Dec/Jan 2014

Features

Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

Good food has always been central to my life, a passion that led me to a career as food editor of Bon Appetit magazine. When my childhood gluten sensitivity resurfaced a few years ago, I was determined to eat as well as I always had—fresh, simple, seasonal food every day…and for the holidays, too. I quickly discovered that the most delicious and satisfying foods are those that are naturally gluten-free. My family and friends never notice that anything is missing from my table.   More...

All About Epinephrine

When the eighth grade boy arrived in the school nurse’s office, his eyes were watering and he couldn’t stop sneezing, recalls Kathy Donohue, RN. The boy attributed his symptoms to seasonal allergies, which had been acting up. With his dad en route to pick him up, Donohue sent the student to retrieve his backpack from his locker. By the time he returned a few minutes later, his lips had ballooned to three times their size, he was covered in hives and he was grabbing at his throat. Donohue immediately checked the school’s procedure for administering medicine to students with undiagnosed allergies. Then she shot epinephrine into his right thigh while a school administrator called 911.   More...

Oh My  Gourd!

With sweater weather in full swing, now is the time to gravitate away from imported asparagus and embrace seasonal winter squash. From spaghetti to sweet dumpling, the allergy-friendly members of the Curcubitaceae family offer perks that you don’t want to miss.   More...

The Gluten-Thyroid Connection

Subscribers Only — Kara Smith had a hard time losing the baby weight after the birth of her son in 2002. No matter how much sleep she got, she was always exhausted. But more troubling to the usually articulate marketing professional was that she seemed to be struggling to find words and couldn’t remember simple things.   More...

Diagnosis: Thyroid Disease

Subscribers Only — Kara Smith of Tucson, Arizona, was well informed about thyroid disease when she began to develop symptoms of low thyroid. She’d done a lot of research after her mother was diagnosed with the condition a few years earlier. But many aren’t as well versed and may have undiagnosed thyroid disease.   More...