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Gwen Smith: From the Editor's Desk

Spring 13 Issue Is Going to Be Good!

Feb. 11, 2013 – We’re deep into editing and layouts here at Allergic Living on the Spring 2013 edition of the magazine, so I thought I’d let our followers know what we’re working on.

For our cover article, writer Carolyn Black has an incredibly insightful article on the impact on some marriages of the day-to-day vigilance in managing food allergies and celiac disease. It includes stories of husbands and wives who are far apart in their approaches to managing children’s allergies – and does that cause stress! But this also turns out to be an issue with a later in life diagnosis of celiac or allergy (when a couple’s eating habits change overnight).

While studies have shown that quality of life suffers in families with food allergic kids, this is the first time I’ve seen couples speaking specifically – and so honestly and directly – about the impact on their marriages. Their stories are heartfelt and make you realize that when we speak of “allergy management,” what a journey that can be.

But what I love in this article is that Carolyn doesn’t just dwell on difficulties. She interviewed psychologists and parenting experts and shares the best of their advice for helping couples work as a team again. If food restrictions are in any way hurting your relationship, you’ve got to read this article.

I’m also so glad we’ll be publishing senior health writer Lisa Fitterman’s article on gluten’s effects on the brain. Lisa delves into the gamut of cognitive symptoms that those with celiac report: from headaches to insomnia and brain fog. But she goes even deeper – interviewing prominent U.K. neurologist Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou to gain a greater understanding of his latest and groundbreaking research.

He is finding profound neurological effects in those with celiac disease who haven’t been diagnosed; it’s unlike anything we’ve known before. Dr. Hadjivassiliou wants to spread the word that “it’s imperative that we change the mindset about celiac disease and brain dysfunction.” AL mag hopes to help to that end with this article.

While there’s lots of thought-provoking reading, the AL team is also busy writing and photographing lots of great lifestyle features – to make the Spring issue an uplifting and inspiring read. There are many stories that I could mention, but as a hard drive full of editing awaits, I’ll just share a couple more.

• The lineup from our fabulous food team: New Food Editor Cybele Pascal offers an inspired selection of allergy-friendly, gluten-free Asian recipes. It was pure pleasure to “have to” test her Pad Thai (yes, allergen-free Pad Thai!!) at our food shoot. Delicious!

Senior Editor Alisa Fleming gets creative with brunch waffles and pancakes (no dairy, no gluten, no any top 8 allergens), and Associate Food Editor Elizabeth Gordon brings us outstanding chocolate cupcakes and cookies for spring.

• Just in time for spring allergies, we’ll tell you how to design a sneeze-free garden, and we’ve got amazing allergy-friendly gear for kids. There’s great advice from our expert columnists, including a terrific article from Gina Clowes on the broader implications of the Lesley University agreement on the disability rights of food-allergic students.

FYI, if you’d like to get this issue but haven’t subscribed yet, that’s easy to do online here.

I’d better get back to that editing. But I’ll be looking most forward to our readers’ feedback on the new issue, which will land in mailboxes about the first week of April. Feel free to send your comments to We hope you’ll enjoy the issue.

warmly, Gwen

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