When you have an immune system that’s continually deciding that foods you’ve eaten most of your life are the enemy (I just lost pomegranates and nectarines in the last few weeks, lovely), you keep an eye out for immunology articles. Mental Floss had this article which suggests that the appendix actually has an immune function, and that it might be to keep your gut bacteria in balance. This is relevant as there’s been some studies that hint that gut bacteria, or lack thereof, may be related to the development of food allergies. Too bad I (Denise) lost my appendix at 17.
Allergic Living had some coverage on adult onset food allergies, which was very nice to see.
Since it’s citrus season again, the grapefruit is excellent. I’d love to say I’ve been doing interesting things with it, but it’s morning, and I just eat it with sugar on top (sometimes, bruleed sugar with the kitchen torch, but still). But do an internet search on grapefruit and you’ll see that it has entries on many medical websites. Grapefruit interacts with TONS of drugs, including some allergy medicines. So read up, and beware. So glad none of my drugs are on that list! Enjoy safely.
Not food or allergy-related, but the NY Public Library has just put a lot more catalog offerings online. Apartment Therapy suggests adding some art to your house.
Happy weekend, everyone.