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Kyle Dine, Allergy Minstrel

From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2007. With songs like “Smellephant the Allergic Elephant,” the kids think Kyle Dine rocks. He has been strumming a guitar since he was 10. Now at the age of 23, Kyle Dine has played many a coffee shop and open mike night in his […]

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Peanut Allergy: Making It ‘Go Away’

Nine-year-old Isabella Uknis can do something her parents were told was impossible: she can eat half a peanut every day. Since she had an anaphylactic reaction to a peanut butter cracker at the age of 2, Isabella has been avoiding peanut. But that all changed when her mother, Kathy, saw a report on “Good Morning […]

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Peanut Allergy: The CSACI Advises

Following is a joint position statement issued by the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Recent studies of oral food desensitization suggest exciting possibilities for the 1.2 million Canadians with severe food allergies. Canadian families, particularly those families with young children living with food allergies, are understandably hopeful of medical advancements that could reduce […]

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‘Safe’ Peanut Sparks Debate

News that researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have developed a process to make an allergen-free peanut was met with a flurry of excitement in the media, followed by considerable skepticism in the allergic community. While the agricultural researcher involved, Mohamed Ahmedna, sees much potential in his findings, even he cautions there […]

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My Outlaw In-law

Even my own brother-in-law does not have an auto-injector despite his many food allergies, including peanuts and tree nuts. The first time he got one was when he began dating my sister in 1989. She said: “You have to have an EpiPen.” Today, Sean Randall, a 43-year-old artist, thinks it’s in a drawer somewhere. I […]

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Multiple Food Allergies Are on the Rise

From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2007. It was a week so harrowing that Michelle Wilson can have trouble remembering which child reacted first. For the 29-year-old mother from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the anxiety began on the first birthday for younger daughter Paige. The family was celebrating over ice cream […]

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Families In Control

From the Allergic Living archives.  Angela Brown was anxious about returning to work after maternity leave. The day before she was to be back at her office in Toronto, she left her 8-month-old daughter, Brigit, with her new nanny for a few hours while she ran errands. “I had forgotten something and came back,” she […]

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WestJet Scraps Nuts

There’s good news this summer for the traveling nut allergic. WestJet has stopped selling cashews on its flights and is not offering any peanut or nut products aboard its aircraft. “This has been a tremendous move on the part of WestJet,” says Yvonne Rousseau of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association in British Columbia, who had discussions […]

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The Food Allergy Deniers

From the Allergic Living Archives. First published in the magazine in 2008. As a magazine writer, Chris Koentges eats, drinks and travels for a living. The 31-year-old Calgary resident has what most people would consider a dream assignment: he samples delicious foods in fabulous resorts and exotic locales. Then he finds the right words to describe […]

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Dating Eating Out

Dating & Allergies 101

For your own health, you can’t be shy about your food allergies or gluten sensitivities. Allergic Living helps you broach the topic, right from the first date. DATE GEAR Always carry emergency medications in a purse or a ‘man bag,’ including at least one auto-injector (the brands EpiPen or Auvi-Q, Allerject) and some Benadryl or  Zyrtec […]

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