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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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Alice Bast

How to Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contact of Gluten when Dining Out

By Alice Bast

How many times have you closed your eyes, taken a bite and thought: “I hope this doesn’t make me sick?” For those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, that question arises every time we put food in our mouths. Dietary compliance can seem like a black-and-white issue. You either stick to your diet, or you don’t. But there is a gray area, …

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Shelley Case, RD

A Fresh Take on Ancient Grains

By Shelley Case, RD

The term “ancient grains” has no official definition, but it’s quickly become a catchphrase among food manufacturers for cereal grains (seeds of grasses) and pseudograins (seeds of non-grass plants) that have remained unchanged for millennia. We enjoy them today just as Incan, Aztec and African civilizations have for thousands of years, with full nutrition intact. But …

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