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 Disability Information - Food Allergies

 

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 General Information

For more information, visit www.foodallergy.org.

 

Hidden Dangers In The Classroom: Exposures To Hidden Food Allergens Extend Beyond The Cafeteria - Back-to-school often means last minute doctor's appointments, haircuts, and new clothes. But it's also an anxious time for families who have children with food allergies.

 

MI Food Allergy Sufferers Live in Fear of Restaurants, Expert Says - Families that include people with severe food allergies often live in fear of going out to a restaurant only to wind up in the emergency room, something those without allergies take for granted, the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee was told Tuesday morning.
 

Allergy Glossary - Detailed glossary of medical and scientific terms associated with allergies.

 

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 Education & Classroom Accommodations

bridges4kids Exclusive: Food Allergies and School: What Every Parent Should Know - includes a downloadable, customizable Allergy Action Plan for your child. 

 

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 Michigan Resources, Support Groups, Listservs & Websites

 

FACES--Food Allergic Children Education & Support of Michigan--founded in 2004 by a group of moms with food allergic children, is a volunteer support group for families of children with severe food allergies, serving the northeast suburbs of Detroit, based in Macomb County. We are a free, volunteer support group with no dues or membership fees. We hope families will: 1. gain a feeling of support through a connection with other families affected by food allergies; 2. share ideas and tips with one another on facing the daily challenges of living with food allergies; 3. continue to be educated on allergy issues; and 4. educate the community around us. FACES meets quarterly in the Macomb County area. The group features open discussions and guest speakers. All Adults Welcome! Invite Family, Friends, Caregivers, Educators & Others! For more information, contact Liz Gellatly, Coordinator, FACES of Michigan, at FACESofMI@comcast.net. Learn more at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/facesofmi/ or find us on Facebook (FACES of Michigan).

 

Circle of Food Allergic Families (COFAF)
We are a team of parents of children with food allergies. We offer support in facing the daily challenges of living with food allergies and eosinophilic disorders. • We educate each other, exchange research and information, and share recipes. • Within our communities, we strive to raise awareness and educate.
Monthly meetings at Our Shepard Lutheran Church, Birmingham
Email: cofafmichigan@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.cofafdetroit.weebly.com

  

Celiac Specialties Bakery and Coffee House
48411 Jefferson in Chesterfield Township, Michigan
For information, call 586-598-8180 or e-mail mgffuller@wideopenwest.com
 

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 National Resources & Websites

Feingold Program - Numerous studies show that certain synthetic food additives can have serious learning, behavior, and/or health effects for sensitive people. The Feingold Program itself is a test to determine if certain foods or food additives are triggering particular symptoms. It is basically the way people used to eat before "hyperactivity" became a household word, and before asthma and chronic ear infections became so very common. Used originally as a diet for allergies, improvement in behavior and attention was first noticed as a "side effect." It is a reasonable first step to take before (or with) drugs for any of the symptoms listed on the home page.
 

Bridges4Kids Extra Review: Gak's Snacks Allergy-free Treats
Jackie D. Igafo-Te'o, Bridges4Kids, January 24, 2006

"Our mission is to make it easier for children and families with food allergies to enjoy baked goods like everyone else." These amazing treats are sure to delight everyone in your household. The entire facility, along with all products, are absolutely 100% free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat and dairy. When I first heard this, I honestly thought to myself "how good can they really be without containing several of the key baking ingredients that we all know and use so freely?" So, to find out, I did the ultimate taste test in my home. I gave two kinds of Gak's Snacks cookies to my husband and kids. The cookies were a huge hit. They wanted more! At that point, I had to try them. The cookies were absolutely bursting with flavor and freshness. Then came the true test...the apple coffee cake. I took this item to a family gathering during the holidays. My nephew Jared, who is severely allergic to eggs and dairy, was among those around the table at dessert time. He soon asked "Are there eggs or dairy in this cake, Aunt Jackie?" I had gotten so used to answering "Yes, Jared.  Sorry but you can't have this."  Not this time!  I was thrilled to say "Nope!  I checked the label and you can eat some, if you want to." He dug in...he raved...other family members soon followed. Thanks to Gak's Snacks, we were all able to eat the same dessert together. There was no separate dessert for Jared. You can learn more about Gak's Snacks or purchase some for your family at http://www.gakssnacks.com/default.aspx.

 

Featured Website: Food Allergy Network for Kids and Teens

 

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Uniform Allergy Plans Sought for U.S. Schools - When Danielle Davis attended school in Rapid City, S.D., her mother didn't worry much about her being exposed to peanuts, a food that could kill the severely allergic teenager. Danielle's high school had a food allergy policy, and she had no problems during her nine months there. But when the two moved to Charleston in 2006, everything changed.
 

Peanut Allergy Can be Lethal, but Treatments Show Promise - It began with a shortness of breath. Twenty minutes later, my ears were so inflamed I could barely hear. Angry red hives covered my neck and chest, which didn't go too well with my black dinner dress.

 

Get your Candy, Minus the Nuts and Sugar - Candy Creations Co. produces confections for a select market: folks who are allergic to nuts and those who want their sweets sugar-free. The company’s chocolate product line is free of nuts. Almost all the candies are also available in a sugar-free variety. Candy Creations sells through its web site. Products can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Get more information at: 513-459-7946 or www.nonutscandy.com.
 

IL First Lady Patti Blagojevich Announces Illinois Becomes First State in the Nation to Offer a Statewide Food Allergy Educational Program - First Lady Patti Blagojevich today announced that Illinois schools will now be better equipped to protect children from potentially life-threatening food allergies. The First Lady launched a new awareness campaign targeted at educating school personnel and students on the dangers of food allergies.

 

Gluten-Free Market Goes Mainstream - For about 2 million Americans, the bread basket used to be filled with a tasteless, brick-like loaf that crumbled when sliced. That was the bleak world of food Bernie Mansbach found 25 years ago when he was diagnosed with celiac disease, or an intolerance to a wheat protein called gluten.

 

Free Downloadable Children's Book: Under My Skin (PDF; Size=3.4MB) - Addresses the social and emotional impact often faced by those suffering from atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema. Under My Skin offers easy to understand explanations of how the disease occurs and tips on coping with its symptoms.
 

An Open Letter to Disney/ABC About Food Allergies - "I am writing of a matter of great concern to me. You have broadcast a show providing dangerously inaccurate information and shockingly irresponsible role modeling, which could easily result in the deaths of school age children...what I saw last night on the Disney Channel struck me with fear for the safety of my child and for others like him with life-threatening food allergies."

 

Cupcakes for Everyone: Kids with food allergies don't have to miss out on dessert. One of these delicious cupcake recipes -- including gluten-free and dairy-free varieties -- is just right for your child.

 

bridges4kids Exclusive: Food Allergies and School: What Every Parent Should Know - includes a downloadable, customizable Allergy Action Plan for your child. 

 

MI Metro Schools Ask Kids to Leave Peanuts at Home - First it was drugs. Then guns. Now some schools in southeast Michigan are trying to prevent another possibly lethal scourge from reaching their classrooms: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

 

After the Bottle: Preventing Food Allergies - Preventing food allergies may be possible, especially if your child is at high risk of having a food allergy, including already having an allergy to another food or formula, having other family members with food allergies, or having other 'allergic' type conditions or family members with these conditions, such as eczema, allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and/or asthma.

 

Wheat-less Wonder: Celiac Specialties of Chesterfield Twp. Serves Gluten-free Baked Goods for People with a Complex Food Allergy - Janet Armil is elated.  For the first time in more than seven years, she can walk into a bakery and buy anything she sees in the shop's well-stocked cases -- a coffee cake for the weekend, crunchy almond biscotti to dunk in coffee, rolls for sandwiches or an absolutely luscious carrot cake spread with cream cheese icing.

 

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 Medical Information

McDonald's: Fries Have Potential Allergens - Not long after disclosing that its french fries contain more trans fat than thought, McDonald's Corp. said Monday that wheat and dairy ingredients are used to flavor the popular menu item - an acknowledgment it had not previously made. The presence of those substances can cause allergic or other medical reactions in food-sensitive consumers.

 

Food Labels To List Allergens - Bryan Bunning was 6 months old when his mom stopped nursing and gave him his first bottle of formula. "He had one sip, and he literally blew up in front of my face," Denise Bunning, 37, of Lake Forest, said of her son's swollen body. Bunning didn't know at the time that her son was having a life-threatening allergic reaction to the milk-based formula.

 

Subcommittee on Health Unanimously Passes Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) to Simplify and Mandate Food Allergen Labeling by 2006 - The Food Allergy Initiative celebrates a major milestone in its public policy program and applauds the House Subcommittee on Health for unanimously passing the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, the bill originally authored by U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey and James Greenwood and U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and Judd Gregg. The bill requires food manufacturers to clearly state if a product contains the eight major food allergens that are responsible for over 90% of all allergic reactions which are: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy.

 

Intolerance Testing - This test is for intolerance from the Great Plains Laboratory, which is different than allergy.  Most insurances does not currently cover this test.  This test is said to prove the connection between food intolerance and certain behavioral problems or issues. A score of  under 20 is considered normal.

 

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