Creating a Healthier Home with Lisa and Ron from Healthy Home Dream Team

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, April 11, 2013

Simple steps to create a Healthier Home

I met with Lisa and Ron from the Heathy Home Dream Team, and they provided our moms group with some excellent advice! I purchased their book called Just Green It and inside there are several great tips. Here are a few:

  • Get an Air Purifier, and be sure to replace the filter seasonally.
  • Replace toxic cleaners with simple homemade ones. Their book has great tips such as using Vinegar instead of Windex.
  • Use a reverse osmosis or distillation Water Filtration System to remove metals.
  • Use Essential Oils instead of synthetic air fresheners. They also mention in their book about certain indoor plants that can remove toxins.
  • Get rid of Dust Mites by using organic barrier covers. They also suggest all natural rubber and wool mattresses.
  • Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter to trap mites, mold spores, and pollen.
  • Use zero or low VOC paint.

For more information….

The Healthy Home Dream Team®, Ron & Lisa Beres, are healthy home experts - Certified Green Building Professionals (CGBP),Building Biologists (BBEI), and published authors of several books including, Just GREEN It! Lisa is the author of the children's book, MY BODY, MY HOUSE. In addition to testing the health of homes, their consulting business includes celebrities and Fortune 500's. They are dedicated to helping others create healthier homes in which to THRIVE...and not just SURVIVE! The duo has appeared as experts on The Rachael Ray Show, The Suzanne Show, The Doctors, Fox & Friends, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Discovery’s Greenovate + Chelsea Lately on E! Learn more at www.RonandLisa.com!

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Diet

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE) is a disease that affects the esophagus and symptoms may mimic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Symptoms can include: Poor weight gain, difficulty or pain when swallowing, refusal to eat, vomiting, heartburn, and/or food impaction. One dietary option for EE is the Common Food Elimination Diet. This diet requires the removal of the most common food allergens (wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shell fish).

"Removal of these foods resulted in an 88% resolution of disease in children with eosinophlic esophagitis (Six Food Elimination Diet Trial).”

My son Bradley happens to be on this diet, not because of EE, but because of his food allergies. It's tough at first, but once you figure out what you need, it's simple. Be sure to rotate their diet every 4 days (or more if possible). He eats black, pinto, and white beans, Organic poultry and grass-fed Organic meat, Organic squash, carrots, and potatoes, lots of fresh Organic fruits, turkey and ham sandwiches made with our Sensitive Sweets bread.

You can also sneak flax seed, chia seed, and pureed veggies into our mixes to make muffins, cupcakes, and pancakes. Bradley is a healthy eater, and I do spoil him with our goodies because they are FREE of the most common allergens.

For more about EE info: http://www.eosinophilicesophagitishome.org.

Wheat Belly (William Davis) - Defeat the Wheat!

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, January 23, 2013

”Remove Wheat for Positive Transformations in Health!”

”"Modern Wheat is a Perfect, Chronic, POISON!"

”Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist who wrote Wheat Belly explains that the increased wheat consumption in the U.S. (remember those government campaigns to eat less fat and more "healthy whole grains") has coincided with the increased obesity rates, heart disease and diabetes. I have to Agree!

”Dr Davis says that wheat today is not what it was 30 plus years ago. It is a genetic mutation that is fertilized with nitrate, has a high amount of gluten, and has a super high yield which makes it inexpensive and lasts longer. Dr Davis says that wheat is extremely addictive which leads people to consume about 350 to 400 additional calories each day. He says that it causes significantly rises in blood sugar and it contributes significantly to coronary artery disease.

”Dr Davis is absolutely on target about how toxic wheat is to our system! It's an inflammatory, just like dairy, and we need to be careful, especially if we have an autoimmune disorder. When you remove wheat from your diet, make sure you have great substitutes. You still want to enjoy food....that why Sensitive Sweets makes terrific breads and pizza crusts which are delicious and easy to digest. You won't feel sluggish because you can process it quickly.

”Check out Dr Davis' interview on CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57505149/modern-wheat-a-perfect-chronic-poison-doctor-says/.

Holiday Dinner For A Family With Food Allergies

Melanie Melanie Hohman Sunday, December 16, 2012

Take your favorite recipes and use these easy substitutes for a Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, Nut-free Holiday dinner:

Roasted Turkey

Substitute with Olive oil, paprika, and lemon juice.

Yams

Use cinnamon, Earths balance butter and marshmallows.

Stuffing

Search our blog site for our stuffing recipe using our delicious white bread.

Honey baked Ham

Look for a ham free of nitrates and nitrites, read the ingredients well, I pass on the seasoning packet and make my own glaze with brown sugar, honey, and salt.

Sensitive Sweets garlic and rosemary rolls

Amazingly good!

Mashed potatoes

Substitute with rice milk and Earths balance butter.

Green Beans

Substitute with bacon and Earths balance butter.

Sensitive Sweets Pumpkin muffins and our fun Gingerbread House kit

Soft cookie walls and delicious to eat!) order online or by phone.

Sensitive Sweets is a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in California.

My Favorite Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gluten-free Stuffing (using Sensitive Sweets white gluten-free, Vegan Bread)

  • 1 loaf of Sensitive Sweets white bread
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped finely
  • 3/4 cup of Earths Balance vegan butter
  • Salt and pepper if desired
  • 2 teaspoons of Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 cup of Organic chicken broth
Slice bread and let air dry for 2 to 4 hours, or toast, then cube. Melt butter and cook onion till soft,add seasoning, add bread cubes and coat,moisten with broth, bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!

RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (gluten-free, nut-free, Vegan)

Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, October 19, 2012

Our SUPER Easy recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (made with NO gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or nuts).

Using our Sensitive Sweets Basic Cake, Cupcake & Muffin Mix (available in-store or online) add:

  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Apple Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Canola or Grapeseed Oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add liners to muffin pan. Combine all ingredients and beat with a mixer on low speed for 2 minutes or until all ingredients are mixed. Fill 1/2 full and bake for 20 -24 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Frost with Sensitive Sweets ready-made vanilla frosting. Makes approximately 10 cupcakes. Enjoy.

Vote For the Next Sensitive Sweetie!

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vote for the next Sensitive Sweetie!  Winning photograph will be mounted on our bakery wall.

The winner will also receive an 8x10 photograph and 2 dozen mini Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan cupcakes.

Invite your friends and family to vote. by using the tweet or facebook like/send buttons at the bottom of this post.

Voting ends on September 16th and the winner will be announced on Sept 18th.

Why This Bakery Means So Much to Me

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, August 02, 2012

Sensitive Sweets is very special to me, not only because of my son Bradley, but also because of my customers.  Many customers share my struggles in dealing with dietary restrictions.  We all want our children to feel accepted and to be spoiled.  I would like to share this letter with you.

Dear Melanie & the Sensitive Sweets team,

Please enjoy the attached photos of my 3-year-old son, Koa, (who has multiple food allergies) thoroughly enjoying his Sensitive Sweets double chocolate cupcake and first-ever brownie!

Your bakery has opened up a whole new world of goodies for my son. You've given him the opportunity to experience and delight in cupcakes, brownies, muffins, cookies, cakes, bread, etc. Before I found Sensitive Sweets, my son just watched while the rest of the family and his friends enjoyed "regular" treats that he couldn't have because they would make him very sick. In fact, he had his very first birthday cake this year on his 3rd birthday - of course, I bought it from you!

As parents, our children's happiness makes us happy. Sensitive Sweets treats make Koa very happy! Therefore, Sensitive Sweets makes this mom extremely happy!!

I cannot thank you enough for sharing your gift!!

Many blessings,
Koa's mom/one happy and loyal customer

PS - if you'd like, please feel free to share these photos and this email with your other customers.

Vaccines and Allergies

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, August 01, 2012

My son Bradley has an autoimmune disorder and my oldest son Luke has a neurological disorder. How do we deal with vaccines?  I believe that some vaccines are crucial, but we need to be careful, especially with sensitive children.  If your child has allergies, a neurological disorder or an autoimmune disorder, read this....

Here's some valuable information about the Pertussis vaccine from the National Vaccine Information Center (nvic.org):

A Personal or Family History of Severe Allergies and Autoimmune Disorders - A healthy, mature immune system requires an equal balance of cellular (Th1 - innate) and humoral (Th2 - learned) immune system responses to prevent inflammatory responses from remaining unresolved and causing chronic illness. A disruption in immune function can lead to chronic inflammation and development of allergy or autoimmune disorders.

Vaccination does not exactly mimic the natural infection process and often by-passes cellular immunity in favor of humoral immunity (measured by antibodies in the blood). There have been persistent reports that some individuals may be at risk for developing autoimmune disorders after vaccination.

In than 60 years of scientific literature reporting complications of pertussis vaccine, there have been reports by some researchers that a history of severe allergies or autoimmune disorders in a child or his family (eczema, asthma, hay fever, milk allergy) may predispose a child to reacting to the pertussis vaccine. In England in past decades, a personal or family history of allergies was considered a contraindication.

Dow Chemical Company’s DPT product insert in the 1960s stated "fractional doses are recommended in infants with cerebral injury, asthma, a strong family history of allergy …"

In 1961, Hopper found that in a group of babies who reacted strongly to the pertussis vaccine, there was twice as much eczema, asthma, hay fever, and allergic skin rashes in the child, his brothers and sisters, parents, and grandparents as there was in a control group of the same size.

In 1969, Hannik found a positive family history of allergies in a significant proportion of infants who reacted with high-pitched screaming, shock and convulsions.

In 2000, a study comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children between 1988 and 1994 found that a child who received DPT or tetanus vaccination was 50 percent more likely to experience severe allergic reactions, more than 80 percent more likely to experience sinusitis, and twice as likely to experience asthma as those who were not vaccinated. The conclusion of the authors was that “asthma and other allergic hypersensitivity reactions and related symptoms may be causes, in part, by the delayed effects of DTP or tetanus vaccination.”

A healthy, mature immune system requires an equal balance of cellular (inate) and humoral (learned) immune system responses so that inflammatory responses do not remain unresolved and cause chronic illness. A disruption in immune function can lead to development of allergy and autoimmune disorders. Vaccination does not exactly mimic the natural infection process and often by-passes cellular immunity in favor of humoral immunity. There have been persistent reports of development of autoimmune disorders and allergy after vaccination, including pertussis vaccination.

Milk Allergy (Casein Intolerance) – 1982 and 1985, studies identified genetic susceptibility to pertussis vaccine induces encephalopathy involving genes of the major histocompatibility complex correlating to genetic regulation of antibody responses to bovine serum albumin (a cow’s milk protein).

A personal or family history of allergies, particularly milk (casein) allergy, may be one high risk factor for reacting to pertussis vaccine. There were many cases of pertussis vaccine injury documented in the 1985 book DPT: A Shot in the Dark of children, who had milk allergy before or developed milk allergy after suffering a serious DPT vaccine reaction. Casein is a protein in milk and symptoms of milk allergy include frequent spitting up of milk after bottle or breast feeding; projectile vomiting of milk; frequent diarrhea; constipation; gas and abdominal pain; persistent crying after feedings (colic); eczema or recurrent skin rashes.

Children with casein allergy are often also allergic to foods containing gluten, which is a protein in wheat and other kinds of grains. The genes for both casein and gluten intolerance are inherited and symptoms can be mild or severe. Severe gluten intolerance is diagnosed as celiac disease, which can cause loss of weight and failure to thrive; gas and stomach pain; diarrhea/constipation; anemia; mouth ulcers; extreme fatigue (especially after eating gluten containing foods); and behavior disorders. If left undiagnosed without dietary elimination of foods containing gluten, celiac disease can lead to malnourishment and retarded growth in children; irritability; depression; seizures; permanent brain and immune system disorders or even death.

Pertussis vaccine has been documented to cause high fever; severe local reactions at the site of the injection; high pitched screaming and uncontrollable crying; collapse/shock (hypotonic/hyporesponsive episode); lethargy (excessive sleepiness); convulsions with or without fever; and brain inflammation (encephalopathy).

Following are descriptions of more serious vaccine reactions symptoms in the words of parents:

  • Collapse/Shock: “She turned white with a blue tinge around her mouth and went completely limp.”
  • Convulsion: “Her eyes twitched, her chin trembled, her body went rigid and then would shake.”
  • Behavior Changes “She won’t sleep or eat. She throws herself down and screams for no reason. She was sweet and happy and is now out of control. She changed into a totally different child.”
  • High Fever: “His temperature was 105 degrees. I had to put cool towels on him to bring the fever down.”
  • Injection Site: “There was a big, hot swollen lump at the site of the shot that stayed for weeks.”
  • High Pitched Screaming: “It was a pain cry, a shrill scream and lasted for hours and nothing would help.”
  • Excessive Sleepiness: “He passed out and we couldn’t wake him to feed or do anything for over 12 hours.”
  • Brain Inflammation: “He just laid in his crib with his eyes wide open, then would arch his back and scream and go unconscious. Now he has seizures.”
  • Regression“My 18 month old son stopped talking and walking after those shots. He developed severe allergies, constant diarrhea, ear infections and was sick all the time.”
  • Other Descriptions of Complications: 
    • Allergic hypersensitive reactions occur within minutes or hours of vaccination and may include hives, sudden swelling of the mouth or throat, difficulty breathing, hypertension and shock.
    • Thrombocytopenia and Hemolytic Anemia are two blood disorders which have been reported to rarely follow pertussis vaccine containing shots. Thrombocytopenia means a reduced number of platelets circulating in the blood and can cause "purpura" (blotchy red patches on the child’s body caused by the thinned blood seeping into the tissues beneath the skin).
    • Diabetes and Hypoglycemia – The body’s glucose (sugar) metabolism is regulated by insulin which is secreted by the pancreas. Researchers have detected increased insulin production in infants injected with pertussis vaccine.
    • In 1970, Pittman stated "the infant whose blood sugar level is influenced by food intake may be especially vulnerable to vaccine-induced hypoglycemia should a feeding be missed because of a feverish reaction following vaccinations."
    • Hannik and Cohen in 1978 concluded, "infants who show serious reactions following pertussis vaccination suffer from failure to maintain glucose homeostasis."
    • A 1982 study detailed the role the DPT vaccine played in causing diabetes in a 16-month old girl who was genetically predisposed to diabetes and who suffered from a viral infection that attacked her pancreas.

Family History of Convulsions or Neurological Disease – For most of the time that pertussis vaccine has been used, a personal history of convulsions or neurological disease has been listed as an absolute contraindication or serious precaution. In the past, some European countries have exercised caution and contraindicated pertussis vaccination if a member of the child’s immediate family (brother, sister, mother or father) has a history of convulsions or neurological disease.

The product information circular accompanying DPT vaccine manufactured by Lederle Laboratories in 1985 stated, "Routine immunization with this product should not be attempted if the child has a personal or family history of central nervous system disease or convulsions."

The product information circular accompanying DPT vaccine manufactured by Connaught Laboratories in 1989 stated, "Use of this product is also contraindicated if the child has a personal or family history of a seizure disorder.”

In 1975, a World Health Organization-sponsored international meeting of pertussis vaccine experts recommended that "children from families with a history of neurological disorders should not be vaccinated."

In 1977, the Department of Health and Social Security in England stated that children should not be given pertussis vaccine if they have a "family history of epilepsy or other diseases of the central nervous system.”

In a 1987 recommendation published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC stated "recent studies suggest that infants and children with a history of convulsions in the first degree family members (i.e. siblings and parents have a 3.2 fold increase risk for neurologic eventscompared with those without such histories (CDC, unpublished data)." The CDC went on to recommend, however, that these children should still receive pertussis vaccine.

For more information check out nvic.org

What's the Best Way to Diagnose a Food Allergy?

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How do I know for certain that I'm really allergic?

This article is from Living Without, and I have to say it's a terrific article.  Many of my customers ask this question because of my son Bradley.  We had him skin tested at almost 10 months old, and it was a helpful start.  However the test did not pickup every food allergy.  Plus, he outgrew several mild food allergies within a few years. Here's what Living Without suggests:  

"Diagnosing a food allergy can actually be a complicated task. Generally speaking, there is no perfect diagnostic test. Blood testing for food allergies, typically IgE testing, can be used to confirm a suspected allergy but it’s not great as a screening test for diagnosing food allergies when someone is unsure they’re having a problem. The reason for this is that many people who aren’t necessarily allergic to a food can still test positive with this kind of testing. The same can be true for skin testing. In general, skin testing and blood testing are better at confirming a suspected allergy and ruling out an allergy.

The gold standard test for food allergies is a double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge (DBPCFC), conducted under the supervision of a board certified allergist. In this type of test, the person with a suspected food allergy is given either the food (usually in a capsule) or a placebo (also in a capsule). Then he or she is monitored for a reaction by a healthcare professional who doesn’t know whether the patient received the food or the placebo. The patient may be given increasing doses of the food or placebo and is closely monitored throughout this process.

If you suspect you have a food allergy, consult a board certified allergist."

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