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Gina Clowes

Allergy Moms: Let’s Resolve to Stress Less and Schedule in Real Life

By Gina Clowes

The new year’s arrival gives us the perfect opportunity to create a life that we love. Our kids only grow up once, and as overwhelming as food allergies can be, we don’t want their whole lives to revolve around their medical condition. To find room in life for the things that really matter, we often …

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Gina Clowes

After Anaphylaxis: Helping a Child Overcome Allergy Fears

By Gina Clowes

Emotional wounds heal like physical ones when given the proper time and attention. That candy made my mouth feel funny,” said my then 6-year old, Daniel. With a look of worry, he handed me the wrapper from a mini package of chewy candies. The next 15 minutes were a blur as I injected him with epinephrine and we sped to the emergency …

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Alice Bast

Resist That Urge to Cheat

By Alice Bast

The holidays are a special time to gather with family, celebrate with friends, and eat. In keeping with the spirit, we allow ourselves to forget the calories and indulge in six weeks of overeating. In fact, it’s downright expected that someone who is “on a diet” will sneak a scoop of sweet potato casserole by …

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Gina Clowes

Staying Allergy-Safe Over the Holidays

By Gina Clowes

A food-filled family gathering need not be a minefield for those with allergies. Here are six key steps to safe celebrating. I grew up in a huge Italian family where love was spelled F-O-O-D. About a year after my son was diagnosed with more than a dozen food allergies, I hosted Christmas Eve. Every table …

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Gwen Smith

Getting Life Back

By Gwen Smith

June 2011 – I have been there – to the place where you think your allergic life is unlivable. On a trip to Florida a couple of years ago, I got off the plane having a reaction to something. Who knows exactly what; I’d eaten only my own food, but hadn’t wiped down my seating …

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Laurie Harada

Sharing the Allergy Load

By Laurie Harada

When my son, Julian, was diagnosed with peanut allergy years ago, I faced the news alone. My husband Victor could not come to the allergist’s appointment as he had a business commitment. Overwhelmed by the thought of possibly losing our child, I had a meltdown when I called Victor later. Sobbing, I explained: “He could …

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Shelley Case, RD

What is Celiac Disease?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q: I have been hearing more about celiac disease, and wonder if I may have it. What exactly is celiac, and how is it diagnosed? A: Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy, is an inherited digestive disorder affecting between one in 100 and one in 200 people worldwide. With this …

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