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  • Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac - How to Spot & Avoid the Itch

    Allergy Relief Blog
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    With the 4th of July upon us, for many people, it's time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. From time with family to extended vacations, millions of us will be heading outside and enjoying the local park, greenway and hiking trails. Spending time out and about isn't without some risk though. Aside keeping your pets free of ticks and you free of mosquitoes, one of the most common things you will come across outdoors is poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Here are some tips on how to spot these rash-inducing plants and avoid itching, swelling and annoyances they can cause.These…
  • Progress in allergic asthma research after ingestion of fruits

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Researchers at the UPM suggest that the interaction between two proteins can be the responsible for the allergic asthma episodes after eating an infected fruit.
  • New peanut allergy therapy now in KC

    Allergy News
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    JOHNSON CO., Kan. - A new peanut allergy treatment is now available in Kansas City for patients - a number which is on the rise .
  • Vaccine for dust-mite allergies created

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A vaccine for dust-mite allergies has been created, researchers report. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. "What is new about this is we have developed a vaccine against dust-mite allergens that hasn't been used before," says a corresponding author on the paper.
  • CNN freelancer abducted in Ukraine

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Armed pro-Russian separatists seized Anton Skiba when he returned to a Donetsk hotel.
 
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  • Vaccine for dust-mite allergies created

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A vaccine for dust-mite allergies has been created, researchers report. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. "What is new about this is we have developed a vaccine against dust-mite allergens that hasn't been used before," says a corresponding author on the paper.
  • Progress in allergic asthma research after ingestion of fruits

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    The interaction between two proteins can be the responsible for the allergic asthma episodes after eating an infected fruit, new research suggests. Alternaria alternata is a fungus that proliferates in fruit and vegetables crops and also when are collected and are on sale for the final consumer. A protein known as Alt a 1 and related to the virulence is found in the spores, this protein is described as the major allergen of this fungus. According to this research, this protein can be a major cause of childhood asthma in U.S.
  • Cause of mysterious food allergy found, new treatment strategy suggested

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A novel genetic and molecular pathway in the esophagus that causes eosinophillic esophagitis has been identified by researchers, opening up potential new therapeutic strategies for an enigmatic and hard-to-treat food allergy. The condition is triggered by allergic hypersensitivity to certain foods and an over-accumulation in the esophagus of white blood cells called eosinophils (part of the body's immune system).
  • Children on dairy farms run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies; Dairy farm exposure also beneficial during pregnancy

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Children who live on farms that produce milk run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies as other rural children. According to researchers, pregnant women may benefit from spending time on dairy farms to promote maturation of the fetal and neonatal immune system.
  • Wet wraps cut need for drugs in kids with eczema

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    One in five children in the US suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition known as eczema. To control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. Researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver evaluated an approach known as wet wrap therapy to help find simpler, safer treatment options. The therapy has never been used as a standardized treatment for children with eczema. Hopefully, that's about to change.
 
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  • CNN freelancer abducted in Ukraine

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Armed pro-Russian separatists seized Anton Skiba when he returned to a Donetsk hotel.
  • Photos: Crisis in Ukraine

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
  • Skiba was with CNN's Ivan Watson

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    A CNN freelance journalist was abducted in Ukraine and is being detained by rebel forces.
  • Flight carrying 116 bound for Algeria

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    An Air Algerie flight lost radar contact after takeoff from Burkina Faso. The incident highlights concern about aviation safety: In the last week, 298 people died when a flight was shot down over Ukraine and 48 died in a plane crash in Taiwan.
  • U.S. ends ban on flights to Israel

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv Wednesday night, a day-and-a-half after stopping all the flights citing security concerns.
 
 
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  • Important Facts about Cat Allergy

    admin2
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Cat allergy in humans can be described as an allergic reaction produced by one or more allergens of cat. As per medical literature there are 5 allergens of cat that causes this kind of allergy; among which major allergens are secretoglobin, lipocalin. Cats are most common pets among those people who are suffering from pet allergies. But you have to remember that the fur or the hair is not the real problem in this regard. People are allergic to the proteins found in the cat’s saliva, dander (dried flakes of cat’s skin) and urine as well. If you are allergenic you will have oversensitive…
  • Food Restrictions if you have Egg Allergy

    admin2
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    There are many people who suffer from egg allergy, which is a type of food allergy and hypersensitivity to egg whites or yolk. Many studies revealed that just after milk allergy, this is the second most prevalent type of food allergy faced by children. The first step towards prevention is diet restriction and you should definitely avoid eating egg as your immune system does not behave normally when you do so. The proteins in the egg does not suit your body and when your immunity system identifies the presence of egg protein within the body, it secrets hormones to fight off those proteins as…
  • Simple Tips to Exercise for Asthma Patients

    admin2
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Asthma is a respiratory disorder that is experienced by large number of people these days. One of the major issues faced by the people suffering from asthma is to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle which includes exercise as well. Exercise can lead to breath shortness, coughing, wheezing and other problems in asthma patients and thus while planning for any exercise regime you should consult your doctor. The below given tips will also help you to plan your exercise while suffering from asthma. Simple Tips to Exercise with Asthma Go for Warm-Up exercise Always warm up before starting any type…
  • Effective Tips for Using Nebulizer among Children

    admin2
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    It is often seen that the allergy symptoms among children do not only stop with watery eyes and stuffy nose. If children suffer from asthma, they will often be exposed to breathing problem, which is extremely difficult for them to go through. When this is the problem, the doctors usually prescribe for a kind of breathing machine, which is called as a nebulizer. Children usually experience problems while using the nebulizer. However, it is essential to follow some tips, which will help in using nebulizer effectively among children. Below mentioned are some tips that can be followed for the…
  • Symptoms and Treatment Options for Sulfite Allergy

    admin2
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Sulfites are known to be the sulfur-based compounds, which are mainly used as preservatives in food substances. This might cause some kind of reaction among a few people, which could further prove to be life threatening. Some food substances that consist of sulfite include jams, baked goods, pickled foods, canned vegetables, potato chips, vegetable juices, tea, apple cider etc. Sulfite allergies mainly affect asthma patients; but if consumed in large amounts it can even make a normal person sick. Sulfite allergy can occur if you eat foods or beverages that contain sulfite in great amounts; or…
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  • Reliable Steam Cleaners Sale & Free Upgrade

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Apparently Reliable thinks that this summer is the year you finally make the decision for a healthier home and a greener way to clean by purchasing a Reliable steam cleaner. As if the $100 discount on Reliable Enviromate premium steam cleaners wasn't enough incentive, they are now adding in their patented EMC2 system for free with Tandem and E40 steam cleaner models. Reliable manufacturers a wide range of steam cleaners, from the economical to some of the most versatile steam cleaners available. Steam cleaning is a relatively newer way to clean here in the U.S., but its benefits are hard…
  • Studies Reinforce Link Between Corticosteroids & Height

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Back in 2012, I highlighted a study that was presented at the European Respiratory Society conference that focused on the link between the use of common asthma treatments and a child's height. In this study, researchers examined the use of budesonide, a corticosteroid that is the active ingredient in Pulmicort, a commonly prescribed asthma medication. This morning, two new studies were released that further the correlation between lower growth velocity and the use of corticosteroids.Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed for persistent, moderate to severe asthma. Often inhaled, this type…
  • Aww Man... My iPad's Making Me Itch?

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    A recently published case report in the journal Pediatrics takes aim at some of our most commonly used devices as a potential source for skin problems. While it can be argued that a lot of us spend too much time with our faces and hands firmly affixed to laptops, tablet and smart devices, the case of an 11-year-old San Diego boy highlights the potential for allergic reactions to these same devices. How can my iPad make me itch? One word, nickel.Nickel allergies are not entirely uncommon, and for those who deal with them, jewelry, belts, and even piercings can cause allergic reactions. This…
  • Top Four Allergens Hiding in Your Wine

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    At the end of a stressful day, I like to go out on my porch with a glass of wine and enjoy the relative peace. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day pace of things and fail to set aside a little time to simply unwind or decompress. Recently, I came across an article that discussed the use "fining agents" that caused me to rethink my evening glass of wine.Eggs are used in wine production? All along I thought my glass of wine was made from grapes in a barrel sprinkled with some yeast. After doing some research, I discovered that not just eggs, but other fining agents are used to remove…
  • Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac - How to Spot & Avoid the Itch

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    With the 4th of July upon us, for many people, it's time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. From time with family to extended vacations, millions of us will be heading outside and enjoying the local park, greenway and hiking trails. Spending time out and about isn't without some risk though. Aside keeping your pets free of ticks and you free of mosquitoes, one of the most common things you will come across outdoors is poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Here are some tips on how to spot these rash-inducing plants and avoid itching, swelling and annoyances they can cause.These…
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    Milk Allergy Mom

  • Milk-Free Find ~ Tofutti Cuties Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Jamie Kaufmann
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This is not a recent find, but I just recently realized we don't have it pinned on our Pinterest page.  Tofutti ice cream sandwiches are one of our tried and true summer treats to have on stock.  They are soy-based. There are a few different flavors.  Grandma keeps these stocked, too...and that means a lot to Miles.  :)
  • e-cloth Bundle Sales & a Giveaway ~ Compare to Norwex and SAVE!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We are sponsoring a Classical Conversations home school event next week, and we put together this flyer for it.  These are our most popular sales going on right now.  Love bundles!  To celebrate 2K+ followers at our Milk Allergy Mom FB page, we are doing a giveaway! Comment ON THIS BLOG POST to tell us what bundle you would love to have. We will choose a winner from the comments...to win the Bathroom Bundle!One entry per person. Must be 18 years or older. Must live in the U.S. Must leave contact email in blog comment.  Contest ends Friday, July 25th at 11:59pm…
  • Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Milk Smoothie

    Jamie Kaufmann
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When we make whipped cream from canned coconut milk, we are always left with the runny part of the coconut milk.  I used to throw it out (gasp!), but now we have found a way to make good use of it! The coconut tastes great in a strawberry smoothie. I don't have an actual recipe for this, per se.  But it's more about just throwing in ingredients to taste.  We use the rest of the canned coconut milk (the watery stuff left after we skim the thick fat for whipped cream), strawberries, maybe some dairy-free milk added if we need to stretch the batch further, and some honey or maple…
  • New Spa Value Set by e-cloth ~ Save 22%!

    Jamie Kaufmann
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:44 pm
    e-cloth has announced several new Value Sets that will save you even more money on chemical-free cleaning!  Today I am going to highlight the Spa Value Set because what's more important to keep free from chemicals than our own skin?!  These products remove dirt, make-up, and dead skin so well and are washable and reusable unlike so many other beauty products.  That's green cleaning!  I use a little of my favorite organic cleanser with these products.  Although, I can definitely swipe away mascara residue with just water when using the Eye Cleaning Pad.  It's…
  • E-Cloth & Food Allergen Clean-Up ~ Sharing My Thoughts & Experience

    Jamie Kaufmann
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Original Post:  9-4-13I just read this quick blip about how anti-bacterial gels do NOT clean up food proteins (food allergy residue).  However, this article does say that wet wipes do help remove food residue.  FOOD PROTEIN CLEAN-UP NEEDS FRICTION & REMOVALThese statements make sense to me.  I talked to my doctor father-in-law recently about how food proteins cannot be "killed" like bacteria.  They need removed.  Wipes would help with friction and removal while gels would just smear proteins.  With this information, I am more encouraged to share how we…
 
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • 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
  • Menu Plan Monday 6/30/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Has June really flown by??  On to July and baseball, camps and family time. This weeks menu plan Friday:  Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup (slow cooker), homemade gf breadSaturday:  Hamburgers and fried red skin potatoesSunday:  Pasta sauce (left over from freezer), rigatoni and garlic bread (gf bread for Middle Man)Monday:  Orange Sriracha Chicken Legs, rice and
  • Menu Plan Monday 6/23/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    The first menu plan of the summer. Friday:  Tuna Salad Sammies and mixed vegetables (gluten free chicken fingers for Middle Man) Saturday:  The big guys ate at the Tribe game.  Little Monkey and mom had fast food (don't judge me) Sunday:  Roasted Chicken, gluten free corn bread, baked beans and salad Monday:  Hawaiian Grilled Pineapple Chicken over Carolina Plantation Rice Tuesday:  
  • Checking In

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    So far so busy here.  I didn't post my menu plan for this week but I did do one.  It's just that it's all gotten switched around due to schedule changes.  But it's all good.  And last night, I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer in time to thaw so I had to improvise.  We had a modified version of these nachos and Pioneer Woman Mexican Rice.  The kids thought it was the bomb and it was a
  • Meal Plan Monday 6/9/14 and The First Official Day Of Summer Break

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    Happy Summer Break!!  I'm so glad to have summer and less structured time begin.  I realize that I'm saying that on the first day and in two weeks I'll probably be wishing for school to start.  But for now anyway, I'm reveling in the summer break glow. This weeks menu plan has been a little fluid.  We had yard work to finish and surprise baseball games so things got moved a little bit.  But
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  • 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…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Eater.com, "How Restaurant Pros Are Handling the Surge of Food Allergies"

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:26 am
    Gluten-free, nut-free & fish-free pasta at MaialinoEater National published an excellent profile of how one restaurant in Austin, Texas called Odd Duck is striving to handle patrons dietary needs when it comes to severe life threatening food allergies, celiac disease and a host of other medical needs. They profile several restaurant groups and leaders in the field, including me! Have a read here.Thank you to Amy McKeever and Eater.com for this excellent job tackling a complex issue.***Want to know how I dine out safely and often?1. Check out my book: Allergic Girl:…
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  • Simply Chopped Snack Bars: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Just Like Homemade

    Alisa Fleming
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I love the fresh, homemade vibe of Simply Chopped snack bars. Each bite offers delicious date bar meets granola bar goodness. Though it looks like one bar, each package has two squares per pack and they are hefty! Though I can easily eat both, together they are a hearty 220-240 calories. Nonetheless, since Simply Chopped […]The post Simply Chopped Snack Bars: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Just Like Homemade appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Giddy Up and Go Granola: Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Good

    Alisa Fleming
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    I typically bake my own granola, but still find great pleasure in trialing out store-bought varieties, especially when they are as high-quality and delicious as Giddy Up and Go Granola. The sizable chunks in Giddy Up and Go Granola are made with a base of organic and gluten-free oats and corn flakes, which I actually […]The post Giddy Up and Go Granola: Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Good appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Applegate Giveaway: A Complete, Fun-Filled, Healthy Barbecue Package!

    Alisa Fleming
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    It’s time for a Wienervention! This Applegate giveaway is a barbecue in a box! It’s filled with organic and gluten-free foods, plus barbecue tools, picnic fun, and cute eco-friendly supplies. Just have a look! The Applegate Giveaway (pictured above) includes ALL of the following dairy-free goodies: 2 Full Packages Applegate Naturals Beef Hot Dogs 2 Packages […]The post Applegate Giveaway: A Complete, Fun-Filled, Healthy Barbecue Package! appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes: Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal Makers!

    Alisa Fleming
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Confession: In my teenage years I cooked up quite a few boxed meals. Not the cheesy and creamy ones, but I highly doubt they were healthy, nonetheless. I was responsible for most of my own meals at that age, but hadn’t yet learned to cook beyond boiling noodles. Though my cooking repertoire has since expanded […]The post Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Pasta and Sauce Mixes: Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal Makers! appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • LesserEvil Organic Snacks: All-Natural Kettle Corn to Healthy Chia Crisps

    Alisa Fleming
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The healthy look of many LesserEvil Snacks may frighten away plain Lay’s lovers, but those willing to take a chance on the brilliant green and red seasonings and the oft visible sprinkling of chia will be rewarded with some surprisingly delicious low calorie munchies. All LesserEvil snacks are organic and gluten-free, but they do have […]The post LesserEvil Organic Snacks: All-Natural Kettle Corn to Healthy Chia Crisps appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
 
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  • High daily temperatures worsen respiratory symptoms in children with asthma, decrease PEF

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An Australian national panel study of diurnal temperature range (DTR) and children's respiratory healthThis study examined effects of DTR on lung function and respiratory symptoms for school children with asthma in Australia. Increase in daily temperature induced a reduction in PEF and increased respiratory symptoms in children with asthma. The effects lasted for 3 days. References:An Australian national panel study of diurnal temperature range and children's respiratory health. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Volume 112, Issue 4, Pages 348–353.e8, April…
  • Metal hypersensitivity in total joint arthroplasty

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This literature review was published in Ann Allergy Asthma Immunology in 2014.Total joint arthroplasty procedures are increasing, as are the hypersensitivity reactions to these implants. We don't know if metal joint implants increase metal sensitivity or whether metal sensitivity leads to prosthesis failure. How to diagnose metal hypersensitivity in total joint arthroplasty ?Patch testing is still the most widely used method for determining metal hypersensitivity. However, there are no standardized commercial panels specific for total joint replacements available at this time.In vitro…
  • A Mom's Thoughts on Food Allergies - ACAAI video

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    From ACAAI YouTube channel: Emily Kloser is the mom of two kids with food allergies. Both of her children are champion athletes. She shares what she's learned over the years about coping with food allergies. Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Recombinant C1-esterase inhibitor Ruconest approved for hereditary angioedema (HAE)

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The first recombinant C1-esterase inhibitor, Ruconest, was approved by the FDA as a new therapeutic option for hereditary angioedema (HAE). It is a treatment for acute episodes of HAE in adults and adolescents.Ruconest is derived from the milk of genetically modified (transgenic) rabbits, and relieves HAE symptoms by restoring plasma C1-esterase inhibitor to normal levels. It is manufactured by Pharming Group in Leiden, the Netherlands.HAE is rare and it affects an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 Americans. This explains why the FDA approval was obtained on the basis of a small trial with 44…
  • Atopic dermatitis - top articles for July 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Atopic dermatitis is a long-term (chronic) skin disorder that causes scaly and itchy rashes. It affects 17% of people and is a part of the allergic (atopic) march:Allergic (atopic) march (click here to enlarge the image). Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about atopic dermatitis for July 2014:Maternal probiotic supplementation during pregnancy and breast-feeding reduces the risk of eczema in the infant http://buff.ly/QWUoiUOmalizumab has proven useful in treating asthma, but it may also prove valuable for other conditions, such as allergic rhinitis, food allergies, chronic…
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  • 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…
  • Food Allergy Cookbooks Now in E-Book Format

    10 Jun 2014 | 2:11 am
    Did you hear? Linda Coss' cookbooks “What’s to Eat?” and “What Else is to Eat?” are now also available in e-book format, at Amazon.com, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Koboand most other major e-book retailers. Her food allergy cookbooks" have been helping families across the nation cook delicious meals and desserts that are completely free of dairy, egg, peanut and tree nut ingredients" for years! And be sure to follow her on Twitter too: @LindaCoss 
  • Food Treats at School and the Never-ending Story

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:26 pm
    photo from chow.comThis post is probably more of a vent than anything else, about food being served to students by well-intentioned parents at school. Almost every single event parents are invited to at school somehow ends up involving food. Have you seen the parents at school? Do they look like they are in need of a meal? Most of them look quite well-fed. Some are a bit...shall we say, portly! Surely they can attend an event for an hour or less at school for their child without eating! And then these well-meaning parents simply must..they have to serve a cold treat to the…
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  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
  • The Real Truth About SEO Success

    Simon Ashton
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Let’s be honest, on the ladder of trustworthiness, search engine consultants fall somewhere between lawyers and members of Congress. But nobody seeks us out at parties for our stories or makes Netflix shows set in the world of SEO. No, instead you have two choices when it comes to SEO. You’re either the nerdy Poindexter, sitting alone at his computer, muttering about meta descriptions and H1 tags, or worse, a snake oil salesman, promising the world that if you’ll just spend thousands of dollars on some magic formula that never quite seems to be finished, you’ll win the Internet.
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Food Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    By Eleanor Pierce One of the things I find most exciting about this time of year is farmer’s markets. See, I live in Central Oregon, where the High Desert climate limits the growing season, so these open air markets are really a summertime affair. And from the first local strawberries to the last of the summer corn, they just make me happy. And honestly, so do some of the other not-so-healthy foods of summer, from snow cones to burgers and brats. I guess I’m just an incorrigible foodie. So naturally, while I was rounding up a few of my favorite news items for this week’s FeedBlitz:…
  • Social Media Crisis: Stand Up to Your Critics

    Ann Marie van den Hurk
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Ann Marie van den Hurk When Honey Maid released an ad touting their #thisiswholesome campaign in mid-March 2014, they joined other brands such as Cheerios and Chevrolet in showing the diversity of American families today. They also joined those brands in having to manage a social media crisis. These brands are reflecting the changing face of American families. Families which no longer resemble the ideal put forth in Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving paintings. In a New York Times article from the fall of 2013, it was pointed out that, “Families are more ethnically, racially,…
 
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  • 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…
  • Are Simply Bars Peanut or Nut Free?

    Onespot Allergy
    28 May 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Recently, I spoke with the clerk at a health food store and learned that she’s peanut allergic (I get into allergy conversations everywhere I go). We got on the subject of protein bars, and she told me that SimplyWhey bars are peanut and nut safe. I bought a bar and felt excited about her recommendation, though of course I decided to look into their safety myself. Unfortunately, they are NOT peanut OR nut free, though they were in the past. Specifically, the Simply Whey bars USED TO be made in a peanut and nut safe facility. Unfortunately, the company has now introduced a NUT BASED whey…
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  • DIY Succulent Centerpiece

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    I love plants, but in the past have been negligent about having them in the house. Mostly because I know how much work it is and I just never got around to getting it started. Well, The Hubs and I have been wanting to improve the air quality in our house (which is part of a bigger life project – reduce toxins in our day to day life), so plants seemed like a great place to start. We have a wall of plants now off of our kitchen and we also have a few plants in our master bathroom around our tub and some on the wall. Even if it’s not improving our air quality (I really think it is!),…
  • Biblical Virtues Of A Wise Woman Series: is Modestly Attired

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    ***I recently was presented this list of 14 Marks of a Wise Woman and I instantly felt overwhelmed. I want to be all these things! To glorify God by being wise and discerning. To honor God in my attitude, the way I speak, and how I react in difficult situations. In this series, I will be exploring each of these 14 Biblical virtues (please also see proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com, which is the source of this list), in order to find ways to apply these principles to my life in practical ways. I hope you will join me!*** If you’re just joining us, here are the previous virtues: 1. Fears God…
  • Strawberry Kiwi Pie w/Faux Graham Cracker Crust (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I haven’t had a graham cracker in over 6 years (probably longer actually, since I didn’t really eat them when I was eating gluten before anyway…), but I will say one of the nice things about them was the kind of crust they could be made into. I also remember liking the cookie style crusts, which I guess is pretty much the same thing. Well, I happily stumbled across a gluten free crust that resembles a graham cracker crust. I am psyched! I’ll be honest though, I probably won’t repeat the filling. It was tasty, but after being in the refrigerator for a few days,…
  • Collard Green Wraps with Apricots & Chicken (GF, DF, & SF)

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I’ve been growing collard greens for the first time this year. And I’m not really surprised by the amount I’m getting (seems average), but I was surprised at much actual eating that yields… haha! Once I made a few batches of sauteed collard greens (with a small amount of coconut oil and usually some sunflower seeds), I was ready for new ideas. I usually can only eat so much of something, even if I like it. So I asked some of you on the Living Free Facebook page to share ways you’ve had collads. One idea that stuck was to use them as wraps. At first I wasn’t…
  • Naturally Sweet Tuesday – July 15, 2014

    Aubree Cherie Davis
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Thanks for stopping by again this week to share and/or view recipes that are free of refined sugar and artificial sweeteners! Please feel free to visit the main Naturally Sweet Tuesdays page for full details. Highlights From Last Week The most popular (most clicked) recipe from last week was the Sugar Free Carrot Cake Recipe from Eva at Whole Food Mom. This anti-candida diet friendly dessert uses Cannellini Beans as a base. Looks yummy! From last week I want to try the Strawberry Sorbet from Sandi at Sandisallergyfreerecipes.net. I have a lot of already frozen strawberries, so this…
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  • What are Soy Allergies And How You Can Deal With It

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Many people do not know that over ninety percent of food allergies are caused by just eight possible sources of allergens. Among the most common is soy, also known in the UK and other countries as Soya. The soy bean is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses one of which is a source of protein in food. Soy Beans Soy can now be found in nearly all types of foods, from meat to ice cream, to cheese, to french fries. Many foods are contaminated with soy due to being cooked in soy oil.  Sadly some products  don’t list soy protein or…
  • Debra Messing, Zyrtec and Allergy Face

    admin
    20 Sep 2013 | 1:04 pm
    I had to laugh the other day. Someone told me that the actress Debra Messing got really sick from her allergies and I should find out what was going on since I deal with people and allergies. Well I checked into it a bit and first of all being a famous actress will not keep you from getting allergies and more importantly she did not get sick. The only mention I could find of her and allergies is the fact she is promoting Zyrtec. She was at some flower show in NY promoting a garden and preventing Allergy Face.  Here is a link to the article. Anyway that is my take on it. Next time call Prez…
  • Is Cotton A Good Fabric For A Dust Mite Cover

    admin
    7 Aug 2013 | 6:23 am
    I was looking around at some different blogs and forums and noticed people talking about what fabric is best for making dust mite covers. Several mentioned Pristine as being the best while others said the ones with a membrane were better. One person even suggested saving money and wrapping the mattress in plastic garbage bags. Personally I prefer the ones made with Cotton. To me they are lighter, cooler and more comfortable. The dust mite covers we have on our mattress and pillows are 100% cotton, chemical free and naturally soft. I guess they are not completely chemical free since they have…
  • HEPA Air Cleaners and Pet Dander

    admin
    29 May 2013 | 12:02 pm
    Fact – Quality HEPA air cleaners make breathing easier and safer, especially for the elderly, children, and those with emphysema, and asthma. Clean Air is a good thing. The elderly have frail respiratory systems that make them more susceptible to indoor air quality, and children have developing respiratory systems that are more susceptible to airborne pollution such as second hand tobacco smoke.  People with asthma or emphysema can suffer an attack if indoor air is filled with allergens such as pet dander, pollen, mold spores or dust. Many people believe that they are allergic to the…
  • Do Dust Mite Covers Help?

    admin
    12 Mar 2013 | 2:16 pm
    One of our friends was asking if we thought the special covers for dust mites really help. Without any hesitation we said yes. We have been using them on our beds for over 15 years and have to say they made such a big improvement.I think we noticed the difference after the first night. Our first ones were made with a terry cloth outer cover attached to a heavy vinyl. They were heavy and hot but they worked great. The ones we have now are all cotton and are soft, cool and comfortable. Anyway if you want to read a bit more about them here is a link to an article from the Allergy Store folks. …
 
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  • 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…
  • Antibiotics and Asthma: A Surprising Relationship

    AllerVision LLC
    27 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The longer I practice medicine, the more amazed I am at the reversal of long held medical dogmas. Since the common use of antibiotics began around World War II, the medical profession has seen the effectiveness of antibiotics as evidence that science can prevail over infections. However, we didn’t foresee the downside of that success — the current rise of antibiotic resistance by common bacterial organisms. A similar arena of surprise in the medical field has taken place in the realm of allergy and asthma. We have observed an alarming rise in allergic diseases in Western…
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  • 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…
  • Antibiotics and Asthma: A Surprising Relationship

    AllerVision LLC
    27 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The longer I practice medicine, the more amazed I am at the reversal of long held medical dogmas. Since the common use of antibiotics began around World War II, the medical profession has seen the effectiveness of antibiotics as evidence that science can prevail over infections. However, we didn’t foresee the downside of that success — the current rise of antibiotic resistance by common bacterial organisms. A similar arena of surprise in the medical field has taken place in the realm of allergy and asthma. We have observed an alarming rise in allergic diseases in Western…
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  • 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…
  • Soy Free Pimiento Cheese

    Alanna Waldrop
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I am a true southern girl, and I am literally sitting here eating a bowl of shrimp and grits and as I blog about my family’s pimiento cheese recipe. For those of you that have never tried pimiento cheese, it is not only a true southern staple, but it is a time-saver for anyone on the go, and especially someone with soy allergies. There are many ways to use pimiento cheese. It can be used anywhere cheese is used, such as a topping for burgers or as its own sandwich spread, but it can be its own dip for vegetables or potato chips. Pimiento cheese with raw carrots, broccoli, and…
  • Celebrating With a Food Allergy

    Alanna Waldrop
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Happy Independence Day to Everyone (a day early)! Shortly after Independence Day is my birthday, and it is another reminder of how drastically my life has changed. I was brought to tears this week by a simple question from my husband. “Honey, what do you want for your birthday this year?” In previous years, I would have asked for one of the following: a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, an overnight weekend trip, a pedicure, a gift card to buy beauty products or cosmetics, and the list goes on. The birthday celebration would have followed with a birthday party at my parents’…
  • Book Review: Food Allergy Guide To Soy

    Alanna Waldrop
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I was really excited to see a new book dedicated to soy allergies on Amazon! It’s called Food Allergy Guide to Soy: How to Eat Safely and Well Soy-Free by Bill Bowling. It’s available in paperback as well as a Kindle edition. I immediately started reading so that I could pass along my thoughts, and I believe this is a “must read” book for anyone allergic to soy. Even if you have been dealing with your soy allergy for a while, I believe there will be something new for you in this book that makes it worth the purchase. Bill Bowling’s wife has been allergic to soy…
  • Soy Free Vietnamese Pho

    Alanna Waldrop
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    I have mentioned before that one of the things I miss the most is eating out. There is a Vietnamese restaurant in my area that makes incredible Pho, and I have been trying to find a good recipe. From what I have read, good beef Pho is made from simmering beef bones in broth for many, many hours or even days. When you are allergic to soy and have to cook every single meal, you don’t have that kind of time. While this recipe may not be quite as good as a broth that is made over a long period of time, it is a great recipe for when you’re craving Vietnamese, and it’s really…
 
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