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  • Eight steps to avoid insect stings

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Stinging insects are as much a part of summer as pool parties and picnics. But don't let these uninvited guests spoil your family's fun.
  • Keep Calm Moms: Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma Risk in Offspring

    Allergy News
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    During pregnancy, many women make a concerted effort to keep stress levels low-and for good reason.
  • Vaccine for dust-mite allergies created

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A vaccine for dust-mite allergies has been created, researchers report. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. "What is new about this is we have developed a vaccine against dust-mite allergens that hasn't been used before," says a corresponding author on the paper.
  • Cease-fire comes, and quickly goes

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    A truce in Gaza unraveled less than two hours after it took effect. Both sides say the other violated terms of the agreement.
  • Allergist to speak at Westport Sunrise Rotary

    Allergies News
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    … , an allergist and immunologist, will speak about common misconceptions about allergies at … physician with the Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Associates practice, with … Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy/Immunology, Lester is also president-elect …
 
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  • Vaccine for dust-mite allergies created

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A vaccine for dust-mite allergies has been created, researchers report. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. "What is new about this is we have developed a vaccine against dust-mite allergens that hasn't been used before," says a corresponding author on the paper.
  • Progress in allergic asthma research after ingestion of fruits

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    The interaction between two proteins can be the responsible for the allergic asthma episodes after eating an infected fruit, new research suggests. Alternaria alternata is a fungus that proliferates in fruit and vegetables crops and also when are collected and are on sale for the final consumer. A protein known as Alt a 1 and related to the virulence is found in the spores, this protein is described as the major allergen of this fungus. According to this research, this protein can be a major cause of childhood asthma in U.S.
  • Cause of mysterious food allergy found, new treatment strategy suggested

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A novel genetic and molecular pathway in the esophagus that causes eosinophillic esophagitis has been identified by researchers, opening up potential new therapeutic strategies for an enigmatic and hard-to-treat food allergy. The condition is triggered by allergic hypersensitivity to certain foods and an over-accumulation in the esophagus of white blood cells called eosinophils (part of the body's immune system).
  • Children on dairy farms run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies; Dairy farm exposure also beneficial during pregnancy

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Children who live on farms that produce milk run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies as other rural children. According to researchers, pregnant women may benefit from spending time on dairy farms to promote maturation of the fetal and neonatal immune system.
  • Wet wraps cut need for drugs in kids with eczema

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    One in five children in the US suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition known as eczema. To control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. Researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver evaluated an approach known as wet wrap therapy to help find simpler, safer treatment options. The therapy has never been used as a standardized treatment for children with eczema. Hopefully, that's about to change.
 
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  • Cease-fire comes, and quickly goes

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    A truce in Gaza unraveled less than two hours after it took effect. Both sides say the other violated terms of the agreement.
  • 10 spectacular U.S. waterfalls

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    You're likely to sweat a little to get to some of the best waterfalls. But they deliver a cool refuge and a powerful reminder of nature's force.
  • Ebola patients coming to U.S. triggers fears

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    The news that two Ebola patients are being brought to America has created waves of concern ranging from mere worry to Hollywood "Outbreak" scenarios to conspiracy theories.
  • Ebola

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    The news that two Ebola patients are being brought to America has created waves of concern ranging from mere worry to Hollywood "Outbreak" scenarios to conspiracy theories.
  • Ebola patients coming to U.S. triggers fears

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    The news that two U.S. Ebola patients are being brought to the United States has waves of concern ranging from worry to Hollywood "Outbreak" scenarios and conspiracy theories.
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  • Allergist to speak at Westport Sunrise Rotary

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    … , an allergist and immunologist, will speak about common misconceptions about allergies at … physician with the Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Associates practice, with … Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy/Immunology, Lester is also president-elect …
  • Study shows effectiveness of artesunate, a common herbal-based anti-malarial drug, in controlling asthma

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    … . The quest for better asthma therapeutics Asthma is an incurable lung disease … for better therapeutics to control allergic asthma, Dr Ho explored the therapeutic … restores metabolic changes in experimental allergic asthma Metabolomics (2014): 1-11 , July 16 …
  • Female baby boomers with asthma? You may need help

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    … Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma … asthma out of 'yellow zone' Journal reference: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Provided by American College of Allergy, Asthma, and …
  • New guidelines help keep asthma out of 'yellow zone'

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    … Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma … information about asthma visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org. Journal reference: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Provided by American College of Allergy, Asthma, and …
  • The hair dye allergy you should know about

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    … read up on hair dye allergies themselves. “The most important thing … shellfish allergy, especially if you’re someone who’s prone to allergic … allergist or a dermatologist for advice on how to treat your allergy … .com: 11 Secret Allergy Triggers If you’re allergic to hair dye …
 
 
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  • Important Facts about Cat Allergy

    admin2
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Cat allergy in humans can be described as an allergic reaction produced by one or more allergens of cat. As per medical literature there are 5 allergens of cat that causes this kind of allergy; among which major allergens are secretoglobin, lipocalin. Cats are most common pets among those people who are suffering from pet allergies. But you have to remember that the fur or the hair is not the real problem in this regard. People are allergic to the proteins found in the cat’s saliva, dander (dried flakes of cat’s skin) and urine as well. If you are allergenic you will have oversensitive…
  • Food Restrictions if you have Egg Allergy

    admin2
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    There are many people who suffer from egg allergy, which is a type of food allergy and hypersensitivity to egg whites or yolk. Many studies revealed that just after milk allergy, this is the second most prevalent type of food allergy faced by children. The first step towards prevention is diet restriction and you should definitely avoid eating egg as your immune system does not behave normally when you do so. The proteins in the egg does not suit your body and when your immunity system identifies the presence of egg protein within the body, it secrets hormones to fight off those proteins as…
  • Simple Tips to Exercise for Asthma Patients

    admin2
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Asthma is a respiratory disorder that is experienced by large number of people these days. One of the major issues faced by the people suffering from asthma is to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle which includes exercise as well. Exercise can lead to breath shortness, coughing, wheezing and other problems in asthma patients and thus while planning for any exercise regime you should consult your doctor. The below given tips will also help you to plan your exercise while suffering from asthma. Simple Tips to Exercise with Asthma Go for Warm-Up exercise Always warm up before starting any type…
  • Effective Tips for Using Nebulizer among Children

    admin2
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    It is often seen that the allergy symptoms among children do not only stop with watery eyes and stuffy nose. If children suffer from asthma, they will often be exposed to breathing problem, which is extremely difficult for them to go through. When this is the problem, the doctors usually prescribe for a kind of breathing machine, which is called as a nebulizer. Children usually experience problems while using the nebulizer. However, it is essential to follow some tips, which will help in using nebulizer effectively among children. Below mentioned are some tips that can be followed for the…
  • Symptoms and Treatment Options for Sulfite Allergy

    admin2
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Sulfites are known to be the sulfur-based compounds, which are mainly used as preservatives in food substances. This might cause some kind of reaction among a few people, which could further prove to be life threatening. Some food substances that consist of sulfite include jams, baked goods, pickled foods, canned vegetables, potato chips, vegetable juices, tea, apple cider etc. Sulfite allergies mainly affect asthma patients; but if consumed in large amounts it can even make a normal person sick. Sulfite allergy can occur if you eat foods or beverages that contain sulfite in great amounts; or…
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  • E-Cigarettes: The Debate Continues

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Since my last blog on the topic of e-cigarettes, a lot has happened with developing research and regulations (state and federal), as well as the addition of U.S. tobacco companies into this rapidly expanding market. As the sales of vaporizers and flavored nicotine rapidly spread, research regarding health effects and regulation of this product are struggling to keep up. So where do we stand now, and how are regulation and research efforts changing the growth of this product? Before we delve into that, let's recap what we covered last time.Around 2007, e-cigarettes hit the US market as a…
  • New Dust Mite Vaccine on the Horizon?

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Vaccines have often been the subject of potential treatments for allergies, and as we've discussed before, a UK firm, Circassia, has been through several stages of testing a vaccine for cat allergies. Research recently released by a team working at the University of Iowa's College of Pharmacy takes the idea of an allergy vaccine and puts a new twist on it. It's this novel approach that is not only showing positive results but providing new hope for the tens of millions that cope with the dust mite allergy on a daily basis. Similar to the mechanism used with successful cancer…
  • Reliable Steam Cleaners Sale & Free Upgrade

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Apparently Reliable thinks that this summer is the year you finally make the decision for a healthier home and a greener way to clean by purchasing a Reliable steam cleaner. As if the $100 discount on Reliable Enviromate premium steam cleaners wasn't enough incentive, they are now adding in their patented EMC2 system for free with Tandem and E40 steam cleaner models. Reliable manufacturers a wide range of steam cleaners, from the economical to some of the most versatile steam cleaners available. Steam cleaning is a relatively newer way to clean here in the U.S., but its benefits are hard…
  • Studies Reinforce Link Between Corticosteroids & Height

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Back in 2012, I highlighted a study that was presented at the European Respiratory Society conference that focused on the link between the use of common asthma treatments and a child's height. In this study, researchers examined the use of budesonide, a corticosteroid that is the active ingredient in Pulmicort, a commonly prescribed asthma medication. This morning, two new studies were released that further the correlation between lower growth velocity and the use of corticosteroids.Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed for persistent, moderate to severe asthma. Often inhaled, this type…
  • Aww Man... My iPad's Making Me Itch?

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    A recently published case report in the journal Pediatrics takes aim at some of our most commonly used devices as a potential source for skin problems. While it can be argued that a lot of us spend too much time with our faces and hands firmly affixed to laptops, tablet and smart devices, the case of an 11-year-old San Diego boy highlights the potential for allergic reactions to these same devices. How can my iPad make me itch? One word, nickel.Nickel allergies are not entirely uncommon, and for those who deal with them, jewelry, belts, and even piercings can cause allergic reactions. This…
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  • Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Brownies

    Jamie Kaufmann
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Original Post:  7-31-09Here's another fun way to use up your zucchini harvest!  These taste awesome, moist, and there's even an icing to go along. It's more of a cake brownie.  If you want a more gooey brownie, try THESE.I adapted this recipe from an All Recipes. Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini BrowniesOven: 350Dish:  9x9"1/4 cup oil (I use coconut)3/4 cup sugar (I mix sugar and stevia)1 tsp vanilla1 cup flour (use any mixture of white and wheat)1/4 cup cocoa3/4 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp sea salt1 cup shredded zucchini1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)Grease…
  • Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, & Wheat Free Zucchini Cakes

    Jamie Kaufmann
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Originally Posted Aug 1, 2011. Wow, I love these!  What a great way to use up zucchini this time of year! I Googled some zucchini cake recipes and kept coming up with zucchini, egg, and flour concoctions. So I decided to invent my own, easy wheat-free and egg-free version.DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, and WHEAT-FREE ZUCCHINI CAKESCooking oil1 cup of shredded zucchini (place in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out excess water)1 cup of crunched up Crispix, Rice Chex, or Corn Chex1 egg or flax eggMix up your flax egg first, if using it as an egg replacement.  Let sit 5 minutes. Mix the three…
  • e-cloth Kitchen Value Set ~ Compare to Norwex and Save!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    e-cloth has announced several new Value Sets that will save you even more money on chemical-free cleaning!  Today I am going to highlight the Kitchen Value Set.  As a food allergy mom, I use e-cloth in the kitchen everyday.This Kitchen Value Set ($59.99) Includes:- (2)  Glass & Polishing Cloths- (2) Classic Check Kitchen Towels (One Red / One Blue)- (1) Kitchen Cloth with Scrubbing Pocket- (1) Washing Up Pad- (1) Cleaning Pad- (1) Range & Stovetop ClothCompare Kitchen e-cloth and Norwex PricesJust the first 3 items listed, in Norwex equivalents, would cost you…
  • Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Bread

    Jamie Kaufmann
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Originally posted on 7-18-09Grandma and friends have given us some garden zucchini this year so I wanted to make some zucchini bread for the boys. I started looking for a recipe specific to zucchini bread or muffins that had no egg but had a hard time finding anything. And often bread recipes call for multiple eggs. The more eggs needed, the less luck I have with the old applesauce substitute. So I just tried my banana bread recipe, using zucchini instead of banana.  Just substitute one cup of zucchini for the bananas.  The banana bread recipe is great because it just calls for…
  • Dairy-Free Kid Lunch Tray ~ "Build Your Own Cracker Sandwiches"

    Jamie Kaufmann
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's time for another dairy-free lunch tray!  It's my hope that you can adapt many of our lunch tray ideas for packing school lunches.  Let us know!DAIRY-FREE LUNCH TRAYApplegate PepperoniDaiya Cheddar Cheese WedgeTriscuitsCorn on the CobWatermelonCutie Pie Cherry PieIce WaterBoth my boys love to build their own cracker sandwiches.  I often mix up the meat and the crackers for variety.These little gems are considered a huge treat by my kiddos.  Click the link to read more about Cutie Pies.
 
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • A July 2014 Recap

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Yep, I know.  I've been a bad blogger.  I haven't blogged in forever and I'm just as far behind on my blog reading.  I will try to catch up, but it may take a while. When we last left you, baseball had just wrapped up and so had the Fourth of July.  So what else has happened? The Middle Man celebrated his 10th birthday.  Yes, my little guy is moving into the "tween" years (sniff!!) He asked
  • Menu Plan Monday 7/7/14: The Post 4th of July Issue

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
     Yes, I'm a tad late getting this up today.  We had a good weekend.  Not too busy but still had activities and things going on. For the actual 4th, Older Boy had 2 tournament baseball games and the rest of us just worked/relaxed at home.  We BBQ'd but since it was Friday and we are Catholic and abstain from meat on Fridays all year , we BBQ'd shrimp, portabella mushrooms, and polenta.  We had
  • Menu Plan Monday 6/30/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Has June really flown by??  On to July and baseball, camps and family time. This weeks menu plan Friday:  Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup (slow cooker), homemade gf breadSaturday:  Hamburgers and fried red skin potatoesSunday:  Pasta sauce (left over from freezer), rigatoni and garlic bread (gf bread for Middle Man)Monday:  Orange Sriracha Chicken Legs, rice and
  • Menu Plan Monday 6/23/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    The first menu plan of the summer. Friday:  Tuna Salad Sammies and mixed vegetables (gluten free chicken fingers for Middle Man) Saturday:  The big guys ate at the Tribe game.  Little Monkey and mom had fast food (don't judge me) Sunday:  Roasted Chicken, gluten free corn bread, baked beans and salad Monday:  Hawaiian Grilled Pineapple Chicken over Carolina Plantation Rice Tuesday:  
  • Checking In

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    So far so busy here.  I didn't post my menu plan for this week but I did do one.  It's just that it's all gotten switched around due to schedule changes.  But it's all good.  And last night, I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer in time to thaw so I had to improvise.  We had a modified version of these nachos and Pioneer Woman Mexican Rice.  The kids thought it was the bomb and it was a
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  • Food Allergy Counseling: Interview with Dr Dave Stukus, Food Allergy & Casual Contact

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    I’ve had the honor to feature Dr Dave Stukus (@allergykidsdoc) on my blog before, about food allergy myth and facts. This time I asked him to explore casual social contact with food allergen[s]. The basic question is what is the real risk of casual contact to a severely food allergic person, if any, and as always, how does one manage food allergy exposure risk while living their best and fullest lives?Nota Bene: The answers below are not meant as a substitute for a thorough conversation with your medical health provider about your personal medical questions and needs. If you would like…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Adults with Allergies blog, Anaphylaxis Canada

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    My esteemed colleagues at Anaphylaxis Canada have launched a blog for adults with food allergies. From their website:“Kyle Dine, who manages the blog for Anaphylaxis Canada, explained: ‘Many websites and resources are aimed at parents of allergic children. We want to, however, make sure everyone affected by food allergies has support and access to relevant information on topics that are important to them.’ The blog covers situations that allergic adults can appreciate such as food allergies and relationships, allergies in the workplace, alcohol ingredient labeling,…
  • Recipe: Pasta with Lemony Arugula

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    Rice pasta, arugula and lemonAfter a long day filled with food allergy coaching client sessions and meetings and an evening out with friends at an art opening at a very cool venue, I arrived home, starved and dinner was unplanned. Add to this that I had an oral allergy syndrome reaction to something I ate at lunch (probably the raw tomatoes and bell peppers). So my mouth needed something non-nightshade based, something way safer on what was clearly a high pollen day. My fridge was filled with stuff for salad (like more peppers and tomatoes) and the huge box of arugula. In the back was…
  • Allergic Girl & Social Media: Allergic Girl Facebook Posts

    23 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    I noticed recently when I held an Allergic Girl Facebook Page contest, I had to re-run it, The winners didn’t respond to my messages that they won, no matter how many times I Facebook emailed or tagged them. What exactly was going on with Facebook? I had heard about Facebook's new changes to fan pages like my Allergic Girl Facebook Page but it wasn't until this recent contest, I began to see the evidence of it. And then I read Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun’s blog post which led me to a Derek Halpern article. (Big shout out to fellow blogger and incredible…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Eater.com, "How Restaurant Pros Are Handling the Surge of Food Allergies"

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:26 am
    Gluten-free, nut-free & fish-free pasta at MaialinoEater National published an excellent profile of how one restaurant in Austin, Texas called Odd Duck is striving to handle patrons dietary needs when it comes to severe life threatening food allergies, celiac disease and a host of other medical needs. They profile several restaurant groups and leaders in the field, including me! Have a read here.Thank you to Amy McKeever and Eater.com for this excellent job tackling a complex issue.***Want to know how I dine out safely and often?1. Check out my book: Allergic Girl:…
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  • Watermelon Raspberry Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

    Alisa Fleming
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you are like me, about 90 percent of your lifetime watermelon consumption has been in the form of big wedges. Most of the time, I enjoy it straight up as a snack or even dessert, and occasionally I blend fresh chunks into smoothies. But recipes like this watermelon raspberry spinach salad make me rethink […]The post Watermelon Raspberry Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Silver Hills Bakery Sprouted Bread: Baked in a Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Facility

    Alisa Fleming
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sprouting grains reportedly unlocks its nutrition and aids absorption of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients within. They also say that sprouting makes the grains more easily digestible. And I may just be a believer. Tony has had notable troubles with wheat, but he isn’t Celiac. He had tried the occasional wheat challenge with no […]The post Silver Hills Bakery Sprouted Bread: Baked in a Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Facility appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Silver Hills Bakery Gluten Free Organic Bread: Truly Whole Grain

    Alisa Fleming
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    I frequently bake gluten-free, and sample hundreds of gluten-free foods every year. But I also eat wheat, which gives perspective when writing gluten-free reviews. Nonetheless, I’m never seeking a replacement, or expecting a replica, but rather judging if the product is good, period. As for Silver Hills Bakery Gluten Free Organic Bread, I can firmly say, […]The post Silver Hills Bakery Gluten Free Organic Bread: Truly Whole Grain appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Pure Chocolate Wisdom: 5 Real Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate + Alisa’s Healthy Chocolate Truffle Snacks Recipe

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is the first post in our Pure Chocolate Wisdom series of information and scrumptious recipes, sponsored by Pascha Chocolate – my new favorite chocolatier! Pascha Chocolate is made in a top allergen-free facility (dairy-free and even soy-free!), and is certified organic, vegan, fair trade, kosher, and non-GMO verified. Pascha Chocolate has just introduced three […]The post Pure Chocolate Wisdom: 5 Real Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate + Alisa’s Healthy Chocolate Truffle Snacks Recipe appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate Bars: Organic, Raw, Low-Glycemic and with Prebiotics

    Alisa Fleming
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Did you know that chocolate is actually a better delivery system of probiotics than dairy? A study reported in the International Journal of Food Microbiology found that certain types of good bacteria survived up to 4 times better in chocolate than in milk! So yes, I did indeed down a couple probiotic chocolate bars in the […]The post Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate Bars: Organic, Raw, Low-Glycemic and with Prebiotics appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
 
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  • Outdoor air pollution and asthma - 2014 Lancet review

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Distances within 300-500 m of roadways affect human health. In large North American cities, 30-45% of people live near a major roadway. Patients with asthma should ideally live at least 300 m from major roadways, especially those with heavy truck traffic. In-vehicle exposure during commuting with open windows can also be very high. Air pollutants cause oxidative injury to airways, leading to inflammation, remodeling, and increased sensitization. 14% of incident asthma and 15% of all exacerbations of childhood asthma are attributed road traffic pollutants. Air pollution can cause exacerbations…
  • Trends in the age of diagnosis of childhood asthma: a study of 1 million children

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    8 consecutive birth cohorts of children (1993-2000) were observed using the universal health insurance plan in Ontario, Canada. The records of 1,059,511 children were examined, of whom 19% developed asthma in the first 8 years of life. Mean age at asthma diagnosis decreased from 4.7 years in birth year 1993 to 2.6 years in birth year 2000. This study demonstrates an increase in asthma incidence and a decrease in the age of asthma diagnosis across multiple birth cohorts.References:Trends in the age of diagnosis of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Jun 27. pii:…
  • High daily temperatures worsen respiratory symptoms in children with asthma, decrease PEF

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An Australian national panel study of diurnal temperature range (DTR) and children's respiratory healthThis study examined effects of DTR on lung function and respiratory symptoms for school children with asthma in Australia. Increase in daily temperature induced a reduction in PEF and increased respiratory symptoms in children with asthma. The effects lasted for 3 days. References:An Australian national panel study of diurnal temperature range and children's respiratory health. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Volume 112, Issue 4, Pages 348–353.e8, April…
  • Metal hypersensitivity in total joint arthroplasty

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This literature review was published in Ann Allergy Asthma Immunology in 2014.Total joint arthroplasty procedures are increasing, as are the hypersensitivity reactions to these implants. We don't know if metal joint implants increase metal sensitivity or whether metal sensitivity leads to prosthesis failure. How to diagnose metal hypersensitivity in total joint arthroplasty ?Patch testing is still the most widely used method for determining metal hypersensitivity. However, there are no standardized commercial panels specific for total joint replacements available at this time.In vitro…
  • A Mom's Thoughts on Food Allergies - ACAAI video

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    From ACAAI YouTube channel: Emily Kloser is the mom of two kids with food allergies. Both of her children are champion athletes. She shares what she's learned over the years about coping with food allergies. Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
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  • Food Allergy Medication: Affordable Care Act Coverage for Epinephrine Injectors

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Like many of my fellow food allergy bloggers, I received an email from a food allergy mom about a petition to help get life-saving epinephrine injectors included by the Affordable Care Act. Her email is below. Please read, take a look at her petition, and consider signing.Hi Jennifer,My 2.5 year old son is allergic to dairy. I was shocked to learn that the Affordable Care Act does not cover epinephrine injectors, life-saving medication for people with food allergies. I wrote a petition on change.org asking the US Government to mandate that all insurance plans cover epinephrine…
  • Food Allergy Picnics

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Ahhh summer vacation. Whether you go on short day trips or extended vacations, when you manage food allergies, it helps to become an expert picnicker! I tend to do things the cheapest, food allergy safe way I can manage. Picnic ToolsA good cooler is a must. You need to have something to keep food cold to avoid food spoilage and bacterial growth. The FDA website has some excellent information about food safety when picnicking. We got one on wheels to make transport a little easier.Another important tool for picnics is wipes to wash those hands off when you don't have access to soap and…
  • Food Allergy Bloggers: Introduce Yourselves!

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    When I began blogging 6+ years ago, there were other women blogging about food allergies already. Now, there were not many, but there were a few, and some of them had fantastic blogs that still exist and thrive today. To me, they were like voices in the darkness, as there was not much information about food allergies online a decade or so ago. You had to make do with what resources you could find-- a handful of books (the real kind, made out of paper), your allergist, and if you were lucky, a local support group. Over the years, the number of food allergy blogs has increased…
  • Food Allergy Cookbooks Now in E-Book Format

    10 Jun 2014 | 2:11 am
    Did you hear? Linda Coss' cookbooks “What’s to Eat?” and “What Else is to Eat?” are now also available in e-book format, at Amazon.com, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Koboand most other major e-book retailers. Her food allergy cookbooks" have been helping families across the nation cook delicious meals and desserts that are completely free of dairy, egg, peanut and tree nut ingredients" for years! And be sure to follow her on Twitter too: @LindaCoss 
  • Food Treats at School and the Never-ending Story

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:26 pm
    photo from chow.comThis post is probably more of a vent than anything else, about food being served to students by well-intentioned parents at school. Almost every single event parents are invited to at school somehow ends up involving food. Have you seen the parents at school? Do they look like they are in need of a meal? Most of them look quite well-fed. Some are a bit...shall we say, portly! Surely they can attend an event for an hour or less at school for their child without eating! And then these well-meaning parents simply must..they have to serve a cold treat to the…
 
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  • Marketing Insights: Start with the Social Media Department

    Ken Dieglio
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Their smartphones never leave their side. They occasionally speak in hashtags. They know what’s trending way before you. I’m not talking about a group of high school kids. This is the social media team. And today’s social media team is essential in developing successful marketing plans. Social Media and Company Smarts Social media extends beyond fans, followers, posts and customer service, to strategy, product development, content and the corner office. No part of the marketing department is more in tune with a brand’s customers than social media. Not only does social hear complaints,…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Robot Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When I was a kid, I had a pretty clear vision of the future. And all of my ideas about what the future would hold came directly from television and movies. Perhaps I wasn’t a terribly imaginative child … but I digress. I figured we’d all have flying cars, a la the Jetsons, by the time I was grown. And I figured kids of the future would ride hover boards instead of boring old skateboards. TV and movies also gave me the impression that we’d all have a lot more robots in our lives. I, personally, was looking forward to fewer chores thanks to my own Rosie. While I haven’t heard much in…
  • Need a FeedBlitz API Key? Permission Granted

    Phil Hollows
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    FeedBlitz API key generation has now been made automatic; the prior manual approval process has been eliminated. Meaning: You can use our API keys in third party integrations without delay. Implication: More uses for FeedBlitz’s APIs are coming soon. Access: Log in to your FeedBlitz account, it’s under My Account | API Keys in the left sidebar. Restrictions: None beyond the requirement that you must be a premium FeedBlitz publisher. By the way: If your current API key appplication was still pending under the prior policies, simply cancel it and then generate a new key.
  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
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  • Unfried Vegetable Wild Rice w/Tofu (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I loved fried rice. But I always feel icky after I eat the stuff from a Chinese Restaurant. MSG, oils, or other types of ingredients used are likely the culprits, but I honestly don’t know. I just know that I still want to enjoy ‘fried rice’, but in a way that I feel good about what I ate. This is a great way to do that! Personally, I love wild rice. I think the texture is nice and I like the added flavor. I know it doesn’t float everyone’s boat, but if you also like it, this is a great recipe to try! And to encourage any of you who aren’t typically fans of…
  • Naturally Sweet Tuesday – moving from weekly to monthy

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I bit off more than I could chew, suffice it to say. It’s hard accepting that I can’t ‘do it all’, when most of my life has a been a testament of will power. But it’s not about that anymore. It’s about living a life that is putting others first, namely, my husband and son. They should be getting my best, and so I need to be more realistic about what I can do with this blog. When starting out in blogging, I made money purely by having ads on my site and the amount of site traffic I had. I took a break for a while when in graduate school and working after,…
  • Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please. I’ve done a few different variations of this with chia seeds and almond milk as the base, but so far this is my favorite. I love the taste of the chocolate (cause it’s chocolate…) and the banana adds a perfect natural sweetness plus a great creamy texture. I’ve also tried it with peanut butter and that is great too! But I didn’t take any pictures, so I’m sharing the recipe sans peanut butter. If you want to try that variation, use about 2 tbs of peanut butter. Also, this is the recipe for an individual serving. You can…
  • DIY Succulent Centerpiece

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    I love plants, but in the past have been negligent about having them in the house. Mostly because I know how much work it is and I just never got around to getting it started. Well, The Hubs and I have been wanting to improve the air quality in our house (which is part of a bigger life project – reduce toxins in our day to day life), so plants seemed like a great place to start. We have a wall of plants now off of our kitchen and we also have a few plants in our master bathroom around our tub and some on the wall. Even if it’s not improving our air quality (I really think it is!),…
  • Biblical Virtues Of A Wise Woman Series: is Modestly Attired

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    ***I recently was presented this list of 14 Marks of a Wise Woman and I instantly felt overwhelmed. I want to be all these things! To glorify God by being wise and discerning. To honor God in my attitude, the way I speak, and how I react in difficult situations. In this series, I will be exploring each of these 14 Biblical virtues (please also see proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com, which is the source of this list), in order to find ways to apply these principles to my life in practical ways. I hope you will join me!*** If you’re just joining us, here are the previous virtues: 1. Fears God…
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  • Humidity and Mold: A Potent Combination to Set off Allergies

    AllerVision LLC
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mold i is common in perpetually damp areas, such as this shower stall. It’s been hot and humid this summer, especially along the east coast. This is the time of year that most allergists take their vacations because it is the dormant season for so many trees, grasses, and weeds. This SHOULD be a good period for allergy sufferers as well. But there is a segment of patients who still battle symptoms: mold allergy sufferers. Mold allergens are abundant in the autumn when leaves on the ground spew off the decaying mold (as I mentioned in a previous post which you can read here.) Mold…
  • Taking the Sting out of Insect Allergy: When to Test, When to Treat.

    AllerVision LLC
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bee stings can cause severe allergic reactions. Before food allergies became such a big problem, the specialty of allergy was best known for caring for patients suffering from reactions to venomous insect stings. I remember when I was a teenager, my mom was stung by a bee. She called our local general practitioner who told her on the phone “if you are still breathing you’ll be fine.” I think that advice was a little cavalier. She was lucky because in that case he was right. But he should not have brushed her off without knowing for sure. There are some very specific…
  • Drug Allergy: The Most Dangerous Reactions You Can’t Miss! Part 2

    AllerVision LLC
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Part 1 of this series I discussed the immediate hypersensitivity reactions that occur from a few minutes to a couple of hours after a patient takes a medication. Today, I am covering drug reactions that can occur up to two weeks after a medication is given. These reactions are tricky and dangerous for the clinician. A patient you may have seen for a sore throat and a cough two weeks ago now calls you up and tells you he has sores in his mouth and his eyes are red. What should you do? If it’s a Friday afternoon, don’t tell him you will  see him first thing Monday morning…
  • Drug Allergy: Essentials to Recognize in your Practice, Part 1

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Miley Cyrus was reportedly hospitalized for a drug allergic reaction. Though I don’t know the facts of her case, I do know that drug allergy is probably over-reported by patients and possibly under-diagnosed by physicians. Confused? Let me explain. An allergic reaction to a drug happens by the same mechanism as all other allergic reactions. It occurs when the hapten, the allergenic component of the drug, induces an immune reaction. This immune response can take place as any one of the four classic Gel-Coombs types of immune reactions. It is important to understand this concept because…
  • Antibiotics and Asthma: A Surprising Relationship

    AllerVision LLC
    27 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The longer I practice medicine, the more amazed I am at the reversal of long held medical dogmas. Since the common use of antibiotics began around World War II, the medical profession has seen the effectiveness of antibiotics as evidence that science can prevail over infections. However, we didn’t foresee the downside of that success — the current rise of antibiotic resistance by common bacterial organisms. A similar arena of surprise in the medical field has taken place in the realm of allergy and asthma. We have observed an alarming rise in allergic diseases in Western…
 
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  • Humidity and Mold: A Potent Combination to Set off Allergies

    AllerVision LLC
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mold i is common in perpetually damp areas, such as this shower stall. It’s been hot and humid this summer, especially along the east coast. This is the time of year that most allergists take their vacations because it is the dormant season for so many trees, grasses, and weeds. This SHOULD be a good period for allergy sufferers as well. But there is a segment of patients who still battle symptoms: mold allergy sufferers. Mold allergens are abundant in the autumn when leaves on the ground spew off the decaying mold (as I mentioned in a previous post which you can read here.) Mold…
  • Taking the Sting out of Insect Allergy: When to Test, When to Treat.

    AllerVision LLC
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bee stings can cause severe allergic reactions. Before food allergies became such a big problem, the specialty of allergy was best known for caring for patients suffering from reactions to venomous insect stings. I remember when I was a teenager, my mom was stung by a bee. She called our local general practitioner who told her on the phone “if you are still breathing you’ll be fine.” I think that advice was a little cavalier. She was lucky because in that case he was right. But he should not have brushed her off without knowing for sure. There are some very specific…
  • Drug Allergy: The Most Dangerous Reactions You Can’t Miss! Part 2

    AllerVision LLC
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Part 1 of this series I discussed the immediate hypersensitivity reactions that occur from a few minutes to a couple of hours after a patient takes a medication. Today, I am covering drug reactions that can occur up to two weeks after a medication is given. These reactions are tricky and dangerous for the clinician. A patient you may have seen for a sore throat and a cough two weeks ago now calls you up and tells you he has sores in his mouth and his eyes are red. What should you do? If it’s a Friday afternoon, don’t tell him you will  see him first thing Monday morning…
  • Drug Allergy: Essentials to Recognize in your Practice, Part 1

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Miley Cyrus was reportedly hospitalized for a drug allergic reaction. Though I don’t know the facts of her case, I do know that drug allergy is probably over-reported by patients and possibly under-diagnosed by physicians. Confused? Let me explain. An allergic reaction to a drug happens by the same mechanism as all other allergic reactions. It occurs when the hapten, the allergenic component of the drug, induces an immune reaction. This immune response can take place as any one of the four classic Gel-Coombs types of immune reactions. It is important to understand this concept because…
  • Antibiotics and Asthma: A Surprising Relationship

    AllerVision LLC
    27 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The longer I practice medicine, the more amazed I am at the reversal of long held medical dogmas. Since the common use of antibiotics began around World War II, the medical profession has seen the effectiveness of antibiotics as evidence that science can prevail over infections. However, we didn’t foresee the downside of that success — the current rise of antibiotic resistance by common bacterial organisms. A similar arena of surprise in the medical field has taken place in the realm of allergy and asthma. We have observed an alarming rise in allergic diseases in Western…
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  • Soy Free Dishwasher Detergent

    Alanna Waldrop
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Guess what most dishwasher detergents contain? You guessed it…soy. Some of you may find that this is not an issue for you, but I do not want to take any chances. I have actually heard of folks becoming sick after changing their dishwasher detergent to one containing soy. I believe that any time you can get rid of soy from any product, it is worth it. Many brands that you would think are soy free may not be. If you are using anything you can find in a store, including Method, Seventh Generation, or Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, do yourself a favor and call them. You may be surprised at…
  • Time Saving Tips for a Soy Free Lifestyle

    Alanna Waldrop
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Many Soyvivors were leading a busy life before they found out about their allergy. They may have been working full-time, raising children, caring for aging parents, or many other of life’s challenges that keep us moving constantly. A food allergy discovery can be devastating to those that have absolutely no time for the hours and hours of research, shopping, phone calls, cooking, medical appointments, emotional turmoil, and self care that all arrive simultaneously like a big slap in the face. If you have just found out about your allergy, or you have been struggling with the enormous…
  • Soy Free Pimiento Cheese

    Alanna Waldrop
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I am a true southern girl, and I am literally sitting here eating a bowl of shrimp and grits and as I blog about my family’s pimiento cheese recipe. For those of you that have never tried pimiento cheese, it is not only a true southern staple, but it is a time-saver for anyone on the go, and especially someone with soy allergies. There are many ways to use pimiento cheese. It can be used anywhere cheese is used, such as a topping for burgers or as its own sandwich spread, but it can be its own dip for vegetables or potato chips. Pimiento cheese with raw carrots, broccoli, and…
  • Celebrating With a Food Allergy

    Alanna Waldrop
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Happy Independence Day to Everyone (a day early)! Shortly after Independence Day is my birthday, and it is another reminder of how drastically my life has changed. I was brought to tears this week by a simple question from my husband. “Honey, what do you want for your birthday this year?” In previous years, I would have asked for one of the following: a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, an overnight weekend trip, a pedicure, a gift card to buy beauty products or cosmetics, and the list goes on. The birthday celebration would have followed with a birthday party at my parents’…
  • Book Review: Food Allergy Guide To Soy

    Alanna Waldrop
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I was really excited to see a new book dedicated to soy allergies on Amazon! It’s called Food Allergy Guide to Soy: How to Eat Safely and Well Soy-Free by Bill Bowling. It’s available in paperback as well as a Kindle edition. I immediately started reading so that I could pass along my thoughts, and I believe this is a “must read” book for anyone allergic to soy. Even if you have been dealing with your soy allergy for a while, I believe there will be something new for you in this book that makes it worth the purchase. Bill Bowling’s wife has been allergic to soy…
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