Archive for August, 2004

Allergies can cause all kinds of problems

Posted by SB Anderson on August 31st, 2004

This About.com feature describes the many ways allergies can affect people, from hives to anaphylaxis. The story covers more than food allergies and it’s very basic in its content. However, the page also includes many other links that may prove helpful in your research. Check it out here

Trenton bishop to meet Pope

Posted by SB Anderson on August 31st, 2004

The Trenton, NJ Catholic bishop who oversees the diocese that rescinded an 8-year-old girl’s first Holy Communion, will meet with the Pope in Rome next week. Apparently, the bishop is traveling to the Vatican to discuss some cases of interest with the Pope. The bishop’s office will not confirm that one of those issues is the celiac-communion controversy that erupted when the diocese negated the girl’s communion because she took a rice wafer. The Catholic Church requires that the communion wafer contain at least some small amount of wheat. This is only one of the controversial issues the Trenton bishop and his diocese is facing. This story gives a good explanation and chronology of the celiac-communion issue. Read more here….

Girl, 13, dies after eating chocolate bar. Was it the dairy?

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2004

This brief report, tragically, chronicles the very last moments of a 13-year-old’s life. Dolly Way was waiting at a bus stop in England with a friend. Dolly, who was said to have a dairy allergy, was eating a chocolate bar. She collapsed and died right there on the sidewalk. There’s no mention of emergency medication (Did she carry epinephrine?). However, because the cause of death was listed as acute cardiorespiratory failure; some are questioning whether this was caused by an allergic reaction. An allergist even expresses doubt, commenting on how rare it is for someone to die from an allergic reaction. I thought the statement rather odd. Death by anaphylaxis may not be common, but it is certainly possible. We’ll keep an eye on updates. Check the story out here

The sweet, peanut-free life

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2004

When daughter Kellie was diagnosed with a peanut allergy, the MacDougalls learned firsthand how difficult finding safe candy could be. Many peanut-free chocolate candy is made in the same facility as candy containing peanuts. A bake sale experiment with chocolate, peanut-free lollipops turned the family into entrepreneurs. Soon, they were cranking out all kinds of chocolate candy — all safe for Kellie. They began marketing their products and have been turning a profit almost since the inception of Kellie’s Candies Nut-Free Confections. Read here to see how this Wilmington, MA family rose to the challenge of their daughter’s peanut allergy….

Low-Carb stores offer franchise opportunites

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2004

Lean On Me Enterprises is offering franchise opportunities in 23 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas of the United States. The company is seeking “carb-conscious” entrepreneurs to run their own franchised Lean On Me Low Carb Center stores. The company offers a variety of low-carb and carb-free foods, as well as wheat- and gluten-free products. Read more here

Freedom Foods’ specialty items bail out soy-milk parent company

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2004

Freedom Foods, makers of specialty health foods, will bring in enough money to save its floundering soy-milk producing parent So Natural. The health food market is really heating up and with the increase in food allergies and diabetes, more people are looking for specialty foods like those free of gluten, peanut or milk, for instance. Projections indicate that Freedom Foods will pull in $12 million in 2005, contributing about a quarter of So Natural’s takings. See Australia’s Herald Sun business story here

Got Milk? Do we need even more?

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2004

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Friday endorsed what amounts to a 50% boost in milk consumption, according to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal. This endorsement will make its way into the 2005 dietary guidelines, which are conveyed in the food pyramid.

How could it be that the previous recommendations were so inadequate? Well, perhaps they are not. The story reports that the National Dairy Council, funded by the nation’s dairy farmers, spent $4 million to $5 million on research last year, much of it concluding that the calcium and other nutrients in vitamin-fortified milk, cheese and other milk products help keep people of all ages healthy. Nearly a third of the dairy studies cited in the Committee’s report were written by a researcher who has received National Dairy Council funding either for immediate or past work, according to records from the organization and other funding disclosures on published papers. See the connection now?

The Wall Street Journal is posting this story for seven days (beginning today, Aug. 30, 2004) before archiving it, so check it out here soon….

What is celiac disease?

Posted by SB Anderson on August 29th, 2004

This Manilatimes.com article gives the reader an inside look at what it’s like to have celiac disease, from symptoms and diagnosis to treatments and the future. This story may leave you with a better appreciation for their challenges in a gluten-filled world. Read more here

Humans who have food allergies are not alone; dogs & cats do, too!

Posted by SB Anderson on August 29th, 2004

If your dog or cat is doing a ridiculous amount of scratching, biting or even pulling its hair out — pay attention. Your pet may be reacting to flea bites or an allergic reaction. In addition to suffering from the same environmental allergies, such as dust, mold or pollen; dogs and cats react to certain foods. According to the Food and Drug Administration, fish, milk, beef and eggs are most likely to trigger an allergic reaction in cats. Ingredients most likely to cause allergy problems for a dog are beef, soy, chicken, milk, corn, wheat and eggs. See the story here

If you think your dog or cat has food allergies, check out these sites for more info and check with your veterinarian:

Columbia Animal Hospital

College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disney’s Family Fun Magazine online

Deadly food allergies on the rise. What does that mean for us?

Posted by SB Anderson on August 27th, 2004

The Toronto Star online ran a story that addresses the rise in anaphylactic allergies and explores what that means for the food allergic, their communities and schools. The article sheds some light on the dangers food allergic children and adults face, as well as the research that is ongoing. The story makes a special mention of Sabrina Shannon, a 13-year-old who was allergic to milk. soy and peanuts, and died after eating french fries in her school’s cafeteria. Her death came just two years after she had written/recorded a show for CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) Radio about the precautions kids with life-threatening allergies must take. When you hear the radio show, you’ll realize how educated she was. If it can happen to Sabrina, then surely it can happen to anyone. Read the Star story here