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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:16 am 
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Dr Ham Pong of Ottawa was in Nunavit and here are some excerpts from an article about it.

All I can say is, Yikes!

Dr. Antony Ham Pong says he first noticed an increase in the number of Nunavut patients coming to see him a few years ago.

The Ottawa-based allergy specialist was seeing more and more Inuit — many of them young children — with symptoms like eczema, hives, asthma and other nasal problems related to allergies.

So Ham Pong decided to bring his expertise to the North. He and his nurse Colleen Lessard became licensed to practice in Nunavut, and spent the week of March 12 running an allergy clinic at Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital.


Fish and seafood are considered among the most highly allergenic of foods, but seeing Inuit unable to tolerate their own country foods surprised Ham Pong.

“I’m seeing new allergies that I’ve never seen before,” Ham Pong said. “How can you live in Nunavut and be allergic to caribou and Arctic char? Before Inuit had access to western diets, how did these babies survive?” ... ong_inuit/

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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