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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

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

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

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

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...

Food Allergy Day Trip Breckenridge

Food Allergy Day Trip Breckenridge
I’m not a huge fan of the cold, which is kind of funny being that I live in Colorado. But we’re also one of the sunniest...

Food Allergy Lunch Drama before breakfast

Food Allergy Lunch Drama before breakfast
We had some food allergy lunch drama this morning.Just a few minutes after dropping my son off at school today (just one, the other was home...

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...

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 Parenting Errors - Mistakes are Part of the Journey!

Mistakes are Opportunities to Learn. We all learn from our errors. After reading somewhere that “mistakes are opportunities to learn,” I used the mantra repeatedly with...

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...

When Food Allergies Undermine Authority

When Food Allergies Undermine Authority
A while back, I saw a question posed in a food allergy forum about discipline. The person was asking if food allergy parents ever have a...

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...

Invest In Women

Invest In Women
While the Chinese zodiac sign for 2018 is the dog, a more appropriate symbol for this year is the woman.Across the US, women are running for...

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...

It Matters Who You Ask

It Matters Who You Ask
Four-year-old: Does that have egg or peanut?Another four-year-old: NoFour-year-old: Okay. (Accepts cracker)This actual conversation transpired nearly 5 years ago, between my son and his best preschool...

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...

Have a #HeartTealHeart Talk about Food Allergies at School

Have a #HeartTealHeart Talk about Food Allergies at School
Valentine’s Day is another one of those holidays. A day when food allergy parents seek to balance the warm, fuzzy memories of our own Valentine parties with the...

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...

15 Ways to Keep Allergic Loved Ones Safe on Thanksgiving — And Always!

15 Ways to Keep Allergic Loved Ones Safe on Thanksgiving — And Always!
A Guide for the Family of the Food Allergic If you have family coming for the holidays, there are always a lot of things to do....

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...

How to have a Happy Food Allergy Holiday

Living with a food allergy can be tough enough on a daily basis. It's even harder during the holidays when there are parties and family events...

Hosting the Holidays with Food Allergies

Hosting the Holidays with Food Allergies
HELP!  I'm hosting the holiday dinners and someone is coming with a food allergy!  What do I do?  If this is what you're  thinking --STOP worrying!...

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...

The Not-A-Recipe Dinner

Not a recipe, and NOT picture-worthy at all. Truly, the photo looks fairly unappetizing. I promise, it's deceptive.Last night's vegan dinner option when my family was...

Paint the Town Teal this Halloween

Paint the Town Teal this Halloween
Info on how you can join the Teal Pumpkin Project and make Halloween safe for kids with Food Allergieshttps://goo.gl/SeqXhb#tealpumpkinproject #halloween #foodallergy

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...

Sending Your Child to School with a Food Allergy - Tips for Parents

10 Tips for Going Back to School with a Food Alllergyhttp://www.dairyfreegina.com/single-post/2017/08/14/Back-to-School-with-Food-Allergies---Tips-for-Parents

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,...

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...

Questions to Ask When Dining Out with Food Allergies

Questions to Ask When Dining Out with Food Allergies
We strongly believe that a dialogue between restaurant staff and food-allergic guests is essential to a comfortable dining experience. Simply telling a wait staff member that...

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...

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

Kool-Aid Eggs

Kool-Aid Eggs
Have you seen this trick before? Did you know that you can use Kool-Aid packets to dye Easter Eggs? You might be wondering why we’re dying...

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...

Gluten-Removed Beer - Bane or Blessing?

Gluten-Removed Beer in mugsGluten-removed beer. It's one of (sadly) many issues those in the Celiac Disease community don't agree on. People can be seriously passionate about beer. I think...

Sharing the Food-Allergy-Mom Love

Sharing the Food-Allergy-Mom Love
Do you relate to those weeks when you blink and it's already Friday (and not in a good way)? They seem to just keep coming this...

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...

Nuttzo Bad: Celiac Recovery into Global Advocacy

Nuttzo Bad: Celiac Recovery into Global Advocacy
So much food is naturally gluten free. But is all that edible milieu easily packable, and edible on the road?  Yes! Yes it is easy --...

An Egg Study

An Egg Study
I’m an experimental person by nature. I love to try things side-by-side to see what works best, try things over and over again, fully understand how...

Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurants 2017

Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurants 2017
AllergyEats, the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants in the United States, has just released its 2017 list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide. https://www.allergyeats.com/2017-list-of-top-10-allergy-friendly-restaurant-chains/

Glow Party

Glow Party
Everybody loves sugary birthday treats, but the fact is that in a school setting, those same treats can exclude–or even be downright dangerous to–kids who have...

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...

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...

Double Standards when flying American Airlines

Double Standards when flying American Airlines
I recently learned (and shared on social) that FARE has joined forces with attorney Mary Vargas to file a complain with the Department of Transportation against...

Resolutions for the Food Allergy Parent

Resolutions for the Food Allergy Parent
Happy New Year, Dear Readers! Our kids had winter break until Jan 9, and we took a much-needed break too. We often haven’t been able to...

The Celiac Project Podcast – Navigating the Holidays & Giveaway

Do you find the holidays to be challenging as someone who lives a gluten free lifestyle/has Celiac Disease? I understand. That’s why I’ve teamed up with...