Interesting Information: Food Sensitivities: Amy Myers MD

Interesting Information:  April 2015


Amy Myers is a functional medicine MD.

Here’s an url to her site–which at the moment is featuring 10 signs of food sensitivities.

I used to be totally incapacitated with seasonal allergies–that started to be year round.  Bummer.

But when I began to make the connections between certain foods I was eating and stopped eating them, the seasonal allergies went away.

I don’t really have them any more–or not the streaming eyes, blowing nose version.  (I do have heightened sensitivities in the early spring that certain foods can trigger–foods I can eat just fine the rest of the year.)

I will say that I also work with a homeopath and have for about 10 years now, and I know she has made a huge difference in my constitutional health.  (I don’t seem to get poison ivy any more, for instance.)

Amy Myers MD.

Interesting Information: Household Bleach Exposure Increases Infection Rate In Children

Interesting Information:  April 20, 2015

Household Bleach Exposure Increases Infection Rate in Children

When my mother got really sick, and we children had to clean out her house, I took on the bathrooms.  I wanted them to be really clean so the house would show better.  The bathrooms were old at this stage, and there was a lot of “stuff” in the grout on the floor–after years of use and just surface cleaning.  I used almost pure bleach to scrub the tiles clean.  Now, mother’s bathrooms were not big, so the spaces were very confined.  Additionally, I cleaned out the bottom kitchen cabinets and scrubbed them with bleach.  More confined spaces.  Lots of fumes.

For some time after this cleaning frenzy, I knew that I had harmed my lungs.  How could I have been so stupid?  It took at least a year before I felt like my lungs were healthy again.

This study is one of those that can ONLY show correlation, not causation.  Questionnaires are not gold standard science.  But this kind of study can point to areas that need further study.

Chlorine is, as we know but, like me, don’t pay enough attention to–I mean, bleach is just so ubiquitous in all of our households–poisonous, toxic.

So, be careful with it.  And try other chemicals first–like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda…

Google a bit, and you’ll get some recipes to try.

Here’s the article, and the url is below:


Household bleach exposure increases infection rate in children, according to new research from the British Medical Journal.

The research team believes that the results of the study should be cause for concern in the area of public health. They are urging for more research on the subject.

The team analyzed the effects of bleach exposure among over 9000 children in the Netherlands, Barcelona, and Finland between the ages 6-12.

Their parents were asked to complete a questionnaire on the rates of flu, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, otitis, and pneumonia their children had in the past year. They were also asked about bleach use in their households.

In Spain, 72 percent of participants used bleach, while in Finland, usage rates were only 7 percent. Additionally, all Spanish schools were cleaned with bleach, while the Finnish schools were not.

After analysis of all factors, the research team concluded that household bleach exposure increases infection rate in children.

The risk of one episode of flu infection was 20 percent higher, and recurrent tonsillitis risk was 35 percent higher among households that used bleach.

The overall risk of any infection was 18 percent higher in households that regularly used bleach.

The researchers wrote: “The high frequency of use of disinfecting cleaning products, caused by the erroneous belief, reinforced by advertising, that our homes should be free of microbes, makes the modest effects reported in our study of public health concern.”

Passive exposure to cleaning bleach in the home may have adverse effects on school-age children’s health by increasing the risk of respiratory and other infections. The high frequency of use of disinfecting irritant cleaning products may be of public health concern, also when exposure occurs during childhood,” they concluded.

The study showing that household bleach exposure increases infection rate in children was published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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Health Freedom Alliance – Household Bleach Exposure Increases Infection Rate In Children.

Turkey Tracks: “Scrappy Streak” Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  April 20, 2015

“Scrappy Streak” Quilt

It occurs to me that I never put finished pics of this quilt up on the blog–though I finished it back in the winter–and am enjoying using it so much.


I apologize for the rug, but it would take two extra people to hold this quilt up for viewing…

I love the graphic nature of this very simple quilt–and it was made with the leftover (now small) pieces of the 2 1/2-inch strips that I used to make the big log cabin and the Bonnie Hunter “scrappy trip” pattern (free on her blog) this past winter.  I am loving having these quilts downstairs.  They are so colorful and welcoming and so much better than the old dog blanket that used to protect the couch.  (The dogs do bring in a lot of mud, especially in mud season.)


I got the backing on sale at, I think, Marge Hallowell’s Mainely Sewing in Nobleboro.  And I quilted with my clam shell groovy boards.  (This traditional quilt pattern does not fare well with pantographs–at least not in my hands.)

The red border fabric is from a piece I’ve had for over 12 or more years.  Ideas about quilts change over the years, and I no longer wanted to make the quilt for which this fabric had been purchased.  So…  It’s brilliant in this quilt.


Here’s a final view of the graphic nature of this quilt:


Quilts like these three quilts all made from my 2 1/2-inch fabric strips remind me over and over of other quilts I have made.  Invariably, seeing a fabric from another quilt makes me smile.

This quilt is No 113 and was finished probably in February.