by Debbie Adler (Bio below)
1) Nutritional Yeast – this may sound like something you need to get your RDA of rising dough, but it’s actually a yellow flakey powder that is rich with B vitamins and protein that can be used as a cheese substitute. I use it on top of popcorn, in salad dressing, on top of gluten-free pasta and in soups. It is free from sugar, dairy and gluten so it is a perfect allergy-friendly, healthful shelf-stable ingredient to keep in your cupboards. Read more
Since I was a young teenager, about once a year I’d get this build up in my hair that just wouldn’t wash out. It started in a very small patch next to my scalp and was very waxy. I’d wash and scrub it thinking it would go away, but when I got out of the shower and blew my hair dry, it would still be there! Obviously it was not a cleanliness issue – I was baffled – I just couldn’t understand it. This happened again very recently and it kept spreading with each wash with my usual, natural shampoo, getting worse every time. Next thing I knew, my entire head was a greasy mess. I was so embarrassed I had to wear a hat. When I was younger and wasn’t informed about the benefit of non-toxic skincare, I used a plethora of shampoos I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole now. But I still would develop this waxy buildup that wouldn’t wash out of showering. So, we can’t blame the natural products I use now for being less effective because I saw the same lack of results with the normal drug-store shampoos. Read more
By Tami Bronstein, BSc Phyt (Hons), MNIMH, AHG (Bio Below)
Relief; something we desperately seek when suffering. Skin, as the largest organ of the body, can be an all-consuming suffering when eczema is in the picture. As adults, we learn to distract ourselves from discomforts to some degree; children don’t understand, they simply succumb to the overwhelming and all-consuming frustration of not feeling well.
That said, regardless of age, eczema is deeply troubling for anyone who experiences it.
By Heather Mehra of the No Biggie Bunch (guest post – bio below)
As we’re now well through back-to-school and the temperature is dropping, I’m keeping warm by remembering great events of the summer. One I wanted to share with you was my tour of Camp W*K . Thanks to It’s an Itchy Little World, my introduction to Camp W*K came by way of my connection with food allergies as one of the authors of The No Biggie Bunch series of children’s books. You invited The No Biggie Bunch to participate in the Camp W*K giveaway contest last spring, and so I put a visit to the camp on the top of my summer Must Do list. Read more
Like with the GAPS diet, I’ve known about food intolerance testing for a long time, but have waited to try everything else before submitting to testing. Why? Because its expensive! Really expensive. And it’s not covered by insurance – at least not in the US or Canada. But over the years we’ve done multiple elimination diets, seen conventional doctors, tried many alternative treatments like homeopathy and NAET, and went extreme with the GAPS diet. And while we have seen vast improvements in Tristan’s eczema, asthma, and allergies, he’s still not 100%. And since I cannot just give up on my son, we’re still trying to find the last remaining pieces of the puzzle. Read more
By Sabrina Taylor (Bio below)
There’s not much of a silver lining when you have skin inflammation. Red, itchy, tender, swollen skin is just not pleasant. Unfortunately, skin inflammation seems to be quite prevalent these days and most people don’t realize how much they can do to prevent it. Read more
Who knows more about what parents of food allergic children need than the parents themselves?
Volunteers are needed to participate in a brief on-line study. It will take about 30-45 minutes of your time. A $10 gift card is being offered as a thank you!
Who is this study for?
Parents of children ages 6-18 years who have one or more food allergies.
How will this help other parents of food allergic children?
By learning about the needs of families of children with food allergies better resources can be made available that actually address and help the real needs of this special group.