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How to make an allergy parent jump for joy!

  My son turned the big 1-0 this year. He's becoming an excellent human – some thanks to his parents – I like to think. We've been actively educating him on how to speak up about his food allergies for several years and we're seeing some fruits of our labor. Don't assume it's allergen free. Our primary school sells frozen yogurt twice a month as a fundraiser. We're new to the school so I called the school to ensure it was peanut free. Because it was served in school by the school I assumed it would be an easy question to answer...truthfully, I was only going through the motions and setting a diligent example for my son. The response I...

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This is why peanuts are not nuts

  ARE PEANUTS A NUT OR A LEGUME? Peanuts are part of the legume family and are not a nut. The simple definition of a legume is a dried fruit contained within a shed or pod that is typically cultivated for food. The most well-known legumes are peas, beans, and peanuts. Peanuts share similar proteins to those of other legumes. This is why some people who are allergic to peanuts are also allergic to chickpeas and other legumes. However, this is not common. WHY AREN'T PEANUTS A NUT? Tree nuts are defined as nuts that grow on shrubs or trees. The specific nuts included on the tree nut list is defined in the FDA's list of tree nuts.   It's all up...

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New to allergies? 7 Things you need to know about anaphylaxis

Whether you've just discovered you have an allergy to bee stings or maybe your best friend's toddler is allergic to eggs, you're probably anxious and looking for answers. I'm not going to lie - anaphylaxis is serious and scary. But it can be managed by being prepared and avoiding allergens. I'll explain what it means to have anaphylaxis and how to live with it. 1  Let's start with defining anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock) an·a·phy·lax·is, (noun). pronounced anna-fill-axis   Anaphylaxis is defined as a serious allergic reaction that has a rapid onset and may cause death. The symptoms typically come on over minutes to hours. Most people don't realize they have an allergy until they experience anaphylaxis. You wouldn't be alone...

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New AUVI-Q Holster: One Accessory that Can Save Your Life

        Auvi-Q Case Clips onto Your Belt Like a Cell Phone We're proud to announce the addition of another member of the CarryNine family - The AUVI-Q Holster! This leather AUVI-Q case was inspired by the Blackberry holster. Just like all CarryNine designs, the AUVI-Q Holster combines things you carry everyday with your medicine. The case holds 1 AUVI-Q and a credit card or two.  The AUVI-Q Holster slips through your belt or clips directly onto your pants or bag. The steel spring clip is super robust and has some serious staying power. Once it's clipped onto your pants, it's not coming off until you take it off...even lasts through washroom breaks (tested - it's true)!  ...

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How to Get Publicly Available Epinephrine in Your Town

Canada's Largest Publicly Available Auto Injector Program Sussex straddles the Kennebacasis River, 70 km (43 mi) northeast of Saint John, and is a major dairy products producer in the province. It is home to Atlantic Canada's largest hot air balloon festival. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sussex,_New_Brunswick It looks like someone should update that wikipedia definition to read “It is home to Canada's largest publicly available auto injector program.”   Carrying epinephrine with you at all times is the golden rule when you have severe allergies - hopefully in a CarryNine Wallet Auvi-Q Case. But, when you have a first reaction or you're stung by bees or insects or you simply forgot to bring your Epipen with you, publicly available epinephrine could save your life.  ...

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