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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
To Avoid If
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
know someone that
snores all night?
Don’t let snoring ruin
your relationship or
cause sleep depriva-
tion. Snoring may be
What about your
sweet child? How many earaches has he
or she been medicated for? I sadly won-
der how many children have undergone
tonsillectomies due to repeated infections?
Maybe those kids could have kept their
tonsils and just went off foods that are
known to trigger the problem, as well
as earaches, respiratory infections and
Studies point to food allergies or sensi-
tivities as one underlying cause of snoring
and a common complication of ear aches
Researchers have tested the theory of
food allergies causing something called
“adenotonsillar hypertrophy,” or ATH.
That is the medical term for enlarged ade-
noids, and adenoids are patches of lymph
tissue near the tonsils in the upper airway.
Adenoids and tonsils are part of the
immune system and protect against germs
that we swallow or breathe in. From
birth to age six, these tissues grow as the
immune system develops. They slowly
shrink unless there problems. Instead of
shrinking, adenoids swell up in response
to food allergies, the top three offenders
being milk, eggs and cod.
Complications of ATH include chronic
ear infections, ear pain, stuffy nose, swol-
len glands in the neck, snoring and respi-
ratory infections. Children and adults are
usually offered antibiotics for these condi-
tions, which almost makes sense unless
you find out that the person has a chronic
problem, they eat common food allergens
or they lack a positive culture.
ATH may be behind the snoring and
obstructive sleep apnea. Recent research
found allergic inflammation within the
glands and tonsils are provoking the
swollen tissue. The allergic inflamma-
tion was IgG or Type III, which is a
delayed response to foods. Basically, the
“delayed” immune complexes show up
after about three hours, but could take up
to two weeks to develop the full allergic
Can you test for IgG, IgE or IgA immu-
noglobulins? Yes you can. It’s pretty easy
and I will share these special tests in the
longer version of this article; just sign up
for my free newsletter at suzycohen.com
This is a big deal. The current method
of testing can give you false negatives, a
false sense of comfort and worse, a nega-
tive result when you are truly positive.
Food intolerances must be identified
properly and eliminated to fully relieve the
allergic inflammation and swollen tissue.
If you deal with chronic snoring, sleep
apnea, swollen tonsils or enlarged ade-
noids you need to tease out the underly-
ing cause. Immune boosting supplements
can be helpful, however, nothing you take
negates the damage done by food sensi-
tivities. The offending foods have to be
removed. The intestinal permeability has
to be repaired. The adenoids and tonsils
will eventually shank and your breathing
will improve, both day and night.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Suzy Cohen is the author of The
24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter team,
Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator,
and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in
private practice who specializes in the care
of elders and people with chronic illnesses.
Dear Mom & Me,
an inconvenience at my medical center.
I would leave in a flash, but no one else
around here takes Medicare. I am not a
nuisance, having been there only once in
I called and – after going through all of
the hoops on their telephone system – I
finally reached a “live one.” She asked my
name and birth date and then asked “Why
do you want to see the doctor... what’s
wrong with you?” The earliest appoint-
ment was in six weeks, and then she said,
“If you’re not satisfied, call 9-1-1 or go to
the hospital emergency.”
It is bad enough being old, but being
abused along with it is getting hard to
take. Is it like this where you live?
Medical care is an industry, a very com-
plex industry. To stay in business, medical
practices need more revenue coming in
than expenses going out. Unfortunately,
the strategies for reducing expenses
include reducing the number of support
staff, using technology (i.e. phone routing
systems) to increase productivity, mini-
mum education requirements for staff and
increasing the number of patients seen
per day. What all of this seems to mean
to patients is that we have become “work
units,” “tasks” and to some office staff,
“interruptions” in their productivity.
To the credit of some offices I have
found, the physicians and support staff
have found a way to practice medicine
and run a business in a way that does not
forget the patient. I hope you can find a
Exactly the same – this seems to be the
way modern medical offices are going. No
longer will physicians know your name
or even care because it is only a business.
However, some people do have physicians
who care, will call on the phone and run
their offices the old fashioned way.
My husband goes out of state and has
a team of physicians who are wonderful
and it is no wonder Johns Hopkins has
been rated number one for patient care
for about the last 20 years.
Lizzie and Pryce’s email address is
5995 South Pointe Blvd, #111 • Fort Myers
DOCTORS EYECARE CENTERS
Robert G. LeSage, OD • Timothy E. Underhill, OD
Professional Eye Care For Over 20 years
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Workshops are held the second
Tuesday of each month from 1 to
3 p.m., and meetings on the fourth
Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.
(with the exception of July and August)
at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler
Road in Fort Myers.
For more information on the
South West Florida Apple Computer
Knowledge Society (SWACKS), visit
Partners for Breast Cancer Care and
Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida
will be holding an event to try to
set the record for the Largest Human
Pink Ribbon on Saturday, October 17 at
JetBlue Park, located at 11500 Fenway
South Drive in Fort Myers. Gates open
at 9 a.m. and event organizers will be
taking the aerial group Human Pink
Ribbon photo at 10:30 a.m.
With a donation of $20, you will
receive your very own pink umbrella (that
you can share with one other person) that
allows you to become a vital part of the
Human Pink Ribbon and part of history
as we attempt to set this record.
Your $20 donation will not only pro-
vide you with a pink umbrella (a neces-
sity for Southwest Florida) but it will also
provide our community with breast health
screening, diagnostic testing and treat-
ment for underserved women and men.
Parking in the stadium is free for all
participating patrons; and although we
love them, please refrain from bringing
All donations will benefit Partners for
Breast Cancer Care, Inc. and Susan G.
Komen SWFL. Visit www.pfbcc.org for
more information or to register online,
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