Food Allergy Awareness Week in Canada

Apr 30

According to Journal 47 from Tuesday April 28th, 2009 a Motion was passed approving May4-May 8 to be Food Allergy Awareness Week! No other info has come out of this but be sure we will be keepign an eye on this! Great news! Source from here. Share...

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Take Action to Prevent Reactions

Apr 29

Spreading the word! This FAAN article is getting lots of press and lets take care to practice these actions and CAP it every day! Take Action to Prevent Reactions during Food Allergy Awareness Week FAIRFAX, Va. (April 28, 2009) – As part of its ongoing efforts to educate people about food allergies and reduce risk-taking behavior during Food Allergy Awareness Week and on a daily basis, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) reminds everyone to CAP It! Carry your medicine. Avoid your allergen. Plan ahead to prevent a reaction. Simply put, CAP It can save a life. For the 12th annual Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 10-16, 2009, FAAN is highlighting the need for improved education and awareness about food allergies and the need to “Take Action, Prevent Reactions.” These efforts are vital to improving safety and avoiding a reaction, whether it’s teaching a child’s classmates how to recognize the signs of an allergic reaction or encouraging teachers, athletic directors, or other school officials to learn how to use an epinephrine auto-injector. Though food allergies can be fatal, this is a condition that can be safely managed through education and preparedness. “Food allergies can be challenging to manage, but we know that reactions can be prevented by taking a few simple steps,” said Julia Bradsher, CEO of FAAN. “Adults and children with food allergies and their families can empower themselves every day by taking steps to safeguard against reactions. By sharing their knowledge with others during Food Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the year, we hope to reduce the number of reactions and save lives.” As the prevalence of food allergy rises, particularly among children, there is an increasing need for education and awareness about food allergies as well. About 12 million Americans, including 3 million children, have food allergies. While there are many encouraging research studies underway, there is no cure for food allergies. Avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. “Food Allergy Awareness Week is a really good opportunity for people with food allergies to go out in the community and tell people exactly what they want them to know about food allergies,” said Caitlin Krutsick, 17, of Bethlehem, Pa., who is allergic to...

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Man died an hour after being treated for peanut allergy

Apr 27

This tragic story has to be told. Why do health professionals feel that a study that is still in it’s infancy is safe to practice on patients? This should never have been done, let alone on someone who is known to have severe allergies to peanuts. I stronly urge anyone who is approached by thier allergenist to consider this story.    A man who suffered from a peanut allergy collapsed and died from severe anaphylactic shock less than an hour after receiving treatment for his allergy from an alternative medicine practitioner.   Dublin Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that Thomas Schatten (43), of Marina Village, Malahide, Co Dublin, collapsed and died in the living room of his home on the evening of May 18, 2005. He had earlier been treated for the peanut allergy by kinesiologist Dr Brett Stevens, who told the inquest that Mr Schatten ate a small bit of peanut during his appointment, to which he had no reaction. The allergy elimination technique used by Dr Stevens, who is also a chiropractor, is called NAET and involves “muscle testing”. The inquest heard that Mr Schatten, an editor and writer, had received the treatment on four previous occasions for his peanut allergy and suffered no ill effects. Following the treatment, Mr Schatten, who had experienced two anaphylactic reactions in the past, went to the bathroom and Dr Stevens, upon hearing coughing coming from the toilet, asked Mr Schatten if he was all right. Mr Schatten, who suffered from asthma, said he had a bit of a cough and that his chest was tight and indicated he wanted to go home to get his medication for asthma. Reaction He left the clinic at 5.20pm. Dr Stevens told the court he didn’t think Mr Schatten was having an anaphylactic reaction. He said he was aware that he had suffered a reaction to peanuts when he was young and avoided them prior to beginning the treatment. About 15 minutes later, Dr Stevens rang Mr Schatten to make sure he was all right. Mr Schatten could only say the words “breathing” and “ambulance”. After arranging for an ambulance to be called, Dr Stevens made his way to Mr Schatten’s apartment. He found him...

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Nurse practitioner answers some frequently asked food-allergy questions

Apr 24

I like posting these types of articles because it brings to the forefront some common questions regarding food allergies. You can never have too much info about what to do or how to know what it is.   Nurse practitioner and manager of the Bunning Food Allergy Program at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Christine Szychlinski, is recruiting parents for an extensive, ongoing study to determine the causes of food allergies. She explains some food allergy basics:   Q:  How are food allergies different from food sensitization and desensitization? A:  A food allergy really happens with every ingestion. You cannot eat cheese one day and not tolerate milk the next and think it’s a cow’s milk allergy. Sensitization to food is a positive allergy test without a history of an allergic reaction. At one point in time your body recognized that as an allergen, but not to the point where it would make you ill. Sensitization is a process where people can eat the food in prescribed doses and can tolerate it, but they must eat it every day. However, if you stop eating the food, your allergy will re-emerge. That is not what we want overall for families. What we want for the children is tolerance. Tolerance means a person can eat the food in any amount at any time. Q:  How prevalent are food allergies? A:  Six percent of young children have food allergies and 4 percent of the adult population. The prevalence of food allergies is growing worldwide. There are approximately 150 deaths per year and 90 percent of those are preventable. Cow’s milk is the most common allergy among young children. Egg white is another common allergy that has become a bigger issue for children since we now recommend that children get an influenza vaccine grown in egg at six months of age. Peanut allergies are also common, and unlike cow’s milk and egg white, are unlikely to be outgrown. A child’s diagnosis is allergen dependent. Q:  How should I talk to my doctor about allergy symptoms? A:  It’s very important to describe symptoms simply. I’ve been accused more than once of thinking my patients are unsophisticated because I want them to use general terms. I want you...

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Apr 23

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is recalling “Simply Enjoy Pina Colada White Chocolate Gourmet Cookies” due to undeclared pecan. The product was distributed to Stop & Shop Supermarket stores. The 7-oz. packages are marked with UPC 6 8826705538. Consumers may return their receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (877) 846-9949 via FoodAllergy.ORG.   UPDATE – **THE FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK SPECIAL FOOD ALLERGY ALERT NOTICE** PECAN ALLERGY ALERT-UPDATE April 24, 2009 Brent and Sam’s is recalling “Simply Enjoy Brand Pina Colada White Chocolate Gourmet Cookies” due to undeclared pecan. The product was distributed to Stop & Shop stores in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The 7-oz. metallic packages have the date code 1ASep 26 2009 carton UPC 6 8826705538 and case UPC 6 8826745538. Consumers may return the product to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (704) 554-5548. Share...

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