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Gina Clowes

Tips for a Safe and Allergy-Friendly Vacation

By Gina Clowes

It was the most memorable meal of my life. My son Daniel’s eyes lit up as the Disneyland chef presented him with a plate piled high with allergen-free Mickey Mouse waffles. Like icing on a very special cake, the stack was dolloped with dairy-free whipped cream and served with a tall glass of rice milk. Daniel was in heaven, a 3-year-old out enjoying …

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Gina Clowes

7 Parenting Tips for Handling Teen Food Allergy Management

By Gina Clowes

It’s not easy to hand over food allergy management to your moody, eye-rolling teenager. Here’s some crucial advice for the transition. My mind raced when I spied white residue on the living room coffee table where our teenager plays video games. Were my food allergy concerns about to be trumped by substance abuse? Bracing for the worst, I picked up a crumpled brown bag …

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Gwen Smith

Sabrina’s Law Turns 10 Years Old

By Gwen Smith

It was the food allergy law that became famous across North America, and the hope born from tragedy. Ten years ago this month – May 16, 2005 – a legislative bill to accommodate students at risk of anaphylaxis in their schools in the province of Ontario was put to a final vote. As parents and …

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Gina Clowes

Required Reading With Food Allergies or Celiac Disease

By Gina Clowes

In the confusing landscape of food labels, assumptions are risky but knowledge is power. Every day for the past month, my son reiterated his discomfort – “My stomach hurts, Mom.” Finally, I identified the culprit. The dairy-free margarine we had used for years was now listing one of his allergens as an ingredient: pea protein. We stopped using the product immediately and …

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Alice Bast

Busting Through Gluten’s Myths

By Alice Bast

From gluten content levels to the risks of skin lotions, a lot of fiction gets mashed into gluten-free “facts”. Even our wise celiac disease community can fall prey to fiction that circulates in the media or misconceptions from confusing terminology. It’s time to dispel some of the top myths. Celiac disease is on the rise because today’s wheat is …

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Alice Bast

Why You Should Test For Celiac Before Going Gluten Free

By Alice Bast

What seems like a harmless experiment could do more harm than good. A few years ago, a gluten-free manufacturer approached me to partner on a major social media campaign. The theme: “Try a gluten-free diet for two weeks and see how you feel.” I said no. While the promotion probably would have helped certain people identify symptoms that suggest a …

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Gwen Smith

What’s in $24 Million? The Gift of Hope for Food Allergy

By Gwen Smith

Speechless! Awesome!!!! My family is so grateful to you – God bless your generous heart! THANK YOU Sean Parker. Amazing!!! Many blessings to you and your family!!! I love this man!! (Sample comments from Allergic Living’s Facebook page.) On December 17, the food allergy community used up its quota of exclamation marks to thank tech …

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