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A New Era for Allergy Friendly Airlines?

Last week Swiss Air announced that they were set to become the world’s first allergy friendly airline.  To confidently make that announcement, they did it after they’d received the quality seal of approval from the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). Many news stories and social media have proclaimed Swiss Air Allergy Free but that’s not what they’ve proclaimed, nor, in my opinion should we ever be calling anything allergy free.  Since so many people have so many differing

Come See Us at the Calgary Gluten Free Expo

We’re so pleased to be coming back to Calgary this Saturday and Sunday, March 29th and 30th for the 2nd annual Gluten Free Expo.  We were part of the inaugural 1 day show last year which was fantastic.  We hope you’ll come and join us at booth #113 for amazing show specials and a chance to win a $50 ecertificate for our Canadian store. The show is at the University of Calgary’s Olympic Speedskating Oval at 2500 University Drive NW,

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Nonuttin’ Brand Beginning Its Departure

When I first incorporated Nonuttin’ Foods way back in 2002, it was with the idea of creating peanut and nut free granola bars.  Peanut and nut allergies were the biggest focus for me, simply because they were 2 of my allergic daughter’s food allergies.  And as a pioneer in the “free from” food manufacturing category, peanut and nut free seemed like a great place to start.  As I got deeper into our product development, I realized that I could also

Society’s Food Obsession Wreaks Havoc on the Food Allergic

I’m beginning to think that we’re a society that is food obsessed. It’s evident every time I turn on the television where food shows proliferate whether you get cable or Netflix.  It’s at the checkout stand where 90% of the magazines have pictures of food or offer recipes for the newest and best creations inside.  If you’ve been on Pinterest at all, you’ll know not to go looking there when you’re hungry.  And most of all, you’ll see an explosion

Why Food Allergies Are Like Volcanoes

I received a compliment last week when a customer mentioned that they appreciated that I tried to focus on the positive food aspects of food allergy in my blogs, tweets and posts because they were tired of hearing the negative so often.  Yippee, a gal after my own heart! It’s not that I don’t acknowledge the down sides of being a food allergy family.  It’s a fact I’m reminded of every day simply by living the life that is our “normal”.  Everything

Is Your Emergency Kit Prepared?

Typhoon Haiyan has dominated the news over the last 2 weeks and rightly so.  With thousands of people killed, millions displaced and remote communities just now seeing their first help after 12 days, it is a natural disaster of enormous proportions.  And while people scramble all over the world to raise funds and send aid, the need is still dire with thousands more at risk as they go without food, water and sanitation. Unfortunately, it takes events such as this

Free Information at the Gluten Free Summit

The Gluten Free Summit is a weeklong online event from November 11-17 that is put on by thedr.com.  Signing up for the Summit is free but each day the webinars are only available for free for 24 hours Today, well known gluten expert, Dr. Alessio Fasano had a 1 hour webinar that blew me away.  Although I have seen him speak live 3 times, I’m amazed by how much more is new in research about both Celiac and non-Celiac gluten

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups 25% Off Now

Warm days are settling into cold mornings and so it’s the perfect time to enjoy Libre Naturals’  oatmeal cups.  Available in 4 flavors in the USA under the Nonuttin’ brand: Daily Hug (apples and cinnamon) Pacific Coast Morning (blueberries and cranberries) Sunny Start (raw sunflower seeds, cranberries and raisins) Morning Mojo (raw sunflower seeds, apples, blueberries and cinnamon) And in 5 flavours in Canada under the Dlish Eatz brand: An Apple a Day (apples and cinnamon) Blue Eyed Berry (blueberries and cranberries)

Are You Waiting to Administer Epinephrine During Anaphylaxis?

A new study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation has shown that anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction) is more common than previously thought.  Rates thought to be about 1 in 50 (1.6%) Americans could be closer to 1 in 20 (5.1%). What has also come to light in this study is that the vast majority of those experiencing anaphylaxis were unprepared for proper treatment with only 11% of reactions getting epinephrine for treatment.  Given that immediate epinephrine is the treatment standard,

Could You Have Oral Allergy Syndrome?

I’ve been struck recently by how many people have mentioned being allergic to a plethora of raw fruits and vegetables.  My ears perk up when I hear that people mention that it’s only a problem with raw foods and often mention apple skins. What many people don’t realize is that they may have a condition called Oral Allergy Syndrome.  Similar in so many ways to food allergies, Oral Allergy Syndrome is often misdiagnosed as food allergies yet it is different in a

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