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  • Peanut allergy: could pulsed light remove allergens from whole peanuts?

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A scientist experimenting with pulsed light to inactivate the allergenic proteins in peanuts has come closer to his goal of eliminating 99.9% of peanut allergens in whole peanuts.
  • Fall Allergies: Tips To Treat Them

    Allergy News
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Allergies can be horrible in the fall and since allergy symptoms can mimic cold and fly symptoms, it is important to treat them and prevent them if possible. Allergies can be hard during any season, but this year they seem to be effecting more and more people and causing more severe symptoms.
  • Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S., comprehensive study finds

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010. The study also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.
  • Australian planes join ISIS fight

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    A day after Britain's military launched its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, the question is who will be next to join the U.S.-led coalition in its air campaign against the extremists who have seized a swath of Iraq and Syria.
  • Pharmaceutical giant Allergan takes 90,000 square feet in North Austin

    Allergies News
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    … Co. and CBRE Group Inc.. Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN), the California-based … retail, residential and hospitality uses. Allergan’s lease is in an … or on the west side. Allergan, a high-profile Fortune 500 company … Inc., a Quebec-based Canadian company. Allergan also announced in July it …
 
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  • Fall Allergies: Tips To Treat Them

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Allergies can be horrible in the fall and since allergy symptoms can mimic cold and fly symptoms, it is important to treat them and prevent them if possible. Allergies can be hard during any season, but this year they seem to be effecting more and more people and causing more severe symptoms.
  • UF/IFAS Researcher Continues Quest for Peanut That Won't Cause Allergic Reaction

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida scientist has moved one step closer to his goal of eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens by removing 80 percent of them in whole peanuts.
  • Fall allergy season: Nothing to sneeze about

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Triggers everywhere An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of indoor and outdoor allergies, including food, drug, insect, skin and eye allergies. Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups.
  • Fall Allergies. Annoying For Some. Potentially Deadly for Seniors.

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    On last year's fall allergy rankings, Middle Tennessee took the #36 spot. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America gave the Nashville/Murfreesboro/Franklin Metro area a score of 72.37 out of 100 for fall 2013 Christopher Randolph, M.D., member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says allergies can be deadly for senior citizens.
  • Fall allergy season could be toughvisit|article-5783735|mobile_simple_list_body-11991|1

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Autumn is officially here, and with it has come the sneezing, sniffling and general agony of fall allergies. At least one expert says the pain might be particularly long and brutal this year.
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  • Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S., comprehensive study finds

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010. The study also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.
  • Asthma symptoms kicking up? Check your exposure to air pollution

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    A woman who suffers from asthma has been the subject of a recent case study. She, along with her doctor, realized that by changing her bike route to and from work every day, she can cut down on the pollution to which she’s exposed, thereby improving her asthma symptoms.
  • Quest continues for peanut that won't cause allergic reaction

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    A food scientist has removed 80 percent of allergens from whole peanuts, moving him a step closer to eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens. For the study, researchers used a pulsating light system to direct concentrated bursts of light to modify the peanut allergenic proteins. That way, they say, human antibodies can’t recognize them as allergens and begin to release histamines.
  • Guideline for management of atopic dermatitis focuses on prevention of flares, long-term disease management

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Newly updated guideline of care for the management of adult and pediatric atopic dermatitis focuses on the management and control of the condition, the co-existence of allergic disease, and the use of alternative approaches to supplement medical therapies. This evidence-based guideline is the final section of a four-part series on the care and management of atopic dermatitis developed by dermatologists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
  • Rare type of pollen observed at record levels in air for first time in forty years in U.K.

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Ragweed, which grows in late-summer and early autumn, is one of the most notorious hayfever-causing plants in North America, but is rarely found in the United Kingdom as it requires long-lasting autumns before the first winter frost to grow and survive. Now, record levels have been recorded for the first time in four decades, say researchers, who warn that mild autumn could mean more misery for hayfever sufferers.
 
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  • Pharmaceutical giant Allergan takes 90,000 square feet in North Austin

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    … Co. and CBRE Group Inc.. Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN), the California-based … retail, residential and hospitality uses. Allergan’s lease is in an … or on the west side. Allergan, a high-profile Fortune 500 company … Inc., a Quebec-based Canadian company. Allergan also announced in July it …
  • Research Continues for Peanut That Won't Cause Allergy

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    … peanuts. Scientists must eliminate peanut allergens below a certain threshold for … peanut allergen research. The first is to see if the allergic antibody in the serum of peanut allergy patients will still bind with the residual allergy protein …
  • Soon, peanut that won't cause allergic reaction

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    … .9 per cent of peanut allergens. Peanut allergens must be eliminated below … challenging to eliminate all peanut allergens, Yang said, because doing so … them as allergens and begin to release histamines. Histamines create allergy symptoms …
  • UK licenses BI's Spiriva Respimat for asthma

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    … launched for the treatment of asthma, becoming the first long-acting muscarinic-antagonist … add-on bronchodilator treatment in adult asthma patients whose disease is not … high risk of experiencing an asthma attack,” said Brian Lipworth, Scottish …
  • Trial suggests Sanofi's asthma drug works in sinusitis

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    … treatment for patients with chronic sinusitis who develop nasal polyps, according … one type of allergic disease often have additional allergic conditions," … interleukin-targeting drugs being developed for asthma and related inflammatory conditions, …
 
 
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  • National Coffee Day Makes Today the Perkiest Monday of the Month

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Of course National Coffee Day should fall on a Monday! It's exactly what we need to start off October, fall, and to get ready for the cold days to follow. The origins of coffee can be found in the Ethiopian highlands, where legend tells of how a goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats were more lively and peppy after eating berries from a certain tree which is now known as the coffee shrub. After this observation, Kaldi took the berries to a local monastery where an abbot made a drink with the berries and became alert and awake for many hours. Soon this discovery was shared with other…
  • Oh My Miele!

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    The other night I decided to toss out my old vacuum (whom I will name, "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" as not to discredit that particular brand) and upgrade to a Miele Twist upright. I weighed the pros and cons, and a couple days later I brought home a shiny, new Sprint Blue upright vacuum. Out of the box there was literally one thing I had to do, attach the handle, and I was ready to go.I started with my bedroom floor, which much like most of the apartment, is carpeted. Though I'll admit that the Twist is heavier than my old upright, it really scoots across the carpet with little effort.
  • A $50 Air Purifier? What a Deal! - Probably Not.

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Officially, fall began about a day and a half ago, but for the last week or so I've been enjoying cool nights and open windows! This time of year is probably my favorite. Aside from it being a little on the dry side, the leaves are changing, there's a chill in the evening air, but warmth during the day. As the temperatures slowly begin to sink towards winter, many of us find ourselves turning our attention indoors, preparing for the colder months ahead. From replacing your HVAC filter to swapping your summer blankets for winter comforters, we all have fall routines. Now is also the…
  • The New Soniclean Steam Mop

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Cheap Way to Sanitize Floors - Soniclean Steam Mop A short while ago, we had to discontinue the popular Gruene steam mop. While people really liked the versatility of this steam cleaner, actually getting the product from the manufacturer was increasingly problematic. Fortunately, we realized we have a partner who has nearly the exact same product. So with a different name and color, the 2-in-1 steam cleaner is back in the Soniclean Steam Mop. How is this steam mop different than the Gruene and how can it help you maintain a healthier home through the upcoming flu season?When you look at the…
  • End of Summer, School, and Sick Kids

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Late last week many of you likely came across a story about Enterovirus D68 and how it is affecting school children in states across the middle of the U.S. I have to admit, I am a bit behind on this topic, but not having children is the likely reason for me to have missed it (well that and the fact that I average less than eight hours of television per week). Latest Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates confirm a total of just over 100 cases spread across ten states, with that estimate likely being a bit low due to confirmation process. What struck me about this virus were two things.
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  • Earn $10 From Rare Patient Voice as a Food Allergy Caregiver

    Jamie Kaufmann
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    I recently filled out a quick application to become a member of Rare Patient Voice as a caregiver of someone with anaphylactic milk allergies, and I was accepted.  I quickly received a $10 gift card via email.You can be the patient or the caregiver to qualify.  Rare Patient Voice was formed to provide patients and caregivers with rare diseases an opportunity to voice their opinions through surveys and interviews in order to improve medical products and services.You may choose $10 gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts.  Qualified patients will receive a $10…
  • Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Chocolate Frosting

    Jamie Kaufmann
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Today I am making our Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Vanilla Cake for Miles to take to a birthday party.  And since I always like a little chocolate for dessert, I decided to make a chocolate frosting instead of our usual vanilla frosting.  It turned out really yummy so I thought I'd record the recipe for myself...and for YOU!DAIRY-FREE, SOY-FREE CHOCOLATE FROSTING1/2 cup chilled dairy-free, soy-free Earth Balance buttery spread1-1/2 cup powdered sugar1/4 cup cocoa powder1 tsp. vanillaMix chilled margarine and vanilla in mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar.  Put in frig to chill before…
  • Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat & Oat Dutch Oven Bread

    Jamie Kaufmann
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Original Post:  1-10-14One of our readers and local friends told me I had to try this Dutch Oven Bread recipe on Pinterest.  When I finally got my 3 quart dutch oven, I was really excited to try this basic ingredient experiment.  The first time I made this, I followed the ingredients and directions exactly.  When it came out beautifully, I was ready to make my alterations.I wanted to get the white flour out and use more healthy grains.  So I went with wheat flour and oat flour.  I like using oats because I can get them cheap in bulk through Azure…
  • Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

    Jamie Kaufmann
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Original Post:  1-24-12I got this recipe from Money Saving Mom. It's so easy in the bread machine! To make these dairy-free, just use Earth Balance for the butter and almond or soy milk for the milk.Since we can do egg now, I used eggs.  But if you can't use egg, try this substitute for the 1 egg and 2 egg whites called for in MSM's recipe:2 Tb of ground flaxseed mixed in 6 Tb of warm water, let set for 5 minutes before adding to recipe.   The best idea I had when making these was to cut the rolls using my "bread knife". Wow, it worked great! Much easier than cutting with…
  • Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free Apple Crisp

    Jamie Kaufmann
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    October 13, 2013It's apple season in all its glory, and Jeff deemed it time for a good apple crisp.  He was so ready that he made this one himself before I could get to it....using fresh apples from his mom's tree, no less!  I've been busy with the Food Allergy Walk and other projects so I guess he knew it best not to wait on me for this one. I might also add that Jeff probably didn't want to take a chance on my making the wrong "cobbler"...the one he doesn't like as much as the "crisp".  We are finally working out this "misunderstanding" in our marriage.  But you never…
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • Day 1: 31 Days Writing Challenge

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Well, here we go!So I picked 31 days To a Peaceful Home because, well frankly, I don't feel our home is very peaceful.  And I think my kids and my husband would completely agree.The kids fight.I yell.There's clutter.We're rushed.Rinse.  Repeat.I want our home to be a more peaceful place.  I NEED it to be a more peaceful place.So for 31 days we're going to discuss this topic and hopefully I
  • Menu Plan Monday 9/29/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    On Tuesday.  I'm a little behind.  But I'm not going to stress the small stuff :)I actually have this weeks and next weeks menu plan done.  That's what happens when you leave your list at home and go to the butcher.  I bought meat for meal ideas I thought about but didn't actually plan on and I bought meat for the meal plan that I did plan on.  I wondered why my bill was so much!   So meat
  • 31 Day Writing Challenge

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Day 1:  Stop the YELLING, Mom I have so let this little blog languish.  It certainly wasn't my intention, but sadly sometimes life gets in the way.  I really want to get back into the swing of things and I think This 31 day writing challenge is a great way to do it. So what am I going to write about for 31 days? I'm going to write about making a more peaceful home.  This is going to be
  • Menu Plan Monday 9/22/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yes, I'm the long lost blogger of this blog.  September kind of took on a life of it's own and flew right by.  Between yard work, school work, and house work, I've been a bit overwhelmed.We have found some time for fun.  We went to the Yankee Peddler Festival.  It was a gorgeous fall day and I think the boys enjoyed it.  I know Older Boy enjoyed the food and we even found safe homemade potato
  • Aldi's Live Gfree line of products

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I've been shopping Aldi for close to a year now.  The closest one to us is about 30-40 minutes from us.  I've always wanted to try it, but the long drive just didn't seem worth it.  But the boys school is the half way point between our house and Aldi so I thought I'd try it and see if it was worth it.  On it's own, it is.  I can save money on lots of staples.  Yes, it's "off brand" but you can
 
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  • Recipe: My Mother's Tzimmes

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The tzimmes is in the bowl between the kugel and the challahRosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebration. The first two nights of the Days of Awe, the foods we eat are symbolic of having a sweet new year. Many of the dishes are honey based or laced with honey; honey is everywhere: in the meats, the sides and the desserts. Here’s a slightly fuller explanation of the Jewish New Year.One of the many dishes I look forward to every year is my mother’s tzimmes. My dad used to make a carrot raisin maple curry tzimmes that was divine. It transitioned from the Rosh holidays to just a…
  • ACAAI, Children with Asthma & Enterovirus 68

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    The below is an alert from American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Read more in The Washington Post and in The New York Times.ACAAI Expert Alert:What parents of kids with asthma need to know about enterovirus 68Parents of children who suffer from asthma and allergies have every reason to be concerned about enterovirus 68, the virus that has hospitalized hundreds of kids across the county. Although symptoms start out like a common cold, they can move to severe respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Since kids who suffer from asthma are…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Online Group Session Launch

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I'm launching a new and exciting food allergy coaching program: online group coaching sessions. We will meet once per week, at a pre-set time, via a call-in number. The sessions will be with others just like you.I will guide us all in a supportive 60-minute hour of advice, guidance and coaching around lifestyle and food allergies.Here are the details about this special group:WHO: Anyone with food allergies, a caregiver to someone with food allergies or a loved one of someone with food allergies.WHERE: We will meet online, you only need a phone to dial in.WHEN: Mondays starting…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Sunbutter Manufacturer's Coupon

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was contact by SunButter, makers of sunflower seed butter to offer you all a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon. (See above and download). From SunButter's press release: “SunButter is both peanut and tree nut free and is used in many schools across America as a delicious and safe alternative to peanut butter.”I have met the SunButter founders many times and love their allergen policies and protocols – did you know tree nuts and peanuts cannot grow in North Dakota where SunButter is produced? Additionally, SunButter has…
  • Recipe: Blueberry and Corn Clafoutis, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Blueberry and corn clafoutis, fresh from the ovenThe clafoutis is a very simple pancake type dessert make with an easy batter and whatever fruit you have around. So simple, so French. I haven’t made on in ages, not since culinary school. Oh, have I mentioned that I was classically trained in the French cooking style?  Yup yup. When I ran across this on Chef Marcus Sameulsson’s siteI thought about the extra blueberries, corn and Gluten-Free Bisquick mix I had in my fridge. Could I pull all of that together into this recipe? Of course. Why I love it? It’s the flavors of summer in a…
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  • Blueberry, Arugula and Butternut Squash Quinoa

    Alisa Fleming
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    This butternut squash quinoa is one of those fun recipes that bridges the seasons. Blueberries are still on stores shelves, but can be picked up frozen in the cooler months. Earthy butternut squash is just heading into peak season, but likewise, is available pretty much year round. Enjoy it as a holiday side, light vegetarian […] The post Blueberry, Arugula and Butternut Squash Quinoa appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • TruRoots Qookies: Sprouted Grain, Organic Biscuit Cookies

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In recent years, the words “wholesome” and “cookies” have gracefully merged to describe many delicious baked goodies, and Qookies are the latest to join the developing world of healthy treats. Delightfully thick and super crunchy, Qookies are more like British “biscuits” than the soft and chewy cookies synonymous with North America. But that just makes […] The post TruRoots Qookies: Sprouted Grain, Organic Biscuit Cookies appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Honey Stinger Energy Snacks: Fruit Chews, Waffle Sandwiches, and More

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Though some might describe these honey-sweet snacks as a dessert, athletes will argue the quick, all-natural energy of Honey Stinger products. Either way you look at it, Honey Stinger Waffles and Energy Chews are delicious treats! It was seriously impossible to hold ourselves back once a package was opened, which is why I’m thankful that […] The post Honey Stinger Energy Snacks: Fruit Chews, Waffle Sandwiches, and More appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Cheater’s Fudgy Beet Brownies

    Alisa Fleming
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve probably seen chocolate beet brownies on other blogs, but each recipe has it’s own slight twist. For these fudgy beet brownies, it’s all about convenience and lightening up. This quick dessert uses less fat than your average brownie recipe, and relies on brownie mix and pre-cooked beets for its speedy preparation. And yes, there are […] The post Cheater’s Fudgy Beet Brownies appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • *Chains – McAlister’s Deli

    Alisa Fleming
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Thanks to Amy for emailing this recommendation: McAlister’s Deli lets you mix and match to make a sandwich or wrap that works for you, and I have to admit, their allergen search is quite nifty. They even offer dairy-free soups, sides, and salads, with several dressing options. Oh, and at last check, two of their […] The post *Chains – McAlister’s Deli appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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  • It's Nut-Free Candy Corn Time Again! Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free and Yummy

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    On my Twitter feed today, I shared a funny graphic featuring a burly Game of Thrones actor suited up for battle and posing with the caption: Brace Yourselves, Pumpkin Flavored Everything Is Coming!Just as an example, I think Starbucks already has its pumpkin spice latte for sale (but don't quote me on that.) I just know that I read an article stating that treat is being introduced earlier than last year. And that's just the tip of the pumpkin spice-flavored iceberg.When pumpkin-flavored everything is arriving in our stores and eateries, that means that it's time to start scouting out the…
  • 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…
 
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  • October is Eczema Awareness Month - spread the word!

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Atopic dermatitis is a long-term (chronic) skin disorder that causes scaly and itchy rashes. Atopic dermatitis affects 17% of people.From National Eczema Association: October is Eczema Awareness Month. The more people know about eczema, the sooner we'll find a cure. Watch and share this video to help spread the word!Here is one approach to eczema treatment:Atopic Dermatitis Treatment - Illustrated (click to enlarge the image).Allergic (atopic) march (click here to enlarge the image). Allergic (Atopic) March refers to the natural history or typical progression of allergic diseases that often…
  • Omalizumab (Xolair) linked to higher risk of heart attack, mini-stroke (TIA), blood clots - FDA changes the label

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The risks are not newThe same concerns were expressed by the FDA 5 years ago (in 2009). A large study is still ongoing and the data will be available soon. The FDA did not provide any numerical assessment of risk (absolute, relative risk or number needed to harm) but they felt strongly enough to add the cardiovascular warnings to the label in 2014. The exact calculation of risk was not provided in the report, issued after 5 PM on a Friday.The FDA added information about the increased risk to the drug's label after analyzing findings from a five-year safety study submitted by the drug's…
  • Omalizumab therapy is not associated with an increased risk of malignancy

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Omalizumab (Xolair) is a monoclonal antibody made by Genentech/Novartis. In more detail, it is a recombinant DNA-derived humanized IgG1k monoclonal antibody that selectively binds to human immunoglobulin E (IgE). Omalizumab binds to Cε3 region of IgE.Omalizumab is approved by the FDA for treatment of moderate-to-severe allergic asthma and chronic urticaria.The Epidemiologic Study of Xolair (omalizumab): Evaluating Clinical Effectiveness and Long-term Safety in Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Asthma (EXCELS) assessed the long-term safety of omalizumab in a clinical practice setting as part…
  • How To Win the Conference Game - keep those tips handy for the upcoming AAAAI and ACAAI annual meetings

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger and Sandra Arnold Inc.'s Stefany Stanley tell Tanya Rivero how to come out of conferences with more than just business cards. Not all of those tips apply to medical conferences but of some of the do. Don't forget to meet new people and enjoy your time off during the upcoming ACAAI, AAAAI, EAACI and WAO meetings.Signup to tweet 2015 AAAAI meetingThis is a list of the allergists who used Twitter to post updates from the 2014 #AAAAI meeting. The list is open for edit, please feel free to add your own info for 2015 AAAAI. The list showed the availability of the…
  • Anti-IL5 Antibody Mepolizumab is Effective in Eosinophilic Asthma

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mepolizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to and inactivates interleukin-5 (IL5), has been shown to reduce asthma exacerbations in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma.Eosinophil. Image source: Wikipedia.Effect on oral steroid useIn a randomized, double-blind trial involving 135 patients with severe eosinophilic asthma, mepolizumab 100 mg was administered subcutaneously once a month for 5 months. The monoclonal antibody had a significant oral steroid-sparing effect, reduced exacerbations, and improved control of asthma symptoms (http://bit.ly/WGyOZ3). Effect on high-dose ICS…
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  • Food Allergy Consumer Product Review: No-Nut Butter

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Empy jar of No-Nut ButterHave you heard of The Sneaky Chef? If not, I am sure you will read more about her soon!A few months ago, we had the delightful pleasure of sampling the Sneaky Chef's No-Nut Butter. It was so good, I had to pace myself in eating up the samples we had received. The taste and consistency are so reminiscent of peanut butter, it's remarkable! It is made from golden peas, and does not contain any of the top 11 food allergens. The manufacturing facility is peanut-free and nut-free as well. It contains no high fructose corn syrup and the peas and canola oil are…
  • 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!
 
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  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • 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:…
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  • 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…
  • Tarragon Goat Cheese Chicken Salad (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    I’ve never used tarragon in cooking before. Not sure why, but there was some on the ‘soon to be spent’ rack at the store the other day, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve been trying to do more with fresh herbs lately so I was up for it. I did what any good chef would d0 (p.s. I’m NOT a chef, so I definitely not a good chef either ;)), I bit into a sprig to see what it tasted like. It reminds me of a soft licorice or aniseed taste. Not the horrid disatisfying taste of a black licorice candy (sorry to anyone who actually likes the stuff!), but a…
  • 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,…
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  • Acute vs. Chronic Urticaria: What You Need to Know

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Urticaria can be both painful and unsightly. Urticaria can be a debilitating condition. Patients suffer with a sometimes diffuse rash along with pruritus that can drive a person crazy. Dermatology offices are often the first referral destination for urticarial patients, but the complex issues surrounding these patients extend beneath the skin. The latest research brings insight to the underlying cause of urticarial lesions. Getting to the bottom of acute urticaria usually involves basic medical detective work. A good history will usually lead you to the diagnosis. The most common culprits are…
  • 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…
 
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  • Acute vs. Chronic Urticaria: What You Need to Know

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Urticaria can be both painful and unsightly. Urticaria can be a debilitating condition. Patients suffer with a sometimes diffuse rash along with pruritus that can drive a person crazy. Dermatology offices are often the first referral destination for urticarial patients, but the complex issues surrounding these patients extend beneath the skin. The latest research brings insight to the underlying cause of urticarial lesions. Getting to the bottom of acute urticaria usually involves basic medical detective work. A good history will usually lead you to the diagnosis. The most common culprits are…
  • 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…
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  • The Next Chapter: AllerCoach Training

    Alanna Waldrop
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    While I have dealt with food allergies for many years, my soy allergy diagnosis in February was the most life-altering experience I have ever had. At first, I was spending 60-80 hours per week researching, learning to cook all over again, and calling manufacturers about products. I was working part-time and I realized that there were so many people out there that were working full-time and/or trying to raise a family (some of which also had food allergies.) I have said that finding my soy allergy was the worst thing that has ever happened to me and the best thing that has ever happened to me.
  • Recipe: Soy Free Chicken Peas and Pasta

    Alanna Waldrop
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Sometimes my job requires me to work long 16-hour days due to events, so I like finding dishes that I can make the night before to eat for dinner and then reheat for lunch/dinner the next day. This dish makes great comfort food and also a good hearty meal for days when you are on the go. As usual, because of acid reflux, I substitute real onion for onion flakes. Chicken, Peas and Pasta 8 chicken tenderloins 1 package of frozen peas 1 package of Tinkyada brown rice pasta (I prefer the spinach pasta) 1 package of shiitake mushrooms, chopped (optional) 1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream Spices: garlic…
  • Soy Free Body Wash Reviews

    Alanna Waldrop
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
     Soy Free Body Wash Reviews The day after my soy reaction, I took a day to discard everything in my house that contained soy, including bath & body products, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and hand soap. Because those with soy allergy know that soy is really in everything, I basically threw out everything in my house. I noticed that the rash (Keritosis Pilaris aka “chicken skin”) that had plagued me for years despite interventions from my dermatologist was gradually disappearing. I think it is well worth getting rid of all soy in your home, especially with the…
  • What Does “Soy Free” Really Mean?

    Alanna Waldrop
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    When I first found out that I was allergic to soy, I would simply ask, “Is your product soy free?” If the answer was yes, I thought that was all I needed. WRONG. Companies will not always tell you the truth. Some companies will do everything they can to present their product in the best light, even if that means that they do not tell you everything you need to know about the soy content in their product. In fact, many manufacturers have so many distributors of their products that they do not even know if their ingredients are derived from soy. Is it because they don’t care…
  • 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…
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