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For all of you who didn’t win this time, remember our logo has 4 icons and we still have 2 more to go.
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* Rules & Regulations: Winner will be announced on or before February 17, 2014 via blog post and/or Social Media announcement. Participants may request a copy of official contest rules at firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO WIN. Void where prohibited. Contest promoted by Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care, 11880 SW 40 Street., Suite 304-B, Miami, FL 33175. To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (green card). Company employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. One entry per participant allowed. No duplicates will be considered. By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website or social media channels and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation.
In continuation of our “get to know the icons of our logo” series that we began back in our November post where we explained that our bee icon stands for allergy to insect bites and venom, this month we are talking about the strawberry. Read on to learn what this red icon stands for, and make sure to enter our Strawberry Challenge below for a chance to win an iPad Mini !
There are eight foods that account for 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.
While 3.3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, 6.9 million are allergic to seafood.
Combined, food allergies cause 30,000 annual cases of anaphylaxis, 2,000 hospitalizations, and approximately 150 deaths.
Children with multiple food allergies have a three-fold increased risk of a severe reaction.
Children with food allergies and asthma tend to have more severe reactions.
For some, the reaction might be a mild case of stomach cramps, itchy mouth or hives.
For others it might go from shortness of breath, wheezing, swollen lips to as severe as going into anaphylactic shock – which can result in death if not treated in time.
After being tested by an allergist, avoid the food allergen that is the protein that triggers your reaction.
Know the S.A.F.E. Action Guide
S.eek immediate medical assistance = Call 911
Identify the A.llergen
F.ollow up with the allergist
Carry E.pinephrine autoinjectors for emergencies at all times
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Ever paid close attention to the details of our company logo? Well if you have, you already know it contains 4 distinct icons – each one representing a type of allergy we treat. The BEE represents allergy to insect bites and venom.
Today we have decided to showcase our BEE and make it a bit friendlier for all of you. Here’s a BEE-fitting treat (cookie recipe) for all to enjoy!
We have chosen from the best, Cybele Pascal, the guru of all-things edible allergy-free, author, mother, baker and also allergic herself. Whether you have received the bee-shaped cookie cutter from us or not, just follow the instructions below for a batch of delicious allergen-free cookies.
Make sure you tweak to your allergy needs or the ones of your loved ones, indulge over the holidays, and share the pictures of your creations (if you want) on the comment section of our blog below. We’d love to hear from you.
Ingredients: (makes about 2 dozen 3-inch cookies)
*Basic Gluten Free Flour Mix
To measure flour, use a large spoon to scoop flour into the measuring cup, then level it off with the back of a knife or straightedge. Do not use the measuring cup itself to scoop your flour when measuring! It will compact the flour and you will wind up with too much for the recipe.
Combine all ingredients in a gallon-size zipper-top bag; Shake until well blended; Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Reprinted with permission from The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal (Celestial Arts; 2009). Allergy-Free Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies ©2010 by Cybele Pascal.
Disclaimer: Please note that [the] recipe is completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let Mrs. Pascal know and she’ll help you find it.
Safety Note: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption.
Food allergies affect approximately 8% of children. The 4 major food allergies in children less than 18 years of age are peanut, milk, shellfish, and tree nuts. Most fatal food reactions occur with peanut and tree nuts. Severe food allergies are highest in the 14-17 year age group. Most food allergic reactions occur in the classroom, not the lunchroom!
Children with multiple food allergies have a three-fold increased risk of a severe reaction. Children with food allergies and asthma tend to have more severe reactions. Administration of an antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl), and delay of administration of epinephrine is the #1 error in treatment of severe food allergic reactions at school. In the event of a serious allergic reaction, follow three simple steps:
When in doubt, administer epinephrine! There is NO absolute contraindication for epinephrine when treating anaphylaxis. Administering epinephrine in time will save someone’s life.
May 13 to 19, 2012 is FAAW (Food Allergy Awareness Week) promoted by FAAN.org — just as a reminder, we do the FAAN walk in Coral Gables every year supporting them….make sure you come and join us next time!
The call to action is a clear shout out: Do you have a school where you can give a speech to kids about food allergies? Do you have a story to tell? Did you ask your Governor to make a Proclamation? Do you use social media?
FAAN created an area in their blog where posts will be published all week long. The first title is “Safe” Cake.
FAI (Food Allergy Initiative) last week announced the merger with FAAN and promoted a “I love someone with food allergies” campaign where anybody can participate by posting something they do to love that person.
AllerMates, producing kid friendly allergy alert products, announced a new fundraising initiative that promotes not-for-profit causes and awareness at the same time through the purchase of their products.
AllergyMoms is giving out their book to parents who likes their Facebook page.
Life, Gluten Free is supporting a giveaway sponsored by Olli-Lolli one company that produces allergy free apparel for kids.
“One small random act of food allergy education” is what A grateful foodie is promoting
First of all here’s all you ought to know at a glance: the 8 allergy foods, labeling, symptoms, reactions and life-threatening episodes.
Kristin Beltaos writes A Gift of Miles how to manage a balanced life with challenges like food allergies.
The Princess and the Peanut: a Royal Allergic Fairytale: our favorite fairy tale that talks about a princess but it’s not only for all the girls out there, but also for all those princes allergic to peanuts.
No Nuts Moms Group … it goes without saying
For safety legal opinions we go to OneSpot Allergy written by Elizabeth Goldenberg mother of two sons, one of whom has a life-threatening allergy to nuts and tree nuts.
The Kids With Food Allergy Foundation is the nation’s largest online community.
Allergy Eats is a multiple award-winning, praised and acclaimed app launched by a father of kids allergic to several foods: the first one to set foot officially in Disney World. Eat with no worries in 3 steps: choose food (they are only 8), select location, type name of restaurant if you have it and there’s no need to fast.
Some Curious Stuff
Allergies at the movie theater
How to say “I’m allergic to peanuts” in Chinese? Go to Allergic Traveler where they provide pocket size cards translated in 17 languages. The benefit? Wherever you travel to, for work or pleasure, you can be sure you will enjoy the benefits instead of worrying.
A leading delivery pizza brand launched a “gluten free” pizza crust, most probably piggy backing the latest Hollywood trend of going gluten free to lose weight. The point is celiac disease needs to be addressed professionally and cautiously.
The leading brand of epinephrine aired a TV spot that caused so much controversy that it had to be pulled off the TV screens.
Ultimately, we don’t want this to be a sad or tragic post but we feel it is very important we all become aware of the truths, myths and potential dangers of food allergies. This week we would like to remember and honor those lives that have been lost due to misdiagnosed or underestimated food allergies. Lets all play an active role in preventing more tragedies from happening – AWARENESS IS KEY TO PREVENTION.