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Happy Thanksgiving November 26, 2015

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Wishing you a your families a safe, wonderful day full of love, peace and turkey!
Thankful for all of your communication, insights, and support.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!



You’ll Never Miss It Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes November 22, 2015

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As I dream of mixing my turkey and peas with mashed potatoes, I thought you all might find this old recipe handy. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Originally posted on Allergy Shmallergy:

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!


I know you guys may have found this recipe useful last week (my apologies), but I wanted to make sure it tested well for both food allergic as well as non-food allergic guests.  And, it did!  With a little tweaking, it was received to rave reviews!  And, nobody missed the traditional buttermilk.  So I hope you all can use this to pair with meatloaf, at Christmas, New Years and beyond…




1 garlic

3 cups chicken broth

1 Tbsp Kosher salt

5 large potatoes (I used 10-11 medium-ish white potatoes), cut into 1 inch pieces

2-3 Tbsp chopped chives

2-3 Tbsp dairy-free butter/margarine


Cut the top off of garlic and place on a square of foil.  Drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp of chicken broth, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Place remaining broth, potatoes, and…

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No-Brainer: Support a Bill to Place Stock Epinephrine on Airlines November 6, 2015

No Nut Traveler

My food allergy colleague and the brains behind No Nut Traveler, Lianne Mandelbaum, has helped introduce a bill to place stock epinephrine on airlines and train airline personnel on the symptoms on anaphylaxis and how to administer autoinjectors.

This is a safety measure that just makes sense.

An in-flight food allergy reaction is frightening and can be deadly.  It’s a situation that our family has experienced first hand.  My father-in-law DISCOVERED he was anaphylactic to shrimp (at age 40) on a transcontinental flight midway over the Atlantic Ocean.  Amazingly, there WAS an epinephrine auto-injector on the flight but the flight attendants wouldn’t deliver the injection, stating they needed a doctor to administer it.  When he flashed his medical credentials (he’s a surgeon), the attendants told him (as he ballooned and his condition became serious) that they required ANOTHER doctor to administer the life-saving medication.  Luckily, flight attendants and passengers assembled a hefty dose of Benadryl that helped ease the reaction until the plane landed several hours later.  Imagine having your first anaphylactic reaction as an adult to a food that you’ve loved and eaten safely for years? It could happen to anyone…

Lianne has helped inform Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D – NH) who introduced bill S.1972, the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act of 2015, to Congress.  Current co-sponsors include Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

I encourage you to read more about this bill and the efforts behind it at No Nut Traveler.  And, please reach out to your local representatives and ask them to support S.1972.  What an easy way to make air travel much safer!


IMPORTANT: Sanofi Issues Voluntary Recall of Auvi-Q (Most Issued This Year) October 28, 2015

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If you’ve filled an Auvi-Q prescription any time between March and now this likely affects you.

Sanofi, the makers of the epinephrine autoinjector Auvi-Q, is voluntarily issuing a recall of Auvi-Qs with expiration dates between March and December 2016.  This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230.

Sanofi was receiving reports that their devices were not issuing a sufficient dosage of epinephrine.  No fatalities had been reported, but we all know this could have serious consequences.  Sanofi suggests using another epinephrine autoinjector.  Only use these defective Auvi-Qs if NO OTHER EPINEPHRINE is available.

Sanofi recommends contacting your healthcare provider immediately and getting a prescription for one of the other epinephrine autoinjectors.  Initially, customers will have to pay out-of-pocket for them, but I understand that Sanofi will reimburse costs.  Details regarding Auvi-Q reimbursement will be up on the website as soon as they have it available:  http://www.Auvi‑

Customers can call 1-866-726-6340 M-F 8am-8pm with questions.  I’ll warn you:  I waited on hold for a full hour tonight and didn’t get a live person.  My phone died in the process of waiting.  And, I am told that they are only taking name and addresses to send a return box at the moment.  See for additional information.

If you’re interested, Mylan (the makers of EpiPens) are running a $0 Co-Pay program.  See if you qualify at:


Halloween, Safety and Teal Pumpkins October 23, 2015

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Please consider stocking non-food items this Halloween! If you really want to see a kid (and her parents) get excited, give one of these treats to a food allergic trick or treater who can’t eat most candy.

This is a good weekend to stock up!

Originally posted on Allergy Shmallergy:


Halloween is a particularly tricky time for kids with food allergies.  I’m always amazed at how many houses give out treats laden with peanuts, tree nuts and other common allergens.  Although my son understands that he can get a safe treat from me when the house treat is a no-go, it’s hard not to be disappointed for him.   Holidays routinely make kids with food allergies feel left out and Halloween is the king among them.


There ARE a few things you can do to make this Halloween safe and pure fun:


1.  Carry a variety of safe treats for your child to choose from so that he/she can get a replacement treat when the neighbor’s doesn’t cut it;

2.  Always carry your epinephrine while you trick or treat and remind your child NOT to eat any candy until you get home to ensure its safety;

3.  Don’t…

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A Little More Halloween Magic with The Switch Witch October 19, 2015

Let’s face it:  candy makes Halloween magical for most kids.  As a kid, when else do your parents let you go out after dark and collect candy from your neighbors?  It’s heaven!

Unless you have food allergies.  And then it’s fraught with danger and uncertainty.  Not only is candy laden with dairy and nuts, but wheat, soy and eggs are all potential pitfalls for families with food allergies.  Ingredient lists are often missing – or extremely hard to read – on small, packaged candy.  And what may be safe to eat in a larger size is sometimes no longer safe when miniaturized due to manufacturing practices. Even when candy does not contain a particular allergen, it’s often processed on equipment that poses a risk.

Nothing is more fun-ending for a kid than realizing most of your candy isn’t safe to enjoy – except, of course, having a food allergy reaction.  There have been many years when my son’s “Trade” pile was larger than his “Keep.”

Switch Witch

Enter The Switch Witch.  At bedtime on Halloween night, tired and oversugared kids can leave a heap of their Halloween candy out with their Switch Witch doll.  While they’re sleeping, the Switch Witch trades their stash for a special gift.  It’s brilliant!  Whether, like us, you have a child with food allergies whose Halloween candy isn’t safe for him or -also like us- your kids are just super-stellar candy collectors who have amassed way too much unhealthy sugar, the Switch Witch extends the excitement of Halloween.  This is a great way for food allergic children to have fun trick-or-treating, knowing that their milk and nut-filled loot will be traded for a satisfying surprise.

I’m getting on board this craze now!  It’s sure to be fun for ALL my kids.

[I feel like I need to say it for the record, but I get nothing from the genius that is Switch Witch.  This is not a sponsored post.  I just think this is a fabulous tool for kids with food allergies (and those without!).]


You’re Definitely Not Alone: More Celebrities with Food Allergies September 21, 2015

Living with food allergies can make you feel isolated.  But it doesn’t need to!  With 1 in 13 people living with food allergies, you needn’t look far to have someone who can relate.  Here are a few more celebrities, politicians and athletes with whom you may have more in common than you think.



Malia Obama, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama (peanuts)

Barbara Bush (peanuts)



Olympic Speed Skater, Sabine Voelker  (beef, pork, chicken)

Brian Matusz, pitcher Baltimore Orioles (peanuts)




Amanda Freitag, chef and judge on Chopped, competed on Iron Chef America  (hazelnuts)


TV Personalities:

Businesswoman, and maven of everything, Martha Stewart  (lobster)

Sports and political commentator, Keith Olbermann (celiac disease – wheat)

Supernanny, Jo Frost  (shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts)





Kerry Washington  (multiple food allergies) 

She revealed to E! News: ”Most people do not know about this but I carry an EpiPen with me almost everywhere I go because I have a lot of food allergies, like fatal food allergies, that if I eat these things, I could wind up dying in an emergency room somewhere. So I always have an EpiPen. It’s not sexy, but I’m being honest, I have an EpiPen in my bag.”


Busy Phillips  (soy, gluten)


Debra Messing  (multiple food allergies, seasonal allergies, avoids dairy)


Auggie Maturo, actor on “Girl Meets World” (peanuts, tree nuts, sesame and coconut)


Beverly Mitchell, actor on “7th Heaven” (eggs and dairy)

Kenton Duty, actor, singer, dancer  (chocolate, wheat, outgrown dairy)



Bill Hader; Formerly of SNL  (peanuts)

Steve Martin (shellfish)





Food Allergy Parents:

Actor, Steve Carell  (dairy)

President Barack Obama  (peanuts)

Clay Matthews  (peanuts)

Nina Garcia, judge of Project Runway and creative director of Marie Claire  (peanuts, tree nuts)

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia

Heather Locklear  (peanuts)President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act

Robert Kennedy, Jr  (peanuts)

Kym Whitley  (peanuts)

Holly Robinson Peete  (dairy, gluten)



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