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Laurie Harada

‘Oh Waiter…’ An Allergic Child Learns to Dine Out

By Laurie Harada

There I was again, reeling off the list of foods which my son, Julian, had to avoid because of his allergies to peanuts, nuts, shellfish, chick peas, split peas and soy. He was 6 years old at the time and we were dining at a restaurant, one of many during a week-long vacation in Florida. …

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Gwen Smith

Who’s to Blame for Another Allergy Tragedy?

By Gwen Smith

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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Shelley Case, RD

Will a Small Amount of Gluten Be Harmful?

By Shelley Case, RD

Q. How closely do I need to follow the gluten-free diet? Will a little bit of gluten harm me? Shelley Case, RD: The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Eliminating gluten will allow the villi  in the small intestine to heal, resulting in improved absorption of nutrients. Over time, …

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Gina Clowes

Allergy-Safe Halloween Treating

By Gina Clowes

As a child, I couldn’t wait for Halloween. Transforming into a princess or superhero was thrilling, and the best part was coming home and dumping my loot onto the kitchen table. As a parent of a food-allergic son, however, I quickly realized that celebrating Halloween could pose a serious health risk. Still, I didn’t want …

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Gwen Smith

Getting Life Back

By Gwen Smith

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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Gwen Smith

The Lobby That Took the Cake

By Gwen Smith

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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Gwen Smith

No Regs for the Weary

By Gwen Smith

[This article was posted Feb. 11, 2011. On Feb. 14, 2011, 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 …

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