Soy Allergies

Sensitive to Soy

With her exotic good looks, natural charisma and friendly smile, it’s easy to see that actress Eva La Rue feels vibrant and healthy. A regular on the hit TV drama CSI: Miami, La Rue stars as savvy, tenacious DNA specialist Natalia Boa Vista. She formerly played a daytime darling on All My Children. Recently, the 42-year-old mother lost 18 pounds with regular exercise and sensible eating and she says she’s now determined to stay fit. During her downtime, the California-born actress is an avid reader of health books. Four years ago, she picked up Eat Right 4 Your Type, filed it away and then reread it when her 7-year-old daughter, Kaya, developed unsightly and uncomfortable skin rashes. At the same time, La Rue was noticing her own gastrointestinal issues. Here, she tells Living Without how, like her investigative TV character, she uncovered the culprit behind her daughter’s ailment and her own.

Small World

A reader recently alerted us to fresh gluten-free bagels just like the genuine item. She said they’re so good that she regularly drives many miles out of her way to buy a supply from the little store that makes them. Her enthusiastic endorsement, along with a tasty sample, prompted me to call the shop owner to ask if we could publish his recipe. As we chatted, he confided that the recipe for these wonderful bagels, best sellers in his store and a favorite in his community, is one he’d found in this magazine and "tweaked a little bit."

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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