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Gina Clowes

7 Party Tips for Allergy Safe Celebrations

By Gina Clowes

Visions of balloons, big smiles and a brief respite bless the minds of many parents when a birthday party invitation arrives. But if your child has food allergies, that invitation may look more like a warning notice that the countdown of calling, planning, cooking and baking has officially begun. For years, I dreaded those invitations, convinced that I had to make everything perfect …

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Dr. James R. Baker

FARE’s Dr. Baker: What LEAP Means to the Food Allergy Community

By Dr. James R. Baker

It may be frustrating to change direction on introducing peanut to children, but here’s why it is the right course.  No food allergy studies in the past decade have garnered more news coverage than LEAP and LEAP-On, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Unfortunately, while generating headlines, these ground-breaking studies have also caused …

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Gina Clowes

Advice on Attending Summer Camps with Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

Follow these tips to suss out safe adventures for your allergic child. From daytime activities to sleepaway journeys, summer camp can create lifelong memories and give parents a brief respite. Of course, adequate planning is essential when food allergies are on the table, but sometimes simple observation and a mother’s intuition play an even bigger part in assessing the safety of a situation. …

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Dr. James R. Baker

FARE’s Dr. Baker: Finding Peace of Mind While We Search for a Cure

By Dr. James R. Baker

Why FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) thinks desensitization is a vital food allergy therapy on the path toward finding tolerance. Parents of children with food allergies tell me their main focus for their child’s future is keeping their loved one safe and healthy. This brings up a thought-provoking question when it comes to where we are headed with research: …

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Alice Bast

Taking Celiac Seriously: Stand Up for Your Needs With These 5 Helpful Tips

By Alice Bast

The term “gluten-free” has lost sincerity. With online parodies poking fun at the diet, and celebrities touting its perceived health benefits, it’s easy to see that “gluten-free” has attained fad status. Popularity does bring options, and to some extent awareness, but the infusion into pop culture has led “gluten-free” to completely overshadow celiac disease. The result? Those of us living with celiac disease aren’t …

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Alice Bast

Open Up About Celiac Disease to See the Bigger Picture

By Alice Bast

Don’t allow a celiac diagnosis to leave you emotionally and socially boxed in. I stood 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed all of 100 pounds. My teeth cracked under pressure, my hair fell out in clumps, and excruciating migraines and bouts of diarrhea kept me awake at night. To say I was suffering with poor health 25 years ago, in the time before …

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