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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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Air Canada’s Chilly Response

We’ve been getting a lot of e-mail lately at Allergic Living magazine from readers asking: what do you think about the Canadian Transportation Agency’s decision that Air Canada must accommodate peanut and tree nut allergies? Does it go far enough? And then Air Canada responded to the CTA, and that brought more mail: What do you […]

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5 Years Old – Hooray!

  This issue marks Allergic Living’s fifth anniversary. Yippee for us – and heartfelt thanks to all of you loyal readers. To be honest, back in the drawing board stages, before our first issue was published in May 2005, there were doubters. First, launching a magazine of any description had its risks. Were we, excuse the […]

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The Hunt for a Peanut Vaccine

From Allergic Living magazine, Spring 2005. IN LABS in universities and hospitals across North America and Europe, these are exciting and competitive times in allergy research. There are strong prospects for a vaccine that would significantly increase a peanut-allergic individual’s tolerance to the dread legume. And, while farther off into the future, scientists are speaking […]

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Peanut Allergy Rises in Montreal School Kids

Yet-to-be released research on Montreal schoolchildren shows the incidence of peanut allergy has increased – to almost 2 per cent of pupils. This makes it the highest such prevalence ever measured. The findings are early results of the second phase in a study of peanut allergy incidence in pupils in kindergarten up to Grade 3 […]

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Who’s Watching Lunch?

From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2009. Alarm bells went off for Sarah Cameron* that day in 2008 when her 8-year-old daughter came home from school in a state of high agitation. There had been an incident during lunch break. The girl recounted how one of two Grade 6 monitors […]

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Sabrina’s Law: The Girl and the Allergy Law

Originally published in Allergic Living’s Spring 2005 edition. In the radio documentary she made, Sabrina Shannon, just shy of 10, holds the microphone in front of her mother and asks what it’s like to have a daughter with allergies. Then she adds: “Do you think I’m beautiful?” With mock earnestness, Sara Shannon replies, “I think […]

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Sara Shannon’s Journey with Sabrina’s Law

She has known a parent’s greatest grief: Sara Shannon lost her daughter Sabrina to anaphylaxis in the 13-year-old’s first year of high school. But out of tragedy, hope has been born: Ontario passed Sabrina’s Law in 2005, which requires schools to have anaphylaxis policies, to reduce allergen exposure and to train all staff in the […]

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Sabrina’s Law Turns 5 Years Old

On May 16, 2005, a large group of parents and their kids with food allergies sat in the public gallery nosebleed section of the Ontario legislature, waiting for a bill to come before the politicians assembled below. The “no-peanut” gallery was shushed by security guards who countenanced not so much as a whisper. On the […]

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