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Gina Clowes

Lesley U. Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

By Gina Clowes

A settlement quietly reached between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in December 2012 was big news, with monumental implications. The agreement has laid the foundation for establishing the rights of Americans with food allergy and celiac disease. Here’s how the settlement came about. A number of students initiated a lawsuit against …

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Gina Clowes

Staying Allergy-Safe Over the Holidays

By Gina Clowes

A food-filled family gathering need not be a minefield for those with allergies. Here are six key steps to safe celebrating. I grew up in a huge Italian family where love was spelled F-O-O-D. About a year after my son was diagnosed with more than a dozen food allergies, I hosted Christmas Eve. Every table …

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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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Laurie Harada

What’s Fair to Expect of Others

By Laurie Harada

Food allergies are a growing public health concern, with approximately 1.2 million Canadians at risk. The surge in allergic disorders, and the risk of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions has elicited a flurry of media coverage. At the heart of many articles are lobbying efforts to restrict peanut and tree nuts in schools and public venues. Journalists …

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Laurie Harada

Sharing the Allergy Load

By Laurie Harada

When my son, Julian, was diagnosed with peanut allergy years ago, I faced the news alone. My husband Victor could not come to the allergist’s appointment as he had a business commitment. Overwhelmed by the thought of possibly losing our child, I had a meltdown when I called Victor later. Sobbing, I explained: “He could …

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Laurie Harada

If Your Child is Bullied

By Laurie Harada

Are school playgrounds getting meaner? It certainly seems so when you hear media reports about children being singled out for being different, whatever “different” may mean. A while back, I was surprised to receive a call from a friend whose child had been involved in a bullying encounter. She was embarrassed to admit that her …

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