Category Archives: Observations

The Science of Anaphylaxis – An Allergic Storm

“Education leads to enlightenment.  Enlightenment opens the way to empathy.  Empathy foreshadows reform.”  -  Derrick A. Bell The death of Ammaria Johnson is heart-wrenching for all of us.  An innocent 7 year old dies at school from peanut-induced anaphylaxis because … Continue reading

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Anaphylaxis, Observations, Science

Food Allergy Death Talk

It was a gorgeous fall day for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis (FAAN) walk in Chicago.  The kids were busy collecting allergen-friendly food samples and coloring pages.  There was music playing and the kids packed the stage to dance together.  … Continue reading

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Anaphylaxis, Family, Observations

The Food Challenge Challenge

When Milo had a food challenge to soy last year, he talked about it incessantly for the month leading up to it.  He was the only one in the family who was still allergic to soy so before the challenge … Continue reading

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My Disordered Eating

I’m hungry, maybe a slice of cheese pizza.  (Wouldn’t Gino love that?)  I know but I’m not talking about Gino.  I’m talking about me.  I’m talking about what sounds good to me for lunch.  (Fine, but I bet it would … Continue reading

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My Stories, Nut-free, Observations

The Science of Sensitization (or How in the World We Become Allergic…)

A few months ago, I talked to you about The Science of Anaphylaxis.  We started our exploration of an allergic reaction with a mast cell that had IgE antibody to a food allergen on its surface, learned how allergic reactions … Continue reading

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Observations, Science