together less than one second after an insect lands on the hairs. Likewise, the beautiful foxglove produces a toxin that can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and even death. Yet it is also used for medicinal purposes in the drug Digitalis for the treatment of certain heart diseases. • If you want something done, do it yourself! According to a survey conducted among florists, 15% of American women send flowers to themselves for Valentine’s Day. It’s no surprise that Valentine’s Day is the number one holiday for florists, representing one-third of all fresh flower

purchases and 40% of dollar volume for the entire year. • The Redwood National Park is home to some real giants, including the world’s largest living tree, nicknamed Hyperion, which stands 378.1 feet (115 m) tall. Just a bit shorter is Helios at 376.3 feet (114.7 m), and third tallest, Icarus, at 371.2 feet (113 m). The General Sherman, another giant redwood sequoia, reaches a height of 275 feet (84 m), but its girth is the amazing figure. It measures 25 ft. (8 m) and has an estimated weight of 4 million lbs. (1,814,369 kg.) • A Bristlecone pine tree named Methuselah located in California’s White Mountains is thought to be the world’s oldest tree, estimated to be 4,650 years old. • A tree’s age can be accurately determined to the exact calendar year by its number of growth rings. The size of the ring can be affected by environmental events, such as temperature, water availability, nutrition in the soil, and even volcanic eruptions. • Did you know that you can increase your property value just by planting trees? Realtors tell us that houses surrounded by trees typically sell for 1825% higher than those houses with no trees. Shade trees can make a building up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer, and heating and air conditioning costs can be reduced by 30% by having trees around a building. Trees are also beneficial by acting as sound barriers to cut down on noise pollution. • Studies indicate that hospital patients whose window faces trees heal faster, use fewer painkillers, and leave the hospital sooner than those whose window faces a brick wall. Research also suggests that workers are more productive when they can see trees from their office window.

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is a giant ape, the last member of his species (Megaprimatus Kong). They are not native to Skull Island, but it is presumed that the species Gigantopithecus, a prehistoric gorilla that was bigger than modern apes, came to the island via an ancient land bridge linked to Asia. This of course happened many thousands of years


Megaprimatus' appearance was like that of an ordinary gorilla, except they were much larger and stronger, regularly growing to heights of over 18-25 feet. As in most gorillas, their fur was a dark black, with the hair on the heads and backs of the older males turning greyish-silver, hence the term 'silverback'. As do all gorillas, these creatures also walk when their knuckles are assisting them. Since they are required to support weight worth tons, these knuckles are extremely durable and thick, having the ability to stand almost any pressure. Behavior: Based on the habits of other apes, it can be presumed that Megaprimatus lived in small family groups, with females and their young guarded by the much larger males. They would live where food was plentiful, venturing down from the uplands and entering the jungles, to feed on the wide range of lush plants. Megaprimatus would feed on fruit, shoots and leaves of all kinds. Their communication was like that of smaller gorillas, using vocalizations such as grunts and roars. Posturing and body language were used as well, as to intimidate rivals and frighten enemies. Predators: Megaprimatus had many foes. Vastatosaurus rex was a mortal enemy, as were Venatosaurs, Foetodon and Terapusmordax. These were a constant threat to the young. Full-grown male Megaprimatus were equal matches for any V-rex, though the largest V-rexes would have been determined to kill the young. While the V-rex had the advantage of massive-bone crushing jaws and armored skin, Megaprimatus had the advantage of their intelligence, massive strength and grasping hands. They could use primitive tools such as logs and boulders against threats, and could grapple, render and bite, and, if given the option, even break necks and skulls. The young of both species were in constant danger from the adults, as the killing of a young Megaprimatus or young V-rex would eliminate future threats. Neither would allow the other on their territory under any circumstances, and fights were usually brief since they used intimidation. If the stakes got high enough, it would be a bloodbath. The smaller predators, Venatosaurus and Foetodon, were not as large but were just as dangerous, even though Venatosaurs packs and groups of Foetodon were much easier to fend off and kill. Like other gorillas, Megaprimatus also had to fight off other Megaprimatus, especially the males.

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