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.
Grace (on right) and Mia at Camp Wingate*Kirkland, standing in front of the bunk house.
In February we hosted a camp contest for food-allergic kids to win a 2 week spot at Camp Wingate*Kirkland this summer. Any food allergy parent knows what a special opportunity it is to go to summer camp like a ‘regular’ kid and have fun, without the worries of food allergies for the camper or the parent! Well, we’re proud to share the winner with you. Congratulations to Grace!!! Grace’s mom, Christie, was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and sent us a letter about their introductory tour of the camp. It brings joy to my heart to see the smile on Grace’s face and we wish her a fun-filled camp experience.
I love this infographic by YorkTest because I constantly see the words allergies and intolerance or sensitivity used interchangeably. While they all have to do with foods, that’s where the similarities stop. This graphic makes a clear distinction between food allergies and food intolerances (also similar to sensitivities). I do want to make a couple of clarifications. There have been documented cases of IgE food allergic reactions that occurred more than two hours later, in some cases a day or so later. While this is rare, it can happen. It is also rare that someone has more than two food allergies, but sadly it is becoming less rare by the day, it seems. We’re seeing this mostly in children and it’s frightening. While food allergies can last a lifetime, it isn’t uncommon for children to grow out of them or at least see their reactions lessen in severity, which is the cause of much relief for the parents, as you can imagine. My son is one such example. He was born with only food intolerances, we knew they irritated his eczema, but that was it. By two years of age, some of the foods developed into true IgE allergies and we had several close calls and one frightening anaphylaxictic reaction – you can read about it here and see a video about it here (made by Allerject).
Healing Your Gut Series: What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome & How It May Apply To You! (Guest Post)
By Josh Gitalis (bio below)
If you or your child suffers from allergy-driven conditions like eczema, psoriasis, asthma or allergies, you are likely well aware of the difficulty in treating these conditions. The first line therapies consist of various forms of steroids, and they only bring temporary relief. These conditions manifest from the inside out, so it is no wonder that these treatments are ineffective over the long-term. Read more
I’m not going to lie. Genetically modified food scares the pants of me. Why? Probably mostly because the truth is unknown. I don’t believe there are any long-term studies, conducted by neutral, unbiased scientists that have successfully proven they are safe or harmful to our bodies or the environment. But, there are a lot of scary stories out there and until I know otherwise, I’m going to be cautious and avoid them like the plague. It’s not hard to live a mostly GMO free lifestyle – why don’t you give it a try?
What are GMO’s?
How do they effect your health?
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Today’s guest post is one many of you can probably relate to, I know I sure can. It chronicles the sudden, and unexpected journey from mom to food allergy mom. Our perspectives can change in a flash or in this case, with one bite of food. This post is a reminder of just how fast our lives can change.
How I Became a Food Allergy Mom (Guest Post)
By Elizabeth Flora Ross (Bio below)
“I think she’s allergic to strawberries,” my husband said one night. I was dubious. My daughter’s eyes would water, her nose would run and she would sneeze when she ate them. But I did not recognize those as food allergy symptoms – I dismissed it as seasonal allergies. One evening as we enjoyed a family movie night, our daughter began to complain she was itchy and hot. With only the light from the television, I couldn’t really see her. Then she said she needed to use the potty. When I turned on the light in the bathroom, I was shocked by what I saw. Her face and lips had transformed into a huge, red, swollen rash.
You’ve read some of our updates on the GAPS diet, so for another perspective here is another story from a Certified GAPS Practitioner about her patient’s journey to healing. While the patient has seen improvements, she remains on the diet in hopes of one day being completely healed. Only time will tell how it will go, but things are looking promising for her already.
Are Escalating Food Sensitivities Hampering Your Life? A GAPS Story (Guest Post)
By Jennifer Scribner (Bio below)
One of the most urgent reasons people come to me to learn about the GAPS Diet™ is because they have multiple food allergies and sensitivities.
Take Allison (not her real name), a client who was using an EpiPen 2 to 3 times a month for her anaphylactic food allergy reactions. She’d had digestive problems (along with asthma) most of her life, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she realized they were caused by food sensitivities. Once she figured that out she eliminated those foods and felt better for a couple of weeks. Then she started reacting to new foods that she didn’t have problems with before, so she tried eliminating those too and ended up caught in a vicious cycle. What she reacted to was always rotating and she lived in constant fear of how every food might affect her. Not to mention how terrible she felt all the time, which wasn’t working for her while raising 4 kids and homeschooling.
Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center in the Walt Disney World Resort
November 22, 2014
Celebrating food allergies and celiac disease at one of the top food allergy and gluten free locations in the world. This convention is open to consumers, families, gluten-free and allergen-free companies. Individuals of all ages are welcome and the convention will include: Read more
I’ve asked Dr. Farshchian to help us distinguish between food allergies and sensitivities and to help us better understand testing methods for each. While we’re not sure if food is the root cause of eczema, most of us have experienced first hand how food can trigger flare ups. I hope today’s post can shed some light on the IgE vs. IgG debate – knowing both can trigger eczema and asthma.
Eczema & Asthma – Testing for Food Triggers (Guest Post)
By Dr. Thalia Farshchian, N.D. (Bio below)
Food sensitivity testing is gaining popularity to assist in identifying triggers to chronic conditions like eczema, asthma, nasal congestion and more. To draw a conclusion that a particular food triggers symptoms, the gold standard for identification is an elimination challenge.
The elimination challenge can be quite the challenge in and of itself when you are considering eliminating all of the most common triggers: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nuts. In clinical practice, I have found food sensitivity testing to be a very helpful guide as it alleviates an element of stress on the child and family.