CBC article commenter says what most of us have only thought

Aug 25

John Murray is a man of MANY words. These are the words that I have always wanted to say, but found I could not do so and keep my composure. John does it very well in response to the comments after the CBC artical “CBC News – What teachers and parents should know about severe food allergies” I posted about earlier. Found here http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/08/19/f-vp-smith.html John says: “Isn’t the whole point being missed by some of these reader comments. The article is about children of severe allergies in school. It isn’t about sensitivities or, or even celiac which doesn’t compare to anaphylaxis. I won’t comment on the unrelated comments, as they are nonsense in the discussion of this article. The point is that severe allergies are often fatal — that means death. Death can be very sudden with anaphylaxis, hence the importance of the epi-pen. Death can occur in minutes without this lifesaving device. If anyone at all thinks severe allergies are an inconvenience , you need to re-evaluate your moral compass. Death. That is the point, and by diminishing or dismissing the severity of it is irresponsible and selfish. Anyone who thinks that a child should potentially die a sudden death in a roomful of children is an absolute sicko. That is the real truth of it. As I said, the article is about children. Adults deal with severe allergies everyday — on their own. Some adults don’t even develop allergies until much later in life, at 35 or any age. A severe peanut allergy can develop ‘just like that.’ I know this through my own experience, and I have never demanded special consideration. However, if you knowingly send your child to school with nut products in a ban, you are not only just sick, but also criminal if a child dies.” “Rights or personal responsibility has no part in this discussion. To state that a young child should take responsibility for their own actions or suffer death is ridiculous and callous. And restricting the type of food taken to school is not an infringement of rights. Denying a child an education by discrimination is a violation of human rights. There is nothing here that ‘controls’ your life. You and your family...

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CBC News – What teachers and parents should know about severe food allergies

Aug 23

CBC News – What teachers and parents should know about severe food allergies

What teachers and parents should know about severe food allergies This article by Gwen Smith of Allergic Living Magazine gives an important message for everyone with children in the school. Whether you are a parent of an allergic child, a parent with a child attending the school with allergic children, or a teacher at that school, you need to read this article. It goes through many important points to consider for snacks and lunches. Outlines a few facts and dangers associated with food allergies and how we can all get along together if the allergic and non-allergic make a few adjustments. This is a Canadian site, but these apply to wherever you are. via CBC News – Canada – What teachers and parents should know about severe food allergies. Share...

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A Nut Allergy Skeptic Learns the Hard Way – TIME

Aug 20

A Nut Allergy Skeptic Learns the Hard Way – TIME

Illustration by John Ueland for TIME Joel Stein has a knack for writing articles that raises the hair on the back of people’s necks.  (See his article “Have Americans Gone Nuts Over Nut Allergies?” This time he gets his own, though not in a way I would wish on ANYONE. A Nut Allergy Skeptic Learns the Hard Way By JOEL STEIN Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 Years ago, sitting on an ear doctor’s examining table after causing my inner ear to bleed for days by puncturing it with a Q-tip, I looked up to see a framed copy of a column about how stupid it is to put Q-tips in your ears. It was a column I had written. When you publish hundreds of obnoxiously self-righteous proclamations, some of them are going to cause you embarrassment. Which doesn’t seem all that big of a deal when you also have blood leaking from your ears. At the beginning of last year, I wrote a column that questioned whether the increase in food allergies among children was a matter of overreporting. It began with this carefully calibrated thought: “Your kid doesn’t have an allergy to nuts. Your kid has a parent who needs to feel special.” After that, I got a little harsh. (See nine kid foods to avoid.) The column was not the first thing that came to mind after my 1-year-old son Laszlo started sneezing, then breaking out in hives, then rubbing his eyes, then crying through welded-shut eyes, then screaming and, finally, vomiting copiously at the entrance of the Childrens Hospital emergency room an hour after eating his first batch of blended mixed nuts. via A Nut Allergy Skeptic Learns the Hard Way – TIME. Share...

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New Delicardo Foodcards Contest!

Aug 06

The folks at Delicardo Foodcards just alerted me to a new contest they are running where you can win 50 Delicardo Foodcards of your choice! Here are some details. The rest can be found on their Facebook page. DELICARDO Foodcards, a very helpful little card that contains your dietary dos and don’ts, is having a scavenger hunt. To go into the draw to win a pack of 50 DELICARDO Foodcards of your choosing (go tohttp://www.delicardo.com to see the range of cards available) answer the questions below: 1. What rating did Rosanne give “The Bell Jar” café at http://www.glutensavvy.com? 2. What is the secret word in the magnifying glass on the “Disney with Food Allergies” travel page at http://www.avoidingmilkprotein.com? (Tip: You can find the pages here http://www.avoidingmilkprotein.com/travel.htm) 3. Who is the founder of www.mallergies.com and what is your favourite post there? (Tip: You can choose any post found at the website) 4. What is the name of the trail mix recently reviewed athttp://www.foodallergyqueen.com? 5. Which allergies and intolerances are mentioned in the founding story of DELICARDO? (Tip: Check the story page at http://www.delicardo.com) Send your answers and your choice of cards to Delicardo Foodie via facebook (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000358462929) or email bosson@enomis.dewith the subject line “facebook competition”. Competition ends 24 August 2010. For more details go to the “Eating Out: Allergies and Diets” facebook group pagehttp://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=340959892390. Remember all entries must be sent to Delicardo. Have fun! Share...

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Allergies Attack iPhone Game

Aug 05

Allergies Attack iPhone Game

Allergies Attack is a fun game developed by an allergic-aware developer who put together this game to help promote awareness of allergies and at the same time, help people have fun while getting through the day. The game follows a boy during his dreams in which he goes on the offensive against all types of allergies; pollen, bees, peanuts, dust, pet dander, you name it. Fly a ship and shoot the baddies out of the sky as they come flying towards you. I bought the game and found it to be fun and managed to get through a few levels of play. I’ve been told that there will be an update to introduce a more child-friendly settings so that even the little ones can enjoy it to its fullest! At only .99 cents you too can support the awareness campaign! (links to Itunes.com) Enjoy! Share...

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