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  • Early-life shifts in gut microbes can increase susceptibility to inflammatory lung disease

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Allergy researchers at The University of British Columbia (UBC) have found that antibiotic use in early life alters gut bacteria and enhances future susceptibility to inflammatory lung disease.
  • Pollen time spurs advice for allergy sufferers

    Allergy News
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    As the fine yellow mist that marks the annual pine pollen season descends on parked cars and gutters, health officials are advising allergy sufferers to arm themselves with treatments and preventives.
  • Food allergies more widespread among inner-city children

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

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Official arrest logs show most of the people arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, protests were from St. Louis area. Half were charged with failure to disperse.
  • FDA approves Arnuity Ellipta for asthma

    Allergies News
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    … with asthma in the United States today. The causes of asthma are … for asthma. The drug acts as an anti-inflammatory to block the allergic response to allergens. The approved doses of …
 
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  • Food allergies more widespread among inner-city children

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


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

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    New research in Europe indicates that avoidable indirect costs per patient insufficiently treated for allergy equal 2,405.00 Euros per year due to absence from work and reduced working capacity. On the other hand, appropriate therapy is available at an average cost of 125 Euros per patient annually, which represents only 5 percent of the cost of untreated disease.
  • New guidelines help keep asthma out of 'yellow zone'

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    New guidelines to assist patients in recognizing and treating acute loss of asthma control. They apply to the home setting only; not providers' offices, emergency departments or hospital settings.
  • Keep calm moms: Maternal stress during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in offspring

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    During pregnancy, many women make a concerted effort to keep stress levels low -- and for good reason. Maternal stress has been linked to a number of negative outcomes for women and their infants, including developmental and behavioral problems. Now, it has been linked to the development of asthma. Researchers found that a single bout of stress during pregnancy can affect allergy and asthma susceptibility in neonates.
 
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  • What Ferguson arrest logs show

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Official arrest logs show most of the people arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, protests were from St. Louis area. Half were charged with failure to disperse.
  • Good neighbors are good for your heart

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body.
  • Do you know your movie quotes?

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Screenwriter William Goldman has written some of the most famous lines in movie history.
  • Chinese fighter jet

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A Chinese fighter jet made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy plane this week -- coming as close as 20 feet at one point -- in what the White House called a "deeply concerning provocation."
  • Americans held

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
 
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    Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

  • Shellfish (shrimp) Allergy Alert: Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Nestlé Prepared Foods Company Announces Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall Of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce Recall Due to Package Mislabeling   Contact: Consumer: 1-800-392-4057 Media: Roz O’Hearn,...
  • Study Reveals High Food Allergy Risks Among Inner-City Kids

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    According to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, children who live in inner-city areas are more susceptible to food allergies. Results of the study are published in the  Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ....
  • High Prevalence of Peanut Allergy in US School-Age Children

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    In a Letter to the Editor recently published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), researchers report and compare prevalence estimates of childhood peanut allergy according to varying criteria among 7-10 year-old children...
  • The New Rules for Food Allergies

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Nut-free schools. Treatless birthday bashes. Restaurant menus with asterisks. As food-allergy rates have soared, the way we feed all kids looks a lot different than it did even a few years ago. Kids With Food Allergies Vice President Lynda Mitchell...
  • Woman Says Peanut Allergy Cost Her Hospital Job Offer

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A Boston woman who thought she would be starting her new job at a hospital claims the job offer was rescinded at the last minute because of her peanut allergy. She was stunned when they told her that they cannot provide a safe work environment.  ...
 
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  • Allergy-Free Nuts? Maybe Not As Far Off As You Think

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    With the fall festival season right around the corner, it's time to hustle on getting your costumes and outdoor necessities together!For years AchooAllergy's marked the start of this time of year with an annual sale for your outdoor necessities, like masks, sunscreen, blankets, and more. From large outdoor concerts to state and county fairs or just hanging out with 50,000 of your closest friends in the Nevada desert, fall events occur throughout the U.S., and in different locales, there are a variety of things to plan for. From sunscreen and blankets to masks that can filter out wood…
  • Allergy-Free R & R

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    As the travel and hospitality industries grow to meet the needs of a more and more diverse clientele, you might notice how they are becoming more accommodating to travelers with allergies and chemical sensitivities. Earlier I wrote a blog about Swiss Airlines creating a plane just for individuals with allergies and MCS. Now allergy relief can be found at a variety of hotels, most recently Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, who have teamed up with PURE to create allergy friendly hotel rooms, in the hopes of making travel easier for everyone.Using a seven step purification process called the Pure…
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  • 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, who wanted to shake hands. I…
  • No No's Are Here

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

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    News From No Biggie Bunch50 States - 500 Libraries Already making a difference! The No Biggie Bunch is on a mission to put bundles of books in 500 US public libraries across the nation. Thanks to tremendous support in our first week, over 175 libraries are already slated to receive books. 325 to go, and we're committed to reaching our goal! Anything you can do to spread the word or contribute to 50 States-500 Libraries will help put these food allergy resources for kids in libraries across the nation, reaching the little hands that need them most. Each state in the US is at a different level…
  • Schools Carrying Medications

    12 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Schools are sometimes required, sometimes choose to have additional epipens available in the office. These additional Epipens/ Auvi-Q/ Allerject injectors serve as back up supplies for diagnosed allergic students, as well as for the event a student/ staff member has a first time reaction at school. Schools are now dealing with how to store these. In my opinion the supplies should be stored in a unlocked, visible storage unit that is easily recoginized for what it contains. Here are some suppliers of such containers, I predict this is a growing market. Allergy Emergency Kit EpiNOW Allergy…
  • Avoiding Milk Protein 2013 Top Pages

    20 Jan 2014 | 8:02 am
    Avoiding Milk Blog and Chemurgy and Allergens Blog are off shoots from my site Avoiding Milk Protein. My toppages visied at Avoiding Milk Protein.com for 2013 are:List of Nut Free Foods A-LCarrying Containers for Auto-Injectors and Other Allergy Meds Includes asthma pouches as well as both Auvi-Q/Allerject. Containers for backup injectors for schools/ public spacesNut Free Bakeshops, Restaurants and Other Eating EstablishmentsCanada, USA and some international locationsAllergy Safe CandyDairy, Nut, gluten and egg free candyDairy Free ChocolateRestaurants and Allergy Information…
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  • Great Product for Eczema!

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

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

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

    Joanne LaSpina
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The commercialized aspect of Easter revolves around chocolate and bunnies (made of chocolate) and eggs (hard-boiled or made of chocolate and filled with peanut butter) and marshmallow chicks (that now carry an allergen label warning of possible contact with dairy). This time of year can be a minefield of mishaps and misunderstandings when food allergies are involved- especially for young children. Here are a few of my favorites ways to celebrate the treat part of this holiday:Easter Bunny CakeChocolate MoldsPlastic eggs with toys and money inside.Happy Easter!
  • Six Food Allergy Happenings You May Have Missed Over the Holidays

    Joanne LaSpina
    3 Jan 2014 | 1:54 pm
    New Year's EveSo, the decorating and present buying and singing of Auld Lang Syne is done. While you've been enjoying the holiday season with family and friends, here are a few items related to food allergies that you may have missed:Epi InjectorsThe date has been set for the 2nd Annual 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Start saving your frequent flier miles for a trip to Las Vegas Sept. 26-28.Mylan is extending their $0 copay for EpiPens through 2014. Go to Epipen.com for details.Sanofi is also extending their $0 copay program for Auvi-Q  through 2014. Go to their website for…
 
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  • Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

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

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

    Jamie Kaufmann
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Original Post:  Aug 10, 2009These make a great treat or breakfast, especially during zucchini season!  I am freezing some of these for the busy back-to-school season coming up!  This recipe was inspired by my Zucchini Bread Recipe.  Sometimes it's just more fun in a muffin, with chocolate chips and sugar sprinkles.  :)  DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINSOven 350Makes 121.5 c. all purpose flour (you can do a combination of white and wheat)1.5 tsp. baking powder1/4 tsp. baking soda1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tsp. sea salt1 egg or 1 flax egg…
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  • Please Come Join Me For A Food Allergy Webinar With Sanofi, AAFA, and Jerome Bettis

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Active Kids, Severe Allergies and a Million Places to Go - Tips to Help Families Stay Safe(Webinar hosted by Sanofi US and AAFA) I’m co-hosting a webinar with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Sanofi US and professional football icon Jerome Bettis on Wednesday, August 20 at 1:00 pm ET. Register to learn tips on how to help your child with severe allergies stay safe while
  • Tomorrow He Turns Two

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Unbelievable!  The Little Monkey turns two tomorrow.  How can that be?  Isn't he still a new born?? So what's he doing now: Talking:  He says new words and phrases every day.  I'm amazed at how his language has skyrocketed.  It makes it so much easier for him to communicate with us.  He can tell us what he wants and what he doesn't want.  He can also yell "POOPY" in church.  Yea, that part
  • Janeen Zumerling's Personal Page for 2014 FARE Walk - Cleveland

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    We walk on Sunday.  We've got our shirts and are excited to raise money for Food Allergies.  Help us find a cure! Janeen Zumerling's Personal Page for 2014 FARE Walk - Cleveland
  • A July 2014 Recap

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

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

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    7 years ago this month (on the 13th to be exact), I published my first post on this blog. B had been diagnosed about a year prior and I was lost.  So lost, in fact, that once I got my bearings, I started this blog so I could document our journey in the hopes that someone else's life would be made less scary, less sad, less anxious.It worked!  I'm happy to say that many of you have written to me to thank me for making them feel less alone, that they COULD manage this, and ultimately that they HAVE.  I call so many of you friends now - what a gift in return!That being said,…
  • 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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  • Book Review: Brassicas by Laura b. Russell

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

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

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

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

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

    Alisa Fleming
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who can’t use another fabulous side dish for labor day weekend? This fresh dill potato salad is made with a light but pungent vinaigrette of rice vinegar, mustard and tangy herbs. For speed, the spuds in this dill potato salad are microwaved, but if you prefer another cooking method, the slices can be boiled or steamed […]The post Fresh Cucumber and Dill Potato Salad appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Alisa Fleming
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    In honor of a big, nationwide one-day roasted chicken sale (U.S. and Canada), Whole Foods is sharing several wonderful end-of-summer and back-to-school recipes, including this one for tarragon chicken salad sandwiches. The roasted chickens at Whole Foods are humanely raised, from farms certified by the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating standards. They are […]The post Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Milk Allergy at School: Feature Now Online

    Alisa Fleming
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Back in April, I told you about an amazing cover story that I had the opportunity to work on for the Allergic Living Magazine Spring Issue. And in honor of the back to school season, it is now online! You can read the whole article here: Milk Allergy at School In this feature, we exposed the challenges, from societal […]The post Milk Allergy at School: Feature Now Online appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Frozen Chocolate Banana Monkey Pops

    Alisa Fleming
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Nutritious, delicious, and so fun to make, these chocolate banana delights will put a smile on your little monkey’s face! Plus, they are naturally dairy-free, optionally low in added sugars, and are pretty much “everyone-friendly”. To keep this chocolate banana treat on the healthy and allergen-free side, I use Pascha Chocolate Chips. They have three […]The post Frozen Chocolate Banana Monkey Pops appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars

    Alisa Fleming
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    In recent years, the line of Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars from So Delicious has rapidly expanded, all falling under their “Minis” label. Honestly, I think they are slighting themselves a bit with that title. Though I have seen a few comments from fans requesting “full-size” coconut milk ice cream bars, these frozen treats are far more […]The post So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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    The Nut-Free Mom Blog

  • Back-to-School with Nut Allergies: Nut-Free Foods & Resources

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Thank you to Healthline for naming The Nut-Free Mom blog as one of their top food allergy blogs of 2014! This is the third year my blog has received this award and I am extremely grateful to be recognized in this way. Thank you, Healthline!Click this link to see the other winners; you'll see some of your favorites and might even find some new ones. I'm definitely in good company. A big congrats to all of the winners!As nice as it is to receive an award, the most important thing to me is the way that blogging has allowed me to connect with other parents and even teen/adult nut allergy…
 
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    Allergy Notes

  • Hay fever - 1953 documentary film about allergic rhinitis by Wellcome Library

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

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

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler: Open-Mouth Technique.Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler: Closed-Mouth Technique.How to Use a Nebulizer.How to Use a Diskus.How to Use a Flexhaler.How to Use a Twisthaler.How to Use a HandiHaler.How to Use a Respimat.How to Use an Aerolizer.How to Use an Aerochamber® with Mask.How to Use an Autohaler.How to Use a Peak Flow Meter. Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Seasonal Allergy Symptoms (Watery Eyes, Sneezing, Fatigue) May Impair Driving Ability as Much as Drinking

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Allergy symptoms' effect on driving was comparable to having a blood-alcohol concentration nearing impaired levels, according a study published in July 2014 edition of Annals of Allergy and Immunology. Unfortunately, allergy medications weren't wholly effective at reducing the symptoms' effects.Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, has been linked to car accidents in previous studies. Impairment scores of patients with allergic rhinitis were comparable to driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.03%, just under the legal limit of 0.05% in most countries The U.S. limit is 0.08%.) Both the…
  • Climate change and respiratory diseases: what are the dangers and what to do about them?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here are some excerpts from The European Respiratory Review (ERR), an open access journal published quarterly by the European Respiratory Society (ERS):Climate change increases the amount of pollen and allergen produced by each plant, mold proliferation and the concentrations of outdoor ozone and particulate matter at ground level. The main diseases of concern are asthma, rhinosinusitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory tract infections. Chemical air pollutants and anthropogenic aerosols can alter the impact of allergenic pollen species via two mechanisms:-…
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  • Food Allergy Research at EMU: Please Participate in This Survey

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

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

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

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

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

  • Summer Travel Tips with Dr. Clifford Bassett

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

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

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

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

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

  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Allergy Alert: Undisclosed Ingredients In Rayne Clinical Nutrition

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cabbage & Mushroom Soup w/Gelatin (GF, DF, & SF)

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

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

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Picture, bleh. Salad, YUM! Seriously, I hadn’t been planning to share the salad recipe so I didn’t get a good picture of the ingredients prior to piling them all in a quart mason jar. But after taking a few bites, I changed my mind and decided it was a ‘must-share’! I recently discovered that if done right, a salad in a jar is a wonderful way to premake salads and be all ready at lunch time! For a mom with a little crawling man who needs constant attention, this is a lifesaver! I can prep the jars in the evenings after he is asleep and then when he’s eating his…
  • Recipe Repeat: “Crustless” Apple Pie from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    I love trying other bloggers recipes, but I will confess I rarely get around to it. With a baby and my primary job being ‘mom’, I usually will use all my precious cooking time for coming up with something new, so I have something worth sharing with you all! But I really really want to try some of these great recipes that I’ve been saving. So I will be trying others original recipes and sharing how they turned out for me! I may or may not use the exact ingredients though (one downfall of living 20 minutes from any sort of civilization… a quick trip to the grocery store…
  • Naturally Sweet Recipe Roundup – August Edition

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    As mentioned last week, Naturally Sweet Tuesday is changing from weekly to monthly. And this is our first month! Because of the change in structure, I’ve changed the name slightly as well, in hopes of preventing confusion. This linkup/blog carnival is now called Naturally Sweet Recipe Roundup! A few highlights: A favorite during our last roundup was from simply123allergyfree.com, who brought us a gluten and dairy free Refreshing Lemon Tart. Looks beautiful! Most recently I have shared a recipe for Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding, and that will be my first submission to this…
 
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    AllerVision Blog

  • The Late Summer Breezes Send Ragweed Pollen Flying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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