Allan V. Wang, MD
Specialty: Allergy / Immunology
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Kailua Kona, HI 96740
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- Kahi Mohala Behavioral Healthcare
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Are energy gels safe to use?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredEnergy gels are concentrated sources of simple and complex carbohydrates designed to be digested rapidly into the blood stream to provide energy for people engaging in intense long duration events like marathons and triathlons. When used properly and by non diabetic populations they have been shown to be very safe. If you have diabetes or some other type of blood sugar disorder energy gel packs is not recommended.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Can a Christmas tree trigger an allergy attack?
Clifford Bassett, MD, Allergy / Immunology, answeredBoth live and artificial Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths can trigger allergy symptoms. Chemicals sprayed on Christmas trees designed to preserve the life of a tree may irritate those with allergies, sinus problems or asthma. Mold spores frequently become a problem within days of bringing a live tree into a home, especially if you have indoor allergies.
Many ask if it's better to have a live fresh tree or an artificial one. The answer all depends. In either case, if you store your ornaments from year to year then make sure they are properly covered during the "off season" to prevent accumulated dust, molds, and other irritants/allergens that can spike a host of symptoms in sensitive individuals.
Can I eat too much chicken hearts, livers, or gizzards?
Chicken hearts, livers and gizzards (often referred to as giblets) are often added to gravies and stuffing, but not commonly used as a main meal ingredient in the US. Most people recognize them as the “stuff” wrapped in plastic stuffed in the cavity of whole poultry. They are mostly protein and fat from a calorie perspective and are quite rich in nutrients. Like any protein or meat source, they probably should not make up the bulk of your calories. However, if you enjoy eating them feel free to incorporate them into your diet.
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