Other Allergies

Ask the Doctor: April/May 2018

Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, is one of the nation’s leading experts on the alpha-gal allergy, an allergy to mammal meat induced by a tick bite. A member of the University of Virginia’s research team that discovered alpha-gal allergy about ten years ago, Commins now heads the laboratory that studies the allergy at the University of North Carolina. He also serves as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and has a clinical practice that specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with the alpha-gal allergy.

We’ve Got Issues: April/May 2018

My fiancée has celiac disease and we recently moved in together, which means merging kitchens. I understand that some things, like wooden cutting boards, can be very difficult to rid of residual gluten. I’ve tossed those and only eat gluten outside of the house. Still, my fiancée has gotten sick more than once after we ate at home. I’m pretty sure I’m doing something wrong. What is it?

Don’t Miss This! New Gluten-Free Products for April & May 2018

Gaea Veggie Bites are just that—vegetables cut into easy-to-eat pieces, deliciously marinated in Gaea olive oil and lemon and packaged in travel-ready pouches. Perfect for summer road trips and lunch boxes. A tasty new way to get your vegetables. Available in Carrot, Cauliflower and Gherkin.

Whole30 Diet Best Products

Whole30 is a popular 30-day diet designed to eliminate inflammatory foods and help restore health. Co-created by Melissa Hartwig and outlined in The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the diet permits only nutrient-dense foods—lots of vegetables, some fruit and moderate amounts of meat, seafood and eggs. It does not allow grains, added sugars (including alcohol), dairy, legumes, soy or emulsifiers like carrageenan.

Following Hearts to Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Products

From egg-free mayonnaise to certified gluten-free breads, one thing is clear about Follow Your Heart, the vegan and gluten-free food company headquartered in Southern California. No matter the product, the leaders of the company follow their passion to create foods that meet people’s needs.
soy sensitivity

Soy Sensitive Symptoms

Symptoms of a soy allergy may be limited to one area of the body or may involve many areas. They can include flushing and/or itching skin, swelling lips and/or tongue, wheezing, shortness of breath, hoarseness or tightness in the throat, nausea and vomiting, colic, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Fatal, anaphylactic reactions to soy have been reported but are rare. Symptoms can occur within minutes to a couple hours after soy is ingested.


During a visit last summer to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, my 13-year-old daughter Catherine, who is allergic to dairy and tree nuts, had an anaphylactic reaction. It was her most terrifying allergic reaction to date. How did this happen? And how can I prevent a “next time”? Looking back at my mistakes, here’s what I learned.

Gut Feeling

In proper balance, bacteria in the colon prevent illness, regulate food absorption and digestion and play a role in many body functions. But when bacteria invade and take over the small intestine, they can cause digestive problems (like gas, abdominal bloating, stomach pain), nutrient malabsorption, food sensitivities and more.

Always Tired? Adrenal Insufficiency Can Zap Your Energy

Miller and his mother didn’t know what was wrong, nor did his primary care doctor. A year earlier, Miller had been diagnosed with celiac disease, so at first he assumed his symptoms were related to that. But even on a gluten-free diet, his fatigue continued to worsen. Eventually, he ended up in the emergency room of a university hospital center where he was promptly admitted.

Don’t Miss This! New Gluten-Free Products for 2018

Discover the latest and greatest of packaged gluten-free goods! We sample a ton of gluten-free products every issue and report on the best ones so you always know what the newest, tastiest, highest quality gluten-free foods are!



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