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!
- 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!
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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
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.
Symptoms of food allergies
“The question that makes parents of severely food-allergic kids lose the most sleep: how will they know when their child is experiencing what could be a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction.
Note: STOP right here if you are reading this because you believe that your child is experiencing a severe reaction. Step away from the computer and follow your doctor’s emergency instructions (such as administering the EpiPen and calling 911.)
OK–so back to the question. This is a wonderful thing to discuss with your doctor because symptoms vary depending on the person. If your child has experienced only “mild” reactions in the past, be sure to get very clear details from your allergist about what to look for.
If you see the following symptoms, it may indicate a food allergy reaction:
Itchy skin rashes (eczema, also called dermatitis)
Click to read about additional symptoms and signs of allergic reactions.