Archive for August, 2006

Put your questions to enzyme expert, “The Food Allergy Cure” author

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

A press release from NPICenter.com: “Dr. Ellen Cutler, author of MicroMiracles: Discover the Healing Power of Enzymes, will respond to questions posted in the health forum on Prevention Magazine’s website from August 28th until September 1st. Dr. Cutler presents workshops and seminars on enzyme therapy to health care professionals around the world and is the founder of BioSET, an innovative healing system combining enzyme therapy with other complementary medicine disciplines. In addition to MicroMiracles: Discover the Healing Power of Enzymes, she is the author of the groundbreaking books Winning the War against Asthma and Allergies and The Food Allergy Cure.” Read more here.

Six things every parent (even those without FA children) needs to know

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From Boston, Massachusetts’ TownOnline.com: “Even if you don’t have a child with food allergies, chances are someone in your child’s class, neighborhood or camp does. Here’s a few things every parent should know…” Read more here.

College senior sees first-hand need for better school food labeling

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From South Bend, Michigan’s The Observer serving Notre Dame and St. Mary’s: “One and a half million Americans suffer from peanut allergies, many of which are severe and can induce poignant reactions resulting in extreme difficulty in breathing. Such reactions necessitate immediate Emergency Medical care. This weekend, a lack of labeling in North Dining Hall, a bite of a peanut butter cookie and a freshman with a tongue beginning to swell and throat beginning to close led to my first trip to the ER this semester as a resident assistant. Spooning multiple tablespoons of Benadryl and giving pats on the back don’t always do the trick.” Read the remainder of this college senior’s opinion and readers’comments here.

Less allergic kids exposed to peanuts by mistake

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From UK’s Reuters.co.uk: “Children with peanut allergies may be less likely to accidentally eat peanut-containing foods than in years past, but the problem still needs attention, a Canadian study suggests. In a study of 252 children with peanut allergy, researchers found that over a year, about 14 percent accidentally ingested peanut allergens. That’s lower than what’s been reported in previous studies — suggesting, according to the study authors, that preventive measures are helping.” Read more here.

Why can’t my kid have a PB&J at school?

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From Richmond, Virginia’s TimesDispatch.com: “Many schools now have a ban on foods manufactured with certain products, mostly peanuts, because of food allergies. It seems like a harmless idea at first, but why do I have to adjust my life for a minority who may have an allergy? I want to make my kid a peanut butter sandwich, darn it. If I had a child with an allergy, I wouldn’t expect the world to change for me. This is another case of responsibility being taken out of parents’ hands. – Dagny J. Collier, Henrico” Read the answer here.

Check out the second letter, which was written in response to Collier’s original question, here.

Breastfeeding FA baby

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From Washington’s Seattle Times: “Tracey Delamarter studies food labels like textbooks, searching for ingredients that could sicken her 10-month-old daughter, Maggie. Like a rising number of children, Maggie suffers from severe food allergies, a condition that causes her to have an allergic reaction to her mother’s milk after her mom has eaten certain foods. So until Maggie is weaned, Delamarter has to be careful what she eats — really, really careful.” Read more here.

Colorado will walk for FAAN

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From Denver, Colorado’s YourHub.com: “Twelve million Americans have food allergies. Some food allergies are life threatening to thousands of children. Family and friends of these children have joined together to help find a cure with the first ever Colorado Food Allergy Walk: Moving Toward a Cure. The walk will take place on Saturday, September 9th at Clement Park in Littleton. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the opening ceremonies and walk will start at 9:00 a.m. The walk is benefiting the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), the nation’s leading nonprofit, patient advocacy organization. Proceeds will help fund education and research programs.” Read more here.

Teens take more risks, even with FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From New Jersey’s Packetonline.com: “A person with a food allergy has to know every ingredient in every piece of food he or she eats. Even a trace amount of an allergen can cause a dangerous reaction. Unfortunately, a recent study shows that many teenagers with food allergies are not being careful enough, and they are risking their lives because of it. Fifty-four percent of teens with food allergies said they sometimes deliberately eat food without checking the ingredients, according to a study published in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The study, conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, concludes that these teens take chances with food because of peer pressure. They don’t want to be viewed as different because of their allergy. What can we learn from this study?” Read more here.

Candy sales benefit national food allergy group

Posted by SB Anderson on August 26th, 2006

A press release from SBWire.com: “Martha MacDougall, President and Owner of Kellie’s Candies Nut-Free Confections Inc., announced today their signing of a licensing agreement with Marc Brown Studios of Hingham, MA, creators of the popular children’s television program, Arthur™. The Woburn confectioner will produce nut-free chocolate bars bearing the likenesses of characters created by local author, Marc Brown. Sales of the nut-free bars have already begun at Kellie’s Candies website with proceeds being donated to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) of Alexandria, VA, and other groups that provide food allergy education and awareness programs. Last year, WGBH-TV in association with Marc Brown Studios, produced an episode of the famous cartoon titled ‘Binky Goes Nuts’ where one of the characters, ‘Binky Barnes’ learns he has a life-threatening peanut allergy. Martha MacDougall appears on the show with her daughter Kellie, who is the inspiration for the company and also suffers from a peanut allergy.” Read more here.

New law helps students with health concerns

Posted by SB Anderson on August 26th, 2006

From Salt Lake City, Utah’s KSL.com: “Kids with health problems are starting school this year with a new law that protects them and the schools, should they need help. It’s a clear victory for some, but an ongoing battle for others.” Read the details here.