Archive for July, 2004


Posted by RoseBoccio on July 5th, 2004
  • Family Has Run-In With Airline Over Peanut Policy. ? Here
  • Grandparents discuss what parents face today. ? Here
  • Another one not quite getting it: “Craig Martin, sales associate for Chapman’s Ice Cream, a creamery based in Markdale, southeast of Owen Sound, says among their offerings is lactose-free ice cream for consumers who have a milk allergy, and sugar-free for diabetics.” ? Here

College Survival Tips for Allergies and Asthma

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 5th, 2004

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology listed these food allergy tips in a news release timed for soon-to-be college freshmen:

  • Let your roommate and resident assistant know what foods you are allergic to and ways of identifying an allergic reaction
  • Ask your roommate not to eat foods that you are allergic to in your room
  • Speak with the student health center about food allergies and anaphylaxis, also identify where the closest hospital is in case of emergencies.
  • Teach your roommate how to use an Epi-pen (R) and carry it with you at all times
  • Be cautious when eating in the cafeteria and other restaurant-type settings, foods are easily cross-contaminated and you need to be careful
  • Speak with the cafeteria manager to see if there are meals specifically for students with food allergies

Full “Freshman 15” List | Full Press Release

Two new types of food allergy appear in Japan

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 5th, 2004

Two new types of food allergy are spreading in Japan, causing asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as nettle rash, diarrhea and vomiting, with these symptoms persisting indefinitely. One new type of food allergy is called “oral allergy syndrome.” While eating fruits and vegetables, one feels a prickling pain and itching in the mouth. This was first reported in Europe and the United States in the 1980s. . . .The other new type of food allergy is called “anaphylaxis induced by food and exercise,” but it is rare. → Full Story

More food allergy education needed

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 5th, 2004

( At its Annual Meeting in Chicago last month, the American Medical Association recommended that schools provide more student and teacher education on food allergies. Schools also should have guidelines to deal with food allergy emergencies and anaphylaxis kits on the premises with at least one staff member trained in their use. . . .The new AMA policy also recognized that airplanes can be dangerous for people with food allergies. Commercial airlines are required to have medical emergency supplies on board, but physicians who have dealt with food allergy incidents say they are often complicated by personnel’s lack of knowledge. → Full Story

Why this Weblog? And why me?

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 4th, 2004

Just before his second birthday, we nearly lost our younger son to a gulp of milk. I remember the jumble of feelings quite clearly: the fear, the loneliness, the paranoia and an utter lack of knowledge. What is anaphylaxis? How do we know the food we feed him does not have milk in it? How can non-dairy foods have milk protein? The answers were not at our fingertips.

Hours and hours of researching, asking questions, reading still fill my weeks. Fortunately, we found the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and I belong to an online support group, Parents of Food Allergic Kids (POFAK — everything seems to be an acronym, doesn’t it?). Both have provided information we need to keep our son safe and to teach him how to do the job himself — since he’s almost 12 years old now.

Along the way, I have gained a better understanding of what people who have other food allergies face. We all know that learning about and living with food allergies is time-consuming, as well as physically and emotionally exhausting. It changes our lives.

Yet, we have other activities, jobs, family members, friends and more to fill our lives. Who has the time and energy to look for information? Well, now I do…since our younger son is heading into junior high and our older one is starting his sophomore year of college.

My husband set up this Weblog (being the computer whiz that he is) so I can put my long-dormant reporter skills to good use. I hope to provide the information and links you need to educate yourselves, your families, your children and their caregivers….whomever you think needs to learn more about food allergies.

If you have suggestions that would make more helpful to you, feel free to email me! And if you want to share your own food allergy experiences or tips, please do. That’s why this Weblog is here, and that’s why I’m doing it.

— Rose Boccio

Rose Boccio is a free-lance journalist with an abundance of personal and professional knowledge about food allergies. She is a former parenting columnist and reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, whose work was distributed nationally by the KRT news wire; a former contributor to South Florida Parenting magazine; and has been a free-lance writer for the Chicago Tribune.