Spring is Here! Have Allergies? Kirkman® Can Help

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By Nora Heston Tarte
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc. 

An estimated 50 million Americans (1 in 5) have allergies and 40 million of those individuals suffer from “indoor and outdoor” allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAF).   This makes allergies the fifth leading chronic disease in the country, according to AAF.

“Seasonal allergies are actually a negative immune response,” explained Larry Newman, chief operating officer in charge of technical and regulatory affairs at Kirkman®. “Any immune booster is a definite aid in reducing the allergies and their severity,” he said. 

Newman listed the following as ingredients known to lessen the severity of seasonal springtime allergies, including quercitin, zinc, pineapple and papaya enzymes, turmeric (or curcumin), pycnogenol and cat’s claw herb.

Kirkman® offers a variety of products focused on boosting the immune system, and many of those products can also mitigate symptoms of allergies.  Some of these products are as follows: 

Immuno-Aid™ Advanced Formula – Hypoallergenic Capsules

In addition to boosting your immune system, this new, advanced formula has been updated based on the latest scientific information regarding improving immune response to exposure risks. Elderberry extract was added to further enhance the immune system and to offer overall support.  Continue reading

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Protecting Children from Mitochondrial Toxins is Essential to Their Good Health

By Teri Arranga
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc. 


“Molecular and cell fetal remodeling derived from exposure to mitochondrial toxins in utero may have long term consequences of unknown severity.” This was the conclusion reached by researchers in Spain about potential danger to unborn babies from environmental toxins. In layman’s terms, it means there is a significant health risk to an unborn child from toxins unknowingly absorbed by the mother.

 An article published in the September 2014 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,, titled “Mitochondrial Toxicity in Human Pregnancy: An Update on Clinical and Experimental Approaches in the Last 10 Years”1 states “ [there is] an association between exposure to mitochondrial toxic agents and pathologic conditions [such as] fertility defects, detrimental fetal development and impaired newborn health due to intra-uterine exposure.” In other words, there is a clear link between exposure to toxins at the cellular (mitochondria) level and health issues in the unborn.

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In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: Spring Delights

Spring means warmer weather, allergies and, of course, spring-cleaning. This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to detoxify your body and prepare it to successfully battle whatever is to come, including tough-to-beat allergies and colds. Spring is also a great time to get into the kitchen and try out some great new recipes.

Kirkman’s Detox Aid can assist in removing toxins from the body. Although Kirkman’s supplements are Ultra Tested® and screened for 950 environmental contaminants, it is nearly impossible not to be exposed to any contaminants. That’s where detoxing is useful.

In addition, Kirkman® provides several different forms of zinc, including a zinc with vitamin C, in liquid form and in a topical cream. Zinc supports the immune system and many other processes. Another great “spring-cleaning” aid is a detox product. Kirkman® offers a wide variety of detox products that can assist in removing toxins from the body, helping you create a fresh start for your season.

Supplements are an easy way to assist in detoxification and building immunity. The diet can be another great way to ensure good health during your spring-cleaning. Be sure to serve yourself and your kids energy boosting food along with supplements that promote good gastrointestinal/immune health.

Eating seasonally and building recipes off of the fresh produce available at your local market is a great way to make sure you’re incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables and nutrients into your diet.

Try incorporating seasonal fruit into this easy, highly nutritious recipe. You can swap out the various fruits depending on preference and availability.

Below, we also have included a vegan, cauliflower crust pizza. Cauliflower is a popular ingredient that can be prepared in many different ways and is a healthy alternative to the gluten version. 

Frozen Fresh Fruit Loaf (Adapted from Glutenfreecooking.about.com)

Serves 8

Ingredients –

  • 2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup halved red seedless grapes
  • 1 cup fresh sliced peaches
  • 1 cup fresh cubed pineapple
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 8 ounces room temperature cream cheese (light or regular)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  •  cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions –

  1. Prepare fruits by slicing and cubing. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add marshmallows.
  2. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for about one minute or until smooth.
  4. Slowly add powdered sugar, mayonnaise and vanilla and beat just until smooth.
  5. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the fruit mixture. Gently fold in whipping cream.
  6. Pour into a 9×4 bread loaf pan.
  7. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. To serve cut slices from loaf pan OR run hot water over the bottom of the loaf pan until frozen mixture releases and carefully serve on a platter in a bed of lettuce. 

Tip: You can reduce the sugar in this recipe by half OR use 1/4 honey with good results. You can substitute the cream cheese and mayonnaise for casein free, vegan products.

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

 Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Adapted From Detoxinista.com)

 Serves 2

 Ingredients –

  • 1 pound cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons ground chia or flax seeds, divided
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Marinara/Pizza sauce
  • Pizza Toppings (i.e. vegetables, vegan cheese, meat)

 Directions –

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cauliflower florets in the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, and pulse until a rice-like texture is created. Pour the cauliflower “rice” into a large sauce pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Drain the liquid, then transfer the cooked cauliflower rice in a freezer-safe bowl. Place in the freezer to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, mix together 2 tablespoons of ground chia or flax seeds with 6 tablespoons of water, to create a vegan “egg.” Set aside and allow the mixture to thicken.
  3. Remove the cooled cauliflower rice from the freezer and transfer it to the center of a thin dish towel. Use your hands to squeeze the rice in the dish towel, removing all of the excess moisture from the cauliflower.
  4. Place the drained cauliflower in a large bowl, then add in the vegan egg mixture, the almond meal, the additional tablespoon a ground flax or chia seeds, salt, garlic and dried oregano. Stir well to mix, then press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking sheet. (I used a quarter baking sheet, so the crust filled the entire pan. If you are using a larger baking sheet, simply use your hands to shape the crust into your desired size, keeping the crust about 1/4-inch thick.) For best results, press the crust together firmly, making sure that there are no “thin spots” where it might crack.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and dry to the touch.
  6. You could use this pizza crust as is, but it won’t be firm enough to lift with your hands. For best texture, I recommend using an additional piece of parchment paper to flip the entire pizza crust, then returning it to the pan to bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Once the crust is firm and dry, add your favorite pizza toppings and return to the oven briefly to let everything heat up, about 5-10 additional minutes. I added marinara sauce, sautéed onions, fresh spinach and a sprinkling of cashew parmesan, for a properly combined pizza.

*Note: You can skip the cooking and cooling process when using frozen cauliflower. Simply allow the frozen cauliflower to thaw in your fridge overnight, which creates a “cooked” texture without having to do the extra work. Pulse the thawed cauliflower to create the rice, then drain well using a dish towel.

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Kirkman® Family Environmental Health Newswatch February

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Natural Immunity for Kiddo and Me!


By Teri Arranga 
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

When my special needs child was small, his diagnosis called for a medicine that required administration around the clock for a few days at a time every two weeks.  He was also using a therapeutic diet due to his special requirements and sensitivities.  So, no crunchy, round, sweetened, brightly-colored, fruit-flavored cereal for breakfast or prepackaged, rectangular toaster pastries for lunch – he ate homemade.  I sent him to regular preschool for the neurotypical peer modeling that this would provide.  It amazed me that the school administrator criticized me for administering medicine during the night, since sleep is good for the immune system, while also criticizing me for not letting him eat the sweetened, multi-colored cereal rings and the rectangular toaster pastries. That’s like immunological hypocrisy.

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New Study Could Link Saliva Protein Signature to ASD

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By Nora Tarte 
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.

A new study has found a potential correlation between saliva protein levels and autism diagnoses in children. More research could lead to the development of a saliva test to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in people of all ages.

The study, conducted by researchers at Clarkson University and SUNY Plattsburgh, was published in the January 27 issue of Autism Research. In the paper, researchers reported differences between the saliva proteins present in typical children and children diagnosed with ASD. More specifically, nine types of proteins were significantly elevated in children with ASD, while three types were lower or absent in these children.

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In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: Heart-Healthy Foods for National Heart Month


By Erin Meyering
Copy Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but why stop paying attention to your heart? It’s American Heart Month! Now is the perfect time to consider how heart-healthy your lifestyle is. Is your diet enough to keep your heart in tip-top shape?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure—is the number one killer of women and men in the United States.

To raise awareness of this deadly disease, February has been declared American Heart Month. Taking steps to improve your heart health is becoming increasingly important in our fast-paced society. 

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