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Is it too early to say, Happy Holidays?  Now that Thanksgiving is less than a week away, we don’t think so! Many of us will be hosting guests at some point this season and the first step in having a great time is to make sure that everyone is comfortable.  Whether you’re concerned about your guests with asthma or food or environmental allergies, our guide to allergy-friendly holiday planning will help ensure your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas party is a big success! Inquire about food allergies.  Just as you’d ask about other dietary restrictions like vegetarian or Kosher, don’t hesitate to contact...

Have you gotten your flu vaccine yet?  Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated but the Centers for Disease Control recommends it particularly for people with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma.  Because of the greater risk of serious complications from the flu, it’s important that more people with asthma receive the flu shot this year. One obstacle to vaccination has been egg allergies.  The flu vaccine is manufactured with chicken eggs and contains trace amounts of the egg protein ovalbumin.  The risk of exposure to this allergenic substance led the CDC to recommend that people with egg allergies seek out non-egg flu...

Essential oils are a popular health trend that people are using to treat everything from muscle aches to depression to diabetes.  Can essential oils also help alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms?  Here are some things to know before you get started. Essential oils are a highly concentrated form of natural, organic compounds found in plants.  There are countless varieties of essential oils such as rose, lavender, oregano and blue chamomile.  Each is believed to have specific properties that can help treat a particular ailment or set of symptoms. One of the most common ways to use essential oils is with a diffuser. ...

When it’s cold, dark and snowy outside, it can be difficult to find the motivation to keep up your normal exercise routine.  You may be tempted to stay on the couch all winter but bad weather is no reason to neglect your health.  In fact, physical activity can give you more energy, boost your mood and help fight the winter blues. Try some of these fun and easy fitness tips to help you stay in shape until spring! Play in the snow.  Embrace the season and feel like a kid again with some unstructured time outdoors.  Work up a sweat by sledding,...

Asthma Attacks Down Among Children--  But More Can Still Be Done  First, the good news.  A new report from the Centers for Disease Control found that the number of children with asthma who experienced an attack is down from 62% in 2001 to 54% is 2016.  During this time, kids with asthma also missed fewer days of school and were hospitalized less frequently because of their symptoms. But with more than half of kids with asthma experiencing one or more attacks, this unfortunately means that they are still the norm.  There’s a lot more we can do to provide all children with...

Whether it’s your first visit to the Phoenix area or one of many, you’ll want to check out the fun and attractions of nearby Scottsdale.  And with allergy-friendly PURE Rooms now available at the Courtyard Scottsdale Old Town, you just might make this your homebase for exploring Arizona and the scenic Southwest! Scottsdale is a charming, family-friendly city just east of Phoenix.  Kids will love the old western atmosphere of Old Town, the city’s central neighborhood, while the shops, restaurants and galleries provide something for everyone to enjoy.  It’s all within walking distance from the Courtyard Scottsdale Old Town less than...

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, now is the perfect time to refresh and renew your healthy living habits! Many people make the mistake of putting their health on hold during the holidays.  By the time December rolls around, they’ve resigned themselves to yet another month of overeating and inactivity until after the New Year. How can you avoid this trap?  By tackling the issue now.  Establishing a healthy eating, exercise and wellness routine before the holiday rush will make it much easier to maintain it when you’re busy and short on time.  Here are some simple ways to get started. Focus...

When the seasons change, it’s a great time to focus on your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system to help prevent asthma and allergies.  HVAC systems handle, filter and circulate all the air we breathe, making them essential for avoiding exposure to allergens.  An HVAC system that is regularly cleaned and serviced will reduce your symptoms to help you relax, feel comfortable and get a better night’s sleep. Replace air-filters regularly.  This is necessary to ensure your HVAC system is working effectively and efficiently.  Install new air-filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions or at least every two months.  It’s as easy as...

We do our best to take care of our health.  Still, most of us are likely to feel at least a little sick at some point over the next few months.  Whether it’s a minor cold or a more serious case of the flu, all you want is relief from your symptoms and to get over it as soon as possible. You know it’s important to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest when you’re not feeling well.  Here are a few more natural ways you can feel better faster the next time you have a cold or the...

    Ideally situated in the heart of D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, The St. Gregory Hotel provides luxurious accommodations and unbeatable access to the city’s best cultural and historic offerings.  We’re pleased to announce that The St. Gregory Hotel now offers guests the option of PURE Wellness Rooms, which provide superior comfort and relaxation during your next visit to the nation’s capital. The St. Gregory Hotel combines sumptuous design with impeccable service to immerse travelers in D.C. life while they’re in town.  Entering the hotel’s handsome and striking lobby, which features an inviting, dual-sided fireplace, you’ll immediately notice the attention to detail and quality that...