Category Archives: Food Allergies

Pesticides in tap water, produce linked to food allergies

Pesticides in tap water

Contaminated Tap Water May Lead To Food Allergies

Pesticides in produce and drinking water may be playing a role in the increasing prevalence of food allergies, according to a new study.  Researchers looked at 2,211 people and found those in the top 25% for urine concentrations of chemical dichlorophenols – used to chlorinate tap water and keep pests off produce – were also 80% more likely to have a food allergy.

“Adults can develop food allergies even though they’re not kids anymore,” says allergist and study author Dr. Elina Jerschow. “Adult allergies to foods are on the rise. That certainly includes shellfish and fish allergies, but also peanuts. We don’t know what influences this development. But having been exposed to dichlorophenols in our study suggests there could be some link.”Researchers believe dichlorophenols may alter the composition of healthy bacteria growing in the human gut, which plays an active role in immune system functioning. Read more about the study detailing the link between pesticides and allergies.

Source: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/04/pesticides-in-tap-water-produce-linked-to-food-allergies/?hpt=he_c2

Thanksgiving Allergy Guide

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and with it the inescapable march toward excessive food consumption is poised to begin. But those affected by food allergies need not retreat. While Thanksgiving may pose some challenges for the 12 million Americans with food sensitivities, it is still possible to enjoy the holiday. For starters, experts say, let go of your worries about hurting chef grandma’s feelings.

Allergic Reaction to Thanksgiving Dinner

Make sure you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Since the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act took effect in 2006, foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administrationmust have labels that clearly establish the source of all ingredients that are — or are derived from — the eight most common food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. These substances account for 90 percent of food reactions.

Click to read some super tips about how to keep your family safe and healthy while having a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

10 Point Halloween Allergy Plan For Your Child

Kids love Halloween. How do parents make sure their kids are safe from allergies on Halloween? Here is a plan to help.

Food allergies at Halloween

Protect Your Ghosts and Goblins From Allergies!

  1. First and foremost is prevention. If you’re not sure what your children are allergic to, you can’t prevent a reaction. You can get tested at your doctor’s office or perhaps it’s more convenient and affordable to purchase a home allergy test kit.
  2. Your child should needs to know what treats they are taking. If he or she is allergic to wheat, only gluten-free goodies are allowed! Here are some great recipes for gluten-free treats specifically for Halloween.
  3. Talk to parents and teachers about providing non-candy treats such as haunting stickers, witch finger puppets, spider rings or glow in the dark ghost stickers. They are many fun things that your child may enjoy even more than candy and will definitely last longer.
  4. Review the labels of any treats your child brings home. The terms can be confusing sometimes so if there’s an ingredient you don’t recognize be sure to look it up first.
  5. Make-up can trigger skin allergies so be sure to investigate their face paint before applying it.
  6. If your loved one is going to a haunted house, get the details first as fog machines can trigger allergic reactions and asthma.
  7. When you get out Halloween decorations from last year or a hand-me-down costume, wipe them down and wash them off first. They may be dusty or even have mold spores depending on where they were stored.
  8. Pumpkin patches can harbor mold in damp areas. It may be best to head to your local farmer’s market for a pre-picked pumpkin that you can take home and wash before the carving ensues.
  9. If your kid is not too embarrassed, accompany them to any Halloween events they participate in (classroom party, trick-or-treating, haunted house). If they are embarrassed, be sure they are educated enough to be safe or make a parental executive decision that’s best for your family.
  10. Be sure to carry an epi pin or your child’s allergy plan just in case.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Sources: http://www.acaai.org/allergist/news/New/Pages/Halloween-Fun.aspx                                                                                                 http://news.yahoo.com/top-tricks-managing-food-allergies-halloween-110223346.html

 

Allergy Expert Warns Airlines Are ‘Risking Lives’

Airlines may be putting lives at risk by showing a lack of interest in catering for the needs of passengers with certain food allergies.

Dr Jane Lucas, a respiratory and allergy specialist at Southampton General Hospital, said flights were a particular danger to sufferers due to inconsistent information provided by companies and called on them to take responsibility for their customers.  She spoke out following a study, published in the journal Clinical and Translational Allergy, which looked at the experiences of 32 patients with nut or peanut allergy and how they cope with travel.

Click to read more about the study on allergy sufferer on airplanes or click to find out if you are suffering from allergies so you can learn what precautions are necessary both in the air and on the ground.

City Kids More Likely to Have Food Allergies Than Rural Ones: Population Density Is Key Factor, Study Finds

Urban areas increase chance for allergies in kids

Children living in urban centers have a much higher prevalence of food allergies than those living in rural areas, according to a new study, which is the first to map children’s food allergies by geographical location in the United States. In particular, kids in big cities are more than twice as likely to have peanut and shellfish allergies compared to rural communities. Click to read more about the affect of allergies in cities.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120607105858.htm

Helping People with Food Issues to Have a Great Life—The Super Allergy Cookbook

As a life-long food allergy sufferer, and the parent of three food-allergic children, author and speaker Lisa Lundy writes and speaks from experience in her extraordinary cookbook dedicated to improving the lives of the more than 75 million Americans suffering from various food intolerances and sensitivities, the 2.2 million American celiac (gluten) disease sufferers, and 12 million Americans faced with life-threatening food allergies.

More than a cookbook, this publication is actually the definitive textbook on the study of cooking for (and living with) food allergies, celiac disease, and intolerances. Whether you or someone you know are allergic to gluten (wheat), casein (dairy), lactose, eggs, nuts, or other foods, Lisa’s book offers cooking tips and a survival guide to what you should and should not eat. Overall, there are 225 recipes and over 100 pages of useful information to help you get your life back!

Her Mission:

  • To empower adults and parents in the area of food, food allergies, celiac disease, the gluten-free diet, the gluten-free/ casein-free diet, and health in general.
  • To provide resources, products, recipes and information on these topics that will help consumers, practitioners, and organizations.
  • To help you be able to bake and cook great foods for you and your family minus the offending gluten, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, or other allergens.

Check out her website at www.superallergycookbook.com to purchase your copy!

Food Allergy: A National and Deadly Problem

Do you wonder if you or your child might have food allergies?

Don’t guess, test! ImmuneTech offers a blood test for 10 of the most common allergens that is accessible and affordable. It’s a simple process. Order the test kit, prick your finger at home, return the test kit with your sample, and your test results are accessed using a secure log-in online. This test has been FDA cleared and proficiency demonstrated by the College of American Pathology. Visit www.immunetech.com to order your test kit today.

The following is an excellent article by Special to American News Report on February 21, 2012.

“Max Rosland, a 7-year-old elementary school student from Carter Lake, Iowa, was placed on a heart-lung bypass machine last month because of a severe allergic reaction to a peanut he ate at school. He survived. Ammaria Johnson, a first-grader from Richmond, Virginia went into anaphylactic shock and tragically died January 2 after eating a peanut her classmate gave her during recess.

The frequent and harrowing stories of food allergies have prompted a national outcry for schools to carry epinephrine (an emergency medicine that combats allergic reaction) and for parents to have their children tested for food allergies.

“This type of tragedy happens more often than you think,” said Darshana Alle, MD, an immunologist certified with the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, and practicing physician with the Allergy and Asthma Care Centers in Arlington, Virginia. “It’s something that parents and schools must be prepared to address.”

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) reports that food allergies alone cause 30,000 anaphylactic shock episodes and 140 deaths each year.

Anaphylaxis: The Potentially Deadly Allergic Reaction

The most dreaded manifestation of food allergy is anaphylaxis, a rapid-onset allergic reaction that can cause death. It most commonly presents with skin, respiratory, cardiac or gastrointestinal symptoms, where at least two organ systems are affected. If the cardiovascular system is affected, it can lead to potential shock and death. Anaphylaxis is always a medical emergency.

Click to read more about steps parents can take to avoid tragedy.

Reference site: http://americannewsreport.com/food-allergy-a-national-and-deadly-problem-8813227.html