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  • Halloween candy allergies, what your kids can eat - KGUN 9

    ALLERGIES - Google News
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    KGUN 9Halloween candy allergies, what your kids can eatKGUN 9They found that some candies are safer than others for kids with food allergies. Safest of all? Fruit-flavored candies like Lifesavers and Skittles. Nut-allergic kids can still enjoy their Hershey bars. And if dairy is out , Twizzlers and airheads are
  • Emergency epinephrine used 38 times in Chicago public schools

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Chicago Public School (CPS) system used emergency epinephrine in 38 cases during the 2012-2013 school year and more than half of these cases were for first-time events.
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    Allergy News
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Plot: A couple of college students decide to sign up for pharmaceutical testing of a new allergy drug to make some extra cash for their spring break trip. They quickly discover their two week stay will not be as easy as they first believed and fight to save themselves from the grips of the facility.
  • Peanut in house dust linked to peanut allergy in children with skin gene mutation

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    A strong link between exposure to peanut protein in household dust during infancy and the development of peanut allergy in children genetically predisposed to a skin barrier defect has been discovered by researchers.
  • New front line in immigration crisis

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    "No queremos ir pa' Cuba!"
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    ALLERGIES - Google News

  • Halloween candy allergies, what your kids can eat - KGUN 9

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    KGUN 9Halloween candy allergies, what your kids can eatKGUN 9They found that some candies are safer than others for kids with food allergies. Safest of all? Fruit-flavored candies like Lifesavers and Skittles. Nut-allergic kids can still enjoy their Hershey bars. And if dairy is out , Twizzlers and airheads are
  • Government says Gerber made false claim that Good Start Gentle formula can ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Government says Gerber made false claim that Good Start Gentle formula can Minneapolis Star TribuneWASHINGTON — Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children. In a complaint filed Thursday in federal court, the Federal Trade Commission ...
  • New spa trend: Salt therapy claims to relieve symptoms of allergies, asthma ... - San Jose Mercury News

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    San Jose Mercury NewsNew spa trend: Salt therapy claims to relieve symptoms of allergies, asthma San Jose Mercury News"For my first tour of the spa, I walked in, and right away I could taste it in my mouth. It was on my tongue in an invigorating way," Costa said. "About two weeks after I started coming here I was having terrible allergies, a real bad headache. At the
  • The Worst Fall Allergy Cities of 2014 - The Weather Channel

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    The Weather ChannelThe Worst Fall Allergy Cities of 2014The Weather ChannelSeasonal allergies are everywhere, though some places are harder to live than others. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identified the most challenging places to live with fall allergies in 2014. Click through to see how your city ranks.Oklahoma City named third-worst city for fall allergiesKOCO Oklahoma CityHere's Looking "Achoo," AmericaPR Newswire (press release)all 4 news articles »
  • Teal pumpkins signal a treat for kids with food allergies - austin360 (blog)

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    austin360 (blog)Teal pumpkins signal a treat for kids with food allergiesaustin360 (blog)The idea of painting a pumpkin with teal paint as a symbol of a food allergy-friendly house started with a food allergy group in Tennessee, but once FARE started posting about it earlier this month, the concept took off, hitting parenting and food
 
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  • Bloodwork 2012 DVDRiP X264-TASTE

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Plot: A couple of college students decide to sign up for pharmaceutical testing of a new allergy drug to make some extra cash for their spring break trip. They quickly discover their two week stay will not be as easy as they first believed and fight to save themselves from the grips of the facility.
  • Top professor to speak at next allergy support meeting in Flixton

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    THE next meeting of the Manchester Allergy Support Group will take place between 7-8.30pm at St John's Church, Irlam Road, Flixton on Monday, November 3. Professor Papadopoulus will discuss the SMILE Milk Desensitisation Research Project with which he is involved. Admission free.
  • Families share trick-or-treating tips for children with food allergies

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    Ghouls and goblins may frighten many families this Halloween, but for Mindy Cucinella, her biggest fear may be in her child's Halloween bucket. That's because Cucinella's 9-year-old daughter Aria has a severe milk allergy Cucinella first discovered when Aria was only an infant.
  • Sick alert: App tells us where illnesses are spreading in Miami area

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    An app that takes an area's temperature and allows users to look at maps that show where all the maladies are spreading is telling us so. CEO Graham Dodge calls it "a Doppler radar for sickness."
  • Amazing-Solutions

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It cleans your laundry down to the microscopic level. Add 2 ounces to a laundry load and your clothing, towels, bed linen, pet beds & cushions, animal toys and other household laundry items come out truly clean ? because Mite-Nix Anti-Allergy Laundry Rinse destroys the millions of invisible dust and pet allergens that cling to them and cause allergy symptoms.
 
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    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily

  • Peanut in house dust linked to peanut allergy in children with skin gene mutation

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    A strong link between exposure to peanut protein in household dust during infancy and the development of peanut allergy in children genetically predisposed to a skin barrier defect has been discovered by researchers.
  • Emergency epinephrine used 38 times in Chicago Public School academic year

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    During the 2012-2013 school year, 38 Chicago Public School students and staff were given emergency medication for potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. The impact during the initiative's first year underscores the need for stocking undesignated epinephrine in schools across the country.
  • Pediatric allergology: Fresh milk keeps infections at bay

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Infants fed on fresh rather than UHT cow’s milk are less prone to infection, new research suggests. The authors recommend the use of alternative processing methods to preserve the protectants found in the natural product.
  • Key step in allergic reactions revealed

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    By studying the mode of action of the interleukin-33 protein, an alarmin for white blood cells, a team of researchers has been able to evidence truncated forms of the protein that act as potent activators of the cells responsible for triggering allergic reactions. This breakthrough in the understanding of the mechanisms underlying allergy could have important applications in the treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases such as eczema and allergic rhinitis.
  • Unusual skin cancer linked to chronic allergy from metal orthopedic implant

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer.
 
 
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  • Oskar Humidifier Now in Technicolor!

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    So maybe they're not quite as colorful as technicolor, but you do now have a wider selection when it comes to choosing the Oskar top-fill humidifier that is right for your home. Last season, the Oskar humidifiers quickly took their place as some of the most popular humidifiers we offer. From a unique modern design and quiet operation to an easy, top-fill feature and the ability to use nearly any type of water, it's fairly easy to see why the Oskars have been a strong choice amongst those looking to restore moisture and comfort to their homes during the cooler, drier fall and winter…
  • Allerdent - A New Alternative to Immunotherapy

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    While immunotherapy is the most effective method for allergy management, it's more difficult to make it as much of a habit as say, brushing your teeth.... until now? You soon may be able to do just that immunotherapy WHILE brushing your teeth! Allergy patients at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City are currently brushing with Allerdent, a specially formulated immunotherapy toothpaste delevoped by Dr. William Reisacher and Allovate, LLC. Allovate, LLC. is a start up pharmaceutical company, specializing in innovative and improved approaches to allergy immunotherapy. Using…
  • Medical Clowns for Allergies? Helpful or Just Creepy?

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    After watching the second episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, I found a study in this month's Allergy Journal about using "medical clowns" to help entertain and distract children while receiving skin prick tests (SPT) and allergy shots. With Halloween nearly upon us, this blog could not have provided a more opportune time to discuss the fear that clowns instill into both children and adults. Before I get to this though, let's take a look at the study.The Sackler School of Medicine of Tel-Aviv University and the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit, Meir Hospital, Kfar-Saba…
  • Trick or Treat! Two New Humidifiers by Pure Guardian

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    While the leaves have yet to turn here in Atlanta, it is certainly feeling like fall. Mornings in the 50's, cool breezes at night, and longer stretches with nothing but cool, dry air are all good indicators that summer is officially in the books (not to mention the Halloween decorations popping up). Not only can you expect trick-or-treaters to be show up on your doorstep in the hopes of making the local dentist a very happy man, but all this cooler, dry weather can bring out more than a few ghosts and goblins. Even though a Pure Guardian humidifier doesn't come with candy to appease…
  • Ebola in OH - A Common Sense Perspective

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    I've avoided writing about this topic for about as long as possible, but with my entire family being in Ohio, two nurses in the family, and the recent revelation about a second Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola a day after visiting family in Akron, OH, it seems like a good time to finally broach the topic. This isn't to say we've not had our share of call from people concerned with Ebola, because as the days have ticked by the frequency of calls has steadily climbed. So I wanted to go over a few things about Ebola, how it spreads, and touch on some things in terms of…
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    Avoiding Milk Blog

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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    Milk Allergy Mom

  • Dairy-Free, Corn-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Vitamin D Supplement for Babies & Kids

    Jamie Kaufmann
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We get asked a lot about supplements for milk allergy.  Not only do parents wonder if they need to supplement, but they wonder what brands are allergy-safe!  What a conundrum.  My boys drink unsweetened almond milk with 50% more calcium than milk.  So I've been adding a Vitamin D drop to it.  My chiro friend tells me that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption.  Carlson is the brand we use, and they have Vitamin D for both babies and kids.  The drops are tasteless and easy to use.  Here are the links to Amazon, where I get ours.
  • e-cloth Kitchen Pack Sale ~ Compare to Norwex Scrubby Corner Cloth

    Jamie Kaufmann
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    More great e-cloth news this week!  We have some of the UK Kitchen Packs priced at half off!  (Did you know e-cloth has been the #1 microfiber in the UK for nearly 20 years?!)You get the scrubby corner cloth and the polishing cloth together for $7.49.  And remember, it's free shipping on any size order within the U.S.  :)  The scrubby corner is great for crusty messes on your counters and stove top.  It's non-scratch and safe for surfaces.    And the most flattering thing?  Norwex came out with their scrubby corner cloth after e-cloth.  That…
  • Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven 43% Off on Amazon!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Food allergy moms, you deserve this beauty.  We spend too much time in the kitchen to not have heavy duty tools.  And pretty doesn't hurt, either!  Can I get an "amen"?!This is the Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven 3-Quart.  On Amazon right now, in Caribbean Blue, you can get it for just over $40 with free shipping...it's 43% off! I did a lot of research a couple years back and got rid of all of my metal pots and pans.  I went to enameled cast iron and raw cast iron.  We absolutely love cooking with these, and I don't know how I lived without them…
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Popcorn "Nachos"

    Jamie Kaufmann
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    11/04/13The boys and I are loving our Chocolate Popcorn so well, that we are advancing it into even more "complex" creations. Here we made individual plates of "Popcorn Nachos"...not sure why we called it this.  But let's go with it. We added safe candy corn and peanuts to our latest concoction, but that may not be allergy-friendly for some of you.  Feel free to add whatever works for you...perhaps coconut shreds, chocolate chunks, almonds, raisins, etc. I used to love eating peanuts and candy corn together as a "faux Payday" candy bar.  But with adding the popcorn, it…
  • Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free Protein Powder ~ Sunwarrior

    Jamie Kaufmann
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
           When doing P90X with Jeff, I was struggling with the protein shake part of the diet.  Whey powders gave me stomach cramps, and I especially didn't like the milk powders flying all over our kitchen with Miles's allergy.We ended up finding Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein, Chocolate 2.2 lbs, and I really like it! IngredientsProprietary Protein Blend (Raw Organic Pea Protein, Raw Cranberry Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Seed Protein), Organic Dutch Cacoa, Organic Chocolate Extract , Organic Vanilla Extract, Stevia, Natural Cherry Extract, Medium Chain…
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • Day 30: Lighting

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    (This post is part of the 31 Day Writing Challenge.  For previous posts click HERE) I love natural light and during the day, I try to let in as much as possible.  But there is a thing such as "mood lighting".  And when the mood I want to create is peaceful, there are things that I can with lighting to help that along. 1.  Candle light:  Everything looks more peaceful with candles lit.  It's
  • Day 29: Decor

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    (This post is part of the 31 Day Writing Challenge.  For previous posts click HERE) To me, this flies in the face of the decluttering.  But the kids love it. For us, we like to change our seasonal decor.  I have both indoor and outdoor decor that gets switched around with the seasons.  Halloween and Christmas are BIG decorating seasons in our home and both my older boys love to help
  • Day 28 - Comforting Scents

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    (This post is part of the 31 Day Writing Challenge.  For previous posts click HERE) I like candles.  I always have.  I found scented candles in college (circa 1991) and never looked back.  I don't have oodles of candles or every scent.  I have a couple of candles and I use them until they're gone, then I replace. I had one candle that I purchased from a local shop and it was my favorite.  It's
  • Menu Plan Monday 10-27-14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Is it Monday again?  Well not only is it Monday, but it's the last week of October.  The boys are excited for Trick or Treating this Friday. Menu Plan: Friday  - Pizza because Older Boy had some friends over before the Jr High Dance.  I made the  Middle Man's safe pizza. Here they are all costumed up.  Older Boy is the one in the purple morph suit. Saturday:  Grilled Flank Steak,
  • Day 27: Peaceful Sounds

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    (This post is part of the 31 Day Writing Challenge.  For previous posts click HERE) When all 3 boys are home, the house is usually filled with the sounds of chaos.  And that's not necessarily a bad thing.  But sometimes it can seem overwhelming. To quiet things down, I like to shut down the noise of the TV and put on some low background music.  The boys like it too.  Or at least they say they
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  • Recipe: Sandwich Cookies, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Finished sandwich cookie of goodnessSo I got it into my head that I wanted to make an Allergic Girl friendly Whoopie Pie for my birthday. I don’t think I’ve ever had a whoopie pie growing up (my mom’s confirms, we didn’t have them in the house); moon pies at camp yes, with marshmallow filling and graham cracker, enrobed in chocolate, but whoopie pie, nope. The last few years I (or Brooklyn Allergy Mom) made safe for me birthday cake that was chocolate cake with white icing, which is my favorite flavor combo. I use King Arthur Gluten-free Chocolate…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Interview with Tarah Jakubiak, Allergic Traveler

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I first met Tarah at a FARE walk years ago when I was promoting my lifestyle guide  Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies (Wiley, 2011) (available online or at your local bookstore). Tarah is another adult with food allergies who has create a business that support people with food allergies living their best fullest lives- yay! Tarah created Allergic Traveler, food allergy chef cards in multiple languages that can be used for dining out as well for your child’s backpacks for when they are away from you or home. From the Allergic…
  • Speaking Event: Kids With Food Allergies, Sephora, Brooklyn, October 18, 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I'm thrilled to be speaking this SATURDAY, October 18 at 2pm EST Sephora Brooklyn at 210 Joralemon Street for Kids With Food Allergies about their new ACCESS KFA program.“ACCESS KFA is one of our most important initiatives,” said Heidi Bayer, an AAFA Board Member and long-time supporter of KFA. “ACCESS KFA aims to create new educational resources to reach vulnerable populations who are at risk for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Through printed materials and local outreach, ACCESS KFA seeks educate families raising children with food allergies. The goal…
  • Philly Cream Cheese, Pecans: Food Allergens

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I’ve been eating it since, well, as long as I can recall. Spread on bagels, on toast with jam or making a New York Style cheesecake. At some point, I switched to the Whipped, a lighter calorie version, which is also so much more spreadable. I love Whipped Philly!Recently, I saw this in stores.Pecan Philly Cream Cheese. I’m severely allergic, anaphylactic, to tree nuts, including pecans. So how would this new flavor affect me? Are they making these two cream cheeses in the same facility? Are the pecan real pecans or synthetic pecan flavoring? So many…
  • EpiPen4Schools Continues in 2014

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    From my colleagues at Mylan Specialty, marketers of EpiPen, epineprhine autoinjector:EpiPen4Schools.com program continues to offer four free EpiPen®  (epinephrine) or EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors to schools nationwide.* Schools can enroll in the program by visiting the recently updated EpiPen4Schools.com.The EpiPen4Schools.com program was created to improve access to epinephrine for any person who may experience anaphylaxis at school. With an estimated one in 13 children in the U.S. living with a food allergy, a common cause of anaphylaxis,…
 
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  • Iced Wannabe-Pumpkin Carrot Cookies

    Alisa Fleming
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    This blast from the past recipe was first shared with us from Janelle of Talk of Tomatoes. Janelle’s blog have morphed over the years, and truth be told that she isn’t a dairy-free diva. But I love what she creates, and many of her recipes, like these delicious carrot cookies, fit right into a milk-free […] The post Iced Wannabe-Pumpkin Carrot Cookies appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Amazing Grass Raw Reserve: Greens, Protein, and Probiotics

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Amazing Grass Raw Reserve is another case of quality trumping appeal. Does it taste healthy? Indeed. Is it worth it? Perhaps. Amazing Grass Raw Reserve looks to be a nutrition powerhouse. It has 14 grams of brown rice, hemp seed, quinoa, and pumpkin seed protein per serving. It has a flax and chia fiber blend, […] The post Amazing Grass Raw Reserve: Greens, Protein, and Probiotics appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Coconut Grove Organic Coconut Milk Yogurt

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    When perusing the dairy-free section at Whole Foods, an unfamiliar product caught my eye: Coconut Grove Cultured Coconut Milk. This yogurt subtly slipped into the growing selection of dairy alternatives, but I wasn’t going to pass it by. The fair price and ingredients of Coconut Grove yogurt make it a standout. I don’t typically like […] The post Coconut Grove Organic Coconut Milk Yogurt appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Cocoa Canard Spooning Chocolate: Gourmet Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

    Alisa Fleming
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Imagine fine dark chocolate wafers tempered to melt with ease into a rich mug of true hot chocolate. Enter Cocoa Canard Spooning Chocolate. As the temperatures turn downward, and the holiday season kicks in, I thought it would be fun to feature some luxurious dairy-free foods that offer warmth and double as great gifts. Cocoa […] The post Cocoa Canard Spooning Chocolate: Gourmet Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Vanilla Chia Pudding with Fresh Exotic Fruit

    Alisa Fleming
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I won a “Freaky Fruits” giveaway from Melissa’s Produce on Google+. The bounty they sent was so gorgeous that I had to create a sweet, healthy recipe to accompany the vibrant fruit. And thus, this breakfast-worthy, dairy-free vanilla chia pudding recipe was born. I was actually a bit leery of using […] The post Vanilla Chia Pudding with Fresh Exotic Fruit appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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    The Nut-Free Mom Blog

  • Halloween, Holidays and Nut Allergies: What's In Your Food?

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

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

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

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

    2 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    For years, I've heard about how nut allergy-friendly Disney World in Orlando, FL is and I can now say that I know it to be true firsthand. A couple of weeks ago my family finally went to Disney and while it was just a fun time overall, the approach to food allergies it what made the experience even more special for my entire family.I know that summer is winding to a close, but for any of you contemplating visiting Disney World in the future, I thought I had to share this summer vacation story. Disney World does their best to help and accommodate guests with food allergies. Even better, they…
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  • Monoclonal antibody (AMG 157) against a new target in asthma, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    What is TSLP?Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) is an epithelial-cell–derived cytokine that may be important in allergic inflammation. TSLP, which was discovered as a growth factor for lymphocyte progenitors, is a protein released from epithelial cells in response to irritating stimuli. It initiates signaling pathways leading to inflammation driven by type 2 helper T (Th2) cells. What is the immunology basis for TSLP effects?Cytokine receptors include the following types:- Type I (hematopoietin receptors - IL-3 and Epo)- Type II- IL-1 family receptors - they share Toll-like/IL-1 receptor…
  • Vitamin D 50,000 IU per week together with ICS or ICS/LABA improved FEV1 in asthma after 6 months

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This randomized trial included 130 patients with asthma aged 10 to 50 years from Iran during a 6-month period. Vitamin D was measured before, and 4 and 6 months after the intervention. Patients were divided in 2 groups randomly. Both groups received asthma controllers (budesonide or budesonide plus formoterol) according to their stage. The intervention group received vitamin D supplementation (100,000-U bolus intramuscularly plus 50,000 U orally weekly). FEV1 was significantly better in the intervention group after 6 months. The authors concluded that vitamin D supplementation associated with…
  • Only 15% of YouTube videos for asthma education discussed all steps of correct inhaler use

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) (albuterol, Xopenex, Flovent, Symbicort, Dulera, Alvesco, Qvar) - CDC video:Only 15% of YouTube videos for asthma education discussed all steps of correct inhaler use http://buff.ly/1CrFusv - Our #WISC14 abstract. Are you going to the WAO International Scientific Conference 2014 (WISC) 2014? Share your abstract below in the comments section. http://www.worldallergy.org/wisc2014/The full WISC program is available online. It would be great to see you during any of the sessions I will participate in - see the list here: http://buff.ly/1CrGCMHAlso, I will…
  • Should all patients with asthma get the pneumococcal vaccine?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Should all patients with asthma get the pneumococcal vaccine? The simple answer is yes, unless there are contraindications. The explanation is below. The CDC considers asthmatics at increased risk of pneumococcal disease and therefore have suggested that all asthmatics ages 19 to 64 receive pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23). The Pneumovax 23 package insert states that anyone who is at “increased risk” receive the vaccine. CDC recommendation is based upon a study that showed that asthmatics are at increased risk. CDC website states that asthmatics ages 19 to 64 receive the vaccine. What…
  • Top Asthma Articles for October 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma published recently:What is the best spacer? AeroChamber, toilet paper roll (?!), paper towel roll, rolled paper, plastic bottle spacer, bottle-holding chamber, nebulizer reservoir tubing? Paper towel roll was the best in this study: http://buff.ly/1jtRHCp Infant wheeze: Among children with 3-4 risk factors, 38% had asthma at school age http://buff.ly/1eHUs2qStudy: job strain is probably not an important risk factor for severe asthma exacerbations http://buff.ly/1eHVafVSevere refractory asthma: 2013 update in ERS (free full…
 
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  • Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats from A&J Bakery

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Recently, we were the happy recipients of a package of food allergy friendly Halloween treats from A&J Bakery. A big thank you goes from my sons and I to A&J!!!There were spooky ghost purple sugar cookies and scrumptious big iced pumpkin sugar cookies--all free of the top 8 allergens!--, lots of candy corn free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, and gluten (they do contain soy and egg), and delicious biscotti (their specialty item). I have learned over the years that treats from A&J don't last very long in our house. It is such a treat to get freshly baked food allergy safe…
  • Food Allergy Consumer Alert: Halloween Candy

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Each year, I find more and more food allergy safe options for my son. We've never missed trick-or-treating due to his food allergies, even though he does not eat any of the candy he gets while trick-or-treating. He is very happy to eat the safe candy I've got ready and waiting at home, and we have so much fun every year. As you consider your Halloween candy purchases (candy corn, marshmallow cremes, etc) and plans, I wanted to share some concerning information with you.  Over the last few years, I have noticed more and more food allergy families mentioning in online forums that they…
  • Food Allergy Consumer Product Review: No-Nut Butter

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

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

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

    Ruth LovettSmith
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Try this egg apple cider doughnut recipe for a great fall treat. It's delicious and super easy. Did I mention it's egg free?
  • Corn Syrup Substitutes

    Ruth LovettSmith
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    If you are dealing with a corn allergy, you may be looking for corn syrup substitutes for baking. Following are some tips on how to replace the corn syrup in any recipe.
  • Top 10 Tips for Allergy Safe Trick or Treating

    Ruth LovettSmith
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Halloween is fast approaching and is one of those holidays that makes many a food allergic parent more than nervous. I've compiled a list of tips to help you enjoy a safe evening - worry free.
  • Peanut Free Candy Corn – Egg Free Candy Corn Recipe

    Ruth LovettSmith
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Each and every year the search is on for many food allergy sufferers for peanut free candy corn and/or egg free candy corn. Some brands are made in a peanut free facility but contain egg, some brands do not contain egg but are made on shared equipment with nuts, and many brands do not declare ...
  • Peanut Oil and Tree Nut Oil in Skin Care Products

    Ruth LovettSmith
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you are dealing with a peanut allergy or a tree nut allergy, you may be wondering if skin care products containing peanut oil or nut oils are safe.
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  • Nut Free Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars

    Onespot Allergy
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I went through my recipe binder tonight and came across a recipe for SunButter/Trail Mix Granola Balls from The Nut-Free Mom Blog. Written by Jenny Kales, it’s an excellent site to check out, if you’re curious. Homemade nut free chewy bars I modified the recipe slightly by pouring the finished product onto a parchment covered cookie tray and flattening it out into roughly a rectangle. Once it cooled off, I cut it into bars. I’m excited to have made my own homemade chewy bars. The recipe via The Nut-Free Mom Blog is: 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup SunButter (I used 4 On-The-Go packs)…
  • Food Allergies Presentation Ideal For Use In Schools

    Onespot Allergy
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sanofi Canada, makers of Allerject™ the epinephrine auto-injector, provided me with this excellent infographic titled “Today’s Lesson: Food Allergies.” It was created for a general awareness campaign on anaphylaxis and provides an excellent guide that illustrates how to identify anaphylaxis and what to do in case of an emergency situation caused by food allergies. I’m very pleased to see that it follows the same anaphylaxis first aid steps contained in the online anaphylaxis first aid course I created with Mark Dr. Greenwald at www.EpiPenTraining.com. I’m…
  • 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…
 
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  • Treating Your Asthma Patients Using NIH guidelines

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

    AllerVision LLC
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Asthma is often triggered by allergies. Determining the allergy source, with a skin test, can help patients avoid extensive treatment. This time of year brings changing weather and an uptick of respiratory viruses. For most physician offices, asthma visits rise with these trends. The diagnosis of asthma is often not the hard part; patients short of breath with coughing and wheezing make for a simple diagnosis. Other patients come in with the elusive and often undiagnosed cough, and a quick run of the spirometry can provide the answer. But navigating the art of managing and charting your…
  • Acute vs. Chronic Urticaria: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

    AllerVision LLC
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Asthma is often triggered by allergies. Determining the allergy source, with a skin test, can help patients avoid extensive treatment. This time of year brings changing weather and an uptick of respiratory viruses. For most physician offices, asthma visits rise with these trends. The diagnosis of asthma is often not the hard part; patients short of breath with coughing and wheezing make for a simple diagnosis. Other patients come in with the elusive and often undiagnosed cough, and a quick run of the spirometry can provide the answer. But navigating the art of managing and charting your…
  • Acute vs. Chronic Urticaria: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

    Alanna Waldrop
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    It’s Fall again, and I love to use the slow cooker in cooler months. I can make meals in bulk that freeze well for days when I am too busy to cook. I usually cook an whole container of brown rice and freeze in 1 cup servings for later use as well. As always, read your labels carefully as they can change at any time, and note that some folks report issues with eating chickens that have been fed soy. Many people swear by browning your meat before placing it in the crock pot, but I think that defeats the purpose of a quick and easy meal with little clean-up. Also, make sure that once you…
  • Review: Tasterie Mail-Order Allergy Friendly Treats

    Alanna Waldrop
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    If you have been anywhere on the web, you have seen advertisements for mail order companies that will send you a box of gourmet foods each month directly to your home. While they look delicious and seem tempting, anyone with food allergies knows that there could be lots of potential problems with a subscription to one of these services. Not only do most of them not offer allergy-friendly options, but you do not have much control over what is sent to you each month. About four months ago, I found Tasterie, a company founded by a pediatrician mom of a child with food allergies. There are a few…
  • Soy Free Halloween Candy

    Alanna Waldrop
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    My first blog on candy was at Easter, and you can read more about that candy list by click here. Since then, I have become much pickier about what I eat and have had several instances where companies were not as transparent about their ingredients as they should have been. As always, keep in mind that everyone is different in their reactions to the same product, and product ingredients can change at any time. Surf Sweets Surf Sweets declares on their website that they are soy free and also free of several other allergens which they list on their website. They make gummies, jelly beans, sour…
  • The Next Chapter: AllerCoach Training

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

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