Other Allergies

Adult-Onset Food Allergies

It is not clear why some adults suddenly react to foods that they’ve been eating without incident their entire lives, says Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD, clinical assistant professor of allergy and immunology in the Department of Medicine, division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University. About 15 percent of adults with food allergies developed their condition after age 18, according to a 2014 study from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Research Roundup: October/November 2017

A new study on peanut immunotherapy examined the effects of increasing the peanut protein threshold (called the eliciting dose) used with the Viaskin Peanut patch. Developed by DBV Technologies, the Viaskin Peanut patch delivers biologically active compounds to the immune system through intact skin. It is currently in Phase III trials and not offered for sale.

Healing Herbs & Spices for the Gluten-Free Kitchen

Spices have been part of ancient cuisines for a reason, Doherty says. Many pungent spices have gastrointestinal and antimicrobial properties. For instance, ginger helps fight inflammation and also acts as an immediate digestive aid for nausea. Oregano and basil have antifungal properties and can protect against infection. Herbs and spices offer a bevy of health benefits, agrees Bethany Doerfler, MS, RDN, clinical research dietitian in the division of gastroenterology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

All About Noodles

We started our pasta project fairly confident that we had an overall handle on the market. In addition, we had some notions about pasta types, which ingredients we’d prefer and which would perform best. As we gathered up all the different brands and products from around the country and overseas and sampled them carefully, some of our preconceived ideas began to fall away. The bottom line for our team of testers? Gluten-free pasta is much more varied, better tasting, less expensive and more available than any of us initially thought.

We’ve Got Issues: October/November 2017

I had the screening for celiac and have no indicators, so I did not have the biopsy. There are some autoimmune diseases in my family and I know that the incidence of celiac is on the rise. Maybe the blood test is missing something. Is it possible my doctor is wrong? How can I find out what’s going on with my body? I’m feeling so desperate and angry. Maybe I should just go see a psychiatrist.

Gluten-Free Beauty Products

Are your cosmetics and personal care products gluten-free? If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, experts say that your lipstick, toothpaste and even mascara—products that can get into your mouth or flake off into your eyes—should not contain gluten. And it’s prudent to use gluten-free shampoo, facial cleanser and lotions because they may accidentally get into your mouth.

No More Moo

Sometimes going gluten-free is not enough. If you don’t get complete relief from your gastrointestinal symptoms after nixing the gluten, you may feel better cutting out dairy. Lactose intolerance is often the culprit, but there are other reasons why dairy is difficult for some people to digest.

Stair Master

Try one style of stair climbing or a combination of all three. For example, climb up the stairs single stepping and walk down. Next, climb up the stairs double stepping and walk down. The third time, turn to the side so that your shoulder faces the stairs and step up with the leg closest to the staircase. Keep your foot flat on the stair and pull yourself to a standing position. Continue up the stairs and then walk down. The fourth time, side-step up the stairs on the opposite side and walk down.

We’ve Got Issues: August/September 2017

After taking a multi-generational family vacation where I kept getting sick at restaurants that supposedly served gluten-free dishes, I’d like to go into my next travels better prepared. Aside from bringing my own food and grilling every waiter and chef at my vacation destination, what can I do? Oh, and getting there is also not so fun. Can you tell me which airlines have the tastiest GF options?

Download the Full Aug/Sept 2017 Issue PDF

In June/July’s “You Said It,” a reader wrote about her frustrating experiences with gluten-free medication. I’m certain this issue affects most celiacs. I spend many hours each month researching medications; most are not a problem. However, with each illness or new diagnosis, I have to begin the search all over again. Adding to the difficulties is the fact that new medications and generics are approved every month by the FDA.

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