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Check out this fantastic idea from the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) blog. Kids with celiac disease and food allergies often have to forego Halloween treats– here’s a way to spread cheer and get kids away from candy overload in general.

FARE Teal Pumpkin

This Halloween, FARE is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!

Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and we hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come.

Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, stamps, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. Oriental Trading or Amazon are websites used by many parents to order these items (visit smile.amazon.com to shop on Amazon and donate a portion…

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Here’s a great infographic from FARE. Food allergies are very serious and becoming more common. The American diet is overloaded with gluten, sugar, soy, and dairy products– is it any wonder that our bodies are starting to fight back?

May is Food Allergy Action Month. Pass it on!



Food Allergy Research & Education.

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1in133.org - Support Gluten-Free Food Labeling

You Supporting This – 1 in 133 – It’s a BIG Deal.

Those of us with celiac disease and gluten intolerance can become very ill from minute amounts of gluten, the protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Years ago the FDA was tasked with making proper gluten-free labeling a reality. Yet we are still waiting for this to happen. (more…)

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(duh dun, dun dun, dun dun)

Here WE belong
Fighting for the rice milk–
We have to make prosciutto for you all!

In the privacy of my own car and kitchen, I am a rock star. Aren’t you?

This culinary take on Queen’s Princes of the Universe is the perfect accompaniment for a hearty chicken pot pie with a bacon infusion. Channeling rock and roll’s greatest front man while slicing carrots and dicing garlic is a therapeutic, refreshing experience. Just don’t stab anyone with your makeshift bottomless microphone stand. (more…)

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Thank you to a friend who watches gluten-related news like a hawk for this article. Melinda Beck of The Wall Street Journal just published this article on gluten sensitivity:

This article talks about the three distinct kinds of reactions to gluten/wheat, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. Here is an excerpt:

A new study in the journal BMC Medicine… shows gluten can set off a distinct reaction in the intestines and the immune system, even in people who don’t have celiac disease.

“For the first time, we have scientific evidence that indeed, gluten sensitivity not only exists, but is very different from celiac disease,” says lead author Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research.

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The February edition of the IBS Treatment Center newsletter is available! http://www.ibstreatmentcenter.com/Newsletters/Feb11.pdf

Dr. Steve Wangen of Seattle has one of the best websites on digestive health out there. His newsletter is always packed full of interesting information for people with these and other issues.

This month’s edition discusses migraines and how they can sometimes be eliminated by a change in diet. There is also information on how to get connected with support groups, upcoming conferences, and cooking classes.

To sign up for the newsletter, visit Dr. Wangen’s website at http://www.ibstreatmentcenter.com/index.htm and fill in the boxes on the left sidebar.

You are almost guaranteed to learn something new by browsing around the website. I frequently refer people to it because it has examples and explanations of food allergy testing.

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Food Allergies 2

Today I read an article on a psychology website that really hit a nerve. It discussed the anxiety that children can feel when they have food allergies and the overreactions of some of their parents.

What bothered me is that the commentary seemed to downplay how serious and widespread food allergies are. It also addressed gluten intolerance as if it’s not a real condition.

Of course I posted a comment in response. The author’s experience and expertise are valid. She is a professional psychologist and I am not. But I’m afraid that the article might perpetuate longstanding myths and stereotypes about food allergic people. (more…)

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School Lunch

Sandwiched into the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which I strongly opposed because of its boost to large corporations, potential damage to family farmers, increased federal control over our food supply, and inevitable effect of raising food costs, was one ray of sunshine. The president just signed this bill into law yesterday.

FAAN is reporting that after five years of lobbying, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act Becomes Law – FAAN. To quote from FAAN’s press release:

As a result of FAAMA, the federal government will create voluntary, national guidance materials for managing food allergies in our nation’s schools. This will have a tremendous impact across the country as schools face the challenges presented by the increasing prevalence of children with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in fact, reported that food allergy among children under 18 increased 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, and estimates that these children experience more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits per year related to food allergy.


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In all my years of employment and volunteer work with government agencies, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the words “food allergies” mentioned in disaster planning. Reality is, if there is a disaster and people with special dietary considerations need food, the government may not be able to help.

I recently contacted FEMA about this. Here is part of my communication to them:

My concerns have to do with people with celiac disease and other severe food allergies. A standard cache of emergency food that most people consume without hesitation could harm or even kill us. If we don’t have access to food that we’ve stockpiled—if we’ve even done that—we could starve while everyone else is eating emergency rations. (more…)

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When you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you give up normal soy sauce because it contains wheat. When you learn you have a sensitivity to soy, you give up gluten-free soy sauce. So what’s left that’s like soy sauce?

For me, that question went unanswered until last week when I discovered Coconut Aminos: http://www.coconutsecret.com/aminos2.html. It’s been five to ten years since I’ve had anything like soy sauce, and it’s good to be back! (more…)

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