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Allergic Living News Report NewsReport: January 2011
U.S. Allergy Act is Now Law!
It took five years of lobbying, but on January 4 the Food Allergy and Ana-phylaxis Management Act became the law. Tens of thousands wrote letters in support of FAAMA, which mandates the creation of voluntary food allergy management guidelines to apply to schools across the United States.
   FAAN (the Food Allergy & Ana-
phylaxis Network) led the lobby for the groundbreaking act, and work is progressing on the guidelines. "We are thrilled with the passage of FAAMA," said Julia Bradsher, FAAN’s CEO.
   While voluntary, the guidelines will be a valuable and consistent resource for schools in all states.
Q&A: What will FAAMA mean? more
Label Lobby: New Campaign
In Canada, the allergy and celiac communities are pushing for a long-awaited allergy and gluten labeling law to pass. In November, Allergic Living began an online write-in campaign, with letters to the PM and the Health Minister. An incredible 4,200 individuals sent letters via the campaign.
   This is getting Ottawa's attention, but we need to keep the pressure on. Join the new Label Lobby today, writing directly to the Treasury Board president (Treasury is where the law has stalled). Don't delay, add your voice here.
This Months Poll: If you have celiac disease, how long did it take to get diagnosed?
Research: Celiac, Peanut
• How Much Vitamin D; Brain Fog
The discussion of how much vitamin D to take daily got interesting with new recommendations that suggest, yes, you can get too much of the sunshine supplement. But what, we wondered, about those with celiac disease, as many have issues with nutrient uptake. Fortunately, the NFCA jumped on the topic. See the important discussion: “The Vitamin D Controversy” in their latest newsletter. Read more
   Scroll down further in the newsletter for NFCA's survey of that most mystifying of celiac symptoms – brain fog.

• Peanut Vaccine Finding
A research team at The Alfred and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia reports discovering a peanut protein fragment that is large enough to be detected by the body – but small enough to not provoke anaphylaxis. This is an exciting development, since the researchers say this may be a key component for use in creating a vaccine against peanut allergy. Read more

What's for (Safe) Supper?
It's January, and that means hearty, piping hot meals that are allergy-friendly and GF.
• Vegetarian Manicotti
• Roast Chicken and Rice Soup
• Braised Beef Shanks
Video: Eat Freely with Cybele Pascal,
bestselling allergy cookbook author:
• Chicken Tenders – kids’ fave.
• Allergy-friendly Fudge – safe for corn allergy, too.
Allergy Program Dazzles
A compelling and highly informative online training program is gradually becoming available to teachers across Canada, starting with Alberta. The multi-media tool, with quizzes to navigate, great graphics and animation, will wow teacher. But the precautionary messages are also explained clearly and simply.
   The goal is evident: to help teachers and school staff understand and manage anaphylaxis risks. Topics covered include spotting risky situations around school, how to use auto-injectors, monitoring for secondary reactions and traveling to the hospital. more

Shea butter, common
in products, appears
safe for most nut
Update on Chicago
girl's fatal peanut
reaction at school
Christmas party.
Scientists seeking
the holy grail of
gluten-free bread.
Starfish's non-stick
slime could be used
to treat asthma.
ER visits for food
allergies surge to
200,000 a year,
report finds.
Humidifiers: do their
particles pose a
risk to baby?
Martha Stewart Clean Free Public Debate - Feb. 8, 2011 6:30-8:30 pm - 375 Water St. Vancouver - National Experts Discuss: Can Controlling Stress and Our Environment Reduce Allergies and Asthma? Calendar
Jan. 27 Gina Clowes'
allergy teleseminar. more
Jan. 27-29, Better
Breathing Conf.,
Toronto. more
Feb. 10 FAAN's 1st
Honors Gala, features
singers Luke Pilgrim,
Charice, L.A. more
Jan 29, Wheat-free and
Gluten-free Day,
Philadelphia. more
Mar. 18-22, AAAAI
annual meeting, San
Francisco more
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