Can Memories Be Transplanted?
Do organs have memories? Cellular memory is the hypothesis based largely on anecdotal evidence that memories can be stored in specific cells and organs of the body — not just the brain. Some recipients of organ donation report that they develop new habits or memories that they attribute to the new organ. The jury is still out on this one, but stay tuned for future developments.
Food allergies in children are becoming increasingly common. One in 17 children has a food allergy, and some can be life-threatening.
Andy and Jan’s five-year-old son, Adam, is allergic to 23 different types of food, including peanuts. They live in fear that Adam will accidentally eat something that will harm or even kill him. “It’s like Russian Roulette,” Andy explains.
Pediatric Allergist Dr. Bill Berger explains how allergens work in the body and adds that most allergies can be traced to eight or nine foods. He suggests that parents take their children to a board certified allergist to be properly tested and to avoid inaccuracies and false positives.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates how an Epi-Pen (a shot of epinephrine) can save a person’s life if they go into anaphylactic shock.
Robyn O’Brien founded Allergy Kids.com, an online resource for parents of children with allergies. Robyn’s four children all have food allergies, so she is well adept at alerting teachers and fellow parents to their dietary needs and restrictions. Robyn outlines suggestions for the worried parents and assures them that they are not alone.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that children often develop allergies because they are fed certain foods before their digestive tract is able to process it.
Tips to Stave Off Potential Food Allergies:
- No foods other than breast milk before 6 months.
- No egg yolks until 9 months.
- No egg whites before 12 months.
- No milk before 12 months.
- No peanuts or peanut butter until age 2. If there is a history of peanut allergies in the family, then no peanut products before age 3.
Menopause at 13?
Next, 19-year-old Brittany started her menstrual cycle at age 11. At age 13, she was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure and went into menopause. Dr. Lisa explains that a woman’s menstrual cycle acts as a vital sign for her body. It can indicate whether there are problems or abnormalities elsewhere in the body.
Menstruation actually begins in the brain, which sends the chemical messengers LH and FSH to the ovaries; the ovaries are then stimulated to produce and release the hormones estrogen and progesterone; which then stimulates the uterus to shed the uterine lining.
The average age of pre-menopause is 45 and the average age of menopause is 50. Dr. Lisa explains that hormone replacement therapy, exercise, vitamins, calcium, Vitamin B, black cohosh root and primrose oil are all means to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Decreasing blood pressure helps as well.
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson reassures Brittany that despite the ovarian failure, there are options in development that could allow Brittany to still have her own genetic child.
Tim Walsh, Integrative Medicine Specialist at the Hall Center in Santa Monica, California, studies bioidentical hormone replacement. He explains that the Hall Center addresses adrenal, endocrine and thyroid hormones as well the digestive system, detoxification systems, diet, exercise, and the mental/emotional health of the patient. He explains that stress and toxicity can wreak havoc on the endocrine system, which is closely tied to thyroid disease and menopause.
The Hall Center ran a type of thyroid test called the Thyroflex on Brittany, which evaluated her thyroid hormone levels. Tim reports that Brittany’s thyroid tested within optimal ranges and offers to conduct further tests and provide treatment for her.
No More Mole
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon removes a mole that 49-year-old Mary has had her entire life. Though the mole is not cancerous, Mary feels very self-conscious about it and has opted for the procedure. Dr. Ordon bevels the mole, excises it down to the muscle and cauterizes it to close off the blood vessels. He sutures the site with clear dissolvable stitches and uses Dermabond, a tissue sealant that naturally falls off when the wound heals.
Moles are clusters of pigmented cells, which can change over the years. Most of the changes are harmless, but some changes can indicate malignant melanoma, which is a life-threatening cancer. See your doctor if any of the following changes occur:
The ABCDs of Moles
Diameter: Is it larger than 6mm?