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  • New Over-The-Counter Relief for Spring Allergies - fox4kc.com

    ALLERGIES - Google News
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    New Over-The-Counter Relief for Spring Allergiesfox4kc.comLee's Summit, MO — Spring allergy season is almost here, and there are new ways to get relief that don't require a prescription from your doctor. The gray of winter will turn to the green of spring soon, and trees will release pollen that heads
  • A new ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Current peanut allergy tests are not very reliable when it comes to diagnosing the severity of an individual's allergic reaction, which can range from hives to life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
  • A new ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies

    Allergy News
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Current peanut allergy tests are not very reliable when it comes to diagnosing the severity of an individual's allergic reaction, which can range from hives to life-threatening anaphylactic shock . With an estimated three million people in the United States allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, having a more precise and reliable allergy test could prevent hospitalizations and allow for better monitoring of individuals suffering from peanut allergies.
  • Marijuana: The allergen you never knew existed

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    As marijuana’s legal status throughout the country continues to change, people should know it can cause allergic reactions.
  • Study sheds new light on factors causing pediatric food allergies

    Allergies News
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    … predict future development of food allergies or asthma. The research, published in … factors that contribute to future allergies and asthma. Researchers say the data … to develop food or other allergies, or even asthma,” says Kozyrskyj.
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    ALLERGIES - Google News

  • New Over-The-Counter Relief for Spring Allergies - fox4kc.com

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    New Over-The-Counter Relief for Spring Allergiesfox4kc.comLee's Summit, MO — Spring allergy season is almost here, and there are new ways to get relief that don't require a prescription from your doctor. The gray of winter will turn to the green of spring soon, and trees will release pollen that heads
  • Early peanut exposure helps prevent allergies - State-Journal.com

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Pittsburgh Post GazetteEarly peanut exposure helps prevent allergiesState-Journal.comFor years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing infants like these to peanuts before Parents, doctors confounded by reversal of advice ...Pittsburgh Post GazetteSkin patch could be safe treatment for peanut allergiesThe Salinas CalifornianFeeding Infants Peanut Products Could Prevent Allergies, Study SuggestsSan Antonio Express-NewsWOSU Public…
  • Allergy sufferers prepare for early spring season - Fox News

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    Allergy sufferers prepare for early spring seasonFox NewsWhile parts of the country continue to suffer through winter's wrath, others are entering an early spring, signaling the start of a different battle with another seasonal foe: allergies. Symptoms of spring allergies can include a runny nose, sneezing
  • The Allergy Train - Huffington Post

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    The Allergy TrainHuffington PostI realized that we gluten-free customers had been lumped together in a big glom of allergies and exiled to a dessertless land. Nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat -- there was no distinction. Even if I wanted to get on the train to wheatless land, tottering along
  • New Studies Shed Light On Children And Allergies - KPBS

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    New Studies Shed Light On Children And AllergiesKPBSAnother study found that peanut allergies were less common in children who were fed foods with peanuts as babies. Kevin Tse, an allergist with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, said it's an exciting time for his profession. "It's actually something we and more »
 
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  • A new ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Current peanut allergy tests are not very reliable when it comes to diagnosing the severity of an individual's allergic reaction, which can range from hives to life-threatening anaphylactic shock . With an estimated three million people in the United States allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, having a more precise and reliable allergy test could prevent hospitalizations and allow for better monitoring of individuals suffering from peanut allergies.
  • High pollen counts predicted for spring

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    The high pollen count for spring is right around the corner and it is time to prepare for the most common attack for this season. Minimizing allergies can be easier than one thinks, and small tasks can help to reduce the amount of allergy symptoms.
  • Allergy Season Approaching: Strategies to Beat the Sniffing, Sneezing and Watery Eyes

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Though it's still winter, Nebraskans may begin to develop the telltale allergy symptoms of sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy and runny noses and watery eyes. Trees in Nebraska will begin pollinating this month and will be in full swing in April, said Jill Poole, M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center allergist and associate professor in the department of internal medicine.
  • East Texas pediatrician talks about food allergies

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    At UT Health Northeast, speaks about a new study regarding peanut allergies, which was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference in Houston. "We can't make major treatment decisions based on one study," Sharkey said.
  • Novel blood test detects intensity of peanut allergy

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Researchers have developed a new blood test that could predict the intensity of a patient's allergic reaction to peanut consumption. Based on initial results, the researchers noted that the new test is many times more sensitive than current procedures.
 
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  • Study sheds new light on factors causing pediatric food allergies

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    … predict future development of food allergies or asthma. The research, published in … factors that contribute to future allergies and asthma. Researchers say the data … to develop food or other allergies, or even asthma,” says Kozyrskyj.
  • McMaster researchers hope to crack peanut allergy mystery

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    … of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology last month. No … with a food allergy, including 100,000 children. Peanut allergies are also … substances. Peanut allergies, while slightly similar to milk or egg allergies, are …
  • Don’t click on this if you’re allergic to cats

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    … , very bad week to be allergic to cats.           Ron Charles is …
  • Allergen Control Group and Allergic Living Magazine Form New...

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    … outreach using http://www.allergicliving.com, a leading allergy and gluten-free website … gluten-free retail products.” About Allergic Living Allergic Living’s magazine publishes quarterly … ://www.allergicliving.com About the Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG) The Allergen Control …
  • Rho offers support for NIH trial on peanut allergies

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    … for a year.  “Food allergies, particularly peanut allergy, which is the most … to reduce developing peanut allergy.  Yet peanut allergy doubled in the decade … well as Food Allergy Research & Education, the Asthma UK Centre, and …
 
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    Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

  • Wheat Allergy Alert - Campos Foods Ready to Eat Cheeseburger Products

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Campos Foods, LLC Recalls Beef Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Class II Recall 038-2015 Health Risk: Mar 2, 2015   Congressional and Public Affairs Gabrielle N. Johnston  (202) 720-9113     WASHINGTON,...
  • Free Webinar: Off to Camp with Food Allergies

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    RSVP: Reserve your seat by registering   WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015   TIME: 7 PM – 8 PM Eastern time   WHERE: Your computer, iOS or Android device   As winter ends, many families start searching for a summer camp for...
  • Peanut Allergy Alert: Talenti® Gelato and Sorbetto

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto, a Unilever company, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of jars of Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto Sea Salt Caramel Gelato because they may inadvertently contain peanuts (as peanut butter), which are not...
  • New Peanut Allergy Study Does Not Say Parents Are to Blame

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    Why It’s Important to Read Past the Headlines -  Doctors Explain New Peanut Allergy Study   Editor's note:  The KFA/AAFA leadership recognize that interpreting the findings of the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study is...
  • 10 Years of Keeping Kids With Food Allergies Safe and Healthy

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
      It’s hard to believe that Kids With Food Allergies is celebrating its 10th anniversary. We opened our doors on February 28, 2005, offering online support, web-based education and recipe help for families.   Through a merger in...
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  • How to Make your Home Pet Allergy Free: 8 Tips

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    26 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Pet allergy refers to the allergies that arise as a reaction to the allergens found in the skin cells, saliva or urine of pet animals. The most common signs of the pet allergies include sneezing and runny nose while some may also experience wheezing and a trigger of asthmatic episode. People who suffer from these allergies but cannot live without the furry creatures can take many precautionary steps so as to make their home per allergy free. These steps aim at helping them reduce the risk of allergy triggers and limit exposure. Those who are allergic to the pets must try and make minimum…
  • All you need to know about Baby Food Allergies

    admin2
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Baby food allergy refers to the condition wherein the baby’s immune system has an adverse or bad reaction to a certain food component he/ she has consumed. It is like the immune system treats the food the baby is allergic to as an invader and hence launches an attack to protect the body from it. Studies have shown a rise in the percent of kids ((below the age of 12years) who have food allergies. The prevalence of food allergies in babies/ kids seems to growing at a faster rate in the western world. Further details about the common allergens, symptoms and all that you need to know about the…
  • Symptoms and How to Deal with Food Allergies in Babies and Toddlers

    admin2
    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

    admin2
    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.
 
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    Allergy Relief Blog

  • Peanut Allergy Patch - New Immunotherapy

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    Big news was shared early last Sunday at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting in Houston, TX on a new therapy against peanut allergies. A research team from Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai discussed the accomplishments of their studies on a patch for peanut allergy tolerance.The team introduced Viaskin® Peanut, an epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT/ allergy patch), to encourage peanut tolerance via patches containing micro doses of peanut proteins. The epidermis is potentially ideal for allergen administration,…
  • Focus on the Medication - Corticosteroids

    19 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    This week, we're going to take a look at medications, more specifically, the two classes of drugs most commonly prescribed for those coping with asthma. When it comes to asthma there is one basic, but large division, between treatment medications. Broadly, one type is considered a preventative while the other, a reliever. To help control asthma, a wide variety of anti-inflammatories can be prescribed. Each of which can reduce asthma attacks by reducing the swelling (inflammation) and mucus production in airways. This type of drug often makes airways less sensitive, thus less prone to…
  • Happy Valentine's Day... We Hope!

    12 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    We are just a few short days away from Valentine’s Day, the perfect date night for you and your beloved, or simply a day to spoil yourself. I've definitely celebrated a few Valentine's Days while single, keeping it humble with a manicure, SATC, and a nice dinner at home. If you have allergies, asthma or even chemical sensitivities, Valentine's Day can be a bit trickier, and many of the traditional gifts/activities can present potential problems. For those who are flat out of ideas for this upcoming Saturday, here's a list of alternatives to spice up this year’s…
  • Free Shipping Upgrade with SEBO D4 Canister Vacuum

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    More and more people are choosing the SEBO D4 canister vacuum cleaner as the way to keep their home cleaner and healthier for years to come. With a durable ABS shell, powerful suction, and S-Class filtration, the SEBO D4 puts the ability to tackle all types of flooring AND all of your above-the-floor cleaning and dusting needs right at your fingertips.As the latest vacuums in the SEBO line of commercial-grade floor care, the SEBO D4 comes with two floor tools and three mini accessories. The independently driven powerhead has four height adjustments and a 12" cleaning path, which means it…
  • Annual AchooAllergy White Sale... and More?

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:51 am
    As many of you know, each February we have an Annual White Sale, where you can take 15% off any bedding item we offer. From custom mattresses and luxury down pillows to all types of dust mite bedding covers and organic bedding, we're letting you take 15% off. This year, however, we've decided to change things up a bit.So, from now until February 28th, you can take 15% off site wide! That's right, the best HEPA air purifiers, humidifiers, allergy vacuum cleaners, and everything in between are all now 15% off when you use coupon code "white15" at checkout. As usual, some exclusions…
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    Avoiding Milk Blog

  • Fresh The Movie

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    I recently watched Fresh The Movie not directly allergy related but an interesting watch as far as GMOs and Organic foods learning goes. It Celebrates and interviews the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing our food system. It clearly shows how organic farming can work, economically as well as many of the health benefits to both people and our planet. I enjoyed the conversation on Mono-cropping, but felt the effects of pesticides and possible connections to food allergies could have been explored. Full disclosure: I borrowed this DVD from my local library, another movie…
  • Cyber Monday Allergy Sales

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Cyber Monday Olivers Labels 25% off site wide, including gift cards Vermont Nut FreeCyber Week-end Sale!! There are still 2 days left. Shop now through Monday, December 1st Shop now and save 10% off your entire order by typing in the code CYBER10 while in the shopping cart before proceeding to checkout. Offer applies to product only - not applicable on shipping charges. From Peanut Free Planet Every order placed before cyber Monday Midnight PST will automatically receive a free gift pack. Premium Chocolatiers20% off across the board on everything - today only! Use promo code cybermonday…
  • Teal Pumpkin Project

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    We have ALWAYS offered non food items for Trick or Treaters. Even as a child my Father bought a 100 pack of Halloween Pencils, that lasted us years of visitors. Party Packagers offers a large section of non food items, Skeleton sun glasses, sheets of stickers and more many more items. I'll also offer candy in a seperate bowl. My local dollar store was out of teal paint so I'll mix my blue, green and a little white paint together, to get teal paint. Allergy Safe Candy Allergy Concerns: Paint Made From Nuts Paint Made From Milk Paint Made From Eggs
  • Shaking Hands, and Washing Hands

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

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

    Joanne LaSpina
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    "We've come a long way, baby!" was my thought recently when we settled in to a lunch at a nearby Red Robin. As soon as we said "food allergy", we were given an electronic tablet with their fully customizable Allergen Menu. Awesome! I couldn't help thinking back to another lunch with my food allergic child 12 years earlier. A lunch we walked out of before our food was served. This was after the waitress came back to our table and burst into tears, saying the kitchen staff was making fun of food allergies and hinting that they may "do something" to the meal we ordered. Seriously, this…
  • Auvi-Q Coupon

    Joanne LaSpina
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Auvi-Q CouponSanofi has announced that they are continuing their Zero dollar co-pay program for the Auvi-Q, which will benefit most insured patients. This is great news for many who need to carry this life-saving medical device. The program runs through December 31, 2015. If you're not familiar with the Auvi-Q, check out their FAQ's to learn more. And, if you're looking for some trendy ways to carry epinephrine, my friend Caroline at Grateful Foodie has a fantastic write-up about EpiPen, Allerject, & Auvi-Q cases and skins products from Carry-Nine. There will be no excuse for kids…
  • 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…
 
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    Milk Allergy Mom

  • Dairy-Free, No-Bake Protein Bars

    Jamie Kaufmann
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Original Post:  August 29, 2010It's been awhile since I've made this protein bar recipe from Money Saving Mom.  And boy was the family ready for it!  These are simple and no-bake.  And fast.  The perfect mid-afternoon snack that will fill your kiddos up until dinner. You can also leave out the protein powder if you choose.Here are some ways that I make these allergy-free:Sunbutter for peanut butter.Enjoy Life chocolate.  Melt chips, chunks, or bars.Let's Do Organic coconut flakes.  I also leave this out sometimes. Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein,…
  • Dairy-Free Weekly Menu

    Jamie Kaufmann
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Happy New Week!  We are trying a new recipe with leftover steak tonight.  Steak Tortillas.  Hope it's yummy!  You may also notice that we do a roasted chicken about every week!  It's so affordable.  We buy a whole chicken at Target for under $5, and it makes two meals.  :)  My family never tires of the yummy spices and juicy chicken on the first night.  And then shredding leftover chicken works for so many other meals the next night.RECIPE LINKSSteak TortillasChiliGrilled CheeseHamburgersHomemade Pepperoni PizzaSalad with French DressingRoasted…
  • Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat & Oat Dutch Oven Bread

    Jamie Kaufmann
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    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.My AlterationsI 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 Allergy FAQ ~ What Kind of Milk Should My One-Year-Old Drink?

    Jamie Kaufmann
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Original Post 7-23-13I am starting a section here on the blog for the most frequently asked questions from our Facebook page.  The first question we will start with is..."What kind of milk do I give my one-year-old?"Many parents have chimed in on our Facebook page to share what has worked for them.  And now I hope many will leave comments on this blog post with their same great tips and advice so we have all their helpful answers in one place.  As for us, I had the same pressing question when Miles turned one.  Our pediatrician told us that milk is not as important as…
  • Dairy-Free Weekly Menu

    Jamie Kaufmann
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I'm quite late on the weekly menu this week.  Sorry about that!  This week I don't have a meatless meal planned like usual.  Beans, lentils.  I was all out of those so I guess it's time to stock up again.  Jeff's special is usually some kind of venison dish.  I leave those to him.  He's really good at making stews and roasts to use up the meat from his hunting.  RECIPE LINKSSpaghettiPepperoni Tortilla PizzasRoasted ChickenChipped Chicken on ToastDon't miss any of our posts, sign up for our email updates. Your email address:Powered by FeedBlitz
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  • I moved!

    11 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    New blog is over here: Nowheymama.com
  • 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.
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • I Heard Birds Today!!

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    I heard them.  Actual birds were chirping in my back yard.  Dear Spring, please hurry!!Hearing those birds made me so happy.  The end is near (end of winter that is).Yes, I'm giddy.  I'm sure these will be the same birds that I shake my fist at come June when they keep pooping on my deck, but for now I LOVE THEM. And I'm finally feeling better.  It's not 100%, but I'm functioning so I'll take
  • Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    Happy Ash Wednesday!I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm still sick.  I went back to Urgent Care last Thursday because I now have a yucky cough.  They did a chest X-Ray.  No pneumonia, so I got an inhaler.  I finished my antibiotics on Friday.  I was in bed most of the day Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday and most of the day on Monday (the kids were off of school Friday and Monday).  
  • Lent 2015

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Lent is only 5 days away.  I'm still sick and in bed so I've had a lot of time to ponder how I'm going to spend the Lenten season this year.  It's still a work in progress but here are things I'm working on right now: Lent 2015: 1.  Eat gluten free 2.  Read Catholic Books 3.  Pray rosary daily 4.  Limit on line time:  morning/afternoon 5.  No snacks in between meals I'm thinking of
  • Enter At Your Own Risk: Menu Plan Monday 2/9/15

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    I'm stringing up the caution tape, erecting the hazmat tent, and stock piling Lysol. Germs have invaded and they don't want to leave. I've had this sinus infection since before Christmas.  I did go to the doctor but I didn't get any antibiotics.  And the sinus infection has come and gone since then.  So last week I went back to the doctor and FINALLY got some antibiotics (but they don't
  • 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.  
 
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  • New year, new hurdles.

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Happy 2015!I think I probably qualify as worst blogger ever since my time here is few and far between, but I thought I would pop in today for a few updates.B is a middle schooler now!  How did that happen?  She goes to Outdoor Ed for 5 days next month and I am freaking out.  The camp has all sorts of things in place to ensure her safety but I'm an allergy mom so I guess there's no getting around the 'what if...?' scenarios.  I would love to hear how any of you out there have handled this.  I haven't sent her off to camp or anything so I am completely out of my comfort…
  • Happy New Year

    23 Jan 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Most people attribute this quote to Buddha, but it's actually from a character in a Carlos Castaneda book.  But still, it's true.It's already 2014.How did that happen?I must say, some pretty awful stuff happened since I last blogged.  I was glad to see 2013 end.  The last three months were crapola.My mom died on November 25th, just a couple of days before Thanksgiving.October started innocently enough. I turned 44 and Bella turned 9.  We had a dinner to celebrate both on the 5th - my mom had gone in for testing the day before for what she thought was a GI issue.
  • Fall!

    25 Sep 2013 | 10:06 am
    Hi Everyone!  Long time no blog, right?  I wont even bother apologizing for not blogging over the summer (what's the point - you know I still love you guys, right?) - life just, well, HAPPENS.  I take it as a good sign that I only have time to post bits and bobs on Facebook (if you don't follow me over there, please join me - you'll see much more Peanut Free content that way).Here's a small glimpse into what's going on in our lives right now:SchoolB started 4th grade!  I can't believe it - 4th grade.  She starts middle school next year (yup, our district has middle…
  • Camp Blue Spruce Is Accepting Camper Applications!

    3 Apr 2013 | 9:26 am
    I got an email from the folks at Camp Blue Spruce recently - they are holding their allergy free camp again this year and are accepting camper applications!  Here's the skinny on Camp Blue Spruce:Camp Blue Spruce, a worry-free camp for kids with food allergies, is like any other sleepover summer camp EXCEPT the food is prepared without any of the top food allergens.  Located in Banks, Oregon, just 30 miles from Portland, the camp is five days and nights, August 18 – 23, and is loaded with fun for boys and girls ages 9 to 14, including:SwimmingHikingArts and…
  • Hello 2013!

    1 Jan 2013 | 2:31 pm
    Me & B - San Francisco, Dec. 2012Hey there - is this thing on?Boy, it's been a while - how are YOU?If I'm being honest, 2012 pretty much sucked.Don't get me wrong - lots of GOOD things happened. Work is great.  My home is great.  I'm seeing a wonderful guy.  Most importantly, B is great!The #1 best thing that happened in 2012 - and just under the wire - I'm divorced!!  I know it sounds terrible to make that a good thing that happened, but it was something that should have happened a LONG time ago.  I'm not against marriage, don't get me wrong, I'm just against…
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  • Food Allergy Counseling: Food Allergy Resources in Spanish

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Here are two excellent, reliable resources in Spanish. Please spread them far and wide!Food Allergy Research & Education has their anaphylaxis action plans in Spanish and English. You can download these free here.AllergyHome.org has theirLiving Confidently With Food Allergy handbook in Spanish as well. Here’s the link and here more information about their guide from the AllergyHome.org website:Living Confidently With Food Allergy is a handbook created to get needed information to all that are managing a food allergy. It was designed to give parents the tools they need to keep kids…
  • Chipotle, Cumin Recall 2015

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    I dine at Chipotle Mexican Grill multiple times a week here in New York City and when I travel. It’s delicious, the food is made consciously and humanely and best part: their food does not contain my allergens, tree nuts and fish (more of Chipotle Mexican Grill's allergen information here).So when the recent cumin recall hit, I was a little nervous. Would this affect the cumin-heavy menu of my beloved Chipotle Mexican Grill? (More on the cumin recall here from Allergic Living magazine.) I wrote to Chipotle Mexican Grill directly and at first they said this…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Your Middle School Child and Writing Down their Food Allergy Fears

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    As I discussed in this earlier post, the Middle School* years are a pivotal age range for kids. It’s the time that they start becoming more independent in many aspects of their lives. It’s a great phase – full of exploration, fun, special skills, deeper friendships and an understanding of their place in the larger world. For parents of kids with severe, life threatening food allergies, helping your child become more independent and responsible can have some added challenges. One of which is that your Middle School aged child frequently has new and deep concerns,…
  • Recipe: Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy Granola

    16 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Breakfast this week: yogurt, granola, bananas and more maple syrup. So yum! “The more prepared I am, I the more spontaneous I can be.”I said that during a session with a food allergy counselingclient last week and it is so true for those of us who have severe life threatening food allergies.Running around town like I do, I frequently need to eat a snack on the go.  Anything safe that I can grab and go and keep in my pocket or purse that doesn’t spoil is great.Homemade granola has been my go-to snack since I saw this Mark Bittman recipe in 2009. I didn’t know granola could be…
  • FDA Consumer Update: Dark Chocolate May Not Be Milk Free

    13 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    From the FDA Consumer Updates site, a warning about dark chocolate; essentially that it may still contain traces of milk.“If you or someone in your household is allergic to milk, take heed: a recent study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested 100 dark chocolate products and found that many contained milk. More importantly, you can’t always tell that’s the case simply by reading the food label….Consumers who are allergic to milk should be aware that a high proportion of tested dark chocolates contained milk.”The only thing missing from this  FDA Consumer Updates…
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  • Delavignes Dairy-Free Butter Oil

    Alisa Fleming
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    The labeling gets me, since butter oil is often a reference to ghee, but Delavignes’ dairy-free butter oil is all olive with just a touch of vegan butter essence. Nothing more. Housed in attractive slender bottles, the Delavignes dairy-free butter oil arrived at my home somewhat cool and solidified. Not great for pouring, but a [...] The post Delavignes Dairy-Free Butter Oil appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Discover New Dairy-Free Products Live from Expo West 2015

    Alisa Fleming
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Follow us as we take you through Expo West 2015, the behemoth natural food trade show that spills out of the Anaheim Convention Center. We’ll be reporting our dairy-free discoveries over the full four days of the show! That’s right, from the comfort of your couch or while on-the-go, you can learn and see the latest [...] The post Discover New Dairy-Free Products Live from Expo West 2015 appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • The Ultimate Veggie Sliders

    Alisa Fleming
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    It’s about time I got on board with the Meatless Monday theme. I tend to be a little haphazard in my recipe posts sometimes, forgetting that the first weekday is the perfect day to share a delicious, healthy vegan delight with great make-ahead potential, like these Ultimate Veggie Sliders. This veggie sliders recipe was shared with [...] The post The Ultimate Veggie Sliders appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Perfectly Peanut Butter Oat Bars (Better than Clif Bars!)

    Alisa Fleming
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Upon hearing that March 1st was Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, this peanut butter lover started eagerly jotting down ideas of what to make. Though many desserts popped into mind, I wanted something “everyday” and on the wholesome side. These peanut butter oat bars fit the bill and use ingredients that I keep on hand in [...] The post Perfectly Peanut Butter Oat Bars (Better than Clif Bars!) appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Chocolat Stella Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars

    Alisa Fleming
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    I have a confession, I’m addicted to World Market. I can’t resist a trip to this eclectic food-lover’s paradise whenever a coupon appears in my inbox – which is all too often! On our most recent venture, we discovered Chocolat Stella. Chocolat Stella offers a range of interesting dark chocolate bars that are all certified organic, fair trade, [...] The post Chocolat Stella Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
 
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  • Treating PASLI Immunodeficiency Disease - NIH video

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    From NIH/NIAD: Watch a video about a family’s experience with NIAID researchers who study rare disorders like PASLI disease.Primary immune deficiency diseases (PIDDs) are rare, genetic disorders that impair the immune system. Without a functional immune response, people with PIDDs may be subject to chronic, debilitating infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which also can increase the risk of developing cancer. PIDDs may be diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adulthood, depending on disease severity. They are estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the United States.In 2013,…
  • Protocol for skin testing with levothyroxine

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    How to prepare the solution?Thyroxin solution for skin testing can be prepared by crushing a tablet (50 mcg) and mixing with 1 mL of 0.9% phosphate-buffered saline for 2 hours. The solution can be passed through a 0.2-micrometer-pore filter if future IV administration is indicated. This should be done by a pharmacist. How to do the skin test?Prick test with levothyroxine solutiion, 50 mcg/mL. If negative, do intradermal testing with 0.02 mL of the solution in concentrations of 1:100,000, 1:10,000, 1:1,000, 1:100, and 1:10. If the tests are negative, a challenge with levothyroxine should be…
  • Severe Asthma in Children - free full text review in JACI: In Practice

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Severe asthma in children is characterized by sustained symptoms despite treatment with high doses of inhaled corticosteroids or oral corticosteroids. Severe asthma is divided into 2 categories:- difficult-to-treat asthma - poor control due to an incorrect diagnosis or comorbidities, or poor adherence- severe therapy-resistant asthma - poor control despite management of the factors aboveSevere asthma: “What to do when asthma is not doing well?” (click to enlarge the image).Severe asthma is a highly heterogeneous disorder associated with a number of clinical and inflammatory phenotypes.
  • 16 VOCs could distinguish between healthy and asthma patients with a sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 91%

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Volatile organic compounds (VOC) in exhaled air are released during inflammation in response to oxidative stress as a result of activated leukocytes. VOC profiles in exhaled air could distinguish between asthma patients and healthy subjects. In this study from Switzerland, the researchers aimed to classify new asthma endotypes by combining inflammatory mechanisms investigated by VOC profiles in exhaled air and clinical information of asthma patients.Breath samples were analyzed for VOC profiles by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry from 195 asthma patients and 40 healthy controls. Out of…
  • AAAAI Tweetup! Meet allergists who will update Twitter with the latest allergy news from #AAAAI15 meeting

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    This is a list of the allergists who are planning to use Twitter to post updates from the #AAAAI15 meeting. The list is open for edit, please feel free to add your own info. The list shows the availability of the allergists by date and if they are planning to attend the Tweetup (a meeting of people who use Twitter or are following the tweets). If interested in a real life meeting Tweetup during the #AAAAI15, sign up in the spreadsheet above. This will be the Fourth Annual Tweetup during AAAAI! We started in 2012.Here is the Tweetup info:Hilton Americas, Level Four, Room 430 (see the map)…
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  • Food Allergy Friendly? Mondelez Acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:36 pm
    News of Enjoy Life Food's acquisition by Mondelez spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter yesterday. Enjoy Life management placed phone calls to prominent food allergy advocates to personally inform them of the news and reassure them that trusted Enjoy Life Foods would not change its practices. Management even responded to individual tweets and posts on Facebook to assure continuity to their customers. They are a class act and always have been.Mondelez, the former parent company of Kraft Foods, is a world leader in snack foods, and manufactures popular snacks such as Oreos, Chips Ahoy,…
  • Peanut Allergy Survey for Student's Science Fair Project

    15 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Please help a young student with his science fair project by answering his 3 question survey about peanut allergy. Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/72ZG7MSThank you!
  • Food Allergens in Paper Towel?

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I just noticed a headline shared on Facebook by a few food allergy friends (Sharon W and Jody F), and I have to pass it on: "P&G to harness power of pecans, peanuts and scrap wood to make Charmin, Bounty." That's right, folks, Cincinnati Business Courier reports "Steam to run one of Procter & Gamble's largest paper manufacturing plants will soon be created by using peanut and pecan shells, treetops and mill waste such as sawdust."As the mother of a child with life threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, I have to wonder how that will affect the products. Will Charmin toilet paper…
  • Food Allergy Consumer Labeling Woes

    2 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    While labeling for the top 8 allergens has been an improvement for individuals managing food allergies in the United States, wouldn't it be so much better if food manufacturers were required to label ALL the ingredients in their food products? So many allergens can be hidden in "natural flavors", "fruit juices", or "spices". The recent cumin recalls really highlight this. Cumin and paprika--both in the recent recalls--are not required to be labeled by name on packaging in the United States. There is, consequently, no way to really know if a product contains cumin or paprika, or if it contains…
  • 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…
 
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  • Email Marketing 101, Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 3

    Phil Hollows
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    How to Start with Email Marketing Honestly: Don’t over think it. Sending blog updates by email is not only great, but also very much good enough – you’re saving your blog’s subscribers the time and effort to remember to go back to your site. Your content is already great, and now people have invited you to send it to them whenever you write. That’s what they want; so go ahead. Give it to them. Here’s how you get started: Choose a reputable, supported email service (because nobody wants to end up being labeled spammer, right? Right). Behave well, always (ALWAYS) use dual opt-in,…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 2

    Phil Hollows
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When to Start Email Marketing In the previous Email Marketing 101 post, I talked about why email marketing is vital. Today I’ll talk about when - when to start your email marketing efforts. Good news! It’s a one word answer: Now. No, I’m serious. Don’t delay because “I’m not big enough” or “I don’t have enough traffic.” You simply don’t know when and which subscriber will be the one that buys from you, spreads the word about you, or invests in you. Look at it this way. As you start out, you’re building pages; thinking about SEO; looking at analytics. You’re…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 1

    Phil Hollows
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Why Email When you think about building your site for the first time, you’re probably also thinking about your Facebook presence. After all, that’s where the people are, right? OK, that makes sense at a superficial level. But there are two problems with emphasizing platforms like Facebook instead of your own site and your own list: Facebook owns Facebook. Building your online presence on someone else’s digital turf which they adjust to please themselves (and not you) is risky. Facebook stinks for engagement. “Stinks” – a bit strong, you say? Well, according to…
  • Superbowl XLIX: On Luck, Preparedness and Execution

    Phil Hollows
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    [Bear with me -- this isn't a sports piece] Wow – that was quite the game. As a Patriots fan living in New England I was very, very vested in the outcome, and I’m obviously happy with the result. But it was a darned close call. As those last few plays unfolded, there was the amazingly lucky catch that put the Seahawks at 1st and 6. Then, out of nowhere, New England got “lucky” twice: Firstly, when Seattle tried an unnecessarily high risk play just to waste time, and secondly when the rookie intercepted the ball, effectively securing victory for New England. Three…
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  • Allergy Testing, Immunotherapy Boost Medical Practice and its Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Allergy immunotherapy has helped the patients and the practice of Dr. Stephen Sisselman, of Sisselman Medical Group in New York. This post, from guest blogger Dr. Stephen Sisselman, looks at allergy testing and treatment from the general practitioner’s point of view.  Sara V is a patient I’ve known for a long time. She comes in every few months with assorted respiratory complaints including runny nose, cough, congestion and excessive mucus production. I typically tell her she has rhinitis and that antibiotics are ineffective. Nevertheless, she usually requests an antibiotic.
  • Allergy Drops Save Childhood for Arizona Boy

    AllerVision LLC
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Before taking allergy drops, Jackson’s allergies made life outdoors almost unbearable. In this post, our second in a series on allergies from the patient’s point of view, the mother of a boy with extensive allergies to the the outdoors recounts her son’s difficulties — and relief.  Our son Jackson began showing the signs of allergies when he was almost three years old. If he would play outside in grass, climb trees or play with a dog or cat, within a few minutes, he would begin to show signs. His eyes would get puffy, his nose would clog and the rest of the day he…
  • Groundhog Day is Excellent Time to Start Allergy Immunotherapy

    AllerVision LLC
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whether Groundhog Day reveals that spring is here or not, there’s not a moment to lose in preparing to fight spring allergies. By the time you read this, Punxsutawney Phil will be out of the hole and we’ll know what’s in store for the next six weeks. Whether he saw his shadow and scampered back to take cover for more Winter or stayed above ground to enjoy the start of Spring, there is no time like NOW to start sublingual immunotherapy! If spring starts in six weeks, you have time to build up your immunity to pollens that get in the way of enjoying beautiful spring days.
  • 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…
 
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  • Allergy Testing, Immunotherapy Boost Medical Practice and its Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Allergy immunotherapy has helped the patients and the practice of Dr. Stephen Sisselman, of Sisselman Medical Group in New York. This post, from guest blogger Dr. Stephen Sisselman, looks at allergy testing and treatment from the general practitioner’s point of view.  Sara V is a patient I’ve known for a long time. She comes in every few months with assorted respiratory complaints including runny nose, cough, congestion and excessive mucus production. I typically tell her she has rhinitis and that antibiotics are ineffective. Nevertheless, she usually requests an antibiotic.
  • Allergy Drops Save Childhood for Arizona Boy

    AllerVision LLC
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Before taking allergy drops, Jackson’s allergies made life outdoors almost unbearable. In this post, our second in a series on allergies from the patient’s point of view, the mother of a boy with extensive allergies to the the outdoors recounts her son’s difficulties — and relief.  Our son Jackson began showing the signs of allergies when he was almost three years old. If he would play outside in grass, climb trees or play with a dog or cat, within a few minutes, he would begin to show signs. His eyes would get puffy, his nose would clog and the rest of the day he…
  • Groundhog Day is Excellent Time to Start Allergy Immunotherapy

    AllerVision LLC
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whether Groundhog Day reveals that spring is here or not, there’s not a moment to lose in preparing to fight spring allergies. By the time you read this, Punxsutawney Phil will be out of the hole and we’ll know what’s in store for the next six weeks. Whether he saw his shadow and scampered back to take cover for more Winter or stayed above ground to enjoy the start of Spring, there is no time like NOW to start sublingual immunotherapy! If spring starts in six weeks, you have time to build up your immunity to pollens that get in the way of enjoying beautiful spring days.
  • 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…
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  • My One Year “Soyversary” Is Here!

    Alanna Waldrop
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    To kick off the celebration of my “soyversary,” I am publishing before and after photos and more about my story throughout the coming weeks. I have had food allergies for years, but the discovery of my soy allergy on February 23, 2014 changed my life in ways that are nothing short of a miracle. I want to publish photos and information so that you can also be encouraged in your food allergic journey. The photo comparison below is an important one for me, and both of these photos are from Cade’s Cove in Tennessee. The first photo is taken in March 2009, one year after my…
  • Travel Report: Pigeon Forge, TN

    Alanna Waldrop
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    My husband and I recently had the opportunity through my husband’s work to take a little winter vacation to Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN and also spend some time in Pigeon Forge. A year ago when I found out about my soy allergy, I honestly thought I would never be able to travel again, and especially not to somewhere like Pigeon Forge where there are very few grocery stores. Now, almost a year later, I am happy to report that we had a great time and a reaction-free vacation. There are a few things that made our trip a success. First, my packing included my sheets and towels washed in…
  • 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…
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