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Breakthroughs in Food Allergy “Cures”

Before getting started on some interesting updates on food allergy research, note that in the title I put “cures” in quotations.  This is because headlines are often trumpeting a cure and when you read the article, you find that the “cure” is years of research away, may have been testing on a sample too small to have conclusive data or isn’t a cure at all, merely another step to the potential for a cure. So let’s just say that several

Oral Food Challenge: Worth the Risk?

It’s a tragic time in the food allergic community as we mourn the loss of another child to food allergies.  On July 30th, Alistair, aged 3 of Alabama, passed away after participating in a baked milk challenge at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.  What makes Alistair’s death even more alarming is that this is reportedly the first food allergy challenge death recorded.  At this time, the circumstances surrounding Alistair’s death have not been shared to allow the family privacy

Airport Emergency Epi-Pens – An Amazing Sight

Here in Canada we’ve never had a fight to allow children to self-carry their own epinephrine injection device.  Because of that, we’ve also not had the same fight as allergic people have had in the US to have schools and other public buildings have epinephrine available that could be used for any person experiencing anaphylaxis. So imagine my surprise when I was at my small regional airport to send my daughter back to university for summer classes on May 12 and saw

New NIAID Guidelines for Preventing Peanut Allergy

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has issued new guidelines for the introduction of peanut containing foods to infants who are at high risk for the development of peanut allergy.  It has made the national news in Canada and has been seen as quite controversial, particularly in the food allergy community.  Read the details from NIAID:  https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/food-allergy Therefore, I had an email today asking my opinion on that controversy.  So here is what I emailed back –

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Did you know you can use our Libre Naturals bulk oatmeal in cookies? It’s already got all sorts of yummy goodies like fruit and/or raw seeds to add flavor and nutrition. And since it’s already got cane sugar in it, you’ll only need to mix in a smaller amount of soft brown sugar to get a delectable cookie your family will love: Recipe: 1 cup butter/alternative, softened 3/4 cup soft brown sugar 1 egg/alternative 2 cups Libre Naturals bulk gluten

Labeling Non-GMOs – Confusion Reigns

My goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t posted onto my blog for a year.  It’s not that I haven’t been busy writing and posting on different platforms, but time sure does fly!  So it’s time to get back to it. Today I’ve got a bug to share since I’ve been educating one of our distributors on genetic modification and labelling.  For those who have followed me for some time, you know that I prefer to stay off of bandwagons and

Food Allergy Science vs Parents

Due to several misleading media reports over the last couple of weeks, a new study that shows that feeding young children peanuts reduces the incidence of peanut allergy has caused a great deal of angst in the parents of food allergic children.  I should know, I’m one of them. For years, I felt guilty because I gave my food allergic child peanut butter at the age of 1, just as recommendations for the introduction of major food allergens were changing

Oat Porridge for a Long Life

You may have heard in the news in January that a Scottish woman, Jessie Gallan, had turned 109.  When asked the secret to her longevity, she answered that it was her daily bowl of porridge and avoiding men. While I’m not advocating the avoiding men part (at least not today), I wholeheartedly agree with the daily porridge.  For those of you who don’t speak British, porridge is oatmeal.  Sometimes it’s plain, sometimes it’s with added fruit and seeds while others add

Nourishing New Year’s Habits – Yes, You Can!

Did you feel the pressure to make a New Year’s resolution?  If you made one, has it stuck or now, 2 weeks in, have you already fallen off the wagon? Did you tell yourself that you would cut something out?  Sugar, fat, carbs, salt?  Trying to eat better is a great goal and one worth pursing but cutting ourselves off of something has the tendency to come right back on us.  If your doctor has told you that you must

Getting Closer to Allergen Threshold Levels

English research about food allergen threshold levels has been published that gives hope to food allergy sufferers.  The research was published Monday, January 12 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  An overview of the research can be seen here:  http://globalnews.ca/news/1771059/5-common-food-allergies-how-much-is-enough-to-trigger-a-reaction/ Threshold levels are those levels at which someone with a given food allergy will react, even if they are very sensitive.  We already use threshold levels in food production and labeling today with gluten and sulfites.  Both the

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