Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Aug
15
2016

What Kind of Monster Would Do This?

Only an A**hole Risks Children's Lives

Aug
09
2016

Restaurant Server Nearly Kills Allergic Man

Are Restaurants Responsible for Protecting Allergic Customers?

Restaurant Owner charged after serving allergic man fish | YummyMummyClub.ca

A British restaurant owner was charged with manslaughter after willfully serving a peanut-allergic customer a dish that contained peanuts. It was a groundbreaking sentence, reinforcing the importance of allergy education in the restaurant industry.

Read the whole post

Aug
04
2016
Nuts on planes pose no real risk to allergic passengers according to study | Health | YummyMummyClub.ca

Never have I received more hate mail than when I wrote about whether peanuts and nuts on airplanes are a risk to those with severe allergies. I was told that as someone who represents the allergy community, I was being reckless by spreading misinformation. I was told I should be ashamed of myself for being a negligent allergy advocate.

Read the whole post

What Companies Need to Know About Allergies in the Workplace

By now, you may have heard about the Saskatchewan teen fired from her job after having an allergic reaction. I sat on the news for awhile, because, well, something doesn't sit right with me, you know? Ever the critic, I wasn't sure that the timing of her firing was just really bad (and had little to do with her reaction), and I wondered why anyone with allergies as severe as she alleges would ever leave home without an EpiPen.

Read the whole post

Jun
21
2016
Those with food allergies know to always, always read the labels.

Those with food allergies know to always, always read the labels. Always ask, even at regular restaurants, if ingredients have changed. Always read the allergen list. We double- and triple-check for allergens. This is why when Lisa Macpherson ate the same seafood salad she's eaten countless times before at a Milestone's restaurant she didn't expect to discover peanuts in the new dressing. Posted on Facebook, Macpherson reached out to friends to see what her course of action could be.

Read the whole post

Jun
10
2016

Deadly Kissing: Reality for Peanut Allergic Teens

One Bereaved Mother Seeks to Educate Others on Risks

Allergies Triggers | YummyMummyClub.ca

In 2012, Micheline Ducre's daughter died of anaphylaxis after kissing her boyfriend who had eaten peanuts earlier in the night. Myriam Ducre-Lemay's boyfriend was unaware of the allergy, and wasn't able to save his girlfriend once she had difficulty breathing. 

Read the whole post

Your phone is tracking your every move. Here's how to stop the spying.

Where were you last Tuesday at 2:35pm? Not sure? Well, your iPhone can tell you. Your android can, too, actually.

Read the whole post

Jun
06
2016

On Bridges: Mend 'Em or Burn 'Em?

5 Ways to Know If It's Time to Strike the Match

On Bridges: Mend or Burn | YummyMummyClub.ca

Relationships have been on my mind a lot in the last couple years. Work ones, personal ones, old ones and new ones — it takes finesse to manage all the relationships we have in our lives, and often I think we don't appreciate just how much work that really is.

Read the whole post

May
26
2016

This Happened at My Son's Oral Food Challenge

How Could We Feed Him Nuts After All These Years Avoiding Them?

Here's a step-by-step description of an oral food challenge for a nut allergy.

Awhile ago, I interviewed Dr. Adelle Atkinson of the SickKids allergy clinic about the process of Oral Food Challenges, and this week, I got to see firsthand what one is like. Nine months ago, our son was referred to the SickKids clinic by his paediatric allergist for an oral food challenge (OFC) for almonds.

Read the whole post

May
25
2016

Restaurant Owner Jailed for Peanut Death

Case Sets New Precedent for Food Industry

A British restaurateur has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence, and charged with six food food safety offenses, resulting in six years' imprisonment.  It's a decision that could set precedence in the food industry worldwide, placing more responsibility on restaurant owners and staff to ensure safety of ingredients.  Mohammed Zaman was found guilty in part due to his wholly careless attitude toward food safety.

Read the whole post

May
12
2016

FARE Hosts Food Allergy Awareness Week May 8-14

But Every Week is Food Allergy Awareness Week for Me

Food Allergy Awareness Week | YummyMummyClub.ca

Every year, FARE works hard to help the general public understand the severity of food allergies through Food Allergy Awareness week. As a parent to an allergic kid, this is my life every day, every week, every year. It's exhausting trying to explain why my son can't eat a cupcake, even though it doesn't specifically contain nuts.

Read the whole post

May
12
2016

5 Bizarre Allergy Triggers

Betcha Never Thought These Things Caused Sneezes

5 Unusual Allergy Triggers | YummyMummyClub.ca

When we think about spring allergies, we're usually thinking about all the pollens being released outside, and the cleaning up of last year's dead shrubbery (and all the moulds that come with that). But for those with seasonal allergies, spring is a particularly rough time for a few other reasons you may not have thought about. When your immune system is already compromised, any stress on it can worsen allergic symptoms, so here are some of the stranger culprits you may not know about:

Read the whole post

May
10
2016
Peanut Butter in Schools | YummyMummyClub.ca

Heather Spohr wrote this HuffPo piece in 2015, and it was posted again on their Facebook page yesterday, to much heated debate, as always. And I sighed heavily. Are we seriously still arguing about this crap?

Read the whole post

Apr
11
2016

New Allergy Warnings from McDonald's

People With Dairy, Tree nut and Peanut Allergies Need to Be Aware of Menu Changes

Peanuts, tree nuts and dairy warnings for McDonald's menu items.

Attention McDonald's customers with dairy, tree nut and peanut allergies: there are a number of changes to their menu that you need to know about. 

Read the whole post

Apr
06
2016

Miscarriage May Soon Qualify for Disability Leave

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Could Change How Pregnancy Loss Treated

Miscarriage may soon qualify as disability leave | YummyMummyClub.ca

I suffered a miscarriage at 19.5 weeks gestation.  I remember the nurses hustling around me discussing my "fetus," and the ultrasound technician talking about the "fetus." It seems absurd to classify my baby as a fetus, to not be able to "technically" say I had a stillbirth despite labouring and delivering my baby.  At 19.5 weeks, a baby is around 14cm (almost 6") long. Look at your hand.

Read the whole post

Apr
04
2016

Kellogg's to Add Peanut Flour to Keebler and Austin Crackers

Products No Longer Safe for People with Peanut Allergies

ALLERGY ALERT: Peanut flour being added to these popular kids' snack items

Kellogg's has apparently decided to add peanut flour to both the Keebler and Austin lines of snack crackers. 

Read the whole post

4 products that'll help you kick spring allergies to the curb.

Our mild winter means spring allergies are already tickling your nose and making your eyes itch. Open windows bringing fresh air will also bring with them spring allergens — pollens, molds, spores and more. And just like every year, I've got even more tips for battling spring allergies.

Read the whole post

Mar
21
2016

Mind Blowing Blueberry Banana Loaf

Shh... Top Secret Ingredient Included!

The best banana blueberry loaf you'll ever eat | YummyMummyClub.ca

I'm not exaggerating when I say this loaf is the best thing I've ever baked. It's pure loaf perfection. I've made some epic banana bread before, and I've even tossed in a few bluberries, but this? This is heaven. 

Banana Blueberry Custard Loaf 

 

Read the whole post

Mar
20
2016
Pink Eye: The Gift that Keeps on Giving | YummyMummyClub.ca

I remember when I was about five years-old, I woke up completely unable to open my eyes. It was a terrifying Mary Ingalls-esque moment ("Pa, I can't see! I CAN'T SEE!"), and one I'll never forget. Turns out, I could see, once my mom kindly washed the crusty pus off my poor eyelids — I just pink eye. Dreaded pink eye. (And thankfully not blindness from Scarlet Fever or meningoencephalitis like poor Mary Ingalls apparently suffered.)

Read the whole post

Mar
06
2016

Many Kids Who Report Food Allergies Don't Actually Have Them

Recent Study Discovers Discrepancies Between Reported and Actual Allergies

Why are so many people falsely reporting food allergies? | YummyMummyClub.ca

Anna Winburg, a doctoral student from Umeå University has discovered that many young students who report food allergies don't actually have them at all. In her recent study, Winburg examined hypersensitivity to foods such as dairy, eggs, fish and wheat in school-aged children in Sweden. She found that reported food allergies and sensitivities were an astounding eight times more common than actual confirmed allergies. That's . . .

Read the whole post