The allergy awareness trap
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by Alex G
1M ago
The risk in setting out to ‘raise awareness’ — much like one to ‘be kind’ — is that once you model yourself as a proactive do-gooder, in this case to help disseminate important information to those who need it, you... Read more The post The allergy awareness trap first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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How accommodating should we be to allergy and coeliac?
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by Alex G
2M ago
Two media incidents in the last few days have brought back into focus just how unaccommodating and angry some remain towards people with hypersensitivities and dietary restrictions.  Just when you begin to think progress might have been both made and... Read more The post How accommodating should we be to allergy and coeliac? first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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Nickel free self tanning products
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by Alex G
4M ago
When it comes to natural cosmetics and skincare products in relation to nickel allergy safety, the main sources of concern are products which impart colour. This is because they often contain minerals / mineral salts, which may introduce nickel contamination into... Read more The post Nickel free self tanning products first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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Cobalt allergy
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by Alex G
6M ago
Cobalt allergy often goes hand-in-hand with nickel allergy. The two metals, which sit alongside one another on the periodic table of elements, can be found in similar products, meaning avoiding prolonged exposure to one overlaps strongly with what you need... Read more The post Cobalt allergy first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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G6PD deficiency and favism
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by Alex G
7M ago
On a recent trip to Italy, I came across this notice at the entrance to a popular supermarket. Translated, it read: “Warning to customers at risk of acute haemolysis caused by favism: fresh broad beans are displayed and on sale... Read more The post G6PD deficiency and favism first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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CTSI call for ‘vegan’ definition — but what about ‘free from’?
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by Alex G
7M ago
Last Friday saw the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) release a report entitled “Vegan and Plant-based Food“ in which it outlined the extent to which the public is confused about the meaning of ‘vegan’, and the worrying number of vegan-labelled... Read more The post CTSI call for ‘vegan’ definition — but what about ‘free from’? first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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Time to say goodbye to ‘allergen free’ claims?
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by Alex G
1y ago
A business should only promote a product as ‘allergen free’ if this statement is explained. For example, the business makes it clear that the product does not contain any of the 14 regulated allergens as ingredients. If this statement is... Read more The post Time to say goodbye to ‘allergen free’ claims? first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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Coeliac frequency higher in food allergy
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by Alex G
1y ago
The first eye-catching paper of 2023 has landed, and it further adds weight to the proposition that those with food allergy have a considerably higher rate of coeliac disease than the ordinary population. It’s in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology... Read more The post Coeliac frequency higher in food allergy first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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Writing about allergy and coeliac
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by Alex G
1y ago
A few years ago I tutored writing students learning through a correspondence course. These were individuals from around the world who wanted to write for publication. It’s a great hobby for enthusiasts, and if you commit to it, it can... Read more The post Writing about allergy and coeliac first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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Why gluten-free oats are a cereal containing gluten
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by Alex G
1y ago
‘Cereals containing gluten’ are one of the ‘top 14’ emphasisible and declarable allergens or allergen groups mandated in UK labelling law. The ‘cereals containing gluten’ are defined to be wheat, rye, barley, oats and their hybrids. It has occurred to... Read more The post Why gluten-free oats are a cereal containing gluten first appeared on Allergy Insight ..read more
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