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  • Researchers could have cure for peanut allergies - CNBC

    ALLERGIES - Google News
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    CNBCResearchers could have cure for peanut allergiesCNBCA team of researchers helped more than 20 children with peanut allergies overcome their condition after eating a daily dose of a strain of Lactobacillus—a beneficial bacteria found in some fermented food products, and which is thought to be valuable Could This Be the Cure for Peanut Allergies?Yahoo ParentingScientists are one step closer to a cure for peanut allergiesMashableResearchers Claim Breakthrough in Treating Peanut AllergiesTIMEThe Inquisitr -Munchies_ Food by VICE -Newsmax Healthall 81 news articles »
  • Mold in the home: how big a health problem is it?

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mold can cause a lot of damage in the home, spreading across walls and eating away at wood and fabric. But what effect does it have on the body?
  • Bagging Bargains: In Sunday's editions you'll find two coupon books along with a McDonald's coupon book

    Allergy News
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Sunday's editions feature two coupon books, a redplum and a SmartSource. Beyond that, you'll find a McDonald's coupon book and a number of store offers with savings from Sunday's and last week's coupon books.
  • New cellular pathway triggering allergic asthma response identified

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    A novel signaling pathway critical to the immune response of cells associated with the initiation of allergic asthma has been identified by researchers. The discovery, they say, could point the way to new therapies that suppress the inflammatory allergic response, offering potential relief to millions of Americans with the chronic lung condition and potentially other allergic diseases.
  • Report: Washington Metro Ads Feature Fibromyalgia; CBCD Recommends Two Remedies against Latent HSV Linked to FM

    Allergies News
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The Washington MetroArea Transit Authority is focusing on people with health problems and disabilities that may not be visible to others. (1) ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ -- “Infected with the herpes virus ( …
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    ALLERGIES - Google News

  • Researchers could have cure for peanut allergies - CNBC

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    CNBCResearchers could have cure for peanut allergiesCNBCA team of researchers helped more than 20 children with peanut allergies overcome their condition after eating a daily dose of a strain of Lactobacillus—a beneficial bacteria found in some fermented food products, and which is thought to be valuable Could This Be the Cure for Peanut Allergies?Yahoo ParentingScientists are one step closer to a cure for peanut allergiesMashableResearchers Claim Breakthrough in Treating Peanut AllergiesTIMEThe Inquisitr -Munchies_ Food by VICE -Newsmax Healthall 81 news articles »
  • New treatment promises a farewell to food allergies - WWSB ABC 7

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    New treatment promises a farewell to food allergiesWWSB ABC 7Treatment takes between fourteen to sixteen doses over four to five months. with peanut allergies a peanut powder is the first step and when they get to two hundred and fifty milligrams, it's switched to a capsule.then they go to the real peanut and
  • A peanut allergy cure might be on the horizon - MedCity News

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    MedCity NewsA peanut allergy cure might be on the horizonMedCity NewsFood allergies are on the rise in developed nations, but scientists aren't sure exactly why this is happening. Between 1997 and 2011, food allergies in children increased by around 50%. Eight foods account for around 90% of all reactions, including
  • Warm weather helps businesses but hurts allergies - THV 11

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Warm weather helps businesses but hurts allergiesTHV 11Dr. Jim Ingram with Little Rock Allergy says the warmer it gets, the more we will see pollen. "If it stays warm, and never gets cold again, then it might have an effect on it." Dr. Ingram says the majority of stuffy noses can probably be attributed to
  • Dealing with Food Allergies - UUHC Health Feed

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    UUHC Health FeedDealing with Food AllergiesUUHC Health FeedFood allergies are on the rise in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention food allergies increased among children by approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. But while having a food allergy can be life threatening Managing Food Allergies at SchoolWJHG-TVall 2 news articles »
 
 
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  • New cellular pathway triggering allergic asthma response identified

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    A novel signaling pathway critical to the immune response of cells associated with the initiation of allergic asthma has been identified by researchers. The discovery, they say, could point the way to new therapies that suppress the inflammatory allergic response, offering potential relief to millions of Americans with the chronic lung condition and potentially other allergic diseases.
  • Severe asthma: Diagnosis, treatment are inadequate

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Asthma is a common disease. In most sufferers, asthma can be treated successfully, and as a result emergency room consultation and hospitalization are rarely needed. However, in a minority of patients asthma can be only partially controlled, or even prove impossible to control, despite intensive treatment. In a new review article, researchers describe the points that require consideration when diagnosing and treating such cases, known as severe asthma, and the areas in which further research is required.
  • UK trainee doctors still in the dark about potentially fatal allergic reaction

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    UK trainee doctors on the frontline of care seem to be no better at recognizing and treating the potentially fatal allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, than they were 10 years ago, reveals a small study.
  • Towards a new wheat allergy treatment for children

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Most of the children that received a new oral immunotherapy treatment were able to eat 100 grams of wheat bread without side effects, a new study shows. This result has overcome the risk of accidental ingestion by patients with this allergy. This research could be the basis for large clinical trials with more patients with the aim of assessing the therapeutic benefit of this new approach. Wheat is one of the most frequent childhood food allergies (about the 35% at the age of 12). A common treatment of this disease is avoiding eating wheat products, although this can mean a nutritional…
  • May contain nuts. But how much is too much?

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    A study has defined allergen levels in food that can trigger allergic reactions which will help to make allergen warning labels more effective. "What we wanted was to find a level of allergen which would only produce a reaction in the most sensitive ten percent of people. This sort of data can then be used to apply a consistent level of warning to food products," the lead author said.
 
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  • Peanut Allergy Alert - Aleias Gluten Free Foods Parmesan and Classic Croutons

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Aleias Gluten Free Foods, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Parmesan Croutons and Classic Croutons Contact: Consumer: 203-488-5556   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 29, 2015 — Branford, CT — Aleias Gluten...
  • Milk Allergy Alert - Aron Streit Dark Chocolate Coins

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Aron Streit, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk Allergens In "Streit's Dark Chocolate Coins" Contact: Consumer: 212-475-7000   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 16, 2015 – New York, NY – Aron Streit, Inc. of New York,...
  • Portable Antihistamine That Fits in Your Bag

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Antihistamine may be part of the emergency care plan your doctor has written for your child. This liquid medicine is sold under the brand name Benadryl® or under the generic name diphenhydramine. But many parents find it difficult to carry out of...
  • Where in the World is My Epinephrine?

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Join KFA’s Campaign #WhereInTheWorldIsMyEpi to Show You Are Always Prepared for Anaphylaxis Everywhere You Go     Families need to take all symptoms of an allergic reaction seriously because both mild and severe symptoms can lead to a...
  • Soy Allergy Alert - Lime Green Grocer Thai Delight Burritos

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Lime Green Grocer, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy in the Thai Delight Burrito Contact: Consumer: 206-295-2805   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 27, 2015 — Lime Green Grocer, Inc. of Seattle, Washington is recalling 783...
 
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  • Symptoms and How to Deal with Food Allergies in Babies and Toddlers

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    25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    When a child is allergic to food; the food comes to her/him like an invader first attacking the immune system. In some cases, the body will automatically make an antibody called IgE, which is a protein that detects the food causing the allergy and releases substances such as histamine to fight the allergy. Thereby, you can see the allergy symptoms; the intensity varies with children from mild to severe. The symptoms of food allergies can show up within few minutes or after 2-3 hours; you will see swelling like hives, breathing trouble or other bodily discomforts. Some also experience eczema,…
  • Homeopathy to Cure Asthma

    admin2
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Although the cause of asthma varies widely, from genetic to pollution, it is one health disorder that is not just poignantly existent but is globally increasing in an alarming rate every year. The primary cause behind this ever increasing rate is increase in pollution, exposure to artificial food, and chemicals. These ever growing phenomenon are making our body’s immune system to malfunction at a point thus leaving us as victims to respiratory and skin ailments. Although asthmatic treatments primarily depends upon bronchodilators and steroids, which honestly work wonders in acute conditions…
  • Wheat Allergy – Its Symptoms and Signs

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    23 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    What Causes Wheat Allergy? Wheat contains four types of proteins; namely albumin, gliadin, globulin and gluten – if you are allergic to any one of these proteins then you are prone to have wheat allergy on consumption of the same. Kids are more prone to these allergens; sometimes the first signs are visible when you are in your 20’s. Sometimes signs of this allergy appear during childhood but vanish once you cross the 20s. Foods that Cause Wheat Allergy Wheat is found in numerous foods, including some that might not even come to your mind generally like soy sauce, beer, and ketchup.
  • Serious Allergies you Must Know About

    admin2
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    What are Allergies? The constitution of every human being is different. Thus your body will react to certain alien items very differently from that of your friend. You may have seen that your friend avoids sea food because she gets rashes from them and your uncle stays away from cats because he starts sneezing when the felines are around. This just means that there are certain agents (allergens) that react with their body adversely and affects their cardiovascular and nervous system. At times these reactions can be dangerous and might cause severe difficulty in breathing. You may even need to…
  • 7 Most Common Food Allergy Symptoms

    admin2
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Food allergies are those common types of allergies which are caused due to intake of certain foods which a person might be allergic to. The allergy leads to certain symptoms and even serious results in some of the cases. Thus it is important to identify which food has caused the allergy so that it can be avoided. Different foods might cause different symptoms but there are some common signs to identify food allergies and they are given as follows: 1. Difficult to Breathe or Swallow Out of all the other common symptoms of food allergies, one of the most common is the difficult to breathe after…
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  • Can the Cold Cause A Cold?

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    If you grew up with a mom like mine, you probably heard this quite a bit while growing up. "Put your coat on or you'll catch a cold!" If not that specific phrase, you can insert whatever article of clothing you would like, but you catch my drift. While the notion that colder temperatures can lead to a cold has been conventional wisdom for far longer than I've been around, there's actually never been much science to prove this. That is, until recently. In January, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study by researchers in Tokyo that tried to pin down…
  • Jumping on the Detox Wagon

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    While New Year's resolutions have always been mostly health oriented, I've noticed a rising trend in detox cleanses every year. Naturopathic doctor, Dr. Linda Page, claims, "It's a way to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew". The process of a detox cleanse involves avoiding processed foods and substances that contribute to stress and toxin build up, while consuming unprocessed whole foods and taking supplements and probiotics to enhance the body's natural detoxification. This is year, I've decided to join the trend. This seems like a simple and pretty straight forward concept,…
  • Price Increase Coming Soon - AirPura Air Purifiers

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    Price Increase Coming Soon - AirPura Air Purifiers One way you always know it's January around here is that manufacturers send out all of their updated pricing for the year. Some are better than others about letting people know about a price increase, and one brand that this going up at the end of January is AirPura. While AirPura has been around for nearly ten years, it was just last year we began offering these durable air purifiers. In a relatively short period of time, they've quickly filled a niche with customers looking for an very quiet but extremely powerful air purifier. Now,…
  • Confused about ACH and Air Purifier Coverage?

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    As many of you who have shopped or browsed our site have seen, there's a section on each product page where we field your specific questions about products. All are answered and many posted back to the website to help others. One question that has popped up several times in the last two weeks is about air exchanges per hour (ACH) and coverage area. I'll go over it a bit here, and if you want more detailed information, provide a link to a more in depth piece about ACH, below. Two readers astutely pointed out a discrepancy between what Austin Air states as their coverage area for the…
  • New Hope For Eradicating Bed Bugs

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    In the rush of the holiday season, you, like me, may have missed an interesting story about bed bugs. I don't blame you though. Bed bugs are repulsive little beasts. If you thought the idea of millions of microscopic dust mites feeding on your dead skins cells inside your mattress and pillow was gross, then the notion of tiny, visible, insects that come out at night to suck your blood is something straight out of B-movie horror flick (something probably not as good as Evil Dead but likely much better than The Night of Lepus). So what's the new research all about, and why are these…
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  • Zero Dollar Co-Pay for EpiPens!

    Joanne LaSpina
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    I'm thrilled to share that Mylan has extended their $0 co-pay plan until Dec. 31, 2015. I know this makes the difference for many families between not having epinephrine easily accessible and having the life-saving medication their family needs. Thank you to Mylan for helping families! Go to epipen.com and activate your card now. While you're on the site, check out some of the other resources, like "Have a Plan" and personal stories to share with others. And don't forget, practice with expired pens by plunging them into an orange or grapefruit (or lemon!) so that everyone sees and…
  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

    Joanne LaSpina
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Leftover zucchini? No problem! At the end of the zucchini harvest, I throw all the leftovers in the food processor and shred it. I then measure out two-cup portions and put in containers to be used in my favorite chocolate cake recipe. Sshhh...there's no need to tell the kids about the nutritious benefits of the zucchini- let them eat cake!Chocolate Zucchini Cake• 1/2 cup canola oil• 1 1/2 cups white sugar • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda • 1 teaspoon salt• 1 cup liquid (water, rice…
  • 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…
 
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  • Dairy-Free Super Bowl Menu

    Jamie Kaufmann
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!  :)  Well, for me, that should read...are you ready for some GOOD FOOD?!  Not a huge football fan, but we party all the same.   It's tradition for us to get together with one other family who gets our food allergies.  My boys love playing with their daughter, and it depends on the year on which house we meet at.  This year we are doing our house, and I will make a lot of the food.  It will most all be dairy-free so we can enjoy the night without worries.   The menu isn't super elaborate.  But it entails…
  • Milk-Free Find ~ Hebrew National Beef Franks in a Blanket

    Jamie Kaufmann
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Original Post 4-17-14Hebrew National are our go-to dairy-free hot dogs.  I actually could never eat another kind of hotdog for as long as I live.  Hebrew National taste so good, like real meat, and are not slimy and full of mystery ingredients.  The hot dogs are not cheap and neither are these new Beef Franks in a Blanket.  But they are such a fun occasional treat when they can be found for a bargain.  They can run about $10 a box, but I have found them on good promotions a few times at Target.  When I do, I snag up a couple boxes.  Today I got two boxes for…
  • Milk-Free, Allergy-Free Find ~ Candy Necklaces

    Jamie Kaufmann
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Candy Necklaces.  Do you remember them?  Did you love them?  I sure did.  Some kids would make them last for days and others would chomp them up in a minute flat.  :) They are full of sugar and color dye, I'm not gonna beat around that bush. But I couldn't help but appreciate that today's version is marked with a clear allergy statement label. Free of the Top 8 allergens plus gluten-free. These make a special treat for food allergy kids and are affordable enough to pass out for Halloween, Valentine's Day, and class parties.  You can grab them on Amazon in bulk…
  • Central Illinois Cow's Milk Allergy Study for Children

    Jamie Kaufmann
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Cow's Milk Allergy Study for Children  Dr. Siri, located in Central Illinois, is conducting a clinical research study for children with Cow's Milk Allergy.Who can be in this study?Healthy boys and girls 0-47 months  (3 years 11 months) of ageAllergic to milkWill you be paid for being in this study?You will be paid up to $200 for time and travel.Will this study cost you any money?This study will not cost you any money.You do not need to have insurance to participate in this study.For more information, please contact:Betty HostetterClinical Research RecruiterSneeze,…
  • Dairy-Free Spaghetti with Parmesan

    Jamie Kaufmann
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Spaghetti with meat sauce is one of our go-to dinners.  We have it at least twice a month.  It's quick and easy for busy nights like ball practice or Bible study.  Right now we are using Target brand or Aldi Organic spaghetti sauces.  I don't really make our own unless it's tomato season and there are tomatoes to use up.  But the real star here is our dairy-free GO Veggie! Parmesan.  Our whole family likes it, even Jeff and I who know what the real thing tastes like.  So we don't even have real Paremesan in the house.  With most every spaghetti dinner…
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  • New Blog

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    Please come on over to Nowheymama.com!
  • Happy New Year!

    1 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I bit the bullet and bought Nowheymama.com. Right now, that URL will lead you right back here, but soon it will be a pretty, new WordPress site. Surprisingly more work than I expected, and I haven't even started moving old posts from here to there. (Hints? Tips?)I look forward to having a clean slate to play with. For me, it's time for less of an online journal and more of an anecdote + recipe design. I love this little corner of the internet but need some motivation to keep writing as the children get older and life keeps on changing.Anyway, update your readers as you see fit and I'll meet…
  • Mom always says don't play ball in the house

    30 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Look, I know I'm turning into Go Dairy Free: The Direct-To-Video Sequel over here, but you need to enter the Spring Fling Recipe Contest. Then remember I'm the one who encouraged you to enter when you win the $1000 gift card. Also here is a nifty link to all the recipes and stuff I've written over there.We're all feeling a little cooped up right now, what with endless rain coming on the heels of the endless snow. But I hear summer's going to be very hot AND rainy, so we have that going for us. A certain three-year old just punted a basketball past my head even though he knows NOT TO PLAY BALL…
  • Some Friendly Advice

    7 Mar 2014 | 11:07 am
    You all are good cooks. I know this because I make your recipes all the time. I use the recipes you pin and recommend. Sometimes I even use your recipes (with permission of course) when writing my column for Go Dairy Free.So listen to me when I tell you: YOU NEED TO ENTER RECIPE CONTESTS. Like this one.I have now judged a few recipe contests and I feel confident in telling you that you are qualified to enter. More than qualified, and you just may win. So do it, please, for the sake of the recipe testers if nothing else.
  • A contest and a meme: Blogging like it's 2007

    11 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    I'm enjoying the blogging renaissance that is happening in my feed reader. In that spirit, I present a contest and my answers to a meme.The Fast and Fresh Dairy-Free Time Trials Recipe ContestYou guys need to enter this. For serious. (Who was the actress who said that at an awards show a few years ago? She ran off with a married co-star? Think Keri Russell or Claire Danes, but not them.)Enter for fun! For the Olympic spirit! For the $500 gift card!Nicole tagged me in a meme. Here we go.1) If Jane had 3 apples and John had 78 nails, how many layers of clothing are you wearing (how is the…
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  • Menu Plan Monday 1/19/15

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Happy MLK day!  The kids are off of school so things are little more chaotic at our house today than they usually are.We are trying to finish some projects today.  Science Fair needs wrapped up.  So does a religion venn diagram and some AR reading.  Can I just vent here for a minute?What is with all the major projects at school?  All of these things require constant parent help and supervision.  
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    It's 6 F degrees here this morning.  Oh my, it's a bit chilly.  This is totally normal for Northeast Ohio, but I hate it.  I'm not a fan of winter to begin with, but when it's overly cold, I'm ready to  move.  Last week the boys were off of school Wednesday - Friday due to cold temps.  The wind chills had gotten down to -20 F.  It's just too cold for kids who have to wait for buses (and too cold
  • Menu Plan Monday 1/05/15

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    Happy New Year!!  2015 is here.  It's a new year with new promise.  Praying that we all have a happy and healthy 2015. We spent New Years Eve at home with the boys.  We watched The Karate Kid and played Just Dance 2015 on the Xbox. We did our usual fondue night and the kids were in bed by 9:30 and Mom and Dad were in bed by 10:00 pm.  In years past, we stayed up until midnight but it really
  • Menu Plan Monday 12/29/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    I can't believe this is the last menu plan of 2014.  What a great year it's been.  We've been pretty blessed this year.  We did have some friends and family that have or are currently going through some difficult health issues, and we had Middle Man's asthma attack and severe allergic reaction in the hospital, but we are all doing well and are here together at the end of 2014.  And for that I
  • Merry Christmas!!

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    I tried to put this up yesterday, but the computer died.  It took me forever to make a slide show of all our Christmas Morning pictures and the battery just went out.  I'm going to put it up here, but be warned, I think there are over 70 pictures.  I made it for some family members that weren't able to be with us due to health issues, so it's probably not as interesting for you as I hope it was
 
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  • Recipe: Vegan Lentil Soup with Spinach and Avocado

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Lentil soup January 13, 2015, 1:03pmLentil soup is one of my go-to recipes.It’s vegan. (But you can add sausage to much delight!) It’s food allergy free. (Top 8 allergen free, but not for you legume allergic folks, natch)It’s hearty. It’s incredibly healthy.It only takes about an hour to cook.And it has infinite varieties. This week, my lentil soup includes spinach, a squeeze of lemon and a half a perfectly ripe avocado. Here’s the recipe. Makes 4, 1 cup servings.Lentil Soup with Spinach and AvocadoINGREDIENTS1 cup of green lentils, rinsed 1 T extra virgin olive…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Interview: Lily Roth of Food Allergy Survival Guide College Edition

    7 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    During the 2014 FARE teen conference a few months back, I was following their twitter feed and discovered a new resource for teens entering into college: Food Allergy Survival Guide College Edition. Written by a teen Lily Roth, and her mom, Nancy Popkin, it offers excellent, first-person, real world advice about the whole college process, from choosing the right program for you through that first scary year on your own.  *As with everything health and lifestyle related, please check with your medical health provider about your specific needs.*I had a chance to ask Lily some questions…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Food Allergy Chef Cards

    23 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    Every chef I’ve spoken to, without exception, loves receiving a chef card (or restaurant card as they are sometimes called) from their restaurant patrons. It cuts out the game of telephone and gets the information in a clear way directly to where it needs to go: the chef. In the past few years, more companies have started to offer cards, many more than when I started this blog back in 2006. Here’s a list of a few options. If you know of more, put a link in the comments belowChef cards in multiple languages:Allergy Translation - http://allergytranslation.com/Allergic…
  • Udi’s Gluten-free December 2014 Contest, #EatDrinkBeMerry

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Udi's Gluten Free #EatDrinkBeMerry sent me some of my favorite tree nut-free gluten-free bread - white French rolls,  cinnamon raisin bread and bagels and their white bread and bagels -  in support of their contest where *you* can win some of their goodies. Here's one of my favorite weekend morning recipes using Udi's white bread: 7 Essential Ingredients for French Toast. Even simpler, yet equally delicious: cinnamon sugar toast. My bubby would make this for me as a snack when I was little and it never disappoints as a snack, breakfast or after dinner treat:White bread…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Study from Northwestern Medicine: Risk Taking Behavior Among Adolescents with Food Allergy

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    My colleague, Dr Ruchi Gupta sent me the following information about a study she is conducting for teens ages 14-22.  "The goal of this study is to learn more about the risk taking behaviors of food allergic adolescents – both in regard to general risk taking and risk taking as it relates to food allergy."  *Nota Bene: I am in no way involved in any aspect this study.*More information is below from Dr Ruchi Gupta at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University:Study Overview: Researchers at Northwestern Medicine are conducting a research…
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  • Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate Bars: Organic, Raw, Low-Glycemic and with Prebiotics

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    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.
  • Creamy Roasted Tomato Vodka Sauce with Penne

    Alisa Fleming
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    For a year, a little bottle of Skyy vodka from a conference sat in my cupboard, waiting for me to finally tackle a dairy-free vodka sauce. It’s a recipe that I’ve wanted to create for ages, but have hesitated as most dishes using alcohol are simply too pungent for my palate. I finally took the plunge, and was [...] The post Creamy Roasted Tomato Vodka Sauce with Penne appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Michele’s Granola Bars ~ Handmade in Maryland

    Alisa Fleming
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    We sample a lot of bars – there are protein bars, date-based bars, “superfood” bars – but when Tony and I chomped into Michele’s Granola Bars, we realized just how far the bar industry has strayed from its simple, delicious, hippy roots. Michele’s Granola Bars are a throwback delight, reminding me of those crispy, crunchy Nature’s [...] The post Michele’s Granola Bars ~ Handmade in Maryland appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Super Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

    Alisa Fleming
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Fall may be past, but the warm flavors of pumpkin and spice offer nourishing goodness that I relish throughout the year. And this pumpkin spice protein shake has a double-dose of my favorite squash: pumpkin puree and straight up pumpkin seed protein. This easy, rich and nutrient-dense pumpkin spice protein shake combines the wonderful flavors [...] The post Super Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

    Alisa Fleming
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    What better way to start the day than some wholesome chocolate chip mini muffins spiked with a mini jolt of java! This gem is a sample recipe from the new cookbook, Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You by Katie Higgins. No other food blogger knows quite how to hit [...] The post Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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  • My Best Advice for Dealing with Food Allergies and a Nut-Free Parenting Guide. Plus, A Blog Update!

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! As we begin 2015, I  wanted to direct you to an article that really resonated with readers. It lists my very best advice for coping with a child who  has life-threatening food allergies, so I hope you take the time to give it a look. Click here for the full article.When I began this blog in early 2008 I had no idea how it would impact my life and the lives of others. I'm  so grateful for all of you who helped make The Nut-Free Mom blog an award-winning site for parents in our situation. It's hard to believe that when I…
  • Happy Nut-Free Holidays: Nut-Free Candy & Treats Finds, Holiday Party Tips and More

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Nut-free holiday cookies: you'll find the recipe in this post. Read on.One holiday down, a few more to go! Holiday time is very busy for all of us, so I wanted to share some of my most popular holiday posts in a sort of "roundup" blog post.I've included links to posts on nut-free holiday candy you can find at the supermarket, recipes for nut-free treats and holiday party tips that allow you to have a safe and healthy time with food-allergic family members. (Also see the post just before this one for info on navigating those holiday dinners with food allergies).Food allergies can be very…
  • Coping with Food Allergy Dilemmas at Thanksgiving

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Just before Halloween, I read a post on a local parenting magazine Facebook page that went something like this: "I'm concerned about Thanksgiving and I need advice. My two-year-old is severely allergic to nuts and my mom insists that she have out bowls of nuts placed around the house and also in the foods served at the table. She won't listen to me when I explain the dangers. What can I do?"My heart went out to this woman because after all, it's her own mother that is telling her "No, I won't accommodate you or my grandson." Ouch. Many commenters (myself included) told her that she's not…
  • Chicago-Area Friends: Halloween Candy Trade-In at Nutphree's Cupcakes -- Last 2 Days!

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Hi everyone! I have a timely new message for my Chicagoland readers! (And I apologize, I meant to have this up earlier. I've been light on the posts lately just due to life in general and the fact that I'm revising a book and trying to finish before New Year's. :))Back to the news: The wonderful Nutphree's Cupcakes (one of my site sponsors) has this to say about all that candy the kids with food allergies may have collected a few days ago but can't eat: "We’re happy to be hosting our Trade Your Candy for a Cupcake program again this year. Kids can bring in their well-earned haul from…
  • Halloween, Holidays and Nut Allergies: What's In Your Food?

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    That's Nancy Drew on the left. :)It's official: we've embarked on the holiday season. How do I know? Well, besides the fact that every store is screaming Halloween, with some Thanksgiving and Christmas creeping in on those side aisles, Love Actually was on TV this weekend and the Hallmark network is starting their Christmas movie season on October 31st! Yep, you read that right.I love the holidays but there is one thing that drives me a little bit nuts and that's, well, peanuts and tree nuts showing up in unexpected places. We can have lots of fun at this hectic time but we've got to be…
 
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    Allergy Notes

  • Immunology of the Lung - Nature video

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    From the Nature Immunology: http://www.nature.com/ni/index.html -- Our lungs bring in vital oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. But they’re also an important immune site. They filter the air we breathe, repulsing invaders and repairing injury. But sometimes these powerful immune responses overreact, causing diseases such as asthma. Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Should all patients with severe asthma get tested for AAT deficiency?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    α1-Antitrypsin (A1AT). Image source: Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.There is an uncertain relationship between severe AAT deficiency and asthma. Studies have not shown an increased prevalence of AAT deficiency among asthmatics. There is no association of alpha-1 antitrypsin Pi variants such as Pi MZ or Pi MS with more severe asthma.However, in a large cohort study of over 1000 patients with severe AAT deficiency, 21% of patients had asthma. The presence of asthma was not independently associated with an accelerated decline in pulmonary function, and the results of augmentation…
  • What is the word origin of allergy and asthma conditions?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Google dictionary card has etymological information, a translation box and a graph that shows the use of a word over time. If you only want to find the origin of a word like "allergy", you don't have to search for [define allergy]. You can search for [allergy origin] or [allergy word origin] and Google shows a special version of the dictionary card that highlights etymological information. Google Search Card results for "Word Origin" for common allergy and asthma conditions are shown below. You can see them all in the slideshow, or click through the…
  • Top Asthma Articles for January 2015

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma published recently:Asthma and Allergen Sensitization start earlier in life than previolsy reported (age 2 for asthma, age 1 for allergy), dust mite is the culprit in 80% http://buff.ly/1uU6P5uExercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) underdiagnosis may result in habitual avoidance of sports and physical activity, chronic deconditioning, weight gain, poor asthma control, low self-esteem, and reduced quality of life. Improving EIB diagnosis: no existing EIB screening questionnaire had adequate sensitivity and specificity…
  • Using the Ellipta Inhaler Device - training video from National Jewish Health

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Get step-by-step instructions for how to use the Ellipta inhaler, a device containing medication to treat COPD and asthma. Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
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    Food Allergy Buzz

  • Food Allergies Caused A Semantic Change in English

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    For some time, people have been using the words "Epi-pen", "Epipen" or "EpiPen"--a brand name of an epinephrine injector--for any epinephrine injector. EpiPen is manufactured by Mylan. The shortened "epi" is used as a noun, an abbreviation for epinephrine--"Don't forget your epis!" You may also have noticed a variant of the word EpiPen or epinephrine being used as a verb: "Did you have to epi her?" I was just catching up on my reading and spotted a headline with yet another use of the word "epi-pen". Take a look!The Chronicle HeraldIn this Chronicle Herald headline, the author uses the word…
  • Food Allergy Survey from Student Entrepreneurs in Portugal

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    I was so excited when three graduate students in Portugal contacted Food Allergy Buzz for assistance with a survey for a group project. The students are members of an Entrepreneurship Course promoted by Eugénio de Almeida Foundation in partnership with the I.E.F.P. (Portuguese government agency for Employment Services and Training) in Évora, Portugal. They are hoping to get input from individuals managing food allergies around the world about how food allergies affect their day-to-day lives. The survey results will help them determine the focus of their class project. Please…
  • Food Allergy Fright at Orange Julius

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Here is a truly frightening story that happened only miles away from me. A young boy had a drink at Orange Julius at a local mall, after his father specifically verified with Orange Julius staff that the drink contained no egg since his son suffers from an egg allergy. The child began to drink, and it soon became obvious he had been exposed to eggs, for he was suddenly covered with hives and was experiencing a progressive anaphylactic reaction. The parents immediately went back to Orange Julius, where the worker then checked the package of flavoring only to discover that the flavoring…
  • Food Allergy Petition: Add Sesame to FDA's List of Top Food Allergens

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Back in 2008, I wrote a post which I felt very strongly about and still do--Is FDA's List of Top Allergens Complete? I was trying to promote more discussion of the idea to add sesame--a common hidden ingredient in many foods--to FDA's list of top food allergens. Over the last year or so, the campaign to add sesame has gathered more support. I learned from leading food allergy advocate, Homa Woodrum's blog that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was pushing to get a petition for the FDA to include sesame labeling. For more information about how the petition, please…
  • Food Allergy Silver Lining

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:04 pm
    One of the unexpected upsides of being an elementary school student with life threatening food allergies is that sometimes your lunch and snack look so different and scrumptious, the other students are envious! It's so nice to hear my son recount a happy lunchtime story of how his classmates admired his super-gigantic food allergy safe cupcake with all the sprinkles . A few friends always join him at the allergy table with food allergy safe lunches, even though they themselves do not have food allergies. It is the sweets that catch their eyes more than the nutritional meal part of lunch, but…
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    Best Allergy Sites

  • Nut Free Wok

    Ruth LovettSmith
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Looking for allergy friendly Asian inspired food? Look no further than the Nut Free Wok.
  • Allerbling Deal for February

    Ruth LovettSmith
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Our friends at Allerbling are offering a great deal for the month of February. You won't want to miss it!
  • Allergies And Eating Disorders – A Complex Relationship

    Guest
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Some individuals with food allergies may develop eating disorders. Learn more with this guest post by Helen Butler.
  • Allergy Friendly Valentine’s Day Candy

    Ruth LovettSmith
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Following is a list of allergy friendly treats for your Valentine. Here you’ll find all sorts of goodies that are free from many of the top allergens.
  • OK2BPNUTFREE

    Ruth LovettSmith
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    OK2BPNUTFREE offers up fun and creative ways to promote awareness about your child's food allergies.
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • SumoMe Now Works With FeedBlitz

    Heather Solos
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Some of you have been asking what’s a good list building plugin or tool. I’m happy to announce that SumoMe now works with your FeedBlitz account. Why is this exciting? The SumoMe WordPress Plugin has three list building tools: Smart Bar Scroll Box List Builder (popup). Each of these tools is available from the Sumo Store which you will find after the plugin has been installed on your site. Here is a brief screencast that demonstrates how to add SumoMe to your WordPress site, where to find your FeedBlitz API key, and how to add that to SumoMe to get started growing your list.
  • On Resilience … Or, Welcome Back, Amanda

    Phil Hollows
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of the joys of being in a small, tightly knit company like FeedBlitz is that, as colleagues, we grow close to each other.  We share our triumphs and joys; and we circle the wagons when the going gets tough. In reality, on balance, 2014 was more tough than not for the FeedBlitz crew. Of course, like any community, we don’t often share the hard times publicly.  We struggle, we manage, we support each other, and with luck nobody on the outside notices. Nothing unusual, really, in that. There are, however, some things — even the tougher ones — that are very much worth…
  • Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

    Heather Solos
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works. Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control…
  • Malware Warnings

    Phil Hollows
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Update Looks like the reviews have completed and things are back to normal. Some systems will cache the earlier results, and the updates may take a while to roll out. If you’re still seeing warnings, please try Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser’s local cache. Original Post If you’re seeing a “malware warning” when clicking through to FeedBlitz this morning, yikes, that can be scary. For the record, rest assured, we are safe; we have a review pending with Google this morning. Meanwhile it IS safe to click through, FeedBlitz itself hasn’t been damaged and…
  • .@Wistia videos now supported in FeedBlitz emails

    Phil Hollows
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Video in email is a pain. Unless you’re an HTML5 guru and only want your emails working on iOS devices, video just plain doesn’t work in email. FeedBlitz has long supported video providers such as YouTube and Vimeo and more, by automatically converting videos from these systems into thumbnails that work great in email. Today, we’ve added up-and-comer Wistia to the list of supported video services. So if you are on the FeedBlitz web site, what you see next is a Wistia corporate video in their video player. If you get this via email, however, you’ll see a thumbnail…
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    Living Free

  • Chipotle Style Corn ‘Salsa’ (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    If it weren’t for Chipotle, I suspect my family could give up any eating out for the rest of our lives. But we love Chipotle too much. And we each have our ‘usual’. And we never try anything else (at least, VERY rarely – and then we’re not sure why we bothered). We’re THAT happy with what we get already. And each of our choices include their yummy corn salsa. There are more official versions of a Chipotle corn salsa out there, but we’ve found that for our homemade taco nights or in our salads, we prefer to have this version. It’s not…
  • Beet Green Turkey Bacon Quiche (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I’ll be the first to admit that anything with beet greens as the main ingredient can easily become overwhelming. Unless, of course, you are obsessed with beets. I don’t know a lot of people who fit that category though. Except maybe Dwight Schrute (The Office), but he’s not actually real, so I guess he can’t count. Although I’ve always been jealous of his beet farm, I’ll be honest. I do know a real person though; My mom will cook up the beet greens and eat them straight, but I can’t do that. I guess I haven’t acquired the taste. Anyway, all…
  • Chocolate Lovers’ Carob Bars

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    I know, carob is gross. At least, that’s what we’re all led to believe. Especially if we use it like we do cocoa powder and expect the smooth rich flavor of chocolate in our finished product… and then don’t experience that, AT ALL. But, I’m so excited to share something I’ve discovered that makes carob taste remarkable like chocolate! I know what some of you might be thinking. Why not just use chocolate? Well, long story short, I’ve been facing allergic reactions and no allergist can find the cause, so they have suggested various things to try. One of…
  • Beet & Apple Salad in a jar (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    On Friday, I shared one of my recipes as a guest post over at AndLoveItToo.com, a part of Sunny’s Healthy Lunchbox 2014 series. I shared another version of one of my go-to lunches, salad in a jar! Head over to AndLoveItToo.com to see the recipe and my tips for keeping lettuce longer, and premaking a week of salads! ~Aubree Cherie   This recipe is linked Real Food Recipe Roundup, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday,      
  • Baby Play: Bubble Bags from Baby Oil

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    My little guy is now almost 11 months, and this was a game we played together when he was 8 months… so in regards to my prompt posting… oops ;) I will say though, he is the wonderful reason my blog is dragging a bit these days. He’s so much more important! But I’m also really glad to have this place to share all the fun we’re having and to make the activities feel even more purposeful, since I know I will be sharing them. This idea came from playcreateexplore.org, and I just loved it. He wasn’t sure at first, but then really warmed up to the bags after…
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    AllerVision Blog

  • Allergy Drops Erase 30 Years of Suffering for MD

    AllerVision LLC
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dr. Leiken, who has suffered from allergies for over 30 years, stands in front of an Olive tree in his backyard. Since he’s been taking allergy drops, the Olive tree no longer triggers his symptoms. In the past, AllerVision’s blog has featured Dr. Dean Mitchell sharing his wisdom from many years of running an allergy practice. In this and future posts, we’ll be looking at allergies from the patients’ and other providers’ points of view.   I am a physician who has been suffering from allergies for over 30 years. Five years ago, I started to give…
  • Dr. Dean Mitchell and Dr. Jerry Block Discuss Key Allergy Issues on “All Things Medical” Radio Show

    AllerVision LLC
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
      A man gives his son allergy drops, which can be customized to address multiple allergies at once. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, I had the honor of joining Dr. Jerry Block as a guest on his radio show “All Things Medical.” Dr. Block is a holistic medical doctor who practices in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to being extremely articulate, he demonstrates an excellent grasp of the issues regarding allergy testing and treatment. Below I recap two of the topics we discussed. Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy Dr. Block raised the topic of the FDA-approved sublingual tablet…
  • The Allergy Family History: A Key Component to Diagnosing an Allergic Condition

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Family history plays a large role in diagnosing allergies. Many chronic medical conditions may stem from underlying allergic process: rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, otitis, conjunctivitis, headache, GI problems and, of course, drug allergies and anaphylaxis. Your physical exam— along with allergy testing — can often help make a specific diagnosis. However the diagnosis begins before you get there. The History is always a key element in the diagnostic process. I have found that, in regards to allergy, the Family Historymay be the most important component of…
  • Thanksgiving Advice for Your Allergy Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Both pets and foods can cause problems for allergy sufferers at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for most Americans. Families get together to celebrate each other’s company, watch football, and enjoy some delicious turkey, stuffing and a smorgasboard of trimmings. Sadly, I’ve noticed that the holiday raises several concerns for patients in my allergy practice. For one thing, patients who are highly sensitive to cats or dogs are usually apprehensive of spending Thanksgiving at the homes of their pet-owning relatives. This makes for an uncomfortable situation: do…
  • Treating Your Asthma Patients Using NIH guidelines

    AllerVision LLC
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Inhalers offer significant relief for many asthma sufferers. But they’re not the only option. In the previous blog post, I discussed assessing control and severity of your asthmatic’s symptoms. Now we will take this stratification and translate it into clinical practice standards. The NIH guidelines provide an algorithm whereby asthma treatment is guided in a step-wise approach. In many ways this is logical but it is not always practical. Below is a review of their step-wise approach along with commentary for real-world clinicians — not just academicians! — based on my…
 
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  • Allergy Drops Erase 30 Years of Suffering for MD

    AllerVision LLC
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dr. Leiken, who has suffered from allergies for over 30 years, stands in front of an Olive tree in his backyard. Since he’s been taking allergy drops, the Olive tree no longer triggers his symptoms. In the past, AllerVision’s blog has featured Dr. Dean Mitchell sharing his wisdom from many years of running an allergy practice. In this and future posts, we’ll be looking at allergies from the patients’ and other providers’ points of view.   I am a physician who has been suffering from allergies for over 30 years. Five years ago, I started to give…
  • Dr. Dean Mitchell and Dr. Jerry Block Discuss Key Allergy Issues on “All Things Medical” Radio Show

    AllerVision LLC
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
      A man gives his son allergy drops, which can be customized to address multiple allergies at once. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, I had the honor of joining Dr. Jerry Block as a guest on his radio show “All Things Medical.” Dr. Block is a holistic medical doctor who practices in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to being extremely articulate, he demonstrates an excellent grasp of the issues regarding allergy testing and treatment. Below I recap two of the topics we discussed. Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy Dr. Block raised the topic of the FDA-approved sublingual tablet…
  • The Allergy Family History: A Key Component to Diagnosing an Allergic Condition

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Family history plays a large role in diagnosing allergies. Many chronic medical conditions may stem from underlying allergic process: rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, otitis, conjunctivitis, headache, GI problems and, of course, drug allergies and anaphylaxis. Your physical exam— along with allergy testing — can often help make a specific diagnosis. However the diagnosis begins before you get there. The History is always a key element in the diagnostic process. I have found that, in regards to allergy, the Family Historymay be the most important component of…
  • Thanksgiving Advice for Your Allergy Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Both pets and foods can cause problems for allergy sufferers at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for most Americans. Families get together to celebrate each other’s company, watch football, and enjoy some delicious turkey, stuffing and a smorgasboard of trimmings. Sadly, I’ve noticed that the holiday raises several concerns for patients in my allergy practice. For one thing, patients who are highly sensitive to cats or dogs are usually apprehensive of spending Thanksgiving at the homes of their pet-owning relatives. This makes for an uncomfortable situation: do…
  • Treating Your Asthma Patients Using NIH guidelines

    AllerVision LLC
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Inhalers offer significant relief for many asthma sufferers. But they’re not the only option. In the previous blog post, I discussed assessing control and severity of your asthmatic’s symptoms. Now we will take this stratification and translate it into clinical practice standards. The NIH guidelines provide an algorithm whereby asthma treatment is guided in a step-wise approach. In many ways this is logical but it is not always practical. Below is a review of their step-wise approach along with commentary for real-world clinicians — not just academicians! — based on my…
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    AllerThrive Food Allergy Coaching, LLC

  • Website Review: Well Amy

    Alanna Waldrop
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    As an AllerCoach, I am continually on the lookout for new products and sites that could help my clients. I heard about Well Amy during an online food allergy conference last fall, and they have some really great items. Just one word of caution that I always like to use before reviewing any product: ALWAYS read all of your labels and cross contact statements regardless of any other information that you have received and regardless of how many times you have eaten the product. I have seen the same product have different ingredient labels on the same store shelf, so it’s best to always be…
  • Smoothies: A Great Way To Use Your Leftover Fruits and Veggies

    Alanna Waldrop
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Before my soy allergy, I had never really tried smoothies at home. I started having smoothies on Saturday mornings as a way to use any produce and leafy greens that were going to need to be thrown away before my weekly trip to the grocery. There are lots of smoothie mixes and protein powders and other bells and whistles, but you guessed it…many contain soy and other common allergens. I simply use the whole foods I have on hand, and they really taste delicious no matter what I try. There are few things that I use regularly in smoothies: Alternative Milk (Try Coconut, Almond, Oat, Rice,…
  • Vibrant Health = Eliminating Allergic Foods

    Alanna Waldrop
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Almost every year at New Year’s, I think over the past year and take stock of the good and the bad. Last December, I was so sick that I had just quit my job, had choking spells in my sleep that made me think that I was going to die, had suffered my sixth miscarriage, and thought that I would never beat the sinus infection that I had been battling for over a year. Fortunately this story has a very happy ending, because in February, I discovered a new food allergy (soy.) Now, I can say that this year has been the best year of my life! I have lost 50 pounds since June 2013, and 30 of those…
  • I Salute You!

    Alanna Waldrop
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    I would like to send a SALUTE to all of you that are dealing with food allergies and are committed to making it work this holiday season! I Salute You… If you have already spent countless hours preparing, shopping, and prepping for more hours of cooking that would have been so much easier had it not been for food allergies. If you have been lying awake at night thinking of how to prepare a delicious meal that will keep you and your family safe. If you have made some really hard decisions this week related to your safety that aren’t popular with your friends and family. If you have…
  • Holiday Parties: Safety vs. Social Expectations

    Alanna Waldrop
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    I have served as a mentor for college students for many years. One of the hard questions that that comes up often is “Would you rather be right or would you rather get what you want and need?” There are many general situations in life when our egos can get in the way of getting what we want and need. For instance, I may argue way too long with someone just to prove I am right instead of working towards a solution that gives me what I needed in the first place. Food allergies can complicate these situations even further. We all have a need for others to understand where we are…
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