Fighting Food Allergies
For the 11 million Americans who suffer from food allergies, eating can be a hazardous endeavor. Every year more than 30,000 food allergy sufferers require a trip to the hospital for life-saving treatment.
Common foods like peanuts, milk, shellfish and wheat can trigger a severe immune system response that causes the body to literally attack itself. Histamine and other chemicals that flood through the body produce hives, swelling that affects breathing, cardiovascular activity and the GI tract and, in extreme reactions, can lead to anaphylactic shock and even death.
Since there is no cure for food allergies, treatment starts and ends with avoidance. Watching what they eat means food allergy sufferers must keep the strictest eye on ingredient labels and always find out the facts from restaurant kitchens. Last August, legislation was passed requiring food labeling to more explicitly identify the most common allergens that are responsible for 90 percent of reactions.
Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we learn all about food allergies and what effects upcoming labeling laws will have.
This Week's Guests:
Dr. William E. Walsh Author/Allergist, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology|
Walsh is the author of “Food Allergies: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Relieving Your Food Allergies.” He’s also a consulting allergist with more than 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating food allergies and is a former fellow at the Mayo Clinic and a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
Rachel Sanzari Administrative Director, Food Allergy Initiative|
Food Allergy Initiative is a New York based non-profit. They support research to find a cure and public policy initiatives that promote food allergy awareness and create safer environments for sufferers.
Sanzari is a registered dietitian with a background in program building for school nutrition and food allergy education.
Mark Elvidge Vermont Nut Free Chocolates|
Elvidge, along with his wife Gail, operates Vermont Nut Free Chocolates which specializes in making candy that is safe for peanut and tree nut allergy sufferers. The company was started after the Elvidges identified their son’s life threatening peanut allergy.
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