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Gwen Smith: From the Editor’s Desk

The Gluten-Free Diet Deserves Respect

By now, we likely all know someone who has taken up the gluten-free diet just to “feel better” or “lose weight”, or for various unspecified reasons. This is baffling to those with celiac disease or food allergies or gluten sensitivity. When you live with food restrictions or else – you really don’t relate to food fads. I mean, who willingly […]

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2013: From Tragedy to Allergy Accommodations

Looking back over 2013, it was a roller coaster of a year for the food allergy and celiac communities.

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Food Allergy Awareness 2013: There’s Much Work to Do

Food Allergy Awareness Week is a great time to take stock. We have come so far in the last decade on food allergy awareness. It’s now common for schools to make food allergy accommodations to protect at-risk kids, while colleges in the United States are also moving in that direction (following a key ADA decision), […]

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Milk Oral Immunotherapy Not Lasting

The staying power of OIT (oral immunotherapy) for milk allergy has been called into question with the results of a 5-year followup of test subjects.

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Spring 13 Issue Is Going to Be Good!

Feb. 11, 2013 – We’re deep into editing and layouts here at Allergic Living on the Spring 2013 edition of the magazine, so I thought I’d let our followers know what we’re working on. For our cover article, writer Carolyn Black has an incredibly insightful article on the impact on some marriages of the day-to-day […]

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Lesley U. Decision: A Food Allergy Victory

A recent agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and a private university in Massachusetts is one of the boldest positions taken on the rights of people (in this case students) to be able to eat safely. Here was the issue: Back in 2009 a few students at Lesley University in Cambridge complained that […]

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Who’s to Blame for Another Allergy Tragedy?

Virginia’s Chesterfield County police have determined that there was no criminal negligence on the part of the school personnel in the tragic food-allergy death of 7-year-old Amarria Johnson on January 2, 2012. Also cleared of criminal wrongdoing, thankfully, was the child on the school playground who, not knowing of the allergy, handed Amarria the fateful […]

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Getting Life Back

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 area. Had a […]

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The Lobby That Took the Cake

Hats off to the organizers of 1 in 133, the Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit. In a matter of weeks, John Forberger, the tweeting, gluten-free triathlete (@GlutenFreeTri) and Jules Shepard (@JulesGlutenFree) managed to gather hundreds of supporters together in Washington for the impressive May 4 summit. The purpose? To send the message to the Food and […]

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No Regs for the Weary

[This article was posted Feb. 11, 2012. On Feb. 14, the Health Minister announced the regulations would be passed, with an exemption for beer makers.] Like the guest who finally turns up for dinner just as you’re clearing the dessert plates, Canada’s breweries last month showed up to bellyache about the proposed gluten and allergen […]

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