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When Celiac is Silent

Some have so few symptoms that they don’t realize gluten is a big problem.

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Q&A: Is There A ‘Safe Level’ for Peanut in Foods?

Allergic Living magazine is closely following scientific investigations of whether it’s possible to identify a “safe level” of peanut in manufactured foods. Editor Gwen Smith wrote a feature article on this controversial topic in the Winter 11-12 issue of the magazine. Following are some key points from her interview with lead investigators Dr. Steve Taylor […]

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Q&A: WestJet and Food Allergies

Published: Dec. 9/10 Robert Palmer, WestJet’s manager of public relations, spoke with Allergic Living’s Gwen Smith about the details of his airline’s new forward-thinking food allergy policy. Allergic Living: I have to start by asking: Why did WestJet make these few policy changes that are quite groundbreaking in terms of food allergy accommodation? Robert Palmer: […]

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Family Food Feud: Relatives and Allergies

When relatives don’t “get” your allergies, it’s a recipe for quarrels and broken bonds.

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When The Cold Brings On Hives

For many, it can take years of itching and welts before finally being diagnosed with cold-induced hives.

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A Rash of Cell Phone Allergies

Prolonged use of cellphones is leading to numerous nickel reactions of the face and jaw, an allergists’ conference is told. There are solutions.

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The Kids’ Birthday Party

In the Fall 2010 issue of Allergic Living, we turned to three allergy advocates and moms to help navigate the world of the kid’s birthday party. Gina Clowes, a Certified Life Coach and founder of; Beatrice Povolo the director of marketing and communications for Anaphylaxis Canada and Susan Clemens, the moderator of’s Forum […]

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Shellfish and Fish Allergies Explored

From the Allergic Living Archives. A quick test: what’s the most widespread food allergy in North America today? If you answered ‘peanut’, that’s incorrect. But you could hardly be blamed given that legume’s notoriety. The right answer is seafood – from fish to crustaceans and mollusks. At a time when every “must-try” new restaurant is […]

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Food Allergy Guide to Visiting Relatives Safely

Time with Friends and Family Be clear about your allergies. Socializing with out-of-town family or friends can be tricky because they may not fully understand the risks that food allergies present and the safeguards you or your child need. Be polite, clear and assertive – and never feel bad about saying no to a food […]

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Managing Life Avoiding Soy or Other Legumes

The only current treatment for these allergies is to avoid all traces of soy and legumes and products that may contain them. If your allergic child (or you) eats soy or legumes with a known allergy, the drug epinephrine (adrenaline) will be needed to halt the reaction. But using the epinephrine auto-injector is an emergency […]

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