General Health

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, April 18, 2014
Vornado AC500 HEPA Air PurifierI wanted to take a minute to wish everyone safe travels this holiday weekend. The roads can be extra busy during holiday weekends, so take your time and slow down! Now if I could only follow my own advice..... Then again, Atlanta traffic does a pretty good job of keeping me moving so slowly that both the tortoise AND the hare typically pass me on the way to work.

I also wanted to throw out a quick reminder, there is LESS than a day remaining to get entered to win a FREE Vornado AC500 HEPA Air Purifier! Start the weekend off right and get entered to win. Best of all, it's free to enter, and you can quickly submit multiple entries in a matter of seconds! Check out this blog post for some helpful tips on controlling pollen and spring allergies and learn how you can enter to win!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by R. Power on Friday, April 18, 2014
Oralair - Oral SLIT Treatment for Grass Allergies Approved by FDACommon Allergic Grasses - Timothy, Orchard Grass, Sweet VernalThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the thumbs up for Oralair (Stallergenes, Inc.) to be on the market as the US’s first sublingual immunotherapy (aka, SLIT) to treat allergies to multiple grass pollens. More importantly, this is the first SLIT treatment available as a pill. Traditional SLIT treatment involves a series of injections.

Treatment is suitable for the age range of 10-65 years, and to those who are diagnosed with grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis (with or without conjunctivitis). Patients must have positive skin test or in vitro testing for any of the five grass species: sweet vernal, orchard, perennial rye, timothy and Kentucky blue grass (I thought this last one was a joke because I love blue grass music).

Last December the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee gave a unanimous vote to recommend Oralair as the first SLIT for the United States. Sublingual immunotherapy has been a common allergy medication throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Twenty years of research has shown SLIT to be safe and effective as an allergy medication. While in testing, the most common treatment emergent adverse events (TEATs) in adults and children were throat irritation and oral pruritus (itching).

My fingers are crossed for this treatment to be effective and to help secure a path into finding more natural treatments for allergies and other ailments.

Author: R. Power

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, March 10, 2014
Anatomy of an Asthma AttackFor those dealing with asthma, the standard treatment is generally a combination of corticosteroids (anti-inflammatories), leukotriene modifiers (reduce leukotrienes, preventative), and beta agonists (open airways long & short term). There are other drugs and combined drugs, but these three types typically cover most patients. Beyond managing asthma better with medication, exercising and avoiding known triggers, there are few options when it comes to asthma. In 2010, the FDA approved the Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty system, an approach to treating asthma that does not involve medication. After a few years of use, this treatment is showing decent results for those with the most severe asthma, but what does this treatment entail and how does it work?

Simply put, bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is the process of inserting a catheter into the airways and heat to reduce the mass of the smooth muscle tissue that surround the airways. What the doctor is typically doing during this outpatient procedure is administering moderate sedation while inserting the tube/catheter. Each treatment lasts about an hour, with the entire treatment taking three sessions with three weeks in between each session.

Clinical trials and subsequent use of the technique have shown that for people with severe persistent asthma, for whom drug treatments are not effective, BT might be an alternative. In short term, two year, and five year trials, patients saw significant and sustained reductions in the number of emergency room and unscheduled doctors visits, and this trend has continued with usage of the treatment amongst the greater population of severe asthma sufferers. Another, but lesser benefit, has been that some people have been able to slightly reduce the medication they take to manage their asthma.

As with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved, and this type of treatment is not recommended but for about 5-10% of the asthmatic population (the segment with the most severe and most resistant to drug treatments). The process itself can be uncomfortable as most people will experience wheezing or coughing shortly after treatment, due to the irritation of the airways by the BT procedure.

It is important to note a few other things with BT. First, it is not a cure. There is no known cure for asthma. Second, this treatment if only available for people with severe asthma, for whom standard medications do not work well. Third, though this type of treatment may help, it is not going to take the place of medication. In many ways, it seems to help medication be more effective in people, for whom previously it did not work. This type of treatment is not near as universally available as prescription asthma medications, so for many, it simply may not be available.

To read the abstract of the 5-year trial, one of the earliest clinical trials, or for more information on the FDA approved device itself.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by Rachel on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The other night at the Buckhead Saloon, I noticed a few glowing lights and thin vapor exhales that had replaced some ash trays and the malodor of tobacco cigarettes. It was a nice relief to see cigarettes being temporarily replaced by electronic cigarettes, which meant more breathing room for me.

Smoking Bans Expand in PublicAs a non smoker, I’m not a fan of the stench of smoke in my hair and clothes, and it’s the number one “no-no” for my teeth and skin health (along with overall health, of course). Moving from a state that had no indoor smoking establishments (except BBQ joints, hardy har-har!) to a state that permits smoking in restaurants and bars that serve to persons over 18, this was just one more thing to adapt to. But it would seem that thanks to electronic cigarettes, we can all have our cake and eat it too.

Electronic cigarettes, aka e-cigarettes, hit the scene around 2007, following the hookah fad which took to trend in 2005. They are becoming mainstream with shops opening up in cities like Atlanta, New York, and Philadelphia, offering a plethora of flavors to "vape" or "smoke". The design is similar E-Cigarettes Can Look Like the Real Thing to an actual cigarette (some even look like real cigarettes) but includes a colored LED light which lights up when the nicotine solution is heated in an atomizer, vaporized and ready to inhale.

As these electronic cigarettes become more mainstream, we have to ask if they are a healthier alternative to cigarettes. We can consider that they cut down on second hand smoke, which is harmful to children, asthmatics and those with MCS, and they cut down on waste (cigarette butts take over 12 years to biodegrade).

Western Europe has embraced them. University of Auckland in New Zealand sees them as effective as nicotine patches, and the University of Athens, Greece considers them a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. Dr. Jacques Le Houezec, a French consultant in public health and tobacco dependence, declares cigarettes to have levels of toxicants that are 9 to 450 higher than in e-cigarettes.

For the most part it seems that they are getting the thumbs up as a healthier alternative to Camel, and Lucky Strike (ever seen the pilot for Mad Men? You must if you haven’t!). Research and regulations are only beginning to make progress to ensure that use of e-cigarettes, or vapins, is safer than actual cigarettes, a claim long held by e-cigarette manufacturers and supported by some in the medical community.

Overall, there has been a relative lack of research as to longterm health effects of using e-cigarettes, but initial studies do show an impact on the airways after just a few minutes of use. While they do contain less Vaping of the 400 chemicals (40 of which are carcinogens) found in conventional cigarettes, it is probably too early to deem them "healthy". But perhaps most troubling for many is the proliferation of sweet and candy-like flavors that have cropped up in recent years. Like Cherry, Vanilla, and Berry flavored smokeless tobacco and the old Joe Camel cartoon character before them, sweetly flavored e-cigarettes seem to be geared toward children. Though some flavors contain nicotine while others do not, Bananas Foster, Caramel Apple, Cheesecake, Strawberries & Cream, and Watermelon Bubblegum are all nicotine flavors available for e-cigarettes.

Currently there are no federal age restrictions on the sale or use of e-cigarettes, though some states limit sales to those over the age of 18. Growth in this industry has been tremendous, particularly in the last few years, and this trend doesn't show any signs of slowing down. As things surrounding this topic continue to change, including research as to their health vs. harm, I'll keep you updated.

Author: R. Power

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, February 07, 2014

We do it once a year. The time has once again arrived for the AchooAllergy White Sale! Until the end of February, take a full 15% off any bedding item on our site. From our exclusive line of American Made, Allergy Armor bedding products to brand names like Ogallala, Royal Pedic, Primaloft, Snoozer, and others, you can save big for the next three weeks.

If allergies have gotten you down this winter, take a look at any in our line of mattress, pillow and duvet covers. Each effectively blocks dust mites, pollen and other common household allergens that can hide in your bedding and keep you from getting a peaceful night's sleep.

If the cold weather is taking its toll, consider one of our many types of blankets. From USDA-certified organic cotton, or snuggly warm microfleece to Vellux and custom down comforters, we've got what you need to stay warm this winter.

Pillow worn, stained, or just lost their fluff? Try our exclusive Allergy Armor Ultra pillow. With the industry's smallest pore size, the Ultra dust mite and allergen barrier fabric is sewn right in! No need for a separate pillow cover. And if sheets are what you need, we've got you covered with GOTS certified organic cotton sheets, perfect for people with sensitive skin, eczema or multiple chemical sensitivities. And lastly, if you were looking to make a big purchase, like upgrading to a custom-crafted Royal Pedic mattress, now is the time to save big!

Regardless of what your bedding needs are, shop now and save 15% by using coupon code WHTSALE14 when checking out!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
We got an early start to the Winter Games!
Due to some snow and extremely slick and icy roads, orders are likely going to be delayed a day or two. With the National Guard out helping to rescue stranded motorists, and most of the region trying to thaw out, orders placed today will be processed and shipped within the next 1-2 days.

On a personal note, with the interstates effectively turned into icy parking lots and most of the side streets in and around the city of Atlanta doubling as bobsled runs, you sometimes have to make the best of tough situation. I was more fortunate than many of those, friends, coworkers and others, who were forced to spend the night in their vehicles, trapped by the ice and traffic. But I did want to take a moment to point out one of the benefits of working at

Snuggling Up with an Allergy Armor Organic Cotton Blanket, Vellux Blanket, Snoozer Pillow and Allergy Armor Pillow!

Always a warm place to sleep!
Stay warm, stay safe, and we'll be back to normal in no time!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
As many of you already know, here at Achoo you can find a variety of organic cotton bedding products. From sheets and allergy covers for your pillows and mattress to a couple styles of blankets, all of these products start as certified organic cotton fabric and are then transformed into the chemical-free bedding you enjoy.

Key Features Include
  • Made from USDA certified organic cotton
  • Great for winter but light enough for year round use
  • From start to finish, made right here in the U.S.
  • Free of pesticide and fertilizer residues as well as chemical treaters and dyes that are common in textiles
  • Gentle for those with sensitive skin, eczema, chronic dermatitis, or other skin conditions
  • Available in four sizes
  • Machine Washable
For more information, on either our Organic Cotton Blankets (Waffle Weave) or our Organic Cotton Blankets (Crepe Weave).

Author: KevvyG

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
New Reliable T3 Scrubbing Steam Mop Steam mops have been gaining popularity over the last several years as an alternative to the old bucket and mop that our parents and grandparents used. Given the ease-of-use, convenience and ability to deep clean without chemical odors and residues, it's not hard to see why! Reliable has a pair of steam mops, the tried and true T1 Steamboy and the newer, sweeper equipped T2, and now they've added the new T3 to their line of steam mops. What makes the T3 unique?

Reliable T3 PRO Steamboy Steam MopTo see why the T3 is unique to the Steamboy line, I first want to look at the other two models. The original Steamboy T1 is your general all-purpose steam mop. It produces steam quickly, is lightweight and compact. The T1 sanitizes while it cleans and come with microfiber drawstring cleaning cloth. All of those features make the T1 a solid steam mop. With the T2, you have steam mop capabilities but you also get an integrated sweeper to pick up large, visible particles like dirt and hair.

In terms of steam cleaning, the new Reliable T3 takes a step forward by featuring an integrated scrubber brush. Like the T1, there is large triangular steam cleaner head, but nestled inside of that is a bristle scrub brush. With the push of a foot pedal, the bristle brush emerges from the base, giving you the ability to scrub while you steam. This setup is ideal for use on tile in your bathroom and kitchen. Use steam and scrubbing bristles to loosen soil, grime and mildew then snap the scrubbing head back into the base and lift away the mess with the microfiber pad.

The cleaning path is just as wide as its predecessors, and all three models use a water filter to reduce scale. On a side note, one thing I liked about the T3 was with the shape of its cleaning head, the drawstring cloth of the T1 fits the new T3. Personally, I've tested and used several models with the microfiber pad and have always been partial to the cloths. They absorb better and seem to pick up debris more effectively than the pads.

If you're looking for an inexpensive steam mop that can provide you deep cleaning, scrubbing ability on tile and grout while sanitizing on across all smooth flooring types (and even freshen carpet), the new Reliable T3 PRO Steamboy is well worth considering.

To see all the unique features of the T3 Steam Mop or to view all Reliable Steam Cleaners.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
On behalf of all of us here at, I wanted to take a moment this evening to wish all of our readers, customers and visitors safe travel this holiday season. We hope that whatever your destination, you arrive safe and enjoy time with those you love. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Thursday, December 19, 2013
Owning a dog changes a lot of things for people, but one thing you might not think about is how it changes the dust inside your home. It's true, the composition of the dust in dog owner's home is actually different than that of the dust found in a pet-free home, and researchers believe that exposure to this "dog dust" may actually reduce the development of allergies and asthma in children. Could it be that dogs are proving themselves to be "man's best friend" all over again? And if so, how?

Over the last year or two, researchers have paid closer attention to the microbes living on and in us, and how these things can dramatically affect our lives, particularly when it comes to immune responses. Published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, new research suggests an interesting link between exposure to dog-associated house dust and the subsequent development of allergic diseases like asthma and allergies, and interestingly enough, at the middle of this research is a very specific type of gut bacteria, Lactobacillus johnsonii.

Lactobacillus johnsonii - Key to Asthma and Allergies?During the our first few years of life, we begin to develop a very diverse microbiome of bacteria (think of a microbiome as a community of bacteria living inside your gastrointestinal system), and from immune responses to metabolism, these tiny inhabitants are proving to be critical in the development of allergic disease. In this instance, researchers tested dog-associated dust exposure as well as simple supplementation of Lactobacillus johnsonii into the gut.

When exposed to the "dog dust", the pre-adult mice showed less response to an airway allergen challenge, fewer activated T cells and reduced Th2 cytokine expression, all key indicators of allergic response. For another set of mice who weren't exposed to the dust, but instead had the numbers of Lactobacillus johnsonii in their gastrointestinal system supplemented orally (think - they gave the mice a Lactobacillus johnsonii probiotic), similar but not as strong results appeared. This second set of mice showed that while increased number of the Lactobacillus johnsonii bacteria in the gut did correlate with fewer allergic reactions and less allergic response, this correlation was much stronger in the mice who were exposed to dog-associated house dust. This seems to show that while that specific microorganism is helpful, a greater diversity in the microbiome also plays a role in immune system development and protection against allergic disease.

The results are just another step in process of unraveling allergic disease, but is a truly critical one for two reasons. First, researchers were able to identify a very specific microorganism that shows a strong link to preventing the development of allergic disease. Secondly, the "dog dust" shows that not only did it lead to increased level of this beneficial microorganism but also helped promote a more diverse array of microbes living in the intestinal system, and that as other research has suggested, this variety is also import in preventing the development of allergic disease.

Undoubtedly, more attention and research will continue, and maybe soon, the link between allergic disease and the tiny microbes around us can become clear enough to begin devising ways to actually reduce the chances of children developing asthma and allergies in the first place! Wouldn't that be something?br>
To read the full PDF of the research or for more condensed abstract.

On a side note, I discovered, Nestle (the food company, which consequently has a research facility in Switzerland) is responsible for the genetic sequencing of this bacterium, Lactobacillus johnsonii and uses it in some of its probiotic products.

Author: K. Gilmore

Page: 1 of 45

* Sign Up For Monthly Newsletter to Receive Special Discount *

Air Pollution Masks Allergies Asthma Allergy Bedding Allergy Armor Peanut Allergy Bedbugs Dust Mites Seasonal Allergy Steam Cleaners Humidity Control Mold Mold Prevention Pet Allergies Allergy Pillows Austin Air Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation Allergy Research Allergy Study Tree Nut Allergy Food Allergies Eczema Mattresses Organic Blanket Miele Vacuums Pet Dander Dyson Pet Hair Humidifiers Dehumidifiers IQAir Ladybug Danby VOC's IAQ Blueair Smog Wildfires Electrolux AllerAir Cigarette Smoke Sinusitis Achoo Newsletter Vacuum Cleaners Air Purifiers Valentine's Day Reliable Aprilaire Dri-Eaz Air-O-Swiss Humidity Pollen Count HEPA Filter Allergy Relief Anaphylaxis Auto Injector Winter Allergies Allergy Friendly Allergy Mask Pollen Mattress Pad Memory Foam New Product Fleas Atlanta How To FAQ Video Nebulizer Formaldehyde Toulene Achoo Promotion Ozone FDA Furnace Filter Ogallala Bedding MCS Hypoallergenic Down Tobacco Smoke Whirlpool ragweed Asthma Drug RZ Mask Organic Bedding Respro Better Sleep Immunotherapy Genetically Modified Environmental Control Sunscreen Vanicream BPA Phthalates Feminine Health Ask An Allergist Stadler Form Crane Humidifiers Antimicrobial COPD Recipes EcoDiscoveries Baby Allergy Products Santa Fe Dehumidifiers Vaping SLIT Vogmask
Shop Items On Sale At