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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Some allergy songs, because today I feel like singing

27Aug

Today I feel like singing, so here, for your enjoyment and amusement is a selection of allergy related songs what I found on YouTube. This is the best one I found… The Allergy Song by The Banzai Buddy Band We … Continue reading

  

What happened to the BFree pittas?

27Aug

Me eating a BFree wheat, dairy and egg free pitta at the allergy show

I discovered these amazing gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free BFree Pittas as the Allergy Show London this year. They were offering half a pitta with various fillings and I found it was the only reliable lunch source so I … Continue reading

  

Great British Bake off does #FreeFrom

27Aug

Great British Bake off does freefrom

Tune in next week on BBC1 at 8pm if you love baking and want to watch this year’s contestants bake #freefrom. The programme is called, ‘Alternative ingredients’ which isn’t the most exciting catch line but the allergic and gluten free, … Continue reading

  

Needles? Ouch! 10 Myths About Acupuncture

27Aug

There are a lot of myths about acupuncture, a medical model that has been around for over 4000 years and used successfully to improve the health and well being of people around world. Below are 10 of the common acupuncture … Continue reading

  

Sudden death in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices: a review of research from the USA

27Aug

Take note but don’t worry, Dr Ian Beeton, Consultant Cardiologist writes. Many of our ICD patients will have seen recent newspaper articles with headlines from the USA such as this in The Daily Mail ‘Faulty pacemakers killing 2,000 a year: … Continue reading

  

FreeFrom things we’d love but never get!

24Aug

FreeFrom biscuits at the hairdressers?

The FreeFrom Eating out Awards are in progress so if you are a food service company you still have a week or so to enter. You can do so online here: . Each year we meet to judge the entrants … Continue reading

  

How Did that Mole Get There? Tips to Treating Moles and When to Get Help

24Aug

The body has a funny way of operating. One way in which the body sends signals that something’s going on is through the skin. Various skin conditions such as acne and moles can be an underlying warning sign that something … Continue reading

  

We Three Teds

24Aug

‘Three teds (Dotty the Cat, Olive the Lion and Frank the Monkey)  travelling the world visiting real families who want to share their lives – each is lucky to love a person with Down Syndrome’… Our visit from Dotty the … Continue reading

  

Electrosensitivity update – EHS recognised as a handicap in France!

24Aug

MBJ netted up

Electrosensitivity (being made ill by the man-made electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and phone masts, wifi, smart meters, fluorescent lights etc etc) has been recognised as a ‘functional impairment’ in Sweden for some years. But in the rest of Europe … Continue reading

  

What allergy live on MarlowFM radio

21Aug

MarlowFM radio station

Just a very quick blog to let you know that I am going to be joining Phil Hawthorn, DJ extraordinaire, live on MarlowFM radio on Monday morning, 11am on 24th August. We’ll be talking about all things allergy related so … Continue reading

  

E-cigarettes. I am confused.

21Aug

Woman smoking with electronic cigarette

I admit I am a little out of touch with latest trends and e -cigarettes are no exception . I like many tried cigarettes in my teens but did not like them and never got the habit. I understand that … Continue reading

  

Hormone Hell

20Aug

It’s been a while since I posted and the reason for this is that around a year after my surgery all my symptoms came back with a vengeance and I am fighting hard to regain control of them. Sometimes, on … Continue reading

  

Why a2 milk gives me nightmares

20Aug

Who doesn't love a topless hunk but really? This product is for people with health issues

Ever heard of A2 milk? Those of you in the allergy and dairy intolerant community may well have come across it. It is a new type of milk created in New Zealand where the A1 milk protein has been bred … Continue reading

  

It’s August so…

20Aug

Gluten-free-bread

The middle Sunday in August  and, apart from the leadership row in the Labour party, not a lot to write about so, guess what? Both the Mail and theGuardian dug out the old ‘coeliac food on prescription outrage’  and ‘food intolerance – fact … Continue reading

  

Dragons Mess with Coeliacs…

19Aug

Rule of Crumb coco Pops

I do not watch the Dragon’s Den as I do not enjoy ritualised humiliation. I know that it is all about making entertaining telly, but there are other ways. And yes, I know – the Bake Off does ritualised humiliation … Continue reading

  

Cater for allergies and gluten free? Make my day!

15Aug

FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014 winners

There are a growing number of restaurants, pubs and cafes who are happy and willing to cater for the allergic and gluten free community but we need more. Just yesterday I met a guy who is opening a freefrom deli … Continue reading

  

The Black Seed Plant: Over 2,000 Years of Health Benefits

14Aug

blackseed

Black seed plant, also known as black cumin, or black caraway, has been used for numerous health problems and conditions. Here’s what it can do, what it might do for you, as well as side effects to be aware of … Continue reading

  

Live self determined-Die self determined

14Aug

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In my last blog I wrote about the process of Assisted Dying in Switzerland. A country I have loved to ski and walk in for many years and a country I feel very at home in, as do my two … Continue reading

  

#NotJustIBS Twitter Chat with the IBS Network

14Aug

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Take part in a Twitter chat with the IBS Network on Tuesday 18 August for the chance to ask any questions you may have regarding Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The event is happening between 19:00pm and 20:00pm GMT and anyone with a Twitter account … Continue reading

  

16 Things You Know When Living With A Chronic Illness (Or Three) In Your 20s

14Aug

chronicillness

Living through your teens and your 20s can be a particularly difficult experience when you’re chronically ill. There are so many things that you want to be able to do and experience, but your body simply won’t cooperate. I know … Continue reading

  

8 Foods You Should Be Eating NOW!

13Aug

  We’re always striving to maintain a happy and healthy body and we all have different goals. Whether you’re aiming to lose weight or just increase your overall health then you’re going to need two things; a well-balanced nutritious diet … Continue reading

  

Emoji-ing food allergens

12Aug

Food emojis

I have been having an interesting exchange over the last ten days with one of our long-time subscribers who sent me a link to a document on the UTC (Unicode Technical Committee) site. (The UTC, for those do not know, ‘is … Continue reading

  

Why students should ditch the cola for water

10Aug

Last year I was in the final year of my education journey, a third year university student with a healthy (yes really!) diet, but a seriously bad diet cola addiction! Most days I would be cracking open a can before … Continue reading

  

Survey Results: 70% Suffering from Bowel or Digestive Problems

10Aug

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There is an estimated 14 million people in the UK living with a bladder control problem and 6.5 million living with a bowel control problem. [1] Of all the illnesses that affect the gut, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one … Continue reading

  

Wheat or gluten free beer at the CAMRA beer festival?

10Aug

Montys gluten free beer

I’m asking a question here because I’m not quite sure. I’m planning a visit to London with colleagues tomorrow and received this very helpful response from CAMRA about whether there would be any wheat and/or gluten free beers available. Last … Continue reading

  

Gluten Sniffing Dogs

10Aug

Who can ever resist a doggy story? Well, not many of us so, when you combine a dog with a feel good allergy story, you are away! We first tracked down allergen-detector dogs back in 2006 when we discovered PeanutDogs.com run by … Continue reading

  

To ‘bold’ oats or not to ‘bold’ oats – that is the question

9Aug

Nairns don't bold oats in their labelling

Hot on the heals of my last blog about oats, gluten and allergen labelling I had a look at some of the oat based products in my larder and others online. It would seem that there is a split in … Continue reading

  

To die with dignity?

9Aug

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In this weeks news was the story of a woman in her seventies who travelled to a clinic in Switzerland to take advantage of Swiss law, which allows  an individual to choose to end their life. The article suggested that … Continue reading

  

Our amazing gut microbiome – what is it and what happens when it goes awry?

8Aug

Courtesy of MetaHit website

Courtesy of MetaHit website Our microbiome is the name for the microbes that live on our body and some people think that the microbiome is our forgotten organ. Over the last few years our knowledge of what our microbiome is … Continue reading

  

Irritant and SLS free shampoos for eczema skin – an update

7Aug

Organic Babies body wash and shampoo  by Green People

At the beginning of this year I started my search for the perfect shampoo for my eczema scalp and sensitive skin. It seemed that this was no easy task. Read “10 shampoos for dry scalps, sensitive skin and eczema” here … Continue reading

  

Is gluten an allergen and do oats contain gluten?

6Aug

Oats do not contain gliadin, the protein in gluten containing cereals.  It does contain avenin and can cause problems for some coeliacs.

At the recent judging session for FreeFrom Eating out Awards we had a heated discussion about oats and whether they came under the Top 14 allergens banner. I thought that oats were not in the Top 14 allergens but others … Continue reading

  

5 Health Choices Women Should Make

5Aug

Women are often much more worried about their health and society puts a lot of pressure on women of all ages when it comes to looks. Magazines are often filled with guidance on health choices women need to make before … Continue reading

  

Life Before ‘Freefrom’

4Aug

Not All in the Mind

  Paddy J was a subscriber to the original Foods Matter magazine and followed  a ‘freefrom’ gluten-free diet long before the term was invented. She does not have much patience with those food sensitive people who complain that there are not enough freefrom … Continue reading

  

Runner bean

2Aug

Ella very much lives for the moment… I love that about her, but it does bring with it certain challenges.  And this is in no way meant to be a negative post, just an honest one. I am finding it … Continue reading

  

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