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Before patients' blood pressure is measured in a doctor's office, having them seated and at rest for at least 10 minutes appears to give more reliable results, Italian researchers report in the American Journal of Hypertension.

For more information click here on Prior Rest Can Improve Blood Pressure Readings in the Doctors Office.

 

Comments by Dr. Allen Lawrence, M.D.:

Many people have what is commonly referred to as "White Coat Syndrome," their blood pressure goes up when they come to the doctors office. When an individual has had elevated blood pressure readings in the doctors office on prior visits they may experience anxiety and nervousness while waiting to be seen by the doctor. When they are finally taken into the back office their blood pressure may be elevated. In this article we see that simply by either asking to wait 10 minutes before having your blood pressure taken, or if your blood pressure is elevated when first taken, ask if you can have it retaken again in 10 minutes. Then rest and relax for the next 10 minutes.

When a patient has a blood pressure cuff at home, I often ask them to record their blood pressure several times over the two to three days prior to their office visit. It is not unusual for blood pressures taken at home, on the job or during daily living to be entirely normal, even when the patients blood pressure is elevated in the office. In such cases I consider the home blood pressures above the office blood pressure and if they are normal suggest that they individual is not really hypertensive, but reacting to the "White Coat Syndrome."

If you have been diagnosed as having high blood pressure, it may well pay to purchase a simple blood pressure cuff to use at home. Take your blood pressure several times a day, record the values, the time taken, and what was going on in or around you at the time they were taken. It pays to take your blood pressure after you have rested, during a stressful event, if angry, and if happy. Notice whether your mood or what is happening around you, affect your blood pressure. Bring these recording with you so your doctor can review them. Often it is an interesting learning experience.

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About Drs. Allen and Lisa Robyn Lawence

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Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.
Lisa Robyn Lawrence, MS., Ph.D.

 

 Allen Lawrence, M.S., M.D. Ph.D.

In 1966 Dr. Lawrence graduated from U.C. Irvine School of Medicine. He performed his internship at U.S.C. County General Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Upon completion of his internship he entered the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Officer. He spent the next two years on the island of Guam working both with military personnel and their wives. Upon discharge from the Air Force he joined a General Practice in Los Angeles for one year. In 1970 he entered a residency training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Upon completion of my training Dr. Allen Lawrence went into private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the West Los Angeles-Beverly Hills area. He practiced OB-Gyn for the next 11 years. During that time he performed thousands of deliveries. These deliveries not only in the hospital but many hundreds as home deliveries and in later in a non-hospital based birthing center. Throughout this period he never lost a single mother or baby, my C-section rate was a low 5%.

In 1983 he left the practice of OB-Gyn in 1983 after developing a severe and incapacitating heart irregularity. After trying many different combinations of medication he ultimately recognized that his problem was primarily stress-related. Dr. Lawrence spent the next ten years learning about stress, healing, comparative healing systems. Eventually, this quest lead to the realm of prevention and healing people instead of waiting until they became sick to then treat them. In 1980 he earned a Master's Degree in Nutrition and in 1984 a Ph.D. in Psychology.

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Lisa Robyn  Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D.

 

Lisa Robyn Lawrence has spent most of her adult life working in the medical profession. In the early 1980's Lisa's Premenstrual Syndrome became a major problem. Lisa, working with Dr. Allen Lawrence, researched the field of PMS. After learning its causes she was able to completely eliminate all of her symptoms. Using this work as her thesis, she was granted a Master of Science in Nutrition in 1984. In 1994 Lisa earned a Ph.D. in Human Ecology.

As Director of Nutritional Counseling Services at Reseda Woman's Center and later at Diversicare Medical Group, Lisa has worked with more than 3,000 women. For more than fifteen years Lisa has had a nutritional practice helping people with problems such as PMS, menopause, pregnancy nutrition, weight reduction, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other nutrition problems.

Besides her nutritional practice Dr. Lisa Lawrence works with men and women counseling them on alternative and natural healing techniques and treats, Stress, Stress-Related Disorders, illnesses either created by stress or made worse by it.

Today Drs. Allen and Lisa live and work together in Desert Hot Springs, California and are Co-Directors of Health Education Associates and Desert Wellness and Healing Seminars providing health education through lecturing, seminars, publishing and the internet. Dr. Allen Lawrence, no longer practice standard Western medicine. They now work with alternative medicine techniques and educate and counsel men and women in wellness and illness prevention. Their work is based on Integration of Mind, Body and Spirit and problem solving to prevent and heal illness, nutrition and lifestyle transformation.

The Lawrences are coauthors of six books, A Doctor's Proven Nutritional Program for Conquering PMS published by Simon and Schuster, Stress Related Disorders, Illness an Intelligent Act of the Body published by ALLME Publishing Co., Huna, Ancient Miracle Healing Practices and the Future of Medicine Published by Hanover House, 30-Days to No More PMS, 30-Days to No mOre PMS, The PMS Cookbook and 30-Days to No More Iron Deficiency Anemia pblished by ALLCO Publishing

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In the past 20 years, the percentage of Americans suffering from seasonal allergies has more than doubled from 10% to approximately 25%. Allergy experts explain that as modern medicine has developed more antibiotics and vaccines, our immune systems have fewer infections to fight. According to the one theory, referred to as the hygiene hypothesis, the "bored" immune system stimulates itself by turning harmless substances into allergy-causing substances (allergens) that it can fight. Still another theory suggests that the immune system is not bored, but rather confused and is sensing that the person is under attack. This occurs mostly for two reasons: 1) Americans are under extreme stress almost all the time, 2) people are living confusing and frustrated lives wishing for an wanting more than they have hence they often feel under attack from things outside of them, hence in both situations the immune system is simply responding to vague and unclear attacks and strikes out at anything that enters into the body space including what we breath in and what we eat.

Many allergies have a genetic (hereditary) basis. A child with one allergic parent has an estimated 30% to 50% risk of developing allergies over the course of his or her lifetime; with two allergic parents, the risk jumps to 50% to 70%. The genes from mom and dad may program a child's immune system to overreact to substances that don't bother other people.

Whenever a person comes in contact with a substance that might trigger an allergy (an allergen), the immune system generates excessive amounts of the allergy antibody (commonly immoglobulin E (IgE)) to fight the offending allergen. This IgE binds to certain cells in the body called "mast cells," which are found in great numbers in the eyes, nose, skin, lungs, and intestines. Whhen IgE binds to these mast cells they release a chemical called "histamine," which is an inflammatory chemical. It is this histamine release which causes most of the symptoms we gernally refer to as an "allergy attack."

While the exact same type of reaction occurs in the nose, eyes, lungs, intestinal tract or skin, the symptoms will vary greatly depending on which of these organ systems are actually involved. When we are discussing seasonal allergies we are usually relating to the eye, nose, sinuses, throat and occasionally, the lungs. While food or medication allergies more often affect the intestinal tract and/or the skin, but can also affect the nose, throat, sinuses, and lungs as well.


Antihistamines As Pre-Treatment

With seasonal allergies, when we block the inflammatory action of histamine using a class of medications called "antihistamines" we can often prevent or at least minimize sneezing, runny nose, and itching, but only if you use them before the worst part of the allergic reaction sets in.

Over-the-counter (nonprescription) antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), chlortrimiton and others are effective but may cause drowsiness. A second newer group of more sophisticated antihistamines called H1 antagonists: Allegra, Claritin, Clarinex, Zyrtec and Alavert, to name only a few, are now also available without a prescription and they don't have this drowsiness drawback. If over-the-counter antihistamines don't work for you, your doctor may prescribe a stronger preparation, preferably a non-sedating antihistamine or a topical antihistamine and/or topical corticosteroid.


Decongestants-And Combos

Decongestants shrink tiny vessels to reduce the amount of fluid that flows through them, and thereby the fluid that leaks into the nasal tissues. This relieves congestion and improves breathing. Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) for example, is a weak and sometimes effective nonprescription decongestant, Chlortrimiton, Drixoral, Dimatapp, Sinutab, Dristan are examples of stronger more effective medications.

Claritin-D, Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D and others which combines an antihistamine with a decongestant are sometimes helpful and are also available as over-the-counter product.


Next Stop, Sprays And Drops

When oral medications don't work or only work slightly, nasal sprays or drops may then be helpful. Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium) is an over-the-counter antihistamine spray; Astelin (azelastine) is a prescription preparation. Both can be used for the long-term prevention of symptoms.

An over-the-counter decongestant spray such as Afrin (oxymetazoline), on the other hand, can be used for only 2 or 3 days. Longer use may lead to "rebound" nasal swelling and worsening congestion and causing an addiction-like affect.

Prescription corticosteroid nasal sprays can also safely relieve inflammation and open nasal passages. Nasonex (mometasone furoate monohydrate) is approved to both relieve and prevent nasal allergy symptoms. You'll have to use such sprays for a week before they're effective.

Itching eyes may benefit from prescription antihistamine eyedrops, particularly if used preventively. For example, you can start using Optivar (azelastine) or Patanol (olopatadine) for a week or two before you expect pollen problems to strike; the drops can also be used throughout the allergy season. Corticosteroid eyedrops may he used in severe cases, but only sparingly. And when they're used, you should be followed closely by an ophthalmologist.


The Role of an Anti-Leukotriene

Another powerful set of chemicals are often released during an allergic episode, these are called, "leukotrienes." This prescription drug blocks the  allergic reaction: One Singulair (montelukast) tablet a day may relieve sneezing and a stuffed or runny nose.


A Little Prevention Does Along Way

Limit your exposure to seasonal allergens. Listen to broadcasts describing local allergens air levels. When they are high, try to stay indoors, windows closed. It helps, too, to shower at night to wash away the days pollens.


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Obesity is a national epidemic, and evolving research has demonstrated that it increases the risk of a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, colon cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, gallbladder disease, osteoporosis, and obstructive sleep apnea.


Obesity Rate Rises Over Past 20 Years - The Total Number Of Obese Adults Has Risen From 12% to nearly 18% of Total U.S. Population

The number of Americans who are thinking about dieting and losing weight is probably at an all-time high. But surprisingly, so too are the number of Americans who are overweight. The medical profession defines a person as being over weight if their Basal Metabolic Index (BMI) is greater than 25. A person is considered to be obese if their BMI greater than 30). The number of people who are either overweight or obese now represents at least 30% of the U.S. population. The percentage of children and adolescents who are overweight has also doubled since the early 1970's. This bodes a raising concerns for long-term health effects as these children and adolescents become adults. Being overweight and obese increased ones risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. By mid-1999, there were 7.1 million physician visits related to weight concerns. It s estimated that today there is likely more than 10 million office visits aa year related to health conditions created by being overweight or obese.


 

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Who Is Obesity?

Obesity has increased in all levels of the American population men, women and children. It has moved across all social groups. The largest increases have occurred in the younger age groups and those with higher educational levels.

Among Hispanic men, the prevalence of obesity increased from 10% in 1991 to 18.3% in 1997 and in Hispanic women from 13.2% to 23.4%. In 1991, 4 out of 45 states surveyed had obesity rates of 15% and higher. By 1998, 37 states had rates higher than 15%.

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

It has long been known that obesity is linked to the metabolic syndrome, a precursor of type 2 diabetes. A recent study concluded that individuals in the upper-normal-weight, overweight or obese having an elevated BMI greater than 25 is in the range of having an increased risk for metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is said to occur if any 3 out of the 5 criteria of health are met:

  • Central abdominal obesity that is excess fat distributed around the waist, the so-called "spare tire." In men, a waist size greater than 40 inches, and in women, a waist size of 35 inches or more.
  • Elevated fasting blood triglyceride levels, greater than 150 mg/dl.
  • Low fasting blood HDL-Cholesterol levels, less than 50 mg/dl.
  • Blood pressure greater than 140/90
  • Elevated fasting blood sugar, greater than 110 mg/dl.
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    These abnormal levels of fat cell proteins in the bloodstream are thought to contribute to insulin resistance, which then increases fasting blood sugar levels, which then appears to lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and eventually heart disease. Many researchers believe that screening individuals with normal or slightly elevated BMI (greater than 25) is important in the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    Because of the heightened awareness of obesity and its link to disease we make available to you two web sites where you , the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides a science-based information website on weight control, physical activity, obesity, and related  nutritional issues for consumers as well as health professionals. The Web site is www. niddk.nih.gov/ health/nutrit/nutrit.htm.

     

    Diet and Inactivity

    There appear to be two main reasons for the increased in overweight and obese people. 1) Refined food diet and 2) lack of exercise.

    While diet is a major reason for obesity, all obesity does not occur from too much sugar or fat in the diet. While fat and sugar do appear to cause some and even substantial weight gain they are not the only factors. Another major factor is that the American (and most industrialized countries around the world) are eating almost entirely refined and processed food diets. Clearly this type of diet is high in refined sugars and fats, but also low in many important nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals and nutrients. The food most Americans are eating is seriously deficient in many essential nutrients. Hence many people are actually starving and this means that they are more hungry and hence eat more refined and processed foods seriously increasing total calorie intake and further depleting the body of much needed nutrients.

    The other reason for the increase in overweight and obesity persons is a decline in physical activity. In addition to inactivity. The human body developed over millions of years and during this many formative years life was generally much more physical than it is now. People walk less, less manual work is done, people drive instead of go by horse back and hence our muscles the largest fat burning organ in our body are smaller and less well developed hence burn considerably less fat.

    Many physicians believe we are dealing with an "epidemic" of excess weight and obesity. We urge the public to chose much better and more balanced food intake. Meals higher in fresh fruits and vegetables. We also urge a significant reduction of refined and processed foods. Another request is for increased physical activity, and more interest in weight maintenance and weight reduction programs and alerting more people to the negative health consequences of obesity.

     

    Am I Obese? Today we catagorize obesity in four groups:

  • The Preobese: those individuals with a BMI of 25-29.9
  • Classes 1 Obesity: those individuals with a BMI of 30-34.9
  • Classes 2 Obesity: those individuals with a BMI of 35-39.94
  • Classes 3 Obesity: those individuals with a BMI which is greater than 40
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    Obesity Is Now a Critical Public Health Issue

    Obesity is a national epidemic, and evolving research has demonstrated that it increases the risk of a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, colon cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, gallbladder disease, osteoporosis, and obstructive sleep apnea.


    Obesity Rate Rises Over Past 20 Years -- The Total Number Of Obese Adults Has Risen From 12% to nearly 18% of Total U.S. Population

    \The number of Americans who are thinking about dieting and losing weight is probably at an all-time high. But surprisingly, so too are the number of Americans who are overweight. The medical profession defines a person as being over weight if their Basal Metabolic Index (BMI) is greater than 25. A person is considered to be obese if their BMI greater than 30). The number of people who are either overweight or obese now represents at least 30% of the U.S. population. The percentage of children and adolescents who are overweight has also doubled since the early 1970's. This bodes a raising concerns for long-term health effects as these children and adolescents become adults. Being overweight and obese increased ones risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. By mid-1999, there were 7.1 million physician visits related to weight concerns. It is estimate that today there is likely more than 10 million office visits aa year related to health conditions created by being overweight or obese.


    Who Is Obesity?

    Obesity has increased in all levels of the American population men, women and children. It has moved across all social groups. The largest increases have occurred in the younger age groups and those with higher educational levels.

    Among Hispanic men, the prevalence of obesity increased from 10% in 1991 to 18.3% in 1997 and in Hispanic women from 13.2% to 23.4%. In 1991, 4 out of 45 states surveyed had obesity rates of 15% and higher. By 1998, 37 states had rates higher than 15%.


    Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

    It has long been known that obesity is linked to the metabolic syndrome, a precursor of type 2 diabetes. A recent study concluded that individuals in the upper-normal-weight, overweight or obese having an elevated BMI greater than 25 is in the range of having an increased risk for metabolic syndrome.

    Metabolic syndrome is said to occur if any 3 out of the 5 criteria of health are met:

  • Central abdominal obesity that is excess fat distributed around the waist, the so-called "spare tire." In men, a waist size greater than 40 inches, and in women, a waist size of 35 inches or more.
  • Elevated fasting blood triglyceride levels, greater than 150 mg/dl.
  • Low fasting blood HDL-Cholesterol levels, less than 50 mg/dl.
  • Blood pressure greater than 140/90
  • Elevated fasting blood sugar, greater than 110 mg/dl.


  • These abnormal levels of fat cell proteins in the bloodstream are thought to contribute to insulin resistance, which then increases fasting blood sugar levels, which then appears to lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and eventually heart disease. Many researchers believe that screening individuals with normal or slightly elevated BMI (greater than 25) is important in the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    Because of the heightened awareness of obesity and its link to disease we make available to you two websites where you , the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides a science-based information website on weight control, physical activity, obesity, and related nutritional issues for consumers as well as health professionals. The Web site is www. niddk.nih.gov/ health/nutrit/nutrit.htm.


    The Picture Gets Darker and More Compelling to Lose Weight

    Almost every month, a new reason for obese people to be concerned arises. Recent research has found a higher risk of leukemia among older overweight women. University of Minnesota researchers concluded that being overweight or obese could more than double the slight risk of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in women 55 years of age and older. AML is one of the deadliest leukemias and accounts for one third of the 33,000 leukemia cases diagnosed annually in the United States. According to the study, a 5-foot, 4-inch woman who weighs between 146 and 174 pounds is considered overweight; if she weighs more than 175 pounds, she is considered obese.


    Diet and Inactivity

    There appear to be two main reasons for the increased in overweight and obese people. 1) Refined food diet and 2) lack of exercise.

    While diet is a major reason for obesity, all obesity does not occur from too much sugar or fat in the diet. While fat and sugar do appear to cause some and even substantial weight gain they are not the only factors. Another major factor is that the American (and most industrialized countries around the world) are eating almost entirely refined and processed food diets. Clearly this type of diet is high in refined sugars and fats, but also low in many important nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals and nutrients. The food most Americans are eating is seriously deficient in many essential nutrients. Hence many people are actually starving and this means that they are more hungry and hence eat more refined and processed foods seriously increasing total calorie intake and further depleting the body of much needed nutrients.

    The other reason for the increase in overweight and obesity persons is a decline in physical activity. In addition to inactivity. The human body developed over millions of years and during this many formative years life was generally much more physical than it is now. People walk less, less manual work is done, people drive instead of go by horse back and hence our muscles the largest fat burning organ in our body are smaller and less well developed hence burn considerably less fat.

    Many physicians believe we are dealing with an "epidemic" of excess weight and obesity. We urge the public to chose much better and more balanced food intake. Meals higher in fresh fruits and vegetables. We also urge a significant reduction of refined and processed foods. Another request is for increased physical activity, and more interest in weight maintenance and weight reduction programs and alerting more people to the negative health consequences of obesity.

     

    Am I Obese?

    Today we catagorize obesity in four groups:

    1. The Preobese: those individuals with a BMI of 25-29.9
    2. Classes 1 Obesity: those individuals with a BMI of 30-34.9
    3. Classes 2 Obesity: those individuals with a BMI of 35-39.94
    4. Classes 3 Obesity: those individuals with a BMI which is greater than 40

     

     

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    The question, "Does dietary modification lower the risk of cardiovascular disease?" is a question frequently asked by people and by their medical doctors. This question was put to the test in the following study.

    Study Objectives: To assess the effects of providing dietary advice to a health group pf adults in order to achieve sustained dietary changes and improved cardiovascular risk profile among these healthy adults.

    In one randomized study involving healthy adults comparing men and women provided with simple dietary advice. This group was compared with a similar group of people who were either given less intensive advice or no dietary advice at all. Trials involving children, trials to reduce weight or those involving supplementation were excluded.

    Data collection and analysis: Two reviewers independently assessed trial quality and extracted data. Study authors were contacted for additional information.

    Dietary advice reduced total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol within 3-12 months. HDL cholesterol levels were unchanged. Dietary advice reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and the 24-hour excretion sodium in the urine within 3-36 months. Plasma triglycerides, ß-carotene and red cell folate were each measured in one small study which suggested no significant effect.

    The study monitors suggested that self-reported dietary intake ming have been subject to a reporting bias. When patient who had received no advice were compared to patient told to increase their dietary intake of fruit and vegetable by more than one servings a day it was found that dietary fiber intake was increased by more than 7 grams per day, while total dietary fat as a percentage of total energy intake in the diet tended to fall by more than 6 % and saturated fat intake fell by more than 3 % in those who followed the basic advice provided.

    Study conclusions: Dietary advice appears to be effective in bringing about modest beneficial changes in diet and cardiovascular risk factors over approximately 9 months but longer term effects are not known.

    Comments by Allen Lawrence, M.D.: While clearly dietary advise is important and valuable, when combined with: 1) eliminating as much refined and processed foods as possible, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and establishing a regular exercise program, and 2) when needed, medication to lower cholesterol and control other risk factors such as blood pressure, these lifestyle modification can make a significant difference in risk and even reduce the total amount of medications needed to obtain the best possible risk lowering results.

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    Exercise

    Exercise is a most important part of prevention and maintaining health and wellness. Our distant ancestors had no automobiles, they often did hard physician work, walked long distances to accomplish anything and bent, stooped and lifted without the help of machines. Physical exercise is important to both the mechanics of our body and to its ability to maintain its well-being. Today, by comparison, we live a sedentary life style and we are paying prices we may not really ant to pay. Not only physical problems such as back pain, arthritis and obesity but also impaired immune system, depression, anxiety and other physical, mental and spiritual problems.

    In this next section we will look at the role exercise can play in preventing illness and returning ourselves to a full and complete state of wellness.

    Treating Allergies

    If your symptoms are mild, you may not need treatment. The standard treatment for hives and angioedema is antihistamines. Antihistamines block the symptom-producing release of histamine. Therer are two groups of antihistamines. 1) Nonprescription, over-the-counter medications and 2) prescrition medicatiosn which require a physician Rx. 

    Nonprescription Medications:

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others)
  • Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, others)
  • Clemastine (Tavist, others)
  • Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin)
  • Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine and clemastine may cause drowsiness. Loratadine usually doesn't cause drowsiness. All are affective in some people however, none are affective in everyone. If you have mild allergies you may want to try one or more of these medications before consulting your doctor. Read the product lable carefully: 1) make sure that it does not conflict with any other medications you are currently using nor any medical condition you are otherwise treating, and 2) make sure you are using it correctly.


    Prescription Medications:

  • Desloratadine (Clarinex)
  • Fexofenadine (Allegra)
  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)
  • Desloratadine (Clarinex)
  • Desloratadine (Clarinex)
  • Desloratadine (Clarinex)
  • Fexofenadine (Allegra)
  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)
  • Some of these medication may also cause drowsiness and you should avoid driving or operating machinery if you are experiencing problems with your level of awareness or you ability to function.

    Occasionally, if you are suffering from severe hives or angioedema, doctors may prescribe an oral or injectable corticosteroid drug, prednisone is one such oral drug used orally. Corticosteroids can help lessen swelling, redness and itching and more rapidly reverse severe allergic reactions.

    Although useful in treating hives and angioedema, corticosteroids are often ineffective in treating hereditary angioedema (HAE). Medications used specifically to treat HAE on a long-term basis include certain androgens (male-based hormones), such as danazol (Danocrine), which can help to regulate levels of blood proteins.

    For a severe attack of hives or angioedema, you may need an emergency injection of adrenaline (epinephrine) and a trip to the emergency room. If you have repeated attacks, despite treatment, your doctor may prescribe — and instruct you how to use — adrenaline to carry with you for use in emergency situations.

    The very best way to avoid allergic reactions is to avoid those allergens that may stimulate an allergic reactions. This is especially true of food, medication, pollen and latex allergies.

     

    Latex Allergies

    It has been estimated that between 1% and 6% of all people may have an allergy to latex. Certain people, especially health care workers who wear latex gloves and individuals who have had multiple surgical procedures, are at particularly high risk for allergic reactions to latex. Individuals who already suffer from allergies are at an increased risk of developing latex allergy.

    A latex allergy appears develop after an individual has had some sort of sensitizing contact with latex. Rubber gloves are the main source of allergic reactions. A component of the latex substance itself is an allergen for many people. The latex glove powder residue is an airborne allergen that causes upper airway allergic reactions in some people, as well as worsening asthma.

    Sometimes severe skin rashes, hives, tearing of the eyes and respiratory irritation, wheezing, and itching of the skin are common symptoms of latex allergy. Allergic reactions to latex can range from slight skin redness and itching to much more serious symptoms. A more severe reaction can occur if there is extensive exposure of the mucosal membrane, such as during an operation or gynecologic exam.

    Treatment of latex reactions begins by removing the offending latex product. Drug treatment also may be used, according to the type of symptoms developing. If you have latex allergy, it is important for you to wear a Medic Alert bracelet and carry an emergency epinephrine kit. There is no cure for latex allergy, so the best treatment for this condition is prevention.

    It has been estimated that between 1% and 6% of all people may have an allergy to latex. Certain people, especially health care workers who wear latex gloves and individuals who have had multiple surgical procedures, are at particularly high risk for allergic reactions to latex. Individuals who already suffer from allergies are at an increased risk of developing latex allergy.

    A latex allergy appears develop after an individual has had some sort of sensitizing contact with latex. Rubber gloves are the main source of allergic reactions. A component of the latex substance itself is an allergen for many people. The latex glove powder residue is an airborne allergen that causes upper airway allergic reactions in some people, as well as worsening asthma.

    Sometimes severe skin rashes, hives, tearing of the eyes and respiratory irritation, wheezing, and itching of the skin are common symptoms of latex allergy. Allergic reactions to latex can range from slight skin redness and itching to much more serious symptoms. A more severe reaction can occur if there is extensive exposure of the mucosal membrane, such as during an operation or gynecologic exam.

    Treatment of latex reactions begins by removing the offending latex product. Drug treatment also may be used, according to the type of symptoms developing. If you have latex allergy, it is important for you to wear a Medic Alert bracelet and carry an emergency epinephrine kit. There is no cure for latex allergy, so the best treatment for this condition is prevention.

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    Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D.



    Books Presently Published And Available

    Special Report: A Doctor's Proven Nutritional Program For Conquering PMS©. (Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S. Simon & Schuster, Prentice Hall, Parker Publishing Co. $24.95. Released July 1993.) The Lawrences have treated more than one thousand women with PMS in the past 14 years. PMS affects 40 million women in the US alone. This is a step-by-step self-treatment program which teaches women everything they need to know in order to eliminate their PMS symptoms. It includes tables, daily diet selections and list of foods which can either worsen PMS or relieve it.

    Stress-Related Disorders, Illness as an Intelligent Act of the Body© (Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph. D., ALLME Publishing.) $8.95. Stress-Related Disorders affect tens of millions of men, women and children yearly. Often many people are "allowed to get sick" because neither they nor their medical doctors are aware of how stress causes illness and how these illnesses can be recognized early. Without early recognition the underlying problems cannot be solved, stress increases and eventually permanent injury is created. This book looks at establishing a drugless approach to curing many illnesses. This book is designed for the busy reader who wants basics facts without in depth explanations.

    Huna—Ancient Healing Miracle Practices and the Future of Medicine©: (Co-Author Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph. D. Released February 1995) $14.95. Physicians using modern, Western medicine, rarely cure any of their patients. The general public wants more. This study contrasts the ancient form of Hawaiian medicine known as Huna with what the authors call the Interventive medical system. The book demonstrates to physician and patient alike how the use of Huna can cure rather than merely treat illness.

    30-Days To No More PMS, A Doctor’s Proven Nutritional Program©. (Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Allco Publishing. $24.95. Released July 2003.) The Lawrences have treated more than one thousand women with PMS in the past 14 years. PMS affects 40 million women in the US alone. This is a step-by-step self-treatment program which teaches women everything they need to know in order to eliminate their PMS symptoms. It includes tables, daily diet selections and list of foods which can either worsen PMS or relieve it.

    30-Days To No More PMS, The Cookbook© (Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Allco Publishing. $19.95) This is a companion book to 30-Days to No More PMS, A Doctor’s Proven Nutritional Program and provides more than 70 recipes, food plans and basic information for constructing a healthy anti-PMS diet.. This is a companion book to 30-Days to No More PMS, A Doctor’s Proven Nutritional Program and provides more than 70 recipes, food plans and basic information for constructing a healthy anti-PMS diet.

    30-Days To No More IDA, A Doctor’s Proven Nutritional Program©. (Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Allco Publishing. $9.95. The Lawrences have treated more thousands of men, women and children with Iron Deficiency Anemia over the past 25 years. Iron Deficiency Anemia affects million of people in the US alone. This is a step-by-step self-treatment program which teaches men and women everything they need to know in order to eliminate their Iron Deficiency Anemia and its symptoms. It includes tables, daily diet selections and list of foods which can either worsen IDA or relieve it.

    Making Sense out of Ear Problems, Ear Pain and Ear Infections© (Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph. D., ALLCO Publishing, 2004 $9.95) Ear pain and ear infections are common problems. Many families men, women and children are affected and often these infections create emotional as well as physical pain. In this book we demystify this problem and look at ways to prevent and treat ear pain and infections boy medically and using alterative medical treatments


    Medical Self-Help Programs

    Metamorphosis Weight Loss Program©
    This is a nutritionally-based patient education and a self-help program which can be used to assist patients along with appropriate office support and counseling to lose weight safely, sanely and easily. As much as 3 to 7 lbs. a week weight loss can be obtained when patients follow this program as it is written. This is a tried and proven program used by the Lawrence’s in medical practice for more than ten years. It works. It requires no medications or appetite suppressants.

    Metamorphosis Low-Cholesterol, Low-Fat Dietary Program©
    This is a nutritionally-based patient education and self-help program which can be used to assist patients along with appropriate office support and counseling to lose to lower their cholesterol and triglycerides sanely and easily. This is a tried and proven program used by the Lawrence’s in medical practice for more than ten years. It works.

    Metamorphosis Mediterranean-Style Low Cholesterol Dietary Program©
    This is a new nutritionally-based patient education and self-help program which can be used to assist patients along with appropriate office support and counseling for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. This is a tried and proven program used by the Lawrence’s in medical practice and it works.

    PMS Dietary Treatment Program© 
    This is nutritionally-based patient education, self-help program which can be used to assist patients with along with appropriate office support and counseling to control and eliminate PMS symptoms and long term consequences of PMS through dietary choices alone. No medication or medical treatments are necessary.

    Diabetes Nutritional Program©
    This is a nutritionally-based patient education and self-help program which can be used to assist patients along with appropriate office support and counseling to control type 2 diabetics not only to control their diabetes, but also to reduce total medication, reduce or eliminate use of insulin, and/or oral medication, and to control diabetes with diet alone.


    Books and Series Completed or Near Ready for Publication

    Health Education Programs, Audiovisuals and Slide Shows Programs

    Understanding Asthma, the Basics©
    A presentation discussing the basics of asthma for the Asthma patient. It discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and basic fundamentals of treatment.

    Understanding Asthma, Treating Your Asthma©
    Discusses the basics of treatment of asthma the whys and how to dos that patients need to know to be successful in managing their asthma and eliminating recurrent episodes.

    Understanding Diabetes Mellitus, The Basics©
    Discusses the basics of diabetes, who becomes a diabetic, the symptoms, diagnosis and basic fundamentals of treating diabetes, Types 1 and 2.

    Understanding Diabetes, Injecting Insulin©
    The step by step instructions for preparing and injecting insulin, designed to make the role of the nurse and the doctor easier in teaching patient how to self inject themselves with insulin. job easier

    Breezing Through Menopause, The Basics©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about Menopause what it is, why it happens and what can be done to reduce potential problems.

    Breezing Through Menopause, Making Decisions©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing the more advanced issues and decisions that must be made in the post menopausal era including osteoporosis, hormonal therapy, breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, diet and other health risks associated with the post menopausal era.

    Osteoporosis, What Every Woman Should Know©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about osteoporosis, risk of fracture, prevention and nutritional considerations.

    Premenstrual Syndrome©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), including what PMS is, the several basic patterns seen, the hormonal and dietary imbalances that create it and basic treatment.

    Basic Stress©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about stress which includes basic information of what stress is and how it affects us and our immune system.

    Stress-Related Diseases©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about illness and the process of creating illnesses caused by stress or made worse by stress.

    Healing Yourself and Others©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about how illness is created, healing and wellness, how healing is created and the basics of wellness.

    General Contraception©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about the basics of family planning, contraceptive methods and how to choose a contraceptive method

    Huna, Integration of Mind, Body and Spirit©
    A slide show program for in-office education of patients detailing basic information about the basics of Huna, Hawaiian medicine and its theories of the benefits of integration of mind, body and spirit in preventing, illness, healing and enlightening oneself. Ho’oponopono, A Traditional Hawaiian

    Ho’oponopono, A Traditional Hawaiian Family Problem Solving Process©
    A slide show presentation outlining the basic principles and facts of Ho’oponopono. Ho’oponopono is a traditional ritual process used for restoring physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harmony and balance between two or more individuals, a specific group or an extended family in Hawaii.

     

    Internet Publications

    Wellness on the Web©
    At http://www.yourpersonalwebmd.com I have more than four hundred and fifty articles and documents, all written by the Lawrences relating to health, wellness, healing, common medical problems, women’s health issues, cardiovascular disease, stress, nutrition, exercise, Hawaiian healing systems. Wellness on the Web is linked to more than 60 other health and wellness websites around the globe.

    Questions and Answers Section: Dr. Lawrence presently helps individuals from all over the world by answering questions on health, wellness, nutrition, PMS, Menopause and many other topics. Dr. Lawrence is also a regular panel member of Ask the Doctor out of Canada where he along with 70 other physicians and specialists in the medical area answer many health related questions. When questions come into The Wellness on the Web Q& A Section that Dr. Lawrence cannot answer he will contact specific specialists or practitioners on the Ask the Doctor website for their help or refer the question to the general panel.

    Additional Web sites opeated by Drs. Allen and Lisa Robyn Lawrence
    30daystonomorepms.com
    30daystonomoreida.com
    ancientmiraclehealing.com
    metamorphosisdiet.com
    lawrenceweighloss.com
    srdbook.com
    personalwebmd.com

    breezingthroughmenopause.com

     

    Wellness Programs and Books Available on the Internet

    30-Days to No More PMS©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. PMS is a readily solvable problem. It is a nutritional deficiency and excess syndrome when the PMS sufferer eats the right diet for her body’s needs PMS will disappear. This on-line book teaches the PMS sufferer what PMS is and how it can be permanently eliminated. Information in the book is based on the clinical experience of Drs. Allen and Lisa Lawrence in treating more than two thousand women with PMS.

    The Metamorphosis Weight Loss Program©

    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Metamorphosis is a safe and sane weight loss program. It educates the reader to the basic of eating a good healthy diet, how to chose low fat foods, foods which are low in refined and processed sugars, and foods which a re nutritionally dense, that is high in vitamins, minerals complex carbohydrates, protein, trace and micro nutrients. Sample diets are given. Lists of foods which are healthy and tips on how to avoid regaining weight once lost. It is based on sound principles of medical nutrition and common sense.

    The Metamorphosis Mediterranean-Style Low Fat, Low Cholesterol Diet Program ©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. A sophisticated low fat, low cholesterol dietary program based on the now famous Mediterranean diet for people with elevated cholesterol, and risk of coronary artery disease or stroke. Sample diets are given. Lists of foods which are healthy and tips on how to further lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. It is based on sound principles of medical nutrition and common sense.

    The Metamorphosis Low Fat, Low Cholesterol Diet Program©

    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. A sophisticated low fat, low cholesterol dietary program for people with elevated cholesterol, and risk of coronary artery disease or stroke. Sample diets are given. Lists of foods which are healthy and tips on how to further lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. It is based on sound principles of medical nutrition and common sense.

    The Metamorphosis Good Healthy Diet Program©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Robyn Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. People ask all the time what should I eat or not eat to keep healthy. This book presents one of the most sophisticated healthy dietary program for people who are basically healthy and wish to stay healthy. Sample diets are given. Lists of foods which are healthy and tips on how to continue to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. It is based on sound principles of medical nutrition and common sense.

    Stress-Related Disorders, Illness as an Intelligent Act of the Body©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Stress-Related Disorders affect tens of millions of men, women and children yearly. Often many people are "allowed to get sick" because neither they nor their medical doctors are aware of how stress causes illness and how these illnesses can be recognized early. Without early recognition the underlying problems cannot be solved, stress increases and eventually permanent injury is created. This book looks at establishing a drugless approach to curing many illnesses. This book is designed for the busy reader who wants basics facts without in depth explanations.

    Healing through Huna, Ancient Secrets of Healing Mind, Body and Spirit©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. A look at what the ancients knew about healing and creating harmony and balance in mind, body and spirit. Huna adds a new and responsible dimension to the medial treatment of any illness. It teaches the reader how to use visualization, positive attitude and ancient knowledge of healing along with current medical treatment to promote faster healing and prevention of illness.

    Psychoneuroimmunology, Gateway to Mind, Body, Spirit Medicine©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. A narrative about the evolving role of psychoneuroimmunology in medical practice. Designed for educating the general public. This work looks at what psychoneuroimmunology is and how it is beginning to affect the day to day practice of medicine, healing and understanding the causes of illness. It also looks at what researchers are now finding out about the interrelationship of neurochemistry, mind and spirit to the health and well-being of the physical body.
    Ho’oponopono, A Traditional Hawaiian Family Problem Solving Process©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. ho’oponopono is a traditional ritual process used for restoring physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harmony and balance between two or more individuals, a specific group or an extended family in Hawaii. The word ho’oponopono like most Hawaiian words has many meanings, the most common meanings are "to set right, to correct, to put in order or rectify." It has for generations been used by Hawaiians to restore and maintain good relationships among family members, neighbors, community members and supernatural powers. To the ancient Hawaiians interpersonal harmony and balance were essential. Their society, both within the village and the culture of the island system itself, depended on order and avoidance of overt conflict. Traditionally ho’oponopono was the process used to bring all parties together to find solutions which restored harmony and balance to the family and the community.

    When Your Body Talks–Listen! Healing Yourself and Others©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Where does illness come from? Is it due to bad genetics, bacteria, viruses or as the Lawrence’s believe it occurs as ca consequence of the body’s own healing and repair systems becoming undermined by unresolved conflicts which cause stress and hence impair the body’s ability to defend and heal it self.

    When Your Body Talks–Listen! Healing Yourself and Others©
    Co-Authors Allen Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Lisa Lawrence, M.S., Ph.D. Where does illness come from? Is it due to bad genetics, bacteria, viruses or as the Lawrence’s believe it occurs as ca consequence of the body’s own healing and repair systems becoming undermined by unresolved conflicts which cause stress and hence impair the body’s ability to defend and heal it self.