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  • Scientists uncover why major cow milk allergen is actually allergenic

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cow milk allergy occurs in children and in adults. Scientists at Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna, and the University of Vienna investigated...
  • People's Pharmacy: Nasal spray may help with bad breath

    Allergy News
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    My 11-year-old daughter had terrible breath. The dentist said that it wasn't coming from her teeth and referred us to an ear, nose and throat doctor.
  • Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition. Food allergies affect 15 million Americans, including one in 13 children, who live with this potentially life-threatening disease that currently has no cure, researchers note.
  • ISIS and the power of terror

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    From Hitler to Stalin to Vlad the Impaler, ISIS is taking pages from history to harness the power of terror.
  • U.S. court revives Botox-linked shareholder suit against Allergan

    Allergies News
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    … revived a shareholder lawsuit against Allergan Inc over allegations that the …
 
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  • Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition. Food allergies affect 15 million Americans, including one in 13 children, who live with this potentially life-threatening disease that currently has no cure, researchers note.
  • New gluten-free ingredient may cause allergic reaction, expert warns

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    A popular legume used in other countries is showing up in more U.S. gluten-free products. A food safety specialist explains why people with peanut and soybean allergies need to be cautious: "Lupin is a yellow-colored bean that's very popular in Europe, Mediterranean countries, Australia and New Zealand. However, it is new to the United States and because of that, many consumers have never heard of it and may not realize that lupin has the same protein that causes allergic reactions to peanuts and soybeans."
  • Why major cow milk allergen is actually allergenic

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Cow milk allergy occurs in children and in adults. Scientists have investigated what actually makes the milk allergenic. A specific protein in milk known as beta-lactoglobulin is able to initiate an allergy only when being devoid of iron. Loaded with iron, the protein is harmless. The scientists discovered the same mechanism recently with regard to birch pollen allergy.
  • Food allergies more widespread among inner-city children

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Already known for their higher-than-usual risk of asthma and environmental allergies, young inner-city children appear to suffer disproportionately from food allergies as well, according to results of a study. "Our findings are a wake-up call, signaling an urgent need to unravel the causes, contributors and mechanisms that drive the high prevalence of food allergies among an already vulnerable group known for its high risk of asthma and environmental allergies," says the senior investigator.
  • Making cashews safer for those with allergies


    11 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    For the millions of adults and children in the U.S. who have to shun nuts to avoid an allergic reaction, help could be on the way. Scientists are now developing a way to process cashews — and potentially other nuts — that could make them safer for people who are allergic to them.
 
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  • ISIS and the power of terror

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    From Hitler to Stalin to Vlad the Impaler, ISIS is taking pages from history to harness the power of terror.
  • Ebola creates ghost towns

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    At the gravesite, there are no burial rites, no mourning relatives, and no final goodbyes. Nothing but a group of men in space-suit-like outfits, cautiously throwing the body into the grave.
  • Steven Sotloff threatened in earlier video

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    The ISIS terror group has published a video titled "A second message to America," showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The video also threatens a British captive.
  • Angelina Jolie

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's marriage ceremony was the very definition of a family affair.
  • Helicopter crash

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Facebook page of the USS Mesa Verde was filled with dozens of well-wishes and thanks to God on Tuesday, a day after 25 Marines and U.S. Navy sailors survived the crash of a Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter as it tried to land on the amphibious transport dock in the open sea.
 
 
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    Allergy Relief Blog

  • FREE Miele HEPA Filter & $100 Off Reliable Steam Cleaners

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    To usher in September, we have a couple deals to help you save some money on some of the most popular home cleaning appliances. From now until September 30th, purchase a Miele vacuum cleaner, or any type, and get a FREE HEPA filter!Miele vacuum cleaners have long been the standard of excellence when it comes to cleaning your floors while keeping the air in your home free of allergens and irritating particles that traditional vacuums spew out as they "clean". Conforming to strict H13 HEPA standards, the new Miele HEPA filter traps 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns. This includes all…
  • Gut Bacteria Key to Allergy Development?

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    In the last two years, there has been an incredible amount of research into what is called the human microbiome - the wide variety of microorganisms that live on and in us. It is still a difficult concept for many of us to wrap our heads around, but research has shown that the cells of all the microbes on and inside of us actually outnumber the total cells that make up the human body and by a pretty wide margin. Only recently have we started to consider the larger roles these tiny cohabitants play in our lives and in our health. Last year I wrote a piece about fungi in the lungs and how the…
  • Allergy-Free Nuts? Maybe Not As Far Off As You Think

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Tree nut and peanut allergies are some of the most common as well as some of the most commonly discussed food allergies. Without fail, every year we hear at least a handful of stories about those who are severely allergic coming in contact with and ultimately dying from food allergies. The standard way most deal with food allergies is with allergy shots (or another type of desensitization procedure) or strict avoidance. Yet neither is fullproof. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are approaching this problem by not changing the person dealing with allergies but…
  • Sometimes Being Thrifty Doesn't Pay

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    All of a sudden school is back in session and people are moving around, filling up dumpsters and sidewalks with furniture that won't fit in their co-ops, dorm rooms, apartments or simply clashes with their new interior decor. For dumpster divers, freegans, "urban foragers", or frugal residents eyeing the sofas and comfy upholstered furniture outside of the dumpster, don't forget about bed bugs! In all of the excitement of finding something new for your living room or bedroom, the last thing you want to do is bring home some very unwelcomed guests.Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers,…
  • The Incredibly Versatile SEBO Felix Upright

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    For the last week we at AchooAllergy have been reworking our SEBO vacuum cleaner section. Now seems like as good a time as any to reintroduce you to the incredibly versatile SEBO Felix uprights.There are three different types of SEBO Felix uprights, but all share a core set of features. Of interest to most people visiting our site, one key feature they all share is high quality filtration. Each uses a 3-ply dust bag that seals up for hygienic disposal. This dust bag traps all of your visible particles and some of the microparticles found in indoor air. A motor filter then traps more of the…
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    Avoiding Milk Blog

  • Shaking Hands, and Washing Hands

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Years ago I was at service, before the end of the service the Minister said that she just got over a cold and would not be shaking hands after the service. After service she kept her hands tucked away as she greeted people, sometimes greating people with a nod of the head. I was impressed with this act, and it stuck with me, as an act of kindness. I usually avoid being out and about at the peek of an illness, I have however copied the act, expressing that I'm getting over a cold and don't wish to share my germs, then gave a small nod, of respect to my greater. I have also declined a hand…
  • No No's Are Here

    15 May 2014 | 11:18 am
    No No's have been Launched! From Premiumc Chocolatiers Delicious Vegan Colored Chocolate candies made of our famous Milkless chocolate. Net Wt. 3 oz. All Natural. Milk Free, Peanut Tree Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan. All dairy free, nut free, and gluten free chocolates to indulge chocolate lovers of all types. These are suitable for those with milk allergy, peanut/ tree nut allergy, and egg and gluten allergy and sensitivities. Vegetarians, Vegans, and Lactose Intolerant as well as Kosher Pareve consumers and food allergy sufferers can now enjoy quality milk like, though dairy free…
  • 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…
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    Food Allergy Assistant

  • Great Product for Eczema!

    Joanne LaSpina
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    I remember it well. My baby's constant scratching; the marks raked up and down the newborn skin; the blood droplets on the sheets and pillowcases in the morning. Eczema is tough to figure out and treat- especially for a baby or young child. I love the Flip Mitten Sleeve from Scratch-Me-Not! It so soft and, well, quite brilliant. No matter how short we cut our baby's fingernails, it wasn't short enough. By covering the fingers, with the soft mitten, there will be less damage to the skin from constant scratching and picking. The sleeve is worn across the shoulders so babies and little ones…
  • Food Allergy Recipe Books Now Electronic

    Joanne LaSpina
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    I have long credited Linda Coss with teaching me how to bake great allergy friendly cookies, waffles, pancakes, desserts and more. My copies of her books, What's to Eat and What Else is to Eat are stained and dog-eared due to overuse. That's why I was so excited to hear from Linda that her books are now available as e-books at Amazon.com, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and most other major e-book retailers! It will be far easier to wipe off a batter splatter from my screen than from a paper page:) If you need to cook and bake without dairy, eggs or peanuts, these recipes are for you.Linda…
  • Ready2Go With Food Allergies

    Joanne LaSpina
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    Have you heard about the new campaign? Pro-football player Adrian Peterson has teamed up with Mylan to talk about his food allergies and his anaphylaxis action plan in a new campaign, Ready2Go. Check out his video for inspiration and then let you kids upload their own 30 second video to share with Adrian. Three winners will be chosen and those kids will get to make an educational film with Adrian. This is such a cool way to show kids that adults and famous people have to deal with avoiding certain foods due to allergies and also need to carry life-saving medications. Hurry! The draft…
  • 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…
 
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    Milk Allergy Mom

  • Bathroom Set by e-cloth ~ Compare to Norwex and Save!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:52 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 Bathroom Value Set...I own all these pieces and truly love them all.  All these e-cloths separately would be $36.96.  Save an extra 32 percent on these already super affordable e-cloths!  Yes, you can clean the bathroom with just e-cloth and water.  The only cleaner that I use in my bathroom now is IN the toilet bowl.  Everything else just gets water and e-cloth...tub, sink, floor, mirrors, faucets, and around the…
  • Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Jamie Kaufmann
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Original Post:  9-20-09These are more of a cake texture than an actual chocolate chip cookie texture, but they are still good. They would be soft enough for little ones without teeth.  My boys gobble these up.  I'm going to miss the zucchini harvest until next year.  :(1/2 cup sugar (I use stevia)1/2 cup brown sugar1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup dairy-free margarine3 Tbs applesauce, 1 flax egg, or 1 egg1 tsp vanilla2 cups flour (or a mix of white and wheat)1 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt1 cup grated zucchini1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chipsCream together…
  • Universal Stone from e-cloth Removes Sharpie!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    During a creative project at the kitchen table with the kids, I noticed that Graham got about 3 inches of permanent marker on our kitchen table. Before I had a cow, I tried my Universal Stone on it and this is what happened...well, this is a reenactment but you get the idea... Read more about the amazing Universal Stone cleaner, sold right here at Milk Allergy Mom.  Compare this to the Norwex Cleaning Paste and get more bang for your buck.  Universal Stone is biodegradable and safe for kids and pets.  A little goes a long way, too!Order Universal Stone Directly From Milk…
  • Dairy-Free Ibotta Rebates

    Jamie Kaufmann
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    I just got 25 cents back for buying bread and another 25 cents back for buying eggs.  Now I'm headed to the store again to stock up on some more dairy-free products with Ibotta rebates, and when I hit $5 in refunds...I get to cash out with a Paypal payment or even a Starbucks card!  :)If you haven't already signed up for the Ibotta app, now is a great time because there are some dairy-free and allergy-friendly products on which you can get money back!  Ibotta is not a coupon app, so you can use coupons on top of and in conjunction with the Ibotta app. Ibotta is a MONEY BACK…
  • Norwex Cleaning Paste & e-cloth's Universal Stone

    Jamie Kaufmann
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Re-post from 1-13-14 because we are BACK IN STOCK!  :) Before it was available to customers, I was able to try out the Universal Stone cleaning paste. After several test runs with it, I could not wait to get it into our online store for you!  Universal Stone HighlightsEnvironmentally FriendlyFree of Toxins and AcidsBiodegradableSafe for Kids!Does Not "Go Bad"Lasts A Very Long TimeA Little Goes a LONG WAYMade In Europe Under Strict ControlsMy Own Universal Stone Test RunsLet's start with the first experience we had with the Universal Stone.  I had just bought my first…
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • Ready2Go™MVP Draft Winners with Adrian Peterson and Mylan Specialty

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    Mylan Specialty and Adrian Peterson, pro football player, 2012 MVP and EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector carrier, are excited to announce the three winners of the Ready2Go™MVP Draft. The winners are: <!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Age group 5-9: Evan Johnson, 7 years old, Frisco, Texas <!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Age group 10-13: Nathaniel Campen, 10
  • MPM... On Wednesday?

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    I've been slacking on menu plan posting but not on the menu planning.  I planned on posting Monday, but it was orientation day and then we had some last minute "back to school" prep to do.  The first day of school was yesterday.  We now have a 7th grader and a 5th grader. When I first started this blog, almost 8 years ago, the boys looked like this: Here they are off to school yesterday
  • Sanofi offers a new interactive storybook app for children about anaphylaxis

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Meet Chase the Class Champ You can find out more about the app here. At the link above, you can access an emergency action plan (that I have not seen before but LOVE), an Allergy ID Card, and more.The app itself is free.  I'm off to download it now.
  • The Birthday Parties

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Yes, Parties.  The Little Monkey turned two and Hubs turned 50 (shhh... I don't think he's too happy about it).  So instead of throwing 2 parties on 2 different weekends and having family give up so many days, I did 2 parties in one day last Saturday.  It was a little more difficult than I thought but I think it all worked out ok.  At least both birthday boys seemed to have good time.  And Hubs
  • Please Come Join Me For A Food Allergy Webinar With Sanofi, AAFA, and Jerome Bettis

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Active Kids, Severe Allergies and a Million Places to Go - Tips to Help Families Stay Safe(Webinar hosted by Sanofi US and AAFA) I’m co-hosting a webinar with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Sanofi US and professional football icon Jerome Bettis on Wednesday, August 20 at 1:00 pm ET. Register to learn tips on how to help your child with severe allergies stay safe while
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    Please Don't Pass The Nuts™

  • Food Allergy Counseling: North Jersey Food Allergy Conference, 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    I was thrilled to be asked by the powerhouse Lisa G -  Lisa GiuriceoFacilitator of The FoodAllergy and Asthma Support Group of North Jersey - to speak at the first annual North Jersey Food Allergy Conference. *The event is sold out but there's a wait list.*Here is the schedule. The Food Allergy & Asthma Support Group of North JerseyPresents a Food Allergy Educational Conference for the NY/NJ Metropolitan areaSunday, September 14, 2014 9:00AM - 12:00pm (Registration 8:30AM)At the Saddle Brook Marriott138 New Pehle Avenue Saddle Brook, NJ 07663Featured Speakers:Dr.
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Food Allergies & Humor

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Singing as a giant ant in my last musical improv show.“Humor and food allergies may not seem like a natural pairing but for me, it’s as normal as having blue eyes or brown wavy hair or food allergies.”This is the beginning of a blog post I wrote for my colleague Dr Mike Pistiner’s blog on his wonderful and excellent free resource: AllergyHome.org.Read more here and please take a look around the AllergyHome.org site: there are reliable free resources on there for parents, grandparents, even babysitters of children with severe life threatening food allergies.
  • Book Review: Brassicas by Laura B. Russell

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Recently Random House sent me a reviewer copy of Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More: Laura B. Russell. Laura B. Russell is the former associate editor of Food & Wine cookbooks, the “Gluten Freedom” columnist for the Oregonian, and a frequent contributor to Prevention magazine. She has followed a gluten-free diet since 2007. Visit www.theglutenfreeasiankitchen.com.I love this kind of book, going into one topic deeply yet simply. The topic is the brassica group of veggies, also called cruciferous. You may…
  • 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,…
 
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  • Salmon Pesto Pasta Salad

    Alisa Fleming
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    You’ve probably heard that eating seafood rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids can help protect against heart disease while delivering other important nutrients, and that it is best to enjoy a couple of times per week. But how can you get that regular dose of goodness without breaking the bank when the summer salmon season […]The post Salmon Pesto Pasta Salad appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Peas of Mind Kid-Friendly Garden Grown Nuggets

    Alisa Fleming
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    In addition to their Veggie Wedgies Fries, Peas of Mind has two other dairy-free, kid-friendly offerings: Garden Grown Nuggets in Original and BBQ. Each serving (5 traditionally-sized nuggets – 3 servings per box) of Garden Grown Nuggets is packed with tofu, vegetables, whole grains, and all-natural, gluten-free seasonings. But the two flavors are surprisingly different from […]The post Peas of Mind Kid-Friendly Garden Grown Nuggets appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Peas of Mind Veggie Wedgies Baked Fries

    Alisa Fleming
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Peas of Mind is a very cool brand that makes healthy, veggie-focused frozen foods for kids. As a true vegetable lover, I was beyond curious about their Veggie Wedgies, or baked vegetable French fries. Everything about this healthy convenience food is kid-friendly: the fun name and packaging, the chunky size for little fingers, the soft texture, the […]The post Peas of Mind Veggie Wedgies Baked Fries appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Peanut Butter Apple Crumble Pie

    Alisa Fleming
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This peanut butter apple crumble pie was a winner in the Southern Peanut Growers “PB My Way” regional recipe contest. Piled high with autumn apples and topped with a peanut buttery crumble, this dessert makes a great after-school treat. Special Diet Notes & Options: Peanut Butter Apple Crumble Pie By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, […]The post Peanut Butter Apple Crumble Pie appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • MA, Needham – Treat Cupcake Bar

    Alisa Fleming
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Treat Cupcake Bar offers Pick-A-Treat (prepared cupcakes) and Make-A-Treat (build your own cupcake) options and provides eight dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan cupcakes on a regular basis. Plus, most of the allergy-friendly offerings are soy-free, too. The free-from selections at Treat Cupcake Bar range from “Plain Jane” chocolate and vanilla to more innovative single serve cakes […]The post MA, Needham – Treat Cupcake Bar appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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    The Nut-Free Mom Blog

  • Nut-Free Bakery Needs You: Support Nutphree's in Their Efforts to Bring Safe, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free Treats to Stores

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    What if you could walk into a grocery store and buy a delicious, beautifully decorated cupcake for your child with severe peanut and tree nut allergies? Nutphree's, my hometown nut-free bakery and a longtime supporter of this site, wants this to be a reality for many more of us, but they need our our help! A growing number of grocery stores want Nutphree's safe, tasty treats but they don't have the equipment and manpower to satisfy this demand.Please click on the video above to learn how you can help through Nutphree's Kickstarter campaign. The campaign expires September 17th, so the…
  • Back-to-School with Nut Allergies: Nut-Free Foods & Resources

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Back to school time is upon us – for some of us, it’s already begun. To help you get ready for school with nut allergies, I have a bunch of links that I will share at the end of this post.In the meantime, here's a new list of resources and items that you will find helpful in navigating a nut-free school year.http://www.ok2bpnutfree.com/First I want to talk about the wonderful company, OK2BPNUTFREE, one of my site advertisers. Run by the parent of a child with nut allergies, the company offers eye-catching medicine kits to keep at school, allergy-awareness clothing and labels to help…
  • Disney World and Peanut/Tree Nut Allergies: It Really Is the Happiest Place on Earth

    2 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    For years, I've heard about how nut allergy-friendly Disney World in Orlando, FL is and I can now say that I know it to be true firsthand. A couple of weeks ago my family finally went to Disney and while it was just a fun time overall, the approach to food allergies it what made the experience even more special for my entire family.I know that summer is winding to a close, but for any of you contemplating visiting Disney World in the future, I thought I had to share this summer vacation story. Disney World does their best to help and accommodate guests with food allergies. Even better, they…
  • Graduating to a Summer Blog Break, Plus a Nut-Free Basil Pesto Recipe!

    17 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Hi everyone and Happy Summer! As many of my regular readers know, I've not been blogging as much lately and that's for many reasons. One is that I've been working on some new and non-food allergy writing projects, the other is that I was super-busy getting my oldest daughter through her last few days of 8th grade. Yep, I have an 8th grade graduate, heading to high school next year. Getting to this point with my daughter, who has severe peanut and tree nut allergies, has been a long but rewarding road. Those of you who read my blog regularly probably know that working with schools regarding…
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week: Small Gestures Add Up All Year

    14 May 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Is this your family's constant refrain? You are not alone!This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week (and this month is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month), so there are many activities being implemented to bring awareness and attention to the seriousness of life-threatening food allergies. These large gestures are wonderful and come about due to the dedication of parents, advocates and physicians who want to spread the word and make the world a more aware place for people suffering from life-threatening food allergies aka "anaphylaxis."Before I go any further, in honor of Food Allergy…
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  • Role of macrolides in asthma: promise of efficacy, search for responsive phenotype continues

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Macrolides, such as clarithromycin and azithromycin, possess antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, and potential antiviral properties. They are a potential therapeutic option for asthma but the results from clinical trials have been contentious. The findings could be confounded by many factors, including the heterogeneity of asthma, treatment duration and dose. Recent evidence suggests effectiveness of macrolides in patients with uncontrolled severe neutrophilic asthma and in asthma exacerbations. At present, the use of macrolides in chronic asthma or acute exacerbations is not justified. Further…
  • Antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine use for chronic urticaria is based on only one published study

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    What is it?Hydroxychloroquine is an antiinflammatory drug and antimalarial agent. The relative safety of the low doses, and the low cost of hydroxychloroquine makes it a reasonable agent in the treatment of refractory chronic urticaria (CU). One of the disadvantages is the relatively slow onset of action. How the works?The mechanism of action includes suppression of T lymphocyte activation and antigen processing. Paucity of research dataApparently, there is only one published study in PubMed, from 10 years ago, which included only 18 patients with chronic urticaria…
  • Allergic rhinitis - top articles for August 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about allergic rhinitis for August 2014:Allergic airway disease in a tropical urban environment is driven by dominant mono sensitization: dust mite http://buff.ly/1iCXf14Rhinitis as a risk factor for depression in pre-adolescents: risk increased from 11 to 17.7% http://buff.ly/1gSq1GOIs There a Need to Repeat Skin Test in Childhood Allergic Diseases? Yes, 40% had different results 4 yrs later http://buff.ly/1mw3abwImpermeable dust mite covers were not helpful in primary and tertiary prevention of allergic disease (meta-analysis)…
  • Hay fever - 1953 documentary film about allergic rhinitis by Wellcome Library

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    From Wellcome Library history of medicine collection: Short documentary film (15 minutes) describing the causes and symptoms of hay fever and showing how pollen is collected and made into desensitising sets for sufferers. Please note: Allergy shots are no longer administered at home by patients.Here is the current approach to therapy of allergic rhinitis:Treatment Options for 
Allergic Rhinitis (AR) and 
Non-Allergic Rhinitis (NAR) in 6 Steps (click to enlarge the image). Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Pulmonary findings in common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is not clear if interstitial lung disease (ILD) in common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a consequence of chronic infection or a manifestation of dysregulated lymphoid proliferation. This retrospective review of electronic medical records of 61 patients with CVID evaluated clinical and laboratory correlates of bronchiectasis, ground glass opacity, and pulmonary nodules on CT scan.Here are the correlations:- Bronchiectasis was strongly correlated with a CD4+ T-cell count lower than 700 cells/μL and was associated with a history of pneumonia and older age. - Pulmonary nodular disease…
 
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  • Food Allergy Find: Peanut-Free Lofthouse Cookies

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    I had read that Lofthoue had begun making peanut-free frosted cookies at a new manufacturing facility and finally spotted some over the holiday weekend. On the one hand, it is exciting to see another peanut-free option at a local store. On the other hand, the two stores where I spotted them had them sitting side by side with the non-peanut free cookies. Talk about an accident waiting to happen. Although the new peanut-free cookies are labeled "peanut-free", they do look quite similar to the packages of non-peanut free cookies. This brought to mind two things:  Is there any way the…
  • Food Allergy Bloggers: Two Tips

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Today, everyone has a blog! I started Food Allergy Buzz back in 2008, when there weren't very many food allergy bloggers. Now, there are a lot of food allergy blogs, and every major food allergy friendly food manufacturer and their PR folks know they can offer product in exchange for a review or an informational post on a multitude of food allergy blogs.I recently received a request from a marketing firm which clearly asked me to accept payment for publishing posts linking to a company, not to disclose that the posts are sponsored, and also to use follow links, not nofollow links to…
  • Food Allergy Research at EMU: Please Participate in This Survey

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Below is information from Eastern Michigan University about a pediatric psychology study related to food allergies which is being conducted currently. Please take a look and consider participating!The goal of this research project is to learn more about how families cope with children’s severe food allergies so that we can design interventions for children and families that are needed and parent-informed. Some examples of interventions that psychologists might provide to families of children with allergies include: support groups; mobile “apps” that provide parents with allergy…
  • Some New Food Additives Cause Allergic Reactions?

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    A recent article in The Washington Post, entitled "Food Additives on the Rise as FDA Scrutiny Wanes", is particularly interesting, especially for those of us already managing food allergies. Among other things, it discusses how a change in FDA approval processes inadvertently opened the door for food manufacturers to use new additives without a thorough review from the FDA. Please take a look!
  • 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…
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  • Summer Travel Tips with Dr. Clifford Bassett

    Ruth LovettSmith
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York shares some tips and best practices to consider when traveling with food allergies.
  • 9 Benefits of an Air Purifier

    Guest
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Air purifiers have become increasingly popular precisely because of pollutants. Following are the top 10 benefits of air purifiers.
  • Gluten Free Travel Tips

    Guest
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Looking for gluten free travel tips? Karen Broussard founder of GlutenFreeTravelSite.com shares hers at Simply Gluten Free.
  • A Gluten Free Picnic

    Guest
    22 May 2014 | 11:08 am
    To give you fresh inspiration in this season of fresh buds and beauty, here are some gluten free picnic ideas.
  • Allergy Capitals: Where Not to Live if You Suffer from Allergies

    Ruth LovettSmith
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is running an annual research project (Allergy Capitals) to identify "the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies" in the Spring and Fall.
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  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
  • The FeedBlitz Simple API: Adding Subscriptions Programmatically

    Phil Hollows
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you’re a plugin developer, PHP guru, or a web programmer who wants to do more with FeedBlitz but the REST API is daunting, we’re rolling out a new set of features in a “Simple” API that is much easier to use.  This API needs an API key, which you can get here after you log in. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level: Intermediate Good for: Adding a subscriber from a popup, plugin, or web site back end The function of this “Simple” API is to start the FeedBlitz dual opt-in process for…
 
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  • Allergy Alert: Undisclosed Ingredients In Rayne Clinical Nutrition

    Onespot Allergy
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Earlier this summer, I noticed that my dog Coco was not well. She had seemed low energy for several days, then she threw up, and a couple of days later she refused food and water. I went outside to check her stools, and some of them were as skinny as my baby finger, instead of as thick as my thumb. She hadn’t had a bowel movement that day. She fasted until mid afternoon, then finally ate her breakfast and had a bowel movement, though it was abnormal. She began to eat A LOT of grass, and her stomach was quite noisy with gas. I asked my vet if she could please check into the 8 kg bag…
  • Strange But True: Peanut Drop For Canada Day

    Onespot Allergy
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The CBC reports on the show As It Happens that the city of Mayo, Yukon has a “super fun” annual peanut drop to celebrate Canada Day (which was yesterday). I listened to the interview which you can listen by clicking here, and the organizer explained that local children used to be given discounted helicopter rides on Canada Day, and when the cost became too high to offer rides, they found another way to use a helicopter to create excitement. About 70 to 80 children gather in a field, and the helicopter makes a few passes overhead. Then the children are cleared to the edge of the…
  • What Airlines And Universities Have The Best Food Allergy Policies?

    Onespot Allergy
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    * If you received this article as an e-mail message, click here to jump over to my blog,. That will display the images and allow you to comment or share. Allergic Living magazine is by far the best publication in print or online for allergy and gluten free information. I highly recommend that you subscribe to the print magazine and to their email newsletter by signing up for both at www.allergicliving.com. Recently, Allergic Living published a comparison report on the allergy policies of 11 major air carriers, and a comparison chart of the food allergy and celiac practices of 16 universities…
  • Tragic Loss Of Sacramento Teen Reveals Flaws In Anaphylaxis Guidelines

    Onespot Allergy
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    Natalie Giorgi, age 13, was in the campground lodge at Camp Sacramento on her final night of camping with her family. The snacks served included a creamy covered Rice Krispie snack. She took a bite and a family friend reported, “She immediately knew that it wasn’t right, spit it out and went to tell her mom that something had peanuts on it.” Her mother sampled the treat, as did the friend, and both confirmed it tasted of peanuts. Natalie was monitored by her parents for 20 minutes, her father a physician, and it is reported that she showed no symptoms. Then she vomited one time and had…
  • What CAN I Eat If I’m Allergic To Peanuts, Nuts, Eggs, AND Milk?

    Onespot Allergy
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The other day, I had the privilege of speaking with food allergy pioneer Linda Coss, who has some exciting news to share. Both of her popular dairy, egg, peanut, and nut-free food allergy cookbooks – “What’s to Eat?” and “What Else is to Eat?” – are now available in e-book format! As Linda will tell you, necessity really is the mother of invention. Linda first started developing recipes back in the 1990s out of desperation for delicious meals and desserts to feed her own family. Tired of playing “short order chef,” she wanted to make things that tasted good to everyone, not…
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  • Naturally Sweet Recipe Roundup – September 2014 Edition

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Welcome to the September 2014 Edition of Naturally Sweet Recipes! We’re so glad you’re here and hope you’ll be inspired to try making your delicious treats a little healthier. Learn all about this monthly event here. A few highlights: The top favorite recipe from last month (the most clicked link) is brought to us from Caitlin at The Foraged Dish, with her paleo Dark Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookie Bars. It’s easy to see why so many gravitated towards checking out this recipe. It sounds and LOOKS so amazing! The 2nd most clicked recipe is from Debora, at Worth Cooking,…
  • Biblical Virtues Of A Wise Woman Series: is Trustworthy

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    ***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…
  • Gluten Free Flat Bread, a recipe re-introduction

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In September 2010, I shared this recipe on The Daily Dietribe, but now I’m bringing it back to Living Free. While I’ve done a lot of experimenting with gluten free breads, the texture and ‘rise’ (lack thereof) always leaves something to be desired. However, if you approach your bread a completely different way, you’ll be surprise how little you miss the standard bread! The following text was written back in 2010. Enjoy! I love the recipe I’m sharing with you all today because it’s a great base for an overall exciting lunch! When I went gluten free,…
  • Cabbage & Mushroom Soup w/Gelatin (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Just a simple soup that is full of flavor, with some of my current favorite ingredients (love mushrooms and cabbage right now! Okay, always :)). I don’t really have anything intellegent to say about it… so I’ll leave you to it! ;) Cabbage & Mushroom Soup w/Gelatin (GF, DF, & SF) Ingredients:  1/2 head of cabbage, approx 4 cups of shredded cabbage 2 medium white onions 8 baby bella mushrooms 2 tbsp sesame oil 5 tbsp unflavored gelatin, divided by 1 tbs (I used this brand) Water Instructions:  Start by cutting the vegetables. I sliced the cabbage and onions into…
  • Blueberry Parsley Pear Salad (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    I’ve been on a parsley kick lately. In the next weeks to come, I’ll be sharing more recipes with parsley. I am surprised how much I like the taste but more so how little I’ve used this tasty herb in the past. I’ve been wanting to rely more on fresh herbs than the bottle spices and so parsley seemed like an easy place to start. Cilantro is my other current favorite. This salad is delicious! I’ve been trying to focus more on having greens be the base of at least one meal a day. This salad is a perfect blend of sweet and savory, so looking forward to eating this…
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  • The Important Difference Between Clinical Allergy and Allergy Sensitization

    AllerVision LLC
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A doctor’s review of patients’ medical history is as important as skin test results in diagnosing clinical allergies. I’m sure you have patients come into your office and say: “I was once tested by an allergist and told I was allergic to everything green!” I’m  always dismayed when I hear that patients were given results in this manner. Almost no one is allergic to “everything green.” Patients may be sensitized to multiple allergens but most likely they’re not allergic to them all. Making the distinction between clinical allergy and…
  • The Late Summer Breezes Send Ragweed Pollen Flying

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Ragweed spreads widespread misery in late Summer. We’re approaching summer’s finish line and we all want to soak up as much sun and fun as possible before the weather turns chilly. Unfortunately, in addition to marking the end of summer, August hails the beginning of the ragweed pollen season. Ragweed allergy, classically known as Hay Fever, is recognized by allergy suffers far and wide as the “summer cold” that lasts through Labor Day — and sometimes beyond. I have vivid memories of my father suffering from Hay Fever. I was 10 years old and hopeful that my…
  • 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…
 
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  • The Important Difference Between Clinical Allergy and Allergy Sensitization

    AllerVision LLC
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A doctor’s review of patients’ medical history is as important as skin test results in diagnosing clinical allergies. I’m sure you have patients come into your office and say: “I was once tested by an allergist and told I was allergic to everything green!” I’m  always dismayed when I hear that patients were given results in this manner. Almost no one is allergic to “everything green.” Patients may be sensitized to multiple allergens but most likely they’re not allergic to them all. Making the distinction between clinical allergy and…
  • The Late Summer Breezes Send Ragweed Pollen Flying

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Ragweed spreads widespread misery in late Summer. We’re approaching summer’s finish line and we all want to soak up as much sun and fun as possible before the weather turns chilly. Unfortunately, in addition to marking the end of summer, August hails the beginning of the ragweed pollen season. Ragweed allergy, classically known as Hay Fever, is recognized by allergy suffers far and wide as the “summer cold” that lasts through Labor Day — and sometimes beyond. I have vivid memories of my father suffering from Hay Fever. I was 10 years old and hopeful that my…
  • 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…
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  • Soy Free Recipe: A Cabbage Steak Taste Test

    Alanna Waldrop
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Before I found out I was allergic to soy, I really didn’t enjoy cooking very much. It was just another chore on the to do list. Now that I see food differently, I like to have fun with my food and experiment in the kitchen. Today’s experiment is with cabbage steaks. I have never tried them and have heard that they are delicious. However, most of the recipes I see online are basted with oil, salt, pepper, and maybe some garlic thrown in. So, I decided to try out different types of seasoning to see if I can “elevate” the cabbage steak to new levels of flavor. First, I…
  • Are Widely Available Soy Free Eggs Coming Soon?

    Alanna Waldrop
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    I was thrilled to walk into my local Whole Foods a few weeks ago to find a reasonably priced egg that was clearly labeled “soy free.” I thought, “Finally, I can safely eat eggs again!” Unfortunately, those eggs were gone within a couple of weeks. Because of that, I started thinking that maybe there are a lot of folks other than soyvivors that are trying to eat soy free eggs. From what I have heard, chickens have not always been fed soy and it was unheard of a few years ago for soy to be included in chicken feed. I have also heard that soybean prices are on the rise,…
  • Restaurants with Allergen Menus

    Alanna Waldrop
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s time for school to start, which means that life is about to get busy for a lot of us. My husband and I were accustomed to eating out a lot before my soy allergy, and there are days when I want so badly to grab takeout and forgo the cooking. Many chain restaurants are now posting their allergen menus. However, there is one thing that I have found to be necessary: No matter how much information is contained in an allergy menu, it is still important to notify your server and/or a manager that you have allergies. The thing about soy is that there are some foods containing soy that the…
  • My First Vacation With Soy Allergy

    Alanna Waldrop
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Well, my first soy free vacation is over, and although I had a few tell-tale “soy rashes” on my skin, I am happy to say that I did not have any major allergic reactions. We traveled by car for a week-long visit to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, which is about a 4.5 hour drive from home. I have to admit that I was very nervous, because anyone with a soy allergy knows how difficult and dangerous it is to travel. Fortunately, a Whole Foods had opened literally days before we arrived, so that eased my stress a good bit. The other challenge with our trip was that this was a…
  • 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…
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