Archive for July, 2005

ALLERGY ALERT! article

“My children do not have food allergies so I am not accustomed to thinking of these dangers while preparing food — especially in the heat of party preparation. And, to be fair to the person hosting the party, it would be extremely difficult to eliminate every potential allergen — it’s tough to bake or buy a birthday cake without flour, milk, eggs, food colorings or peanut products (a lot of things you wouldn’t think are an issue, have peanut oils in them — including some store bought cakes).”

Great article, and so refreshing to see someone that doesn’t live with food allergies or anaphylaxis on a daily basis, actually taking an interest and being accommodating to those that are different.

Read the whole article you will be glad that you did.

Aaron

Gaps in anaphylaxis program – Definitely!

“THE death of a Sydney student has revealed gaps in the New South Wales Department of Education’s severe allergy training program, an inquest heard today.”

I know for a fact that in Queensland every school we approached was apprehensive about taking on a student with anaphylaxis. For good reason. On any given day they could die.

Gaps in the NSW allergy training program their may be but in Queensland it’s left up to the parents. Wake up QLD education.

Aaron

Twin Auto-Injector to rival Epipen

“Twinject is the only FDA-approved product that contains two doses of epinephrine. Bonanzino said the only other self-administered treatment for anaphylaxis, or a severe allergic reaction to things such as bee stings and food, is a single-dose auto-injector called the EpiPen, developed by Napa, Calif.-based Dey Laboratories in the 1980s.

The two-dose system made the product attractive to Verus, said Kathy Sweeney, who handles public relations for the company.

“It just made a lot of sense for them to go with the two-dose system,” Sweeney said. “A lot of cases now have a need for two doses. This is the first new product to address anaphylaxis in 20 years.””

This should be a welcome addition to the limited treatments for anaphylactic shock. Interesting to see how long it takes to get to Australia.

Aaron

ific.org : Food Allergies Go Back to School

“In recent years, there have been several reports of parents, schools and day care centers calling for a ban of allergenic foods to protect allergic children against a reaction. “Banning food eliminates numerous food choices and can limit balanced nutrition for non-allergic children,” noted Robert Earl, M.P.H., R.D., IFIC’s director of public health. “It also goes against the central message in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – eat a wide variety of foods in moderation.””

Have a listen to this guy. What an idiot! This guy is willing to put a childs life in danger just so the other children can get a balanced diet. What rot.

Am I alone in thinking this guy is crazy! I don’t think so. The other children can get there balanced diet through the other meals in the day when they aren’t in school. Amazing. But truely believable, since that is exactly the kind of thinking that people with anaphylaxis and food allergies face every single day from 95% of the population. Let’s hope that we can change that.

Aaron

When food can be fatal: part two

Here is the second part of the program.

We are in the process of getting the videos of this so that we can show all those that we interact with. Just so it hits it home to them the consequences of when things go wrong.

Aaron