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Shellfish and Fish Allergies Explored

A quick test: what’s the most widespread food allergy in North America today? If you answered ‘peanut’, that’s incorrect. But you could hardly be blamed given that legume’s notoriety. The right answer is seafood – from fish to crustaceans and mollusks. At a time when every “must-try” new restaurant is an over-priced sushi bar, an […]

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Great Dairy-Free Cheese At Last!

A cheese alternative that tastes as good as the real deal.

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Fast Facts About Seafood Allergies

The Groups Fish: includes salmon, tuna, cod. Crustaceans: includes shrimp, lobster, crab. Mollusks: snails, bivalves (mussels, scallops, oysters), squid. Cross-Reactions Within a seafood group … Dr. Scott Sicherer, author of Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies and associate professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, concludes from […]

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Our Cardinal Rules

Allergic Living’s tips for living safely and well with food allergies. 1. Never eat without your auto-injector, period. 2. If you’re a child, never eat food that one of your parents hasn’t approved. If you’re an adult, don’t even think about that mystery food. 3. Read labels. Always. Know the ingredients of every food that […]

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Writer Eats Words on Allergies

The humor writer who scoffed at food allergies as “a yuppie invention” has learned the hard way just how real they are. But let’s remind you first of the scorn Joel Stein heaped on parents of allergic children in a column in the Los Angeles Time. “Your kid doesn’t have an allergy to nuts. Your […]

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Asthma Attacks Spike in September

Back-to-School Month is also the month with the most hospital visits for asthma attacks. Learn about the triggers that Septeber brings and learn how to avoid them.

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Sesame and Seed Allergy Prevalence

While sesame is one of the more common food allergens in North America, its incidence is still relatively small compared to allergens such as peanut and tree nut. In Canada, 0.9 per cent of people have the allergy and in the United States that figure is 0.1 per cent. For other seeds, such as mustard, […]

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Let’s Stop Mocking Food Allergies

It has become fashionable as of late to mock food allergies as a “trendy” condition, a construct of over-protective parents or attention-seeking adults. I simply can’t think of any other serious, sometimes life-threatening condition that is dissed more often. Take last month, for instance. There we were smack in the middle of Food Allergy Awareness […]

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An Ode to Ragweed

Was there ever a more capable foe Than one who shields his strength so? An unremarkable plant, heavy with seed cast to the wind with resolve and speed. As his fecundity causes grief both far and wide, from behind fairer bloom, he shrinks to hide. Between sniffles, I must confess a grudging admiration for the […]

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Epidemic of Allergy Hype

When a Harvard social scientist equated the measures taken by schools to accommodate food allergies with mass hysteria – the media ate it up. Perhaps it was the “emperor has no clothes” syndrome, gotcha journalism or simple contrarianism, but Dr. Nicholas Christakis’s article in the British Medical Journal got columnists and reporters buzzing in a way […]

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