On the food allergy front, there have been some great articles and posts recently that I wanted to highlight because they’ve enhanced my knowledge of the development of allergies:
Protect Your Digestion, the First Line of Defense Against Food Allergies by Dr. Eva Untersmayr – This article is fascinating, if I’d seen it before my presentation last week I would have had to mention it. Be sure to explore the fantastic website AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com (the site’s founders will be at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, see the agenda for details).
From the outside in: How eczema could lead to food allergies by Iona Twaddell – I am trying not to let mommy guilt get to me when I read research articles but I do confess to wondering often whether using Aveeno lotion (which is oat based) with my daughter is related to her severe oat allergy. I was directed to this article via the twitter feed of Anne F. Russell BSN, RN, AE-C (who will also be a conference speaker and helped us proofread the conference brochure I created… download the brochure here as a pdf – thank you Anne!).
Genetic glitch at the root of food allergies? by Jessica Martin, PhD – I love how Jessica breaks down concepts. The other day she e-mailed me a detailed response to a question I had and hopefully you’ll see it on her Food Allergy Sleuth site soon. When she bought a ticket to the conference I was thrilled because I can’t wait to meet her.
Food Allergy Walk and Food Allergy Bloggers Conference
I have a fundraising page again this year for the Food Allergy walk here in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 2, 2013. I’m on the walk committee and also a co-founder of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference that will be kicking off with the walk and running through November 4, 2013. So it will be a big weekend for Food Allergy in Southern Nevada! We need team members and virtual walkers are welcome! If our team raises $1,000 before August 31, 2013 our team name will appear on the official walk t-shirt! We’re just about halfway there, donate and/or join today!
(If you’d like to have a chance to win tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the Smith Center, check out the team page of Young Artists Supporting FARE – a $10 donation during their raffle period earns an entry.)
An Allergy Friendly Kickstarter Campaign
Ending September 10, 2013, here is a Kickstarter campaign that might be of interest – it involves a top 8 allergen free, vegan candy that I’ve backed and you may want to as well! Premium Chocolatiers needs to raise funds for the equipment necessary to manufacture their vegan marshmallow coated with chocolate and candy.
The way the Kickstarter website works is that if the funds needed to achieve the stated goal aren’t raised, the campaign doesn’t get “funded” and none of the money pledged is charged. They’re almost halfway to their goal with two weeks left and I’d love to see this idea take off. $7 gets one bag of “No No’s” shipped to US addresses sometime hopefully in time for Halloween, so check it out here.
Something with a deadline that is a little further into the future is the fundraising campaign my friends Jessica (not the same Jessica I mentioned above) and Jeff have launched that involves changing their last name to “Van Squigglebottoms” permanently and officially if they raise $1,000,000.00 for Oxfam on or before December 31, 2013. I hesitated to donate only because I like their names as they are but then I got to thinking that I love the positive approach they’re taking. They care passionately about the causes associated with the less fortunate and they’re willing to do something off the wall to get the attention they feel this cause needs. You can see their fundraising page here and I can assure you that even the smallest donation will cheer Jessica and Jeff on. Even if all you can do is spread the word about their fundraising efforts, that may prompt someone else to donate.
Children’s Literature (and Music!) Reviews
Finally, it has been a while since I rounded up my latest Vegbooks.org reviews. I’ve even had the chance to review some music which was a lot of fun.
Mind of My Own (CD)
Blink of an Eye (CD)
School starts tomorrow and E turns 5! It is exciting and surreal at the same time. Have a great week, all!