Iodine Allergy: It’s not the same as Seafood Intolerance!

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The term “iodine allergy” is regularly used as a collective denomination to explain adverse reactions to iodine, ranging from seafood allergies to reactions to iodine-based medical X-rays or other medical interventions. In fact, it’s common for people to think that is the iodine in seafood that is the cause of their allergy, but this is not correct. Continue reading…

MSG and Allergy: Science Looking for a Culprit for Over 40 Years

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In 1968, the New England Journal of Medicine received a letter from scientist Robert Kwok describing a series of symptoms experienced by himself every time he had a meal at a Chinese restaurant. Fittingly, he named it “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. The syndrome, he explained, usually begins 15-20 minutes after ingesting the food and lasts for about 2 hours, with no lasting effects afterwards. In his letter, he suggested several potential culprits including wine and excesse salt, but for some reason, it was his suggestion that it could be the glutamate added as a flavour-enhancer additive that caught the attention of scientists. Continue reading…

Allergy to Chicken: Do You Have It

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As you may already know, chicken and fish are two of the healthiest diet options. Compared to pork and beef, chicken meat is relatively lower in fat yet just as rich in protein. Besides, there are many delicious recipes which involve chicken and turkey. You can whip up a variety of meals with just chicken breasts, drumsticks, and wings in mind. Thus, we’ve established several good reasons why it’s quite important for you to be sure whether or not you’re a possible candidate for allergy to chicken. Continue reading…

Allergy to Honey: What Exactly are You Allergic to?

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Honey has become such an everyday household word that having an allergy to it sounds so unthinkable!  It makes you think twice about using natural honey as a diet and baking alternative when you’re cutting down on table sugar.  It makes you look twice at that cereal box containing honeynut cereals or that biscuit pack with honey graham crackers in it.  And what about that teaspoonful of honey a day which keeps the doctor away?  Should you skip honey-flavored cough syrups and scrap them from your health regimen all together? Continue reading…

Gluten – HELP!

By Heather Legg | 3 Comments »

I’ve mentioned my friend who is currently learning all she can about Celiac Disease as she and two of her three children were just diagnosed with it. She’s gotten on message boards, talked to restaurant managers, studied food labels, and it’s just the beginning. One thing she is finding (and struggling with) is all the different perceptions when it comes to gluten free. Continue reading…

Hypersensitivity among People with Allergy to Onions and Garlic

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There’s nothing like the scent of garlic and onion to say that something totally delicious is cooking in the kitchen!   They’re two of the most aromatic herbs and spices which people love to grow in their garden and use in their flavorful culinary dishes.
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Food Allergies in Children Should Be Taken More Seriously

By Heather Legg | 2 Comments »

As it so often is, the topic of food allergies seems to be heavy in the news these days. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the recently published, largest study ever to track childhood food allergies in the United States shows that food allergies may be more dangerous as well as more severe than previously thought. Continue reading…

Celiac Disease and Allergies

By Heather Legg | 2 Comments »

I have to take on a personal note today as my good friend, after months upon months of sickness, struggling and a myriad of doctors, just had her daughter diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I know it’s not considered an allergy, but on top of that, her allergy diagnosis came back, too – soy, corn, apples, oranges and a few other things are on the list. Continue reading…

A Walk Through a Grocery Store with a Food Allergy

By Heather Legg | 2 Comments »

For most people, grocery shopping is just another errand to run. Maybe they have some food requirements or some favorites or some things that just don’t sit well with them that they stay away from. But for those with food allergies ourselves or in our families, grocery shopping takes on a whole new dimension. We can’t just toss things in the cart without careful scrutinization and a little deciphering. So let’s pick just one of the Top 8 allergies (remember, though that many people with food allergies suffer from more than one),..let’s go with tree nuts, for the sake of my daughter. Continue reading…

Things I’ve Learned from Food Allergies

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Until my daughter was diagnosed with a food allergy about 7 years ago, I never really thought about them. I don’t even think I knew what anaphylaxis was. Now, I think about food allergies almost every day, and not just hers. Just like anything that rocks your world, an allergy can open up your mind, make you more compassionate, and teach you a lot. You always get a choice in how you think about things, you can be discouraged and disheartened, or you can become empowered and learn to be a stronger person. So here are some of the top things I’ve learned over the years since dealing with food allergies, and it’s not all the scientific end of it either. Continue reading…

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