Talking Allergies

Spring 2014 edition - Milk in the School
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Author:  gwentheeditor [ Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:37 pm ]
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Here's our media release on the new Spring magazine. Interested in hearing what you thought about the cover article - or any of the features and recipes:

Allergic Living Magazine Examines Controversial Debate Over Milk Allergy in Schools

The publication’s Spring 2014 cover story, “Milk in the School,” Allergic Living magazine investigates the challenge of dealing with the most misunderstood food allergen in the educational system.

April 9, 2014 – Sending a child to school with a life-threatening food allergy is always worrisome, but when it’s an allergy to milk and dairy products, the anxiety level can be through the roof.

The reason? To start with, the high risk of exposure. Dairy is in everything, from milk to yogurt, chips, crackers and the cupcakes another student’s mother offers to a class.

But there’s much more to the issue, as Allergic Living magazine finds in its in-depth examination of the challenges of educating kids with dairy allergy in its new Spring edition – released on newsstands this week.

Milk is simply one of the most revered foods in the North American diet. From the “good for you” image of milk as a calcium source to festivities centered on pizza and ice cream, the mere suggestion of an event without dairy can result in dramatic backlash from the parents of other students.

As well, a true allergy to dairy can cause serious, even fatal reactions, but frequently this is not understood. As one mother with a child with a dairy allergy tells the magazine: “You want every allergen to be taken seriously, but if it isn’t a peanut or a nut allergy, it’s not getting respect.”

Allergic Living hears from parents who go to extraordinary lengths – baking hundreds of allergy-safe cupcakes for a school event or even pulling a milk-allergic child out of school because of repeated reactions to dairy.

But as much as there is challenge, the magazine also finds stories of success; parents who are able to sit down with principals and teachers to develop workable allergy policies, and not bans. This article details the most effective strategies and practices that all schools and allergy parents need to know. These are the tools that can keep a growing population of kids safe – in their own schools.

Also in the Spring issue: The 10 big pollen questions; a teen with celiac disease takes on Mt. Kilimanjaro; and delicious allergy-safe recipes – from sublime soups to the perfect spring chicken and our gluten-free strawberry tart.

Allergic Living is the nationally distributed magazine for those living with food allergies, asthma and celiac disease. It is available by subscription and on newsstand at Whole Foods Markets in most of the U.S. In Canada, look for it at Chapters/Indigo outlets in the health/wellness section.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:37 am ]
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My 12 year old daughter is in the age group that were the first to not outgrow their dairy allergy.

The deadly dairy allergy can not be mentioned enough! Milk has such an innocent, wholesome reputation that it will take an enormous effort to change that image in minds of the general public.

Thank you, Gwen, for bringing this issue to light!

Author:  _Susan_ [ Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:52 am ]
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If you want to share this media release, the URL is ... n-schools/

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:49 am ]
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Thanks for sharing / saying, Susan.

Author:  spacecanada [ Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:42 am ]
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I thought this article was a great read.

Do you mind if I photocopy this and hand it out to supervisors at future events when we have a dairy-allergic child present? They just aren't getting it and maybe this will shed some light on the situation for them. Hearing the same story from another source may help reinforce my perspective.

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:55 am ]
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Glad you liked. That's fine re copying for that purpose - I do appreciate you asking.

I know what you mean. When it's in print, and with experts talking about, has much more impact.

We actually have a no. of school libraries subscribing now. I'm so glad to have AL mag be a useful resource to schools.

Author:  renie [ Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:22 pm ]
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I am tremendously thankful for this article!

Having one child who is peanut+treenut and another who is dairy, egg, sesame, soy protein isolate and some treenuts, I have to say it is far easier to navigate a social world if you are battling the widely accepted peanut/treenut allergens. We typically encounter people, even FA families who are convinced that our DD's non-peanut/treenut allergens are:
(a) not serious and
(b) "really just intolerances" (that whole, if I had a nickel for every time someone said to her/us "oh, I get a really bad stomach ache after I have dairy!... but sometimes you just want to have that ice cream cone!"...)
Not to mention, schools use milk programs and pizza days as major fundraisers. Inherent conflict of interest if you are battling dairy allergy...

I am personally of the opinion that all FA should be treated with respect and awareness - whether priority in the US, Canada or growing incidents like kiwi. We are more empowered as one united community rather than giving elevated status to peanut & treenut. I can tell you, those don't scare me (quite) as much on a plane (with understanding cabin crew) as very pervasive sesame (those seeds get everywhere and the oil is 'sticky') or the powdered dairy that goes 'poof' when people open up the cheddar goldfish crackers - or other such snacks that are also frequently available for purchase in-cabin.

Clearly, I went on a tangent to the side but what it amounts to is ... in our own experience, there is much more public awareness and support if you are dealing with "Jaws" (peanut/treenut) as opposed to dealing with a barracuda (any other allergen)...

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