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Peanut Allergies

The Important Parenting Lesson I Learned From My Son's Peanut Allergy

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.17.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

As much as I love writing, every few weeks I find myself staring at a blank screen willing something, anything to come to me. It's at these times that...

My Advice to Parents of Atypical Children

Lisa Goodman-Helfand | Posted 01.19.2017 | Parents
Lisa Goodman-Helfand

“I remember being so curious about your condition in high school, but too sheepish to ask you. You inspired many investigative diagnostic queries in...

Why Food Allergies Are Not Funny

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 05.14.2017 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

I am the mother of a food allergic child. My son Joshua, who is 10 years old, has an anaphylactic peanut allergy. I was both shocked and surprised watching the Today Show segment that joked about nut allergies. I found it to be insensitive to the millions of Americans who live each day with this invisible but potentially fatal disability.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 05.12.2017 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

When we all think about what we are grateful in life, we think of things that we know that affect us directly on a personal and daily basis, like our lives, our situations, our parents, our friends, etc. But for the food allergic child, the list is completely different.

To The Mom That Specially Ordered The Nut Free Cake

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 04.19.2017 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

To the Mom that specially ordered the nut free cake, I wanted to take the time to tell you that your generosity of spirit towards my son this past we...

Human Cannonballs and Hot Pink Underwear: What I Learned From Magazines This Week

Roz Warren | Posted 02.26.2017 | Media
Roz Warren

Instead of counting sheep to get to sleep, humorist Patricia Marx counts the divorced couples she knows.

Love is in the Air, Literally

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 02.09.2017 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

Dear JetBlue Airways, I realize this is a bit unorthodox, but I wanted to officially declare my love for your airline on this Valentine's Day. You have given back to our family the gift of travel. Let me explain.

Got A Nut Allergy? Take A Boat!

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 01.08.2017 | Travel
Lianne Mandelbaum

The time has come for airlines to face the unfortunate reality that food allergies are increasing at an alarming rate. More and more people with food allergies will begin flying. As food allergic passengers, we don't ask to have others notified not to consume nuts around us because we secretly desire unwarranted special treatment.

When Peanuts Are Poison -- No Joke!

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 12.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Lianne Mandelbaum

When you are living with a food allergy, the world can be a dangerous place. I truly worry about sending my food allergic child into a world that largely is ignorant about the dangers of having a potentially fatal food allergy.

4 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving Dinner When Someone Has a Nut Allergy

Carol Brailey | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Carol Brailey

It's that time of year again, Thanksgiving! What a great time to connect with our loved ones over a fantastic meal! Did you know for someone with a ...

Hope on the Horizon for Those With Peanut Allergy

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 11.20.2016 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

Two weeks ago, my son's peanut allergy once again brought me to tears. Before you take a gasp, I want to let you know they were tears of pure unadult...

No Do-Overs With Food Allergies, Only Tragic Endings

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 09.29.2016 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

When my peanut allergic son was 5, he suddenly blurted out "Mom, don't worry about me, if I eat a nut by mistake and it kills me, I can just hit the re-do button and get another life, like in the video game." I became really scared that his child-like innocence prevented him from understanding the potential adverse ramifications of his own food allergy.

No Sandwich Is More Important Than A Child's Life

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.16.2016 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Why would you willingly risk a child's life? Why would you risk your child being the reason a classmate gets sick or dies?

Simply Nuts!

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 09.10.2016 | Travel
Lianne Mandelbaum

My son and I were waiting to board a flight to Sarasota, Florida. JetBlue, our airline of choice because of my son's anaphylactic peanut allergy, permits us to pre-board so that I can clean the seating area. As per usual, my heart is pounding.

Dear Nicest Dad Ever: A Thank You From the Mom of a Nut-Allergic Son

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

After we RSVP-ed to your little girl's party, you called my husband on the phone, and told him how excited you were that my son was coming to your party. That you planned to hire someone to clean the house for nuts before the event, and that you wanted to know where you could buy a nut-free cake. Seriously? Who are you? The greatest person on earth?

Can You Aspire to Be A Professional Athlete When A Simple Food Allergy Can Take You Down?

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 05.19.2016 | Sports
Lianne Mandelbaum

Jerome Bettis was a Superbowl XL champion and when he retired, he was ranked fifth all-time in rushing with 13,662 yards on 3,479 career carries. In a word, he was unstoppable... unless, that is, he came across a piece of shrimp or shellfish.

When Adults Behave Worse Than Children

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Lianne Mandelbaum

My son said the most frightening moment he has ever had was when an airline manager in Denver told us, "If you think he's going to die, don't get on the plane."

6 Medical Therapies We Thought Work But Actually Might Not

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Doctors may not always be well-informed about new therapies to treat medical conditions. Equally important, everyone may not know when to stop therapies, or not to recommend interventions that recent research show simply does not work as we once expected.

New Possibilities for People Who Suffer From Nut Allergies

Christine Aylward | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Christine Aylward

Peanut allergies are a real and growing problem with allergies to peanuts having more than quadrupled in the U.S. in the 13 years prior to 2010. This trend is worrisome to not only healthcare professionals, but also to the parents of children who suffer from peanut allergies.

What I Want Other Parents To Know About Living With Food Allergies

Sara Lind | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Sara Lind

Yes, it may be that one child with a peanut allergy makes your whole school nut free. Isn't it worth protecting even one child? Is your kid's peanut butter sandwich really worth that much to you?

Prior Advice About Preventing Peanut Allergies Could Be Wrong, Study Suggests

Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents

Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:33pm EST By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - In research that contradicts years of health advice, scientists said on Mon...

Scientists May Have Found The Fix For Nut Allergies

| Yael L. Maxwell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Science

The threat of death does not loom over most people who dip their fists in a bowl of honey-roasted cashews. For those with severe nut allergies, howeve...

5 Better Questions to Ask Allergy Families

Carissa K | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

We are quite consciously taking great steps to make sure that our son knows how to manage his own allergies and doesn't perceive himself as a victim. However, when one of the below questions is asked, it always touches my heart and makes me feel a surge of appreciation and affection for the friend who is asking it.

Why One Mom Says Her Child's School Is Committing A Human Rights Violation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

According to one mother, a Canadian school is violating her daughter’s human rights. Lynne Glover recently filed a complaint with the Human Righ...

The Secret to Surviving the Holidays

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

It has to do with avoiding five types of people who suck joy out of a room the way air gets sucked out of a pressurized cabin in "Snakes on a Plane." You need to protect yourself when you're near these people; they are seasonal vampires.