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  • Side Effects Of Using Asthma Inhalers

    Allergy Asthma Blog
    admin2
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Asthma is an inflammatory disease which is caused in the airways of a person and is mostly chronic in nature.  It is marked by reversible obstruction of the airflow and some of its common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.  Out of the many possible treatment methods of asthma, the best and most common treatment is using asthma inhalers.   These inhalers are also called ashtalin inhalers and are also employed for treating bronchitis or any type of obstructive lung illness or disease.  While it is true that asthma inhalers definitely curb the…
  • Are Hives Caused by Food Additives and Preservatives?

    About.com Allergies
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Urticaria, also known as hives, can affect up to 20 percent of the population. Most people with chronic urticaria (hives lasting more than 6 weeks) have the suspicion of some type of food allergy as the cause of their hives. In many instances, people are concerned that food additives or preservatives are the cause of their symptoms. These people may attempt to follow a preservative-free diet, with possible improvement in their symptoms. When they see an allergist for further evaluation, they find that there is no simple way to test for allergy to additives and preservatives. A recent study…
  • FDA approves first sublingual allergen extract for the treatment of certain grass pollen allergies

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Oralair to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) with or without conjunctivitis (eye inflammation) that is induced by certain grass pollens in...
  • Spring Could Be Harsh For People with Multiple Tree Allergies, SLU Allergy Expert Says

    Allergy News
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The polar vortex may be on its way out, but it's certainly leaving its footprints behind.
  • Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, primarily occurring in spring and fall. Food allergies are closely linked to spring allergies, says one expert. "Birch pollen often also means allergies to apples, peaches, carrots and celery while grass allergies can trigger melon, tomatoes and oranges reactions," he says. "Ragweed, the most noxious allergen, is also linked to allergies to bananas, cucumber and cantaloupe."
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  • Are Hives Caused by Food Additives and Preservatives?

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Urticaria, also known as hives, can affect up to 20 percent of the population. Most people with chronic urticaria (hives lasting more than 6 weeks) have the suspicion of some type of food allergy as the cause of their hives. In many instances, people are concerned that food additives or preservatives are the cause of their symptoms. These people may attempt to follow a preservative-free diet, with possible improvement in their symptoms. When they see an allergist for further evaluation, they find that there is no simple way to test for allergy to additives and preservatives. A recent study…
  • Urinary Biopyrrin is a Biomarker for Eczema

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Food allergies and contact aeroallergens (such as pet dander and dust mites), are common triggers for atopic dermatitis. Irritants and dry weather can also worsen symptoms. People with atopic dermatitis may also have a flare in their symptoms due to an infection caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses. It can be difficult to predict when a flare of atopic dermatitis may occur, but once itching has become severe and scratching occurs, it can be difficult to get symptoms under control. There is a need for a biomarker for atopic dermatitis that can be followed to predict exacerbations of…
  • Oralair Approved as a Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablet for Grass Allergy

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a sublingual immunotherapy tablet for the treatment of grass allergy. Oralair, the brand name for the tablet, is the first sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) treatment approved by the FDA for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis caused by grass pollen. Immunotherapy, in the form of allergy shots, has been used in the U.S. for more than one hundred years. Some allergists in the U.S. have offered SLIT (allergy drops placed under the tongue) as an experimental (non-FDA approved) therapy for years, although…
  • Spring Allergy Season Has Sprung

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:43 am
    Finally, the cold weather has gone away, and the outdoors are looking green again. With the warmer weather comes the pollen, and most areas of the country are seeing significant tree pollen in the air. The grass pollen is soon to follow. This spells misery for the allergy sufferer. However, with a little preparation, spring allergies don't have to ruin your outdoor activities this year. Whether you're seeing an allergist, a regular doctor, or have no ability or time to see a physician in order to obtain a prescription, there's plenty of options to combat your allergies this season....Read…
  • Xolair Get FDA Approval for the Treatment of Chronic Hives

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of Xolair for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). CIU is the name used to describe hives that last more than 6 weeks in duration without an apparent cause. Xolair has been shown to reduce or eliminate symptoms of hives in people with CIU who don't respond to treatment with oral antihistamines. While the data on Xolair treating CIU is pretty impressive, it will be interesting to see if many insurance companies cover the cost of this medication: Xolair costs thousands of dollars per year. Only the people with the…
 
 
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  • Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, primarily occurring in spring and fall. Food allergies are closely linked to spring allergies, says one expert. "Birch pollen often also means allergies to apples, peaches, carrots and celery while grass allergies can trigger melon, tomatoes and oranges reactions," he says. "Ragweed, the most noxious allergen, is also linked to allergies to bananas, cucumber and cantaloupe."
  • Is it just a cold or is it allergies?

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    One of the problems that parents may have during the springtime is deciphering whether their children’s sneezing is due to a cold or allergies. “Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference,” says a pediatric allergist.
  • '3-D' test could reduce reliance on animals for testing asthma and allergy medications

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    To determine whether new medicines are safe and effective for humans, researchers must first test them in animals, which is costly and time-consuming, as well as ethically challenging. Scientists now report that they've developed a simple, '3-D' laboratory method to test asthma and allergy medications that mimics what happens in the body, which could help reduce the need for animal testing.
  • Allergy tablet approval warrants caution for some

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    A pill a day keeps spring allergies away. In a perfect world, it would be that easy. And for those suffering from an allergy to some grasses, the Food and Drug Administration‘s (FDA) approval of the oral dissolvable tablets designed to help treat symptoms may be beneficial. But for the majority of seasonal sufferers allergic to pollens from the more than 30 other pollinating species, relief isn’t that easy.
  • Want spring allergy relief? Avoid stress

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Stress doesn’t cause allergies, but easing your mind might mean less allergy flare-ups this spring. According to a study, allergy sufferers with persistent stress experience more allergy flares. "Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers," said an allergist.
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  • Flight 370

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The underwater vessel searching for traces of the missing Malaysian jet resurfaced Wednesday to fix a technical issue, but then redeployed again.
  • League kicks out HIV-positive man

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    An HIV-positive Florida man was told he could no longer play in a Kissimmee Parks and Recreation basketball league.
  • 8 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Nigeria's military combed the woods in search of more than 100 school girls who were abducted earlier this week by Boko Haram militants, authorities said Wednesday.
  • Ukrainian in morning, Russian in afternoon

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Ukrainian armored vehicles sent into Kramatorsk on Wednesday later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk as an attempt to take back towns from pro-Russian militants appeared to stall.
  • Ukrainian in morning, Russian in afternoon

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Ukrainian armored vehicles sent into Kramatorsk on Wednesday later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk as an attempt to take back towns from pro-Russian militants appeared to stall.
 
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    Allergies News

  • Does Diet Influence Seasonal Allergies?

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    … use had higher rates of allergies and asthma; however, populations with higher … of allergies and asthma.5 Whether someone develops seasonal allergies or other allergic conditions … has been associated with reduced asthma and allergy symptoms.9 Getting adequate …
  • Asthma Society urges public to quit burning smoky coal

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    … to protect the health of Asthma sufferers in more rural parts … commonly known asthma trigger,' said Niamh Kelly of the Asthma Society … an alternative fuel, to reduce asthma symptoms and save lives.'
  • Timothy Grass Pollen Allergen Extract approved by FDA

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    … immunotherapy to treat grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis in … immediate relief of allergic symptoms. Symptoms of grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or … may be candidates for allergy immunotherapy, decline allergy shots, Consalvo said. The …
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized after severe allergic reaction in Kansas City

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    … was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Publicist Meghan …
  • SWISS becomes world's first certified "allergy-friendly" airline

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    … the air travel experience for allergy sufferers. These innovations will include … passenger allergies, and pay full regard to their conditions. At present, allergy … San Francisco. SWISS is making allergy-minded modifications to its cabins, too …
 
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    Allergy Asthma Blog

  • Side Effects Of Using Asthma Inhalers

    admin2
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Asthma is an inflammatory disease which is caused in the airways of a person and is mostly chronic in nature.  It is marked by reversible obstruction of the airflow and some of its common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.  Out of the many possible treatment methods of asthma, the best and most common treatment is using asthma inhalers.   These inhalers are also called ashtalin inhalers and are also employed for treating bronchitis or any type of obstructive lung illness or disease.  While it is true that asthma inhalers definitely curb the…
  • Some Of The Common Asthma Triggers

    admin2
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of humans which causes chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. The exact cause of asthma is still unknown to all and even the symptoms may vary from one person to another.  The one thing that we do know is that an asthma attack is often triggered when the airways come in contact with something that is referred as an asthma trigger. When this trigger hits the airways, the airways tend to become narrow, get inflamed and get filled with mucus.  To identify and minimize asthma attacks and their frequency, one must be…
  • How To Test For Airborne Allergies

    admin2
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Many times we suffer from certain allergies but are unable to detect what exactly is the cause of that allergy. In such cases, we must never take the allergy and its cause lightly as it may aggravate and also prove to be life threatening.  In the case when you have an airborne allergy, it is even more important to know what exactly is causing your allergic reaction to trigger. By doing an airborne allergy test, you can confirm the trigger and avoid contact with it in the future. There are many airborne allergens like pollen, dust particles, air pollutants, trees, grass, cockroach droppings…
  • Top 8 Asthma Myths

    admin4
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Asthma affects so many families and tends to curtail so many activities that people are usually anxious to find out about effective remedies and means to control the condition. It is this very anxiety that makes people more likely to believe some of the myths that have come to be associated with asthma. We separate asthma fact from asthma fiction: 1. Asthma can be cured Asthma is not a curable condition no matter what product manufacturers say. It can only be controlled and managed to the best extent possible by medications, lifestyle alterations and diet changes. Even moving to a different…
  • Unlocking Garlics Potential

    admin4
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:06 am
    One of garlics nicknames is the stinking rose. Besides fighting off vampires, battling infections and deliciously seasoning food, this highly esteemed herb may also protect you against developing certain cancers. Edible Jack of All Trades Hippocrates proclamation let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food couldn’t be more apt than when looking at garlics dizzying array of uses as a cooking and flavouring agent as well as a medicinal plant. One present-day relevant benefit of garlic is its ability to treat infections that have become antibiotic-resistant. It’s also…
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    About.com Food Allergies

  • A Lupine Allergy?

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Well, it's true. In my research and writing about immunotherapy for food allergy, I came across a new allergy with which I wasn't familiar: lupine allergy. Rare in this country, lupine is a pretty purple flower whose seeds are ground and used in baked goods, especially in Europe. You can read more about the connection of lupine to peanut allergy and much more in my article. Maybe you will learn something new like I did!...Read Full Post
  • Do You Know About Immunotherapy for Food Allergy?

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
      Immunotherapy is a big word, but an area in food allergy research that is evolving and comes up in the media every now and then. You may be curious or confused about what this trending research is all about. What is it? Is it something you can do? Where can you find more information?...Read Full Post
  • The Million Dollar Question Every Person with Food Allergy Wants Answered

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    What can I eat? No. Where can I eat? No. Will I outgrow this dang food allergy? YES. As a pediatric dietitian, almost every person I have ever encountered with food allergy has asked me, "When will I (or he, or she) grow out of this food allergy?"...Read Full Post
  • How Do You Decide Where to Eat Out?

    18 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    I love to go out to eat. But I do it infrequently. I am picky when it comes to restaurant food. Maybe because I am a decent cook, I am not in favor of spending money on food that is less than what I can do in the kitchen....Read Full Post
  • Ditch the Nuts on Airplanes, Please

    9 Mar 2014 | 11:16 pm
    I recently took a long, cross-country flight to Oregon (from NYC) and was struck by the availability of peanuts and cookies passed out as complimentary snacks.  I guess each airline serves different snacks, and I hadn't been on this particular airline in a while....Read Full Post
 
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    Allergy Relief Blog

  • Worst Cities for Spring Allergies (and some pretty pictures!)

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s been a beautiful transition this year from a cold winter to a blooming spring. For some, it’s exciting and relieving to ditch the scarves and coats and make room for sunglasses and sandals. For others it’s a forecast of congestion, runny noses and sneezing.AllergyCapitals.com lists the worst cities in the US for allergies based on the pollen counts, number of OTC/prescription medications per patient, and number of board-certified allergists per patient. The most current list below:Louisville, KY Memphis, TN Baton Rouge, LA Oklahoma City, OK Jackson, MS Chattanooga, TN Dallas, TX…
  • Block Spring Pollen Tips & HEPA Air Purifier Giveaway

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Spring allergy season is fully upon us in many parts of the country. Locally, Atlanta has seen an average pollen count of 2,624 for each of the last nine days! As usual tree pollen is the primary culprit early in the season. If the iPhone was just a little better, I could have shared an image of a literal cloud of pollen blowing off the pines this weekend! So with all this going on what can you do? Sitting indoors during this beautiful part of the year, though not attractive, is an option. Medication is readily available, but many people don't like dealing with the side effects. Here are…
  • FREE - Year's Supply of Miele Filter Bags!

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Miele vacuum cleaners have long been known for a few things. They offer exceptional cleaning performance, powerful suction, unmatched filtration, and are built to last 20 years. Unlike other brands, they're also notorious for not discounting their line of luxury HEPA vacuum cleaners, but every now and again, we can sweeten the deal. For a limited time, receive Two Free Boxes of Filter Bags with the purchase of any Miele Premium Vacuum Cleaner. For nearly 100 years Miele has been designing and building quality vacuum cleaners. Here at AchooAllergy, Miele has been a brand of vacuum cleaner…
  • Off to Costa Rica! Allergy & Asthma Travel Tips

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    I am headed off to enjoy the sunshine, beach and rainforests of Costa Rica! We will be traveling to the Guanacaste region where it will be dry with little rain during this time of year. This is also means I will be packing and planning for this five day trip abroad. If you deal with allergies, asthma, sensitive skin or any health condition really, you should always make sure to pack what you will need. You cannot always rely on certain things being available at your destination. Aside from givens like medication, specialized items you use or things you just can't travel without (favorite…
  • New in Blue! Respro Allergy Mask

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Today at lunch, I again noticed a nice yellow-green dust on my truck. So, with spring pollen season gearing up, we're proud to give you a choice Respro Allergy Masks. It now comes in Royal Blue!The Respro Allergy Mask has long been a popular choice for anyone dealing with allergies, asthma, COPD, MCS or simply wanting to keep dust and other particulate out of the air they breathe. With a soft, flexible mesh shell and exhale valves, the Allergy Mask is breathable and lightweight. It seals well around the face and allow heat and moisture to escape via two exhale valves.The Allergy Mask…
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    Avoiding Milk Blog

  • Allergy Awareness Books in Libraries

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    News From No Biggie Bunch50 States - 500 Libraries Already making a difference! The No Biggie Bunch is on a mission to put bundles of books in 500 US public libraries across the nation. Thanks to tremendous support in our first week, over 175 libraries are already slated to receive books. 325 to go, and we're committed to reaching our goal! Anything you can do to spread the word or contribute to 50 States-500 Libraries will help put these food allergy resources for kids in libraries across the nation, reaching the little hands that need them most. Each state in the US is at a different level…
  • Schools Carrying Medications

    12 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Schools are sometimes required, sometimes choose to have additional epipens available in the office. These additional Epipens/ Auvi-Q/ Allerject injectors serve as back up supplies for diagnosed allergic students, as well as for the event a student/ staff member has a first time reaction at school. Schools are now dealing with how to store these. In my opinion the supplies should be stored in a unlocked, visible storage unit that is easily recoginized for what it contains. Here are some suppliers of such containers, I predict this is a growing market. Allergy Emergency Kit EpiNOW Allergy…
  • Avoiding Milk Protein 2013 Top Pages

    20 Jan 2014 | 8:02 am
    Avoiding Milk Blog and Chemurgy and Allergens Blog are off shoots from my site Avoiding Milk Protein. My toppages visied at Avoiding Milk Protein.com for 2013 are:List of Nut Free Foods A-LCarrying Containers for Auto-Injectors and Other Allergy Meds Includes asthma pouches as well as both Auvi-Q/Allerject. Containers for backup injectors for schools/ public spacesNut Free Bakeshops, Restaurants and Other Eating EstablishmentsCanada, USA and some international locationsAllergy Safe CandyDairy, Nut, gluten and egg free candyDairy Free ChocolateRestaurants and Allergy Information…
  • Drug Switch Could Cause Allergen In Medications

    16 Dec 2013 | 10:37 am
    Generic Drug Switch by Shoppers Outrages Parents"Although the active and non-active ingredients listed for generic versions of Strattera are the same, doctors say autistic patients can react badly to even a slightly different amount or combination of fillers, used by different manufacturers"."Because the B.C. government is billed directly for Robert’s drugs, there was no price or drug name on the package the parents picked up from Shoppers. To protect patients' privacy, there is only a bar code on the label attached to the bag". Fillers in medication can include allergens (not necessarily…
  • Allergy Books for Christmas

    2 Dec 2013 | 8:22 am
    If you are thinking of buying an allergy children's book as a classroom gift, or for an allergic child in your life. I have had the honour of interviewing some fantastic children allergy authours over the years! Interview With Amy Recob author of the children’s book The BugaBees: Friends with Food AllergiesSarah Prye author Food Allergies on the High SeasSharon Chisvin author of The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut ButterSue Ganz - Schmitt author of Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic TaleCarla Burke author of My Name May Be Peanuts, But I say Nay to PB & JBridget Batson author of Jude…
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    Food Allergy Assistant

  • It's Easter Time!

    Joanne LaSpina
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The commercialized aspect of Easter revolves around chocolate and bunnies (made of chocolate) and eggs (hard-boiled or made of chocolate and filled with peanut butter) and marshmallow chicks (that now carry an allergen label warning of possible contact with dairy). This time of year can be a minefield of mishaps and misunderstandings when food allergies are involved- especially for young children. Here are a few of my favorites ways to celebrate the treat part of this holiday:Easter Bunny CakeChocolate MoldsPlastic eggs with toys and money inside.Happy Easter!
  • Six Food Allergy Happenings You May Have Missed Over the Holidays

    Joanne LaSpina
    3 Jan 2014 | 1:54 pm
    New Year's EveSo, the decorating and present buying and singing of Auld Lang Syne is done. While you've been enjoying the holiday season with family and friends, here are a few items related to food allergies that you may have missed:Epi InjectorsThe date has been set for the 2nd Annual 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Start saving your frequent flier miles for a trip to Las Vegas Sept. 26-28.Mylan is extending their $0 copay for EpiPens through 2014. Go to Epipen.com for details.Sanofi is also extending their $0 copay program for Auvi-Q  through 2014. Go to their website for…
  • Debunking Food Allergy Myths

    Joanne LaSpina
    15 Nov 2013 | 4:17 am
    There has been some great information coming out of last week's Conference of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). One of the speakers, Dr.  David Stukus, presented on the outdated information related to allergies that still circulates. Among the myths:"I can't get the flu shot because I'm allergic to eggs.""I'm allergic to food dyes.""I can take an at-home blood test to find out which foods I'm allergic to."Avoid giving highly allergenic foods to babies for their first 12 months of life.It is difficult to stay on top of the latest research, but it is important…
  • Dairy Free Dark Chocolate

    Joanne LaSpina
    13 Nov 2013 | 6:58 am
    I do enjoy dark chocolate. I like that slight bitter to the sweet and there are so many health benefits (doesn't it help you lose weight, sleep better, give you more energy and make you resistant to all illness and disease?:)I was thrilled when Enjoy Life recently asked if I wanted to try their new dairy-free dark chocolate chips. I thought dark chocolate would need to stay out of my family dairy-free recipes, but those days are now over. These dark chocolate chips are dairy-free and delicious...especially in my dark chocolate chip cookies. I love a product with two ingredients- in this case…
  • Teaching ALL Kids About Food Allergies

    Joanne LaSpina
    29 Oct 2013 | 3:30 am
    Have you seen the adorable Supermarket Search game at Anaphylaxis101.com? It's a great way to share the importance of reading ingredient labels with kids, and you get to print out an allergy  friendly recipe at the end. While you're on the site, download the free ebook about Ana & Phyl Axis, narrated by Modern Family's Julie Bowen. I love that there are so many resources about food allergies for ALL kids!
 
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    Milk Allergy Mom

  • Easter with Food Allergies (Part 3) ~ Dairy-Free Menu Plan

    Jamie Kaufmann
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We celebrate Easter at Jeff's parents' house as they are very understanding and accommodating of the seriousness of food allergies.My mother-in-law can even cook safe dishes for Miles, which is awesome.  When we arrive, we all give a last run-down of what we have for Miles to eat. And my MIL is great about saving all the containers, wrappers, boxes, etc. that ingredients came from so we can double check everything one more time.Miles usually eats the ham cooked by the in-laws.  His pieces are cut first before any cross-contamination can happen.Then he can have some…
  • Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats & Hunts

    Jamie Kaufmann
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Holidays have become a lot about the food, and Easter is no exception.  While I do try my best to make Easter baskets and Easter hunts as fun as possible, I keep in mind that it doesn't ALL have to be about chocolate and candy. Useful gifts and toys are enjoyed by children as much as sugar so keep that in mind.  Last year we got the boys a CD player for their room and a children's Christian CD.  It's something they still enjoy a year later and remember as a special Easter gift.  :)Here are some other non-food treats that can be exciting to find in Easter Baskets.
  • Milk-Free Find ~ Hebrew National Beef Franks in a Blanket

    Jamie Kaufmann
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Hebrew National are our go-to dairy-free hot dogs.  I actually could never eat another kind of hotdog for as long as I live.  Hebrew National taste so good, like real meat, and are not slimy and full of mystery ingredients.  The hot dogs are not cheap and neither are these new Beef Franks in a Blanket.  But they are such a fun occasional treat when they can be found for a bargain.  They can run about $10 a box, but I have found them on good promotions a few times at Target.  When I do, I snag up a couple boxes.  Today I got two boxes for about $5 each after…
  • Doing Carry-Out with Food Allergies

    Jamie Kaufmann
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    This is what happens when Mom has been sick for a week...carry-out.  And as you know, carry-out with food allergies isn't exactly an easy thing to do.  So I thought I would show you how we managed it tonight. I will preface with a shout-out to my darling husband, who has held down the fort all week.  By that I mean, he's done breakfast and dinner and put the kids to bed while I lie on the couch moaning from sinus pain.  Granted, I didn't get a sick day off this week...so I still had the kids during the day (remember, we home school), but the kids did great in giving…
  • Easter with Food Allergies (Part 1) ~ Safety at Family Gatherings

    Jamie Kaufmann
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I wrote this post when Miles was two-years-old.  We do some things differently now that he's 7, but these are still good tips for parents of mostly any food allergy age.    Easter is upon us, and we all want our children to have a fun day. Although planning a holiday around milk allergies can be stressful, it can still be a special celebration if we plan ahead.  Here are some things we do to keep our holidays as safe as possible:If you have a choice, plan to attend the smaller gatherings. The less people, the less chance that someone will feed or offer your child…
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • Worlds Toughest Job?

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    This video of "The Worlds Toughest Job" has been all over my Facebook the last few days and I kind of figured out what they were referring to without watching it.  But today I figured I'd a take few minutes to watch it. It's sweet.  It's got some amusing moments.  Mom's like to be appreciated, yes we do. But... I'm a mom.  I don't feel like I have the worlds toughest job.  Is it hard?  
  • Food Allergies and Hospital Stays. Think You Are Safe? You May Want ToThink Again.

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    I hesitate to write this.  I wasn't sure that I was going to.  But I feel like I need to let others know what happened so that they can guard against it.  I'll apologize now for this post being a novel, but there's no other way for me to share Middle Man's story without sharing ALL of it. Almost two weeks ago, Middle Man caught a virus and woke up Wednesday night throwing up.  We kept him home
  • Thankful Tuesday

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am so thankful for the fact that our family has been relatively healthy this winter.  There have been a few colds and some minor aches and pains, but for the most part, we've come away unscathed.And you never how thankful you are for something until it's gone.Starting last week Middle Man got a stomach bug.  By the weekend, he seemed better, but Sunday night brought more tummy issues.  
  • Menu Plan Monday 4/7/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Happy Monday!!  The following is this weeks meal plan: Friday:  Two of my guys were at the opening day for the Tribe, so this ended up being Fend For Yourself Day Saturday:  Fondue and Hot Dog night - I realize that these don't actually go together, but I wanted fondue and I had 2 pounds of hot dogs and buns that I needed to use, so there it is.  We made this family night and watched
  • Menu Plan Monday 3-31-14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Oh yes, I'm a bit late getting this up today.  I've started my spring cleaning, but the rest of the house has been suffering.  Today I thought I better get some of my regular cleaning done so that's what I worked on this morning instead of being on line.Unfortunately, I didn't get too far (it's hard to clean with a toddler) so tomorrow morning will be much of the same. March 31st Menu
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  • Food Allergy Counseling: Review of Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Copyright 2014 Clarkson PotterI Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is not a food allergy related book nor focused on any kind of food allergy issue. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is about cutting out hidden, and not so hidden, sugars from one’s diet. Sarah (who has both Graves & Hashimoto diseases, both autoimmune diseases), found that being low to no sugar helped her body and her overall wellness immensely and almost immediately. If that might be you, too, then read on.  I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson lays out an 8-week process of eliminating fructose and added sugars from one's…
  • Recipe: Nut-free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Frosting

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Look at that glorious cupcake with chocolate chip frosting. It’s calling to you isn’t it?It’s a birthday cupcake that I made for D. He loves, loves, like cannot let one day pass without chocolate. So, I made a dozen cupcakes and one nine inch round cake. All made from scratch with these capable hands!  Shhh. The cake is from a box. It’s a good box. King Arthur Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake mix. It’s certified gluten-free. It’s also nut-free and made without diary, too.  And it was my idea to add chocolate chips to it. And I made the frosting by hand. And added…
  • Recipe: Irish Soda Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free

    17 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    I adapted my own Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free and Tree Nut-Free recipe from last year and made it dairy-free (and even better). Gluten-Free Irish Soda BreadAdapted from Glutino’s recipe and further adapted by Allergic Girl1 box (15 ounces) King Arthur Gluten-Free Pancake Mix 2 large organic eggs¾ cup orange juice2 tablespoons olive oil¾ cup golden raisins (soaked overnight in OJ)2 teaspoons caraway seed2 teaspoons grated orange rind1 tablespoon oil to brush top of bread (optional)The night before or at least 30 minutes before soak the raisins in OJ, enough to cover…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Interview with David Stukus, MD

    14 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    I first noticed Dr Stukus on my Twitter feed (@allergicgirl). An allergist based out of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio, Dr Stukus’s feed is filled with practical advice about environmental allergies, food allergies, asthma and eczema i.e. atopic disease. He tweets about talking with patients and patient education in a real and relatable way like when he reminded us all of risk factors for a teenager with food allergy.  See this example:Dr Dave Stukus ‏@AllergyKidsDoc  Feb 17Recently met new #foodallergy patient with every risk factor for death: teenager, nut…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Dating, Food Allergies, Soap

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Tree nuts show up in the funniest places. A few weeks back, having a conversation with D. about my food allergies (this was after the kissing convo), all of sudden he said, “I use almond soap in the shower? Is that problem?”  My first thought was no, probably not. He had showered hours before. And unless it was some fancy scrubbing soap with almond chunks (which it probably wasn't), synthetic almond fragrance (more likely in a commercial shampoo) shouldn’t have any protein in it and therefore shouldn’t be a problem. Even so, his shower had been hours before and we…
 
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  • Chocolate Cherry Cordial Tarts

    Alisa Fleming
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    This recipe for chocolate cherry cordial tarts is an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, created and submitted by Nadine Mesch. To qualify, the recipe uses Culinary Coconut Milk from So Delicious Dairy Free. Nadine says, “This is such a beautiful recipe, it is also very easy to make and can easily be made […]The post Chocolate Cherry Cordial Tarts appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks

    Alisa Fleming
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    I feel almost late to the party with this review. The Blender Girl launched just one week ago, but foodies are already buzzing as this vegan snf gluten-free cookbook is taking special diets to a new level of awareness. It hit the top 200 for all books on Amazon before it was even released! Yes, ALL books – […]The post The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Raw Chocolate Orange Torte

    Alisa Fleming
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What better way to show off a new cookbook then to present a sample recipe from the publication, and this raw, vegan chocolate orange torte is a decadent yet easy representation of what you will discover in The Blender Girl. I mean seriously, is it any wonder that this amazing vegan AND gluten-free cookbook hit the top 200 of […]The post Raw Chocolate Orange Torte appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Announcing the Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest with $1000 Grand Prize

    Alisa Fleming
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Celebrate the season with our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest! Send us your best dairy-free recipes using one or more of your favorite dairy-free products from the contest sponsor So Delicious! The Grand Prize: $1000! We want to see those treasured recipes (up to 5 per entrant!) that in some way say “spring” to you, and you will have […]The post Announcing the Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest with $1000 Grand Prize appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Green Vegan Omega Smoothie

    Alisa Fleming
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Healthy fats are still all the rage in the natural food community, as I witnessed at Expo West this year. Companies are touting their “ratios” and purity for getting a proper balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 oils. I’m still not fully sold on the hype, but thanks to the added greens, this Green Omega Smoothie […]The post Green Vegan Omega Smoothie appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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  • Hey, Easter Bunny! Here Are Some of My Favorite Nut Allergy-Friendly Easter Sweets Picks

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The cutest chocolate bunny I've ever seen; it's from Dean's Sweets. Easter is soon arriving and with it, one of the biggest candy holidays of the year. If you're worried about peanut and tree nut allergies, you may not be hopping for joy at the thought of all the candy out there that is clearly off-limits for your kids. Still, you'd be surprised at some of the good stuff out there, both in stores and/or online. I've posted some of my favorites for you to check out. Please keep in mind that YOU are the best judge of what to serve your allergic child or family member. If you have any…
  • Welcome to The New Age: What We Should Expect From Schools and Managing Food Allergies in the Classroom

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I've been dealing with food allergies at school since 2004 and while I do think there is much more awareness about allergies these days, it still seems as a lot of us are having problems managing allergies at school.Some parents tell me that they are not being listened to or respected with regards to life-threatening food allergies, even though they have followed the school's rules, i.e., filled out the paperwork, visited the allergist, met with the school staff and the myriad other tasks that go along with managing food allergies in daily life.Just to be clear:  when I say "respected" I…
  • Nut Allergy Spring Roundup: Nut-Free Recipes, Spring Break Travel Tips and and More

    10 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Daylight savings time has officially begun, so for those of us huddled in our parkas in many parts of the country, (except for today -- it's warm(er) and sunny!), that means spring is on the horizon.I've been hearing from many new readers lately who may have not seen some of the spring-related content, so I wanted to offer a post featuring some of my reader-favorite "spring" topics. For my longtime readers, I hope you don't mind a refresher course with some timely reminders.Spring Break TravelFor those of you flying to your destination, check out this post. In particular, I talk about…
  • Kids with Food Allergies and Summer Camp

    19 Feb 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Heavy snow, rain and overall weather misery in many parts of the country aside, spring is nearly here, which means summer is on the way. It's definitely not too early to be thinking about summer activities -- like camp. But what if your child, like mine, has life-threatening allergies to nuts or other foods?If some of you are skeptical of the summer camp experience for your severely allergic child, I know how you feel. I summed up our family's experience in this archived Allergic Living magazine article where I discuss the ups and downs of my daughter's week at Girl Scout camp (she was seven…
  • Nut-Free Valentine's Day! A Roundup of Nut-Free Treats, Helpful Links, Ideas and More!

    7 Feb 2014 | 10:16 am
    Valentine's Day, the season of love is nearly here. And as those of us coping with food allergies know, it's also the season of potentially unsafe food.That's why I'm offering this convenient roundup of posts and links that provide some wonderful nut-free alternatives.Important to note: Seasonal or holiday candy may be made on different lines depending on the brand, and those manufacturing differences may result in a previously "safe" brand becoming "unsafe" due to cross-contact risk. Read the labels, always, every time to make sure your candy is OK to use!Now onto the links! You will find…
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  • Small airway involvement is present in all stages of asthmatic disease despite been referred to as 'silent zone'

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This review provides an update on the importance of the peripheral, small airways in asthma. As the small airways account for less than 10% of total airway resistance, thus having little impact on standard lung function measures such as forced expiratory volume and peak flow, they have been referred to as the 'silent zone'.Small airway involvement is present in all stages of asthmatic disease, and is related to important clinical phenotypes such:- nocturnal asthma- exercise-induced asthma- difficult-to-control asthma- patients with the risk of repeated asthma exacerbationsUncontrolled small…
  • Uvular Angioedema Due to ACE Inhibitor - NEJM

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Angioedema is a swelling that is similar to hives, but the swelling is under the skin instead of on the surface. In this NEJM case report, treatment with 6.25 mg of captopril was started 6 hours after cardiac stent placement, and 30 minutes after administration the patient reported difficulty swallowing and throat pain. The uvula was markedly edematous and erythematous:Uvular angioedema, or Quincke's disease, was diagnosed, and treatment with antihistamines and glucocorticoids was started. Improvement was rapid, and the edema completely resolved within 24 hours.Isolated uvular angioedema is…
  • 2014 #WorldAllergyWeek : Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergic reaction - see how you can prevent and treat it

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    #WorldAllergyWeek is an annual campaign by the World Allergy Organization (WAO) to feature a specific allergic condition. This year the topic is anaphylaxis.Join us during World Allergy Week 2014 and increase awareness of Anaphylaxis - When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal. There are many ways you can participate, see how: http://www.worldallergy.org/worldallergyweekA tweet a day, make #allergy go away! Here is my suggestion: post the following tweets to your Twitter account (you can change the URL if you want to):Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to an allergen…
  • Top Asthma Articles for April 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma for April:23 million Americans have asthma, of whom 12 million experience an asthma exacerbation every year http://buff.ly/1fCJBH2Obesity was associated with significant lung restriction in children with and without asthma. Obesity was not associated with significantly altered airway or systemic inflammation in asthmatic children. http://buff.ly/19U4E4zUse of Written Asthma Action Plans: 27% of parents had them - 80% felt they were useful, but only 55% looked at them http://buff.ly/15VaYgb -- Wallet Written Asthma Action Plan…
  • Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) 2014 review

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This summary is based on 3 review articles about FPIES published in March 2014 in the journal Current Opinion Allergy Clinical Immunology.What is FPIES?Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is a poorly understood non-IgE-mediated food hypersensitivity, primarily affecting infants and toddlers. FPIES is one of the Adverse Food Reactions (see the classification below):Adverse Food Reactions (click to enlarge the image).What causes FPIES?Foods and local intestinal imbalance between TNF-α and TGF-β play a role in the FPIES etiology. There is regional variation in common triggering…
 
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  • Food Allergy Awareness Week 2014: Twitter Get-Together

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Screenshot courtesy of Homa Woodrum (Thank you Homa, I treasure it!)I accidentally started a Food Allergy Awareness Week tradition for myself years ago--organizing a Twitter Party to get people talking about #foodallergy all at the same time. Last year, we were able to get #foodallergy to be the NUMBER ONE trending topic on Twitter during the party in some locations! You can see it in this screenshot from one of my favorite food allergy friends, Homa Woodrum--it was fantastic! I guess we set the bar kind of high, and we need to try again!Let's all meet on Twitter--as many of as we can--and…
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - New England Chapter Fundraiser 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Please see excerpt below from the flyer from the New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America about their annual spring fundraiser.Join us for a fun evening for a good cause!Lots of fabulous food Hilarious comedy Great auction items Call for more information, or to order your tickets by phone (781-444-7778)Click here to order tickets on-line or by mail.Tickets are only $80 each 
  • Interesting Food Allergy Newsbit

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Take a look at this interesting post about GMO strawberries modified with peanuts to prevent freezing: GMO Strawberries with Peanuts: Hoax or Hazard? The idea of it is the stuff of a peanut allergy mom's nightmares, but it seems it is not true...
  • Food Allergy Consumer Product Review: Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    A few months ago, I was very excited to have the opportunity to try the new and improved Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars. Enjoy Life Foods is really in a category of its own. It is a top notch company. Their products are free of the 8 most common allergens as defined by the US. Food and Drug Administration and are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. I love their labeling, and I love knowing that Enjoy Life is a brand in which I can have faith. There are not many of those. In a pinch, I can run to the local grocery store, grab an ELF product and we're good to go. It's absolutely…
  • Living with Food Allergies Blog Carnival - Belated March 2014 Edition

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I have been waiting to post the March Living with Food Allergies Blog Carnival but the site has been down for many days now! I think I have given up on the blog carnival website. It is fraught with too many technical problems. It's just as well. I think the blog carnival or blog hop concept is getting a bit old-fashioned in this fast-moving world of social media. Time for something new! (But what?! Stay tuned!)For now, I give you a few choice posts from a few of the top food allergy bloggers and me. The theme for March 2014 was: food allergy cross-contamination.From Lauren…
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  • Differences between food allergies and food intolerances

    Guest
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    The difference between food allergies and a food intolerance is a topic that can be confusing. Learn more about both in this article.
  • Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2014

    Ruth LovettSmith
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you are a food allergy blogger, food allergy parent or just want to learn more about food allergies......then mark your calendars! The 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference dates have been announced.
  • Gluten Free LÄRABAR Review

    Ruth LovettSmith
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:52 pm
    LÄRABAR prides itself on making an unprocessed, wholesome snack with minimal ingredients. Their bars are a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices.
  • Life Threatening Food Allergies ARE a Disability

    Ruth LovettSmith
    22 Feb 2014 | 9:04 am
    Why Cupcakes Should NOT Be Served in the Classroom. My response to a recent piece in The Huffington Post.
  • Oral Immunotherapy Information – OIT

    Ruth LovettSmith
    16 Jan 2014 | 11:20 am
    Oral Immunotherapy (also known as OIT) is defined as an experimental desensitization treatment for food allergy.
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  • How To Check If Easter Chocolate Is Both Peanut And Nut Free

    Onespot Allergy
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    With Easter coming up soon, displays of Easter chocolates are popping up everywhere. I was at the Masonville Mall Shoppers Drug Mart this past weekend, and a display of Easter bunnies caught my eye. I had a closer look, and I was excited to see that one brand of chocolate is completely peanut and nut safe, but right next to it was a brand with a peanut free logo that is NOT nut free. It’s a very common mistake to assume that a peanut free logo means that a food is also free of tree nuts (all other nuts). You must read the ingredient list thoroughly to ensure that the product does not…
  • Reflections On Five Years In Allergy Safety

    Onespot Allergy
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Today is my two year anniversary at Kowork, a lovely co-working space in downtown London. When I arrived here two years ago, I was depleted in every way. I was out of money as I had slowed down my law practice three years prior to focus on my passionate interest, which is allergy safety. I accomplished a lot in those three years by building this top ranking allergy blog with over 250,000 unique visitors per year, a wonderfully interactive Facebook group, and my trademark Best EpiPen Belts that my customers really appreciate. Nothing had worked out well financially though, and let’s face…
  • Praise For Ottawa Daycare Over Cheese Sandwich Suspension

    Onespot Allergy
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Earlier this month the Centre de l’Enfant Aux 4 vents, an Ottawa daycare, came under fire for its strict policy about not allowing outside food to be brought into the Center. Like each of the two daycare centers my sons attended, the Center made all the meals and snacks on site. Parents sign a contract acknowledging that no outside food is to be brought in, which would be for many reasons such as food safety, hygiene, and the protection of children with food allergies. Unfortunately, Randy Murray, the father of one child at the daycare, ignored this policy and brought his daughter to…
  • The Allergy Band-Aid

    Onespot Allergy
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    On February 27, 2014, CBC The Nature of Things aired an episode titled”The Allergy Fix” produced by Dreamfilm, a Vancouver documentary company. I became a fan of the show’s host, Dr. David Suzuki, when I used the textbook he wrote on genetics as part of my undergraduate science degree. I was interested to watch the show, which I knew was about peanut desensitization, due to the promotional e-mail messages I received in advance notifying me of the premiere. The show began with Dr. Suzuki stating: With food allergies more than tripling in two decades, birthday parties are no…
  • My Dog Is Always Itchy. Could She Have Allergies?

    Onespot Allergy
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    Last Fall, my dog Coco had very itchy ears, which seemed to be bothering her a lot, as she scratched every few minutes. I took her to the vet, and I was surprised to see when he lifted up her ears that she had actually torn the skin on their underside. Coco was given steroid pills, which eliminated the itch within one day. She also had some crusty spots on her skin, and I was told a side effect of the steroid is that Coco might drink too much or feel very hungry, but happily that did not happen to Coco. She was also given eye drops for a suspected bacterial infection, as she had white…
 
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  • Baby’s First Vegetable Puree

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    My son is 6 months! I’ve been excited to have him sit in his chair and eat sloppy cereal of oats. But I’m even MORE excited to start making him his foods right at home. My 2 main motivations are his palette and our money. I want to save money, and I want our son to experience all types of food. And lots of spices. I was such a picky eater as a child. And honestly, I know that I can’t force him to like things he just doesn’t like. But I want to give him the opportunity to find out during the formidable years. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Gotta start with…
  • “Brownie” Bites (from Fruit & Nuts – GF, DF, SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    What is it about brownies that makes everyone love them? Well, I can’t speak for you… but I love the hard exterior and soft fudgy interior. No, not all brownies are like this. But the ones I use to make were. And not that long ago, either. Gluten free brownie mixes from the store are my own personal Pandora’s Box. Back when I was only gluten free (during my pregnancy I ate dairy and sugar), I went crazy on these things. Not good. But OH-SO-GOOD. If you get my drift ;) Enter the ‘no sugar’ diet again. Hmm, that takes out literally every GF boxed brownie mix that I…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: Ecclesiastes 7:8

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    When I saw this verse pop up in my daily verse on an app I use on my phone, I was taken aback. I don’t remember ever reading this verse, even though I know I have technically read Ecclesiastes a few times. And if I had read it and thought on it, I wouldn’t have liked it. Not because it’s false, surely, but because it’s true. The line about ‘the first step is always the hardest’ wasn’t made for a person like me. I’m great at ‘showing up’. I’m great at starting things. I start things ALL the TIME. In fact, I feel down and…
  • Deconstructed Egg Rolls

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I have always loved eggrolls. And not JUST because they have a fried shell, although that was part of it ;) In the past, I have tried to recreate the effect by frying or baking rice wrappers with the filling – which utterly failed. So this was my answer. And I was pleasantly surprised! The star of this dish is the cabbage. Which I never gave much thought to as an ingredient in egg rolls. But of course it is a huge component! It ties everything together and, frankly, I could have eaten the cabbage sauteed in sesame oil straight from the pan. Okay… maybe I did take a few bites that…
  • Bilateral Delayed Pressure Urticaria

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    This is not a showy or pleasant post. There aren’t any suggestions for a miracle cure for hives either, just one individual’s experience. In fact, if you don’t like pics of skin problems (can’t say that I do either), than maybe this one isn’t for you. And don’t scroll to the bottom if you don’t want to see the pics. I tried to keep it ‘light’ and not overpowering. While it’s not fun to have it, it’s not fun to look at either. However, since hives are one of those conditions that still baffles doctors (the best they can usually…
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  • Is the Pollen Count Helpful in Medical Practice? Yes and No.

    AllerVision LLC
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Millions of grains of pollen, in this case from a cottonwood tree, can easily fill the air and travel great distances when picked up by the wind. Now that the weather has turned warmer and more pleasant, TV news anchors and meteorologists need something other than the weekly snow fall and deep freeze to grab your attention. Enter the pollen count. During the spring months, when trees and grasses release their pollen, official pollen counts get a lot of attention. This isn’t news to you. What you may not know is that in most areas of the country, the publicized pollen counts may be at least…
  • When Allergy Season Peaks, Do You Have a Plan? My Tips for Your Worst Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    With pollen counts skyrocketing, this could be the worst allergy season in years. Be prepared to help your patients. It’s happening already: TV stations, newspapers and radio are hyping the severe spring pollen season ahead. As we know, long winters with lots of snow are springboards for high pollen counts. Every year when spring arrives my office phone starts ringing and patients can’t wait one day to be seen. My new patients, that is. I’ll explain the difference below. These new patients’ developing allergy “emergency” can be handled effectively with…
  • The Allergy Clock is Ticking: Spring Ahead, Don’t Fall Behind in Treatment

    AllerVision LLC
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:19 am
    Spring usually brings beautiful weather — and lots of allergies. It’s been a brutal winter throughout most of the country. Once we get even a few consecutive days with weather in the 60′s and sunshine, everyone will rush outside for extra-long lunch breaks. My New York City office is right around the corner from Central Park, which is flooded with fresh-air-seekers of all ages as soon as spring emerges. For individuals who suffer with allergies, excitement for Spring is tempered with the weary anticipation of inevitable symptoms. However, with the right strategy and treatment…
  • Peanut Allergy Treatment: Close to Reality!

    AllerVision LLC
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Allergy treatment has crossed another major barrier as reported in the January/February edition of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The lead authors in this multi-center research led by Drs. Wasserman, Factor and Baker demonstrated that IgE mediated peanut allergy can be effectively treated with oral immunotherapy! This study was designed to administer small doses of peanut flour to peanut-allergic children and young adults, followed by incrementally increasing the doses up to the equivalent of eating eight peanuts. At conclusion, 91% of the study patients were…
  • Wheezing and Sneezing are Not Always Signs of Allergy

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:08 am
    The obvious underlying cause of sneezing may not necessarily be the right one. In medicine it’s all too easy to assume that a certain symptom is representative of a specific diagnosis. Since allergic symptoms are so common, this is a pitfall we need to be wary of. There’s an old adage, “All that wheezes isn’t asthma.” I’ll add to that “all that sneezes isn’t allergic rhinitis.” Often the only way to establish a definitive diagnosis is through diagnostic testing. A patient’s history is, of course, the foundation of a correct diagnosis…
 
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  • Is the Pollen Count Helpful in Medical Practice? Yes and No.

    AllerVision LLC
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Millions of grains of pollen, in this case from a cottonwood tree, can easily fill the air and travel great distances when picked up by the wind. Now that the weather has turned warmer and more pleasant, TV news anchors and meteorologists need something other than the weekly snow fall and deep freeze to grab your attention. Enter the pollen count. During the spring months, when trees and grasses release their pollen, official pollen counts get a lot of attention. This isn’t news to you. What you may not know is that in most areas of the country, the publicized pollen counts may be at least…
  • When Allergy Season Peaks, Do You Have a Plan? My Tips for Your Worst Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    With pollen counts skyrocketing, this could be the worst allergy season in years. Be prepared to help your patients. It’s happening already: TV stations, newspapers and radio are hyping the severe spring pollen season ahead. As we know, long winters with lots of snow are springboards for high pollen counts. Every year when spring arrives my office phone starts ringing and patients can’t wait one day to be seen. My new patients, that is. I’ll explain the difference below. These new patients’ developing allergy “emergency” can be handled effectively with…
  • The Allergy Clock is Ticking: Spring Ahead, Don’t Fall Behind in Treatment

    AllerVision LLC
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:19 am
    Spring usually brings beautiful weather — and lots of allergies. It’s been a brutal winter throughout most of the country. Once we get even a few consecutive days with weather in the 60′s and sunshine, everyone will rush outside for extra-long lunch breaks. My New York City office is right around the corner from Central Park, which is flooded with fresh-air-seekers of all ages as soon as spring emerges. For individuals who suffer with allergies, excitement for Spring is tempered with the weary anticipation of inevitable symptoms. However, with the right strategy and treatment…
  • Peanut Allergy Treatment: Close to Reality!

    AllerVision LLC
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Allergy treatment has crossed another major barrier as reported in the January/February edition of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The lead authors in this multi-center research led by Drs. Wasserman, Factor and Baker demonstrated that IgE mediated peanut allergy can be effectively treated with oral immunotherapy! This study was designed to administer small doses of peanut flour to peanut-allergic children and young adults, followed by incrementally increasing the doses up to the equivalent of eating eight peanuts. At conclusion, 91% of the study patients were…
  • Wheezing and Sneezing are Not Always Signs of Allergy

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:08 am
    The obvious underlying cause of sneezing may not necessarily be the right one. In medicine it’s all too easy to assume that a certain symptom is representative of a specific diagnosis. Since allergic symptoms are so common, this is a pitfall we need to be wary of. There’s an old adage, “All that wheezes isn’t asthma.” I’ll add to that “all that sneezes isn’t allergic rhinitis.” Often the only way to establish a definitive diagnosis is through diagnostic testing. A patient’s history is, of course, the foundation of a correct diagnosis…
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  • Soy Free Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

    Alanna Waldrop
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I came up with this recipe while I was just beginning my elimination diet. There are a lot of other vegetables that you could add to this recipe as tolerated (potato, bell pepper, tomato, onion, corn, cauliflower, peas, etc.) Keep in mind that this recipe is very delicious, but its presentation is very simple for everyday dinners (not necessarily for guests.) If you have never tried garam masala, you should definitely try this recipe! Garam masala is a blend of spices including cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, etc.) It’s also great on baked apples or carrots. 2 pounds skinless…
  • How My Life Has Changed

    Alanna Waldrop
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The term “lifestyle change” has become a household term. A lot of folks choose a diet plan,  join a gym, and suddenly they’re in the midst of a lifestyle change. For those of us with food allergies, a lifestyle change takes on a whole new meaning. When I met my husband, I was concerned with dating, my family and my career, and that was about it. While I could cook when I needed to, it was certainly not something that I could ever see see myself doing every day, not less three times a day. My husband still teases me to this day about a kitchen towel I had that said,…
  • Soy Free Easy Honey Ginger Chicken

    Alanna Waldrop
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I needed a quick meal for one tonight, and this honey/ginger glaze is great. I served it with bok choy sauteed in olive oil and fresh ginger. 1 tbs. olive oil 1 chicken breast 1 tbsp. pure honey 1/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar (could probably substitute a dash of lemon or lime juice) 1 tsp diced fresh ginger Handful of raisins Sautee chicken breast on medium heat in olive oil. In a separate bowl, mix honey, ginger, and just a couple splashes of apple cider vinegar to thin the honey without tasting the vinegar. When chicken is cooked, reduce heat to low, pour honey mixture over chicken and add…
  • What Would You Like To See In Future Posts?

    Alanna Waldrop
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Take Our Poll I have many ideas on posts for this blog, but I would like to hear from you on what you would like to see.
  • One Page Soy Ingredient List

    Alanna Waldrop
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Click image for One Page Soy Ingredient List There have been many times that I wished that I had a one page list of soy ingredients that I could print, laminate, or email, so I decided to make one. The link to the PDF is above (“One Page Soy Ingredient List.”)  I hope this is helpful. As always, please leave a message in the comments below if you know of other ingredients that should be added. I hope to eventually have more printable documents such as guides to soy free beauty products, foods, and household products.
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