Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

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. 

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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.

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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 

 

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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.)

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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 . . .

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Feb
23
2016

Save Lives by Signing This Petition

Ask Prime Minister Trudeau to Remove Peanuts and Nuts from Airlines

Sign the petition to ask the federal government to protect anaphylactic passengers!

Luke Sullivan, a 14 year-old from Coldwater, Ontario has a message for you: peanut and nut allergies affect 1 in 13 people and he's one of the ones at risk. He's started a petition with the intention of grabbing the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His request is simple: remove peanuts and nuts from all airlines and help save the lives of everyone with life-threatening allergies. Sullivan says:

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Feb
21
2016

Before Someone Hacks Your Facebook or Gmail Account, Do This

Protect Your Accounts in Just a Couple Easy Steps

Protect your Facebook and Gmail accounts from hackers with these easy steps | YummyMummyClub.ca

How much would you love someone having access to your Facebook account and all the private messages and content there? How about your Gmail? Imagine the damage someone could with with access to all your most personal information stored there (not to mention all your personal messages and emails). Ouch. I don't know about you, but the idea of some stranger combing through all that personal data makes my stomach turn.

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Feb
05
2016

Smaller Epinephrine Auto-Injector Being Developed

Compact Size Would Make Medication Easier to Carry

Company developing a smaller, customizable, compact epinephrine auto-injector | In the News | YummyMummyClub.ca

It's no secret that I loved my son's Allerject units. They're small, which made it easier for him to self-carry them when he was in kindergarten.

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Feb
02
2016
Here's how to find out first about food recalls to help keep your family safe.

So you're dealing with food allergies, which means you're an expert at reading labels, right? But what happens when foods are recalled because they contain potentially life-threatening allergens? Do you know how to protect your family?

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Feb
02
2016

4 Super Unsexy Valentine's Day Allergies

Name That Tingle: Is it Love or Allergies?

Those tingles you're feeling on the day of love might not be Cupid's work - they might be allergies. Here's some health info you need to know if your partner has a known allergy. | YummyMummyClub.ca

The season of looooove will soon be upon us, which means we will soon be upon our loved ones. Or liked ones. Or ones that'll do because Valentine's Day is a crappy day to spend single (unless you're having a wicked fun Galentine's Day in which case you go, girl!).

Anyhow.

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Jan
25
2016

Man Dies from Eating Chocolate That "May Contain" Nuts

Am I Playing Russian Roulette With My Son's Life?

A young man is dead of anaphylaxis after not heeding a "may contain" warning.

I don't like reading these stories. I don't like sharing them, or writing about them, and I hate even more that these things happen at all. I cannot fathom what life is like for Bruce Kelly's family now, it's just so heartbreaking. The 22-year-old man died of anaphylaxis after eating chocolates that he'd eaten previously without issue. The problem was that Mr.

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Jan
22
2016
New AXE ad promotes uniqueness as sexy | YummyMummyClub.ca

Finally, there's an ad for AXE men's products that doesn't stink as much as the products themselves. Armed with a new ad agency, the line of products has come out with a brand new ad that shockingly isn't a horrible, sexist piece of junk. I never understood how they got away with their super sexist ads of the past - the idea was that men could spray the product on themselves and women would become brainless sex slaves for them. It would turn even the homeliest of men into irresistible hunks. Um, nope. No thanks.

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Jan
20
2016
10 Excellent Cauliflower Alternatives | YummyMummyClub.ca

Cauliflower prices in Canada are through the roof these days. Ringing in around $7 a head (whuuuuuut!?), the ubiquitous vegetable is the hottest topic these days. But listen, you guys: what's up with the cauliflower devotion? You've lost your damn minds, people.

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Jan
05
2016

Holy Sh*t, I Fed My Nut-Allergic Son Walnuts

When an Allergy Writer Makes a Huge Mistake

If it's possible for the hyper-aware parents of an allergic child to make a mistake like this, then anyone could. | Health | YummyMummyClub.ca

You'd think that being an allergy writer means I'm hyper-aware of allergens... and you'd be correct. I am extremely aware of all the risks, I am an expert level label-reader, and I take pride in educating others in how to properly live life while keeping those with food allergies safe. And yet, I made the mistake of a lifetime with my son.

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Dec
27
2015

Peanut Patch Offers Life Changing Hope

Tolerance Key to Preventing Reactions

Peanut patch that treats deadly allergies enters final human trials.

There's been a lot of buzz in the last couple years about a peanut patch that may offer tolerance for those who suffer severe peanut allergies. It's basically the same idea as a nicotine patch -- slap this little sticky patch on your arm, and small amounts of peanut protein will be absorbed into the skin, hopefully helping the body build a tolerance.

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Dec
16
2015

Yes! Even People with Peanut Allergies Can Eat These Nuts!

Royal Nuts: Dry Roasted, Peanut Allergy Friendly Morsels of Perfection

Yes! Even People with Peanut Allergies Can Eat These Nuts!

Last year, a friend shared some nutty news with me — she'd discovered peanut-free nuts and seeds at her local grocery store from a company called Royal Nuts (find out how to get them in YOUR local store below!).

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Dec
09
2015
Quirky Christmas Allergens to Watch Out For - Not to be the Grinch who stole Christmas, but the sparkle and joy of the holidays also come with many hazards to those with allergies. | Health | YummyMummyClub.ca

Hi, everyone, it's me, Debbie Downer again! I'm here to tell you that with the sparkle and joy of the Christmas holidays come allergens. Allergies often spike over the holiday season, since we're trapped inside with our allergens. As if the cold and snow this time of year wasn't depressing enough, we can't even get an allergy reprieve! But it's ok, I'm not just a bearer of bad news. I'm here with some tips for keeping your allergies at bay over the Christmas season:

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Dec
08
2015

Sanofi Updates Recall on Allerject

Ugh, Allerject, What is Happening?

Allerject Recall Updated | YummyMummyClub.ca

Sanofi, I want to love your Allerject® epinephrine auto-injector, I really, really do. The size is just so perfect for popping into pockets, and it fits my tiny son so perfectly. I love that the device has a calm voice recording that walks people through the injection process. I rely on your product to save the life of my child if he should ever suffer an anaphylactic reaction, but with multiple recalls in less than one year, the trust is gone.  I told everyone how much I loved your product in the past, but it's time we break up.

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Nov
30
2015

Why Allergic Kids Need to be Vaccinated Against the Flu Too

It's Our Job to Protect Those Who Need Protection the Most

Why Allergic Kids Need to be Vaccinated Against the Flu Too

My son was born with many food and environmental allergies, and his immune system often seems...a little confused. It likes to throw us curve balls: reacting to things that should be totally safe for him, making him susceptible to every germ that floats through his school, and giving him asthma. He recently spent four days in the hospital after what I thought would be a quick visit to the ER for bronchitis. As it turned out, he was having a very severe asthma attack - but before that, we didn't even know he had asthma. Seeing him struggle to breathe was so scary.

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