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Gwen Smith

Let’s Stop Mocking Food Allergies

By Gwen Smith

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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Gwen Smith

Epidemic of Allergy Hype

By Gwen Smith

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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Gwen Smith

5 Years Old – Hooray!

By Gwen Smith

  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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Gwen Smith

Chatelaine vs. Food Allergies

By Gwen Smith

With many years in the publishing industry, I thought I’d seen it all when it comes to negative or one-sided reporting. Then I read a story in the December issue of Chatelaine magazine entitled, “It’s Just Nuts.” This one made my jaw drop. The article is at once breathtaking in its cynicism about the rise of …

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Gwen Smith

Death of a Child

By Gwen Smith

The following article was first published in the Victoria Times-Colonist of British Columbia on April 16, 2007 Thirteen-year-olds aren’t meant to have obituaries. The recent one for Carley Kohnen read that “she passed away tragically at Summit Park, Victoria.” Carley, who was allergic to dairy products and peanuts, attended Lansdowne Middle School. The bubbly teen …

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Gwen Smith

Fear by the Plateful

By Gwen Smith

There’s some absorbing and provocative reading in Allergic Living’s new Spring 2007 issue. A good way, we thought, to kick off a new publishing season. In the article “Fear of Food,” we start with an issue that some of you living with food allergies will recognize: the sudden fear of even “safe” foods. It’s a …

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