Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Jun
04
2014

Stop Lying about Food Allergies

You're Making It Harder For the Rest of Us

don't lie about allergies

I had this friend in high school who was an extremely picky eater. She'd eat fast food, and that was about it. So instead of explaining to everyone that she was picky, she'd just say she was allergic. Allergic to fruits, allergic to vegetables, allergic to anything she didn't feel like eating. It quickly erased any questions, so she didn't have to deal with the fallout of being a teenager who was as picky as a toddler. Back then, I think we all found it kind of funny. But now, as an allergy parent, I find lying about food allergies infuriating.

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May
29
2014
Zajac Ranch offers a safe camp for anaphylactic kids

Nestled amongst gorgeous trees, across 41 acres of wilderness land, on Stave Lake in Mission, British Columbia, you'll find Zajac Ranch. With beautiful amenities, they truly offer the ultimate kids camp experience:

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May
27
2014

CarryNine Giveaway: Win A Cool Allerject Wallet And Skins

These CarryNine wallets are the perfect size for carrying the Allerject

Win a cool CarryNine Allerject Wallet & Skins

Anaphylactic allergy folks, I need to tell you about this really cool company called CarryNine. Owner Stephanie Oatway reached out to me to talk about her gorgeous line of Allerject/AuviQ wallets, and I have to tell you, they're really great. But before I get into why her products are so awesome, let me back up a little. Allerject (or AuviQ in the United States) is an epinephrine auto-injector, about the size of the palm of your hand.

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May
23
2014

Potential New Treatment For Asthma Sufferers

Canadian Scientists Successfully Improve Symptoms of Allergic Asthma

Great news, asthma sufferers! A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has demonstrated great success in the treatment of mild allergic asthma symptoms. Researchers discovered that blocking a specific protein relieved inflammation in the lungs, reducing the need for inhalers. Can I get a "WOOHOO"?

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May
22
2014

Awesome News For Allergic Travellers!

SWISS Air Certified Allergy-Friendly

SWISS Air becomes first allergy-friendly airline

SWISS Air is the first airline to become certified as "allergy-friendly," which is absolutely fantastic news for allergy sufferers around the globe!

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May
21
2014
What it's like parenting a child with severe food allergies

Being the parent of an allergic child means constantly being on guard. It means your heart lives in your throat during every meal in a restaurant, because you just really don't know if they'll come in contact with an allergen.

It means being afraid to let your child go on class trips, and nearly passing out from fear when the phone rings and it's the child's school calling. Being the parent of a child with allergies means being prepared, always. It also means being sure everyone around the child is hyper-prepared.

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May
20
2014
Is Febreze Allergen Reducer Safe?

Allergens are everywhere. 'Tis the season of open windows, pollen reports, and buying tissues in bulk, after all. So, it's understandable that a product like Febreze Allergen Reducer may seem appealing. Simply spray it on and it reduces airborne allergens, so your home is clean and allergen-free. Sounds great! Except . . . how exactly are they doing that? Are the chemicals used in the spray really safe?

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May
13
2014

Discovering Allergies: Food Allergies Can Happen Anytime

Did you know that just because you or your child doesn't have allergies now, it doesn't mean you will never have them?

Allergic reactions can happen to anyone, anytime.

There's little sympathy for people with food allergies from those who don't have them. We hear all kinds of truly ignorant comments about how our kids are weaker than the rest of the strong humans out there because of their life-threatening allergies. We get it. You think it'll never happen to you or your kids, right? 

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May
12
2014
People say some really stupid things about food allergies.

Ugh. So there's a kid in my kid's class, and he broke his leg and needs crutches. You know what? They expect my kid to move her desk over a little so that guy can get into his desk easily! Can you imagine? My daughter has to be inconvenienced so this ONE KID can sit down more easily. Pssshhh.

Also, there's a teacher in a wheelchair at my son's school, and they expect us to help hold the door for her. And suggested (GET THIS!) a ramp. Can you imagine putting a ramp in because ONE PERSON needs it? As if our tax dollars should go towards that.

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May
05
2014

Amazing Beet And Feta Pasta Recipe

Kids Will Dig this Colourful Pasta!

I threw this meal together with things I wasn't so sure would go together, but it was such a huge hit, I wanted to share my recipe with you. I've never seen my kids eat anything as fast as they did this Beet & Feta Pasta!

Ingredients:

1 package (~500g) pasta of your choice (I used rigatoni, but would like to try farfalle for this)
1 1/2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
5 medium-sized beets, roasted and cubed
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
2 tbs coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs balsamic vinegar

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May
05
2014
Alex Tagliani and the Summer of TAG

Did you know that Canadian race car driver Alex Tagliani has lived with severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts since he was a child? It's true! And this cool Canuck has paired up with EpiPen® and Anaphylaxis Canada for The Summer of TAG, to help spread awareness of severe allergies.

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May
01
2014

Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative Asking for Your Help

Petition Asks Government to Protect Anaphylactic People

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

The Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI) is a network of Canadian families who are working with Members of Parliament to raise awareness in Ottawa regarding severe, life-threatening allergies. They work to educate about allergies, advocate for those with life-threatening allergies, and work to change legislation in order to protect those with severe allergies. 

From their website:

CAI has a 5-point Policy request of the Federal Government. These policy objectives are the group’s primary goals:

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May
01
2014

May Is Food Allergy Awareness Month

10 Ways You Can Help Spread the Word

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month

It's finally May, and that means it's springtime, and also Food Allergy Awareness Month (FAAM)!

Here are ten ways you can help spread awareness about allergies:

 Talk about allergies! Spread the word, speak up about allergies, and help others understand how serious food allergies can be.

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Apr
30
2014
Is the cure for celiac on the horizon?

More than 330,000 Canadians suffer from Celiac disease, a condition that sees their bodies react in negative ways to gluten. But why? Up until now, scientists haven't been able to pinpoint just why the immune systems of those with Celiac have this reaction, but a team of researchers thinks they're making great headway.

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Apr
24
2014

Should Mall Guards Carry EpiPens?

Hamilton's medical officer of health says yes!

Hamilton mall guards to carry EpiPens in case of emergency

Remember the campaign to get EpiPens into Hamilton restaurants? Well, Hamilton's making allergy news again, this time for pushing to have mall guards carry EpiPens in case of emergency allergic reactions.

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Apr
22
2014

Is This Allergen Detector A Total Scam?

Did TellSpec Raise Funds for An Imaginary Product?

tellspec scam

A few months ago, I wrote about a new device raising funds on Indiegogo: the TellSpec food allergen detector. The campaign raised nearly $400,000 but as it turns out, the product doesn't quite live up to its claims. And by "doesn't quite," I mean it looks like it's total bullshit. As far as science is concerned, in any case.

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Apr
21
2014

Why Miley Cyrus Has Postponed Her Tour Indefinitely

Singer Recovering from Severe Allergic Reaction

Miley Cyrus hospitalized due to drug allergy

Oh, noes! Sorry, Bangerz of the world, you'll have to wait a little longer to see Miley on her latest tour. Turns out she's currently recovering from a serious reaction to antibiotics. She was hospitalized on April 15th after taking prescription Cephalexin for a sinus infection.

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Apr
11
2014

Homeopathic Hoax: Is This The End Of Homeopathy?

New Study Says Alternative Medicines Don't Work

is this the end of homeopathy?

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a draft information paper addressing the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions, and, friends, it's not lookin' positive for homeopathy. The NHMRC is currently seeking feedback on the paper, the full text of which can be found on the NHMRC website.

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Apr
10
2014

Peanut-Free Easter Treats

Hope the Easter Bunny Reads Those Labels

peanut and nut free easter treats

For the nut- and peanut-allergic, Easter was once a pretty bleak day. Plastic eggs filled with mini-stamps, erasers, and teeny dollar store toys never really match up to giant chocolate bunnies and candy galore to a little kid. So, yes, you can absolutely shun sugar and go the other route for Easter, or you can spend a little time reading labels and find some really great treats for your wee allergic kiddo this Easter.

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The Dangers of Penicillin Allergy Misdiagnosis

According to a recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, penicillin allergies are not only the most common drug allergy, they're also the most inaccurate reported by patients. Why is this? The repercussions of this are serious; some include extended hospital stays and serious infections.

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