I haven’t blogged about food allergies in a while. I haven’t blogged in a while. Life has been busy, and that’s a good thing.
July 2012 Living With Food Allergies Blog Carnival
I hope to participate in the FAAN Food Allergy Walk in Pittsburgh again this year, and in that spirit, here’s a blog you need to read:
You simply can’t put together a better list of resources, articles, tips, and fun related to food allergies. I suggest you read, subscribe, bookmark, or do whatever you do. Take the time to take a look at the stuff that interests you, and pass it along. We all know awareness is half (if not more) of the battle.
All of this reminds me, it’s time to get my Epi-pen prescription renewed…
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Food allergy parents & patients… Brace yourself, then watch this:
Dey Pharma (Mylan) must have handed full control over to their ad company, & not approved (or even watched) the commercial. That’s the only scenario I can possibly accept. They certainly could not have come up with this… could they?
Is it loaded? - Food Allergy Cartoon (Another great one from Tiffany!)
They didn’t notice that it contradicts their own patient information not to mention common sense?
If they did run it knowingly, I’m going to talk to my doctor about switching brands to TwinJect unless they issue some sort of retraction or apology.
It is wholly irresponsible to convey the EpiPen as a fail safe live-saving device allowing you to disregard caution and eat foods with unknown ingredients. To clear it up for the non-educated (and Dey Pharma/Mylan):
- Epinephrine does not work every time.
- Epinephrine buys you time until the ambulance can arrive or until you can get to hospital for proper medical treatment.
- Epinephrine is not a “cure” for knowingly eating your allergen or cross contamination.
The worst part is it’s already difficult enough to convey the severity of food allergies to people who aren’t afflicted… and to impress the very rules above in addition to why you can’t “just try a little” or how scary cross contamination can be.
This commercial is ignorant, and it spreads ignorance.
Get informed here:
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EpiPens are portable epinephrine-dispensing devices which can be used to alleviate the symptoms of severe, acute allergies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Finally, some good food allergy related news from a school surrounding the use of epinephrine auto-injectors…
Epi-Pens to the rescue!
I for one was growing tired of the tragic stories. Jared Smyth and his school had an action plan, and it saved his life. This is how all these types of stories should end! Congratulations to all involved! The kid himself, the school nurse, the parents, the administration, the hospital, and the media for covering good news.
Sadly, I can only find one source for the article, while there were a plethora for Ammaria Johnson & Katelyn Carlson. More media outlets need to pick this up & run with it! Get the word out there that having epi-pens in schools is a great thing! Of course, it always helps to educate your child on not taking any food from others… but as evidenced, it’s not always that easy, and accidents do happen.
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Firehouse Subs, you’re awesome. I’m just sayin’.
Other food places with no shellfish currently on the menu, pay attention here too. You don’t need shellfish.
Places that have added it over the years, preventing me from going back…
Other places that don’t need to add it to the menu…
Got that? Good.
Also, what ever happened to Roly Poly & Schlotzsky’s? They were excellent shellfish-free places to dine. Come back! Also, we need McCalister’s Deli and Lion’s Choice to remain shellfish free and move to the ‘Burgh. Maybe even Jack in the Box too.
To the rest of you, let’s stop these damn seafood lent specials. Let the business go to Red Lobster, Joe’s Crab Shack, Long John Silver’s‘, VFD fish fry events, and Monterey Bay. If you don’t normally do shellfish, stay away from it. Please? I ask of behalf of the seafood allergic and those who choose to eat kosher.
Firehouse Subs - my new food heroes.
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Restaurant sans allergène
I’m going to need to get my passport, a long weekend, and maybe even a French/English dictionary so I can drive to Montreal and have several meals at my new ideal vacation destination: Zero8
I just learned of the wonderful existence of Zero8 thanks to the ever informative Allergy Eats Blog. Paul at Allergy Eats is always on top of current allergy issues with restaurants (like recent fast-food menu changes), and it’s great to see that a restaurant like this even exists in the first place. What’s their deal?
Well, they are free of the top 8 allergens, plus a few other things… and seem to be extremely sensitive to the needs of those with food allergies, food intolerances, and celiac disease. This quote alone from their “Learn More” page is really incredibly comforting:
As everyone suffering from food allergies knows, going to the restaurant with family, friends or colleagues is not always enjoyable: limited knowledge of the ingredients used in dishes, fear of cross-contamination, lack of confidence in the staff are some of the worries that can come with ordering a simple meal!
A food allergy cannot be taken lightly. Difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, inflammation and vomiting are some of the extreme reactions that the immune system can have when confronted with a food protein. The consequences can be dramatic. Serious allergies can cause an anaphylactic shock, a violent reaction that can cause loss of consciousness and sometimes death.
At Zero8 we offer a secure environment where you can eat with confidence. We guarantee a worry-free meal!
…And something more restaurants ought to understand, express, & practice. Or at least this could translate to other restaurants:
Since most food allergies are caused by the 9 priority allergens, you may be allergic to other foods. That is why we identify all of the ingredients in our dishes on our menu and that the list of our kitchen’s authorized ingredients is available upon request at any time. Whenever possible, we try to accommodate our clients’ requests in adapting dishes to their particular needs.
Zero8 pays attention to your needs!
Is that too much to ask?
I have no idea why Canada seems to be light-years ahead of the United States where food allergies are concerned. They have better legislation, tolerance for epi-pens, and awareness.
Chefs in the US need to get behind this! If there was a place like this in Pittsburgh, you could bet I’d be there all the time and I’d tell all my friends & family about the place. There were a ton of Pittsburghers at the Food Allergy Walk last year, you have your clientele ready!
Click the Allergy Eats Blog logo to read about Paul’s experience there!
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