March 10, 2010
Finding Friends Who Understand is Priceless
Imagine attending a play date for kids with food allergies...or getting together with other parents to share recipes and bake allergy-friendly goodies...or finding a pen pal for your child who feels isolated.
With KFA's new Friends Connection™ service for all of you who support KFA with a Family Membership subscription, these opportunities are real! You now can:
Find friends who understand...
If you are not a Family Membership subscriber yet, please support KFA by subscribing today – then take advantage of all your membership offers: check out our new Friends Connection service, search through more than 1000 allergy-friendly recipes and special educational resources, and get immediate emotional and social support as well as food/cooking help by participating in our wonderful online community.
- Submit your family profile.
- Search for friends with common food allergies, interests or medical concerns.
- Search for friends in your geographic location.
- Join or create play groups, mothers groups, cooking clubs and more!
- Send private messages through our forums to communicate with new friends.
- Only your username, comments and public profile information are displayed to other members. Your zip code, e-mail address and children's birth dates are kept private.
P.S. Several members of KFA's Medical Advisory Team (including President Lynda Mitchell) attended the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on February 26 - March 2 in New Orleans. Several news items from that meeting are included in this issue of eNews.
Food Allergy Resource Center
Each month KFA provides new or updated food allergy articles to educate families, caregivers and the public about different topics regarding food allergies. Premium resources are available to KFA Family Members only.
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The free resources below are available to all website visitors:
Celebrating Easter with Food Allergies
This booklet contains tips and ideas to help you safely celebrate Easter with food-allergic children, including: allergy-safe crafts, Easter basket ideas, Easter egg hunts, Easter egg decorating activities and allergen-free recipes.
Food Allergy Safe Easter Baskets
Instead of using milk chocolate, real eggs and other items that present allergy hazards, try filling your Easter baskets with these non-food items that are peanut-free, egg-free and milk-free.
Easter Egg Decorating for Children with an Egg Allergy
Real eggs and egg cartons can pose a hazard to egg allergic children, so as an alternative, try these five Easter egg decorating activities.
Celebrating Passover with Food Allergies
This booklet contains tips and ideas to help you safely celebrate Passover with food-allergic children, including: preparing for the Seder, activities for Seder, allergy-free Passover recipes and Passover resources.
AAAAI: Half of Unknown Anaphylaxis May Be Due to Meat
"An allergy to meat may be responsible for up to half of recurrent anaphylaxis cases without known cause, researchers said."
AAAAI: New Test May Determine Who Can Tolerate Milk Products
"New research is leading the way to a test to distinguish children who can tolerate baked-milk products from those who cannot tolerate any form of cow's milk."
CHOP: Gene Site Found For Children's Eosinophilic Esophagitis
"Pediatrics researchers have identified the first major gene location responsible for a severe, often painful type of food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). In this disease, which may cause weight loss, vomiting, heartburn and swallowing difficulties, a patient may be unable to eat a wide variety of foods."
AAAAI: BPA May Be a Factor in Increasing Asthma Rates
"New research suggests that there may be a link between increasing asthma rates and a particular threshold of bisphenol A (BPA), according to a study being presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)."
BPA is a chemical commonly found in polycarbonate plastic bottles and the aluminum lining of food and beverage cans.
AAAAI: Will Peanut Allergy Soon Be Treatable?
"Twenty-three children reached the oral food challenge, 15 had received the oral immunotherapy and eight had received the placebo. During the oral food challenge, the median cumulative dose of peanut tolerated was only 315 mg for the placebo group compared to 5,000 mg (~15 peanuts) for the oral immunotherapy group. In addition, the oral immunotherapy group saw median titrated skin tests decrease from baseline to the oral food challenge."
A Message from Our Sponsor
Safe Eats™ Recipes can be accessed in full, 24 hours a day, by our Family Membership Subscribers. Preview Safe Eats™, via free featured recipes that are available to all website visitors and are included in this issue of eNews.
Reminder: Safe Eats™ recipes are donated by members and have not been tested in a test kitchen. Be sure to verify the safety of all ingredients.
The following advertisers offer allergy-friendly Easter treats. Be sure to visit the Allergy Buyer's Guide section of our website to see a growing list of businesses that provide allergy-friendly products and services!
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Click on the banner to visit the Peanut Free Planet website.
All products on Peanut Free Planet are peanut- and tree nut-safe!
Find chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, marshmallow rabbits and more!
Click on the banner to visit the Vermont Nut Free website.
We have a complete line of peanut- and tree nut-free treats for Easter. Choose from several sizes and flavors of chocolate bunnies, cream-filled eggs, buttercream- or caramel-filled bunnies, jelly beans and pre-packaged or custom Easter baskets.
Allergicchild.com has originally authored children's books on peanut, nut and milk allergies; classroom nut- and peanut-free posters; and a free monthly newsletter helping you keep your child safe and included while living with food allergies. www.allergicchild.com
Sweet Alexis brings back simple pleasures. People with food allergies can safely and easily enjoy mouth-watering cookies and moist, delectable breads. All foods are dairy-, egg- and nut-free.
Sweet Alexis: Keeping simple pleasure simple for people with food allergies.
World Wise Grains
World Wise Grains is proud to introduce Arzu, a staple for the gluten-free/allergy-free pantry. In minutes have gluten-free, allergy-free hot cereal ready to start your day in a healthy way. See recipes and learn more at www.worldwisegrains.com
Bready® Home Baking Robot
Introducing Bready®, the first and only baking robot. No mixing, no mess, no scavenger hunt for ingredients, no contamination and no more "bricks" that taste like cardboard. It's not a bread machine...Bready® is a fully automatic gluten-free bakery. See our demo video: www.mybready.com
Sign up for a free Associate Membership to read the messages posted in our "Main" online support group forum. Better yet, become a Family Member and join the discussion!
Do You Always Read the Ingredients?
"Do you read only the 'allergen info' part or do you read through all of the ingredients? "
Find out what loopholes exist and why you should always read the entire ingredient label on foods.
Marking Food Safe: What's Your System?
"I noticed today the post on label reading and wondered what system you use at home for marking safe and unsafe foods."
Parents share their organization methods on how to keep safe foods separated from unsafe foods at home.
I Just Made Mock Peanut Butter Cups!
Parents of peanut-allergic children may be more excited about this than the children...find tips on how to make your own homemade mock peanut butter cups.
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Ed Roller, Inc.: Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Medium Seafood Sauce (undeclared soy and fish)
- Gertel Bake Shoppe: Quality Delancey Chocolate Leaves Cookies (undeclared cashews and walnuts)
- Rumiano Cheese Co.: Landmark Raw Goat Cheddar Cheese (undeclared milk)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Honig Brand: Soup Mixes (undeclared egg and milk)
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