Other Allergies

Vitamin B for Brain Fog

If you’re on a special diet due to food allergy or an autoimmune condition like celiac disease or Type 1 diabetes, you’re vulnerable to the impact of dietary restrictions on mood and cognition. Many of my patients complain about “brain fog,” a frustrating combination of lack of focus, forgetfulness and difficulty retaining new information. Sound familiar? Symptoms of brain fog differ from those of early dementia. It’s normal to forget where you put your keys; it’s a red flag if you can’t remember what your keys do. For many people with brain fog, B vitamins can make a world of difference in mental and emotional wellbeing.

Medical News: Hay Fever, Celiac Research, Autism Recovery and more

Hay fever can affect more than your nose. It also can impact your love life. A recent study by YouGov, a market research firm, on behalf of pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough found that almost half of people with hay fever symptoms become more irritable and that affects their relationships. The survey, which included almost 800 participants, suggests that hay fever sufferers feel less affectionate and have more arguments with significant others due to their symptoms.

Dogged Advocate: Pets with Food Allergies

Marit Danielson loves her dog Willoughby. So last year when the Norwich Terrier began shaking his head and acting startled for no reason, Danielson of Peacham, Vermont, became concerned. She took Willoughby to the veterinarian, who found an infection in both ears and prescribed medication. Within two days, Willoughby had lost his hearing. Alarmed, Danielson returned to the vet’s office. “They basically discounted the deafness and told me that Willoughby was getting old,” Danielson says.

Back to School: Tips for your Food-Allergic Child

Most mothers feel a little trepidation when their children start school for the very first time but Terri Esterowitz, MD, had a lot more than the jitters when she prepared her little girl for kindergarten. Understandably so. Her daughter Ellie has life-threatening allergies and Esterowitz knew that sending the 6-year-old into class was introducing her to a whole new world of risk.

Chow Down!: What to Pack in your Child’s Lunchbox

Try using these tasty alternative products when packing your child's lunchbox.

Letter: My Gluten-Free Word!

My 3-year-old son is allergic to gluten, fish, peanuts and tree nuts, legumes, eggs and corn. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an allergy-friendly city. There are no gluten-free bakeries here and very few stores or restaurants have gluten-free offerings. Everyone asks me how I do it. I always tell them I have to be very resourceful. I recently discovered your magazine and I now consider Living Without one of my little secrets. …

Adolescence and Anaphylaxis

A girl dies after eating Chinese food at a North Carolina shopping mall in 2005. A Massachusetts boy dies after one bite of a cookie at a friend’s house in 2006. A girl dies after consuming a burrito at a shopping center near her home in Esquimalt, Canada, in 2007. What do these tragedies have in common? Each fatality was a teenager with a severe food allergy. And none of the victims was carrying self-injectable epinephrine, the drug that might have saved their lives.

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