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12 Tips for Grocery Shopping with Food Allergies

12 Tips for Grocery Shopping with Food Allergies
I don’t know why I was so dense on the subject of taking basic safety measures at the grocery store (despite my food allergies) for so...

A Better Epinephrine Auto-injector

If you or a loved one had a food allergy in the 1970s or ‘80s, you know that there has been very little innovation or improvement...

Are You Allergic to Food Dye?

Have you ever had a reaction to a food that you thought was safe? It might have been the color. While rare, allergies to food dyes affect...

To (Research) Study or Not to Study?

To (Research) Study or Not to Study?
This study is a doozy. For one, it’s four years long–that would be the longest study we would have done. It’s also strange to think that...

Meal Modification Form for School Lunches

Meal Modification Form for School Lunches
How to use a Meal Modification Form I wish I’d know this from the start. Or more to the point, I wish I’d understood this from the start....

My Life With Food Allergy: A Parent Survey Report

There’s a lot of talk out there about the growing number of food allergy diagnoses, and the need for better tools to manage them. Rarely though...

No Appetite Food Allergy Bullying

No Appetite Food Allergy Bullying
Anti bullying is something we feel very strongly about.  So we were happy to connect with the No Appetite For Bullying movement.“No Appetite for Bullying aims to...

Natasha’s Law improves U.K. Allergen Labeling

Natasha’s Law improves U.K. Allergen Labeling
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was only 15 years old when she bought a sandwich at a sandwich shop in Heathrow Airport before taking a flight to Nice in...

2019 Trailblazer Award Winners

2019 Trailblazer Award Winners
We were excited to see the winners of the Love Remembers Trailblazer Award for 2019! Announced Monday, the Advocate winner is Stephanie Lowe of Turn it Teal....

Debunking the High-Protein Diet Fad: Is It Right For You? How Do You Do It With Special Dietary Needs?

When I picture a grill during the summer, I typically envision rows of sizzling hashtag-charred hamburgers and hot dogs. 🌭🍔Meat (and even meatless “meat”) seem to be...

The Food Suitcase: A European Adventure With Food Allergies

Before last month, we hadn’t left the country in 17 years. My oldest child is 17 years old, which is no coincidence. She is allergic to...

Growing a Good Business Takes Time

Several folks have emailed us asking why the Allergy Amulet isn’t available for purchase yet, and we hear you! We’re just as eager as you are...

How to Find the Right College Food Fit

As I walked down the scenic campus avenue to begin the tour, the first thing on my mind was not their scary admission statistics, or how...

Sulfites—The Next Big Thing in Allergy?

Sulfites—The Next Big Thing in Allergy?
Can you be allergic to wine? Unfortunately, it’s possible. Several people recently asked us whether we plan to detect for sulfites—a common ingredient in wine. This caught us...

Campfires, Canoes, Cabins, and Cross-Contact: Tips for Safe Summer Camping

Campfires, Canoes, Cabins, and Cross-Contact: Tips for Safe Summer Camping
Last week I dropped my kids off at summer camp. They’re still too young for sleepaway camp, but it is all day every day for a week,...

The Forever Chemicals in Our Food—And Now in Our Bodies

The Forever Chemicals in Our Food—And Now in Our Bodies
Disclaimer: this article may result in appetite loss, stomachache, and a lack of faith in our nation’s food safety regulations. On Monday, the New York Times published a...

New Survey Findings Reveal Dangers of Dining Out With Food Allergies

New Survey Findings Reveal Dangers of Dining Out With Food Allergies
Last month, our friends at Snack Safely reported the findings of a survey representing 1,000 food-allergic individuals in the UK. The survey was carried out by the law firm...

Food Allergy Week 2019 Official

Food Allergy Week 2019 Official
We were honored and thrilled this week to accept the Official 2019 Colorado Proclamation of Food Allergy Awareness Week from Governor Jared Polis!We have requested proclamations...

Love Remembers Day Trailblazer Award Nominations 2019

Love Remembers Day Trailblazer Award Nominations 2019
It’s time to gear up for Love Remembers Day 2019!I’m still so honored to have received the Love Remembers Day Trailblazer Advocate Award from Compassion for Anaphylaxis last...

Childhood Food Allergy Prevention Q&A with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan

Childhood Food Allergy Prevention Q&A with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan
If you’re a dedicated Allergy Amulet follower, then you know we love to support individuals doing amazing things in the food allergy space! We recently had a...

Peanut Friendly Baseball Game

Peanut Friendly Baseball Game
Have you heard about the movement to have peanut friendly baseball games? We've been fortunate to go the last few years.Peanuts. And Crackerjacks. These two items...

Oral Immunotherapy—Three Years Later

Oral Immunotherapy—Three Years Later
A little over two years ago, I wrote a blog for Allergy Amulet called OIT—Is It For Me? In that piece, I talked about our family’s decision...

Food Allergy Advocacy in Schools

Sending your child off to school is worrisome enough as a parent—but when your child has a food allergy, that anxiety amplifies. My daughter is highly allergic...

Airborne Food Allergens—What’s the Risk?

Airborne Food Allergens—What’s the Risk?
When we hear stories of serious allergic reactions to food, they often involve someone unknowingly ingesting a food that contains their allergen. Gut-wrenching stories like the...

How Kids view Food Challenges

How Kids view Food Challenges
I just discovered an artifact that spelled out my fears of a food challenge as a kid. And all because my 5th grade teacher made us...

Intuitive Eating + Food Allergy

Intuitive Eating + Food Allergy
Proper nutrition, much like medicine, does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. In fact, what works for one person may not work for another. This is also...

Baked Egg versus Egg OIT: How do they stack up?

Baked Egg versus Egg OIT: How do they stack up?
Our son was part of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology study of baked egg vs. OIT!Allergists have been recommending baked egg (when tolerated) as...

Humans Are Pooping Plastic

Humans Are Pooping Plastic
Got your attention? Thought so. 😉You might be thinking, How does poop relate to food allergies? First, food allergies affect our health and diet, and what we...

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Sugar is Sweet, and Food Allergies Can Be Sweet Too

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Sugar is Sweet, and Food Allergies Can Be Sweet Too
Ah, Valentine’s Day. For some, this day provides a great excuse to press pause on the stressors of life and take time to celebrate the ones...

More Adults Have Food Allergies Than Previously Believed

More Adults Have Food Allergies Than Previously Believed
Last month, we shared the latest research on food allergy trends among children. The study found that approximately 7.6%—or 6 million—kids in the U.S. have a food...

Navigating Food Allergies as a Teen

Navigating Food Allergies as a Teen
Most social gatherings as a teenager involve food. School dances involve going out to eat with your friends before the dance, and eating snacks during the...

Elijah’s Echo

Elijah’s Echo
Elijah-Alavi Affiq Thomas SilveraJanuary 16, 2014 – November 3, 2017To members of the food allergy community, food allergy deaths are never easy to swallow. It’s doubly...

Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread
This past Christmas Eve, I listened to the soft sounds of Ave Maria and Silent Night waft through candlelit pews. My father has sung in a...

Emerging Epidemic: Latest Research on Childhood Food Allergies Shows Troubling Trend

Emerging Epidemic: Latest Research on Childhood Food Allergies Shows Troubling Trend
We like to follow research in the food allergy world closely—after all, many of our team members are as personally vested as we are professionally in...

Managing Food Allergies at the Gym and Yoga Studio

Managing Food Allergies at the Gym and Yoga Studio
Food allergy management is not reserved for the kitchen, dining room, cafeteria, and restaurants. Food allergies follow you everywhere, from airplanes to offices, to places you...

Sesame: More Than Just a Street

Sesame allergy has been all over the news lately. Last year, a teenage girl tragically died at Heathrow Airport after eating a Pret a Manger baguette...

Ming Tsai's Food For Thought

Ming Tsai's Food For Thought
My journey with food allergies began when I opened my first restaurant, Blue Ginger, in 1998. I felt it was important that our kitchen be mindful...

Killer Beauty Regimens

When we think about managing food allergies, we don’t tend to consider lipstick or lotion. But we should.Walking down the aisle of my local co-op recently,...

Take Two: The Importance of Carrying Two Epinephrine Auto-injectors

Take Two: The Importance of Carrying Two Epinephrine Auto-injectors
With Halloween around the bend, we wanted to share a quick PSA on the importance of carrying two epinephrine auto-injectors in case of an allergic reaction. Why?...

Food Allergies + Natural Disasters… A Different Kind of Storm

Food Allergies + Natural Disasters… A Different Kind of Storm
As torrential floods from Hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas earlier this month, Madison, Wisconsin—home of the Allergy Amulet headquarters—was still reeling from record rainfall levels...

Scientists Find Link Between Antacid & Antibiotic Exposure and Food Allergies & Asthma

Scientists Find Link Between Antacid & Antibiotic Exposure and Food Allergies & Asthma
As someone who remembers (with disgust) that pink goo as a child (also known as the antibiotic amoxicillin), I read this headline in shock. Did that...

The 411 On the 504: School Allergy Plans Decoded

The 411 On the 504: School Allergy Plans Decoded
Last month we covered the basics of kids and epinephrine. This month we’re bringing you the skinny on school management plans for your child’s food allergies.Are you...

The Nutty Nature of Nuts

For years, patients diagnosed with a tree nut or peanut allergy have been told to avoid all nuts. But what if I told you that being...

Best Practices For Kids + Epinephrine

I’m not quite sure how summer passed by so quickly. Is it really back-to-school season already?! As families gear up for the school year ahead, we...

What Food Allergies Can Teach Our Kids

What Food Allergies Can Teach Our Kids
Every now and again, I like to write about my personal experience as a mom managing food allergies. Parenting is no easy feat, and it’s especially...

FPIES: Not As Delicious As It Sounds

FPIES: Not As Delicious As It Sounds
From time to time, we like to write about the rarer forms of food allergy. We’ve covered  Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Oral Allergy Syndrome, and allergies to red meat and...

Premier Diet Keto - It's Complete Fat Burner

How To Take Premier Diet Keto?In brief, to clarify Premier Diet Keto, it is a great product to reduce weightreduction If talking about the capsule in...

Poor sleep and Cognitive Impairment are Connected

The importance of getting a good eight hours sleep cannot be summoned up in words. Shuteye has a calming effect on your body and mind and...

A Brief History of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: The Heart of Allergy Amulet's Technology

A Brief History of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: The Heart of Allergy Amulet's Technology
Dr. Joseph BelBruno, Scientific Advisor at Allergy Amulet.If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ve probably heard us talk about our scientific approach to...

Spokin’s Susie Hultquist: A Fearless Food Allergy Mama!

Spokin’s Susie Hultquist: A Fearless Food Allergy Mama!
June 5, 2018If you’ve followed Allergy Amulet for a while, you know our team was founded by a female and that we love to support female entrepreneurs!Unsurprisingly,...

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out… On Nutrients

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out… On Nutrients
Part II: Wheat, Soy, Peanuts, and Tree NutsWelcome to Part II of our FOMO series! Here we’re discussing how to replace nutrients lost from eliminating wheat, soy,...

Food Allergy Awareness Week! Things I'd Like People to Know... And a Little Dr. Seuss

Food Allergy Awareness Week! Things I'd Like People to Know... And a Little Dr. Seuss
It’s almost here, food allergy awareness week 2018! The official dates for this year are May 13-19.I’m currently sitting in my office looking at a recent picture...

My Child Doesn't Have a Food Allergy... But Her Friends Do

My Child Doesn't Have a Food Allergy... But Her Friends Do
When my family moved to a new neighborhood five years ago, we quickly learned that our new neighbors’ oldest son had a severe peanut allergy. Our...

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out... On Nutrients

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out... On Nutrients
Part I: Milk, Eggs, Fish, and Shellfishby: Tara McCarthy, RDFOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a source of anxiety for many. For some, it means...

The Secret is Out: Transparency is In

Last fall, Kellogg’s acquired a protein bar startup called RXBAR for $600M dollars. The significance of that deal is twofold. First is the story behind the...

Balancing Anxiety and Risk

Balancing Anxiety and Risk
How many times have your kids returned from the park with a cold? A lot? How many times have they returned with an allergic reaction?Don’t get...

Peter Rabbit: A Tale of Teachable Moments

Peter Rabbit: A Tale of Teachable Moments
On February 9th, Sony Pictures released its long-awaited movie that modernizes the classic tale of Peter Rabbit—the mischievous little bunny that chases about the garden of...

Why using Allergens as a weapon in Peter Rabbit isn’t the same as other cartoon violence

Why using Allergens as a weapon in Peter Rabbit isn’t the same as other cartoon violence
The Peter Rabbit movie wasn’t something I wanted to see anyway. I’d seen a few previews and it looked to be full of the sort of...

Everything's Coming Up... Rotten

Everything's Coming Up... Rotten
Something in our world is changing. Our bodies are rejecting the food we eat. Even the experts don’t really know why. In January, Netflix debuted...

Get Your Geek On: The Science Behind Food Allergy Testing

Get Your Geek On: The Science Behind Food Allergy Testing
Food testing is serious business. It’s also a large and growing one: the market for food testing kits was valued at $1.58 billion in 2016. That...

A Look Behind the Label: How Food Manufacturers Prevent Allergen Cross-Contact

In an earlier post, we explored food allergy labeling laws and why many food products include “may contain” statements. To better understand the extent to which...

Do Waitstaff Create a False Sense of Security?

Do Waitstaff Create a False Sense of Security?
I’m often asked whether a consumer device that tests for unwanted ingredients in foods will give those with food allergies a false sense of security when...

Why the Thigh?

Why the Thigh?
Most people that carry epinephrine with them to treat serious allergic reaction will tell you they were given strict instructions to inject the needle into their...

What To Expect When You're Expecting... An Oral Food Challenge

This topic is pretty fresh in my mind as my daughter underwent an oral food challenge to macadamia nuts last week. In case you’re not familiar...

Navigating Food Allergies as a Foreigner the SMART Way

I was born with numerous food allergies. Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s with life-threatening food allergies was incredibly rare, as were the means to...

Food Allergy Numbers: Why the Mystery?

As someone who has a personal and professional connection to food allergies, I probably talk about the subject more than most. During these conversations, I’m often...

Peanut Allergy Patch – the only “Failure” is Bad Reporting

Peanut Allergy Patch – the only “Failure” is Bad Reporting
You may have recently seen disturbing headlines regarding the Peanut Patch treatments, or read an article that said it failed. Many are worried that this is...

Amaretto Makes Me More Than Sour

Amaretto Makes Me More Than Sour
Imagine walking into a bar and discovering that three of the liquor bottles behind the counter are laced with cyanide. You’d probably look elsewhere for a...

Do you know the Health Benefits of Beet Root?

Do you know the Health Benefits of Beet Root?
A Beetroot is a one of the finest vegetables, adding as the ingredients to the salads, pickles, soups and using as the coloring agents… This beet...

Diet and Nutrient Needs on a Food Allergy Diet

If you are, or live with, a custom eater, you know how challenging it can be to get affordable and tasty meals and snacks on the...

Understanding More, Fearing Less

Understanding More, Fearing Less
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” –...

Cross-Contact or Cross-Contamination: What’s the Difference?

Cross-Contact or Cross-Contamination: What’s the Difference?
I’ll be honest with you: distinguishing between cross-contact and cross-contamination used to throw me off. Many people in the food allergy community (my past-self included) often...

Whole Foods for Thought: The Debate Over Quality Versus Quantity

Whole Foods for Thought: The Debate Over Quality Versus Quantity
You’ve probably heard by now that Amazon bought Whole Foods. The latter’s shareholders recently approved the transaction, and assuming regulators sign off on the deal, the...

You down with EoE? No thanks, not me.

You down with EoE? No thanks, not me.
Every now and again our team at Allergy Amulet likes to post blogs about lesser-known conditions that affect the food allergy population (our people)! One such...

Celiac: Got [Catholic] Communion?

Celiac: Got [Catholic] Communion?
The recent dust-up regarding Pope Francis's remarks (and decision) regarding the use of so-called gluten-free hosts has rather a crowd of celiac and non-celiac alike up-in-arms....

How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life
Have you ever stabbed anyone? I have.I stabbed my friend and Allergy Amulet Co-Founder Abi Barnes with an EpiPen in the summer of 2007.  Abi and...

More Tools, More Problems? Food Allergies Since 1960

More Tools, More Problems? Food Allergies Since 1960
This guest post was written by Theresa MacPhail—assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Stevens Institute of Technology. Last December, I wrote a blog...

Smoothie Bars & Ice Cream Parlors: A Potential Allergy Nightmare

Smoothie Bars & Ice Cream Parlors: A Potential Allergy Nightmare
Standing in line at Trader Joe’s last week, I noticed a sign alerting shoppers of a recent recall of their Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream due...

I'll Take My Allergies Medium Rare

I'll Take My Allergies Medium Rare
If you’ve followed Allergy Amulet lately, you know we LOVE to talk about food allergies. Recently, we discussed the phenomenon of Oral Allergy Syndrome: a typically...

OAS—A Seasonal Mess?

OAS—A Seasonal Mess?
Photo copyright© National Jewish Health. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Ahh, summer. The season of pool parties, barbecues, gardening, and outdoor adventure. For many though,...

Freedible's Top 10 Food Allergy Posts

Freedible's Top 10 Food Allergy Posts
There is so much to learn and do when you get diagnosed with a food allergy - the first question is where to begin! Our community of...

Anaphylaxis Know-How in a Portable Pocket Card

On the Pantry blog today, I'm sharing the card my daughter and I formulated (based on advice from our allergist) as a reminder for her about...

Freedible's Top 10 Celiac Disease Posts

Freedible's Top 10 Celiac Disease Posts
Celiac disease is as serious a medical condition as it is under-diagnosed and misunderstood. Square in the cross-hairs of America's love-hate relationship with gluten, it's been...

Is Monsanto Giving Us Food Allergies?

Is Monsanto Giving Us Food Allergies?
On a recent late afternoon walk with my dog, I noticed signs scattered around our local park alerting passersby that the grounds had recently been sprayed...

Not What You Think: Link Between Eating Disorders & Celiac

Not What You Think: Link Between Eating Disorders & Celiac
What is the link between anorexia and celiac disease?  If you thought it was behavioural or genetic, you're probably not far off from a popular perception --but you're wrong.The tie that binds the two...

Unacknowledged Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Unacknowledged Symptoms of Celiac Disease
You may not think you have  Celiac Disease because your symptoms just don't fit the pop culture definition of the poor, stick-thin, gut-ravaged patient dashing to...

Food Allergies Today: An Expert Q & A

Food Allergies Today: An Expert Q & A
There are many unknowns in the food allergy world today. Why are food allergies on the rise? What can I do to prevent my child from...

Dear Mother, Dear Daughter

Dear Mother, Dear Daughter
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, two of our food allergy mavens at Allergy Amulet wrote letters to their mom and daughter, respectively, about their food...

Exciting Month of Giveaways with DairyFreeGina and awesome DairyFree Brands

Celebrating Food Allergy Awareness month with fantastic giveways.  For Detauls and to enter clock here ;  http://www.dairyfreegina.com/single-post/2017/04/30/Its-Our-Exciting-Month-of-May-GIVEAWAYS

Four Easy Steps to Improve Gut Health

Four Easy Steps to Improve Gut Health
We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” Though true, a more accurate saying would be “You are what you digest and absorb.” The...

Time to Take the Pledge to Go Veg

Time to Take the Pledge to Go Veg
See the change just 1 week can make to your health, the Earth and the life of animals. Take the #VegPledge with me!https://goo.gl/Bxynic #vegan

Do it for Your Health, the Planet, the Animals. Just Do It!

Do it for Your Health, the Planet, the Animals. Just Do It!
It's that time again!  It's time for Veg Week. Join me and take the pledge for VegWeek 2017.ps://goo.gl/Bxynic  https://

Should I Go Gluten-Free? Break it Down for Me

Google “gluten free” and you get roughly 150,000,000 results.Clearly, the topic of gluten is trending.  You probably know at least one person that has cut gluten...

OIT—Is It For Me?

Feeding your peanut-allergic child peanuts is not easy as a mother—I would know, I do it every day. Your instincts as a parent are to keep...

How Auvi-Q AffordAbility Works: The Nitty-Gritty

How Auvi-Q AffordAbility Works: The Nitty-Gritty
The Auvi-Q has been available again for a week now, but chances are you haven’t taken advantage of it yet. After all, we only need new...

What to do when your Epinephrine Expires too soon

What to do when your Epinephrine Expires too soon
Has this ever happened to you? You head to the pharmacy to pick up your child’s most recent epinephrine prescription, take it home, and open it...

Heart-Healthy, Allergy-Friendly Snacks: Time to Mix It Up

Writers are quirky people. Sometimes, superstitious people. Or at least very set in their ways. They often work alone…and so they snack alone. Some quirky writers...

Raising a Teen with Food Allergies: First Kisses and Fighting Bubble Tendencies

Raising a Teen with Food Allergies: First Kisses and Fighting Bubble Tendencies
Do you remember your first kiss? I do. It was messy and awful, but I still couldn’t wait to tell my friends. I never shared this...

The Faces Behind the Auvi-Q

The Faces Behind the Auvi-Q
In light of the other day's media announcement that the Auvi-Q will not only be returning to market, but will be doing so next month, I wanted...

Chebe Original Cheese Bread Mix

Chebe Original Cheese Bread Mix

I was introduced to this product at the #GFAF Expo in October.  In addition to being gluten free it also addresses the needs of many customer...