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I’ve never tasted an Oreo…

22Sep

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What is all the fuss about with Oreos? At work, if anyone is traveling to America there is a whole bunch of my colleagues who are clamouring for particular Oreo’s to be brought back through customs for them. I mean, … Continue reading

  

Could An Allergy ‘Cause’ An Eating Disorder?

29Aug

People who grow up with food allergies typically have a different relationship to food than those who grow up allergy-free. While this by no means indicates that an eating disorder will naturally develop (far from it!), it is worth noting … Continue reading

  

What did my office think of the new Newburn Bakehouse thins?

29Aug

Newburn Bakehouse Seeded Thins with caramelised onion humous, courgette and mange tout

The lovely people at the Newburn Bakehouse sent me a huge box of their new #glutenfree thins to try out. Look out for the new Seeded Sandwich Thins and Fruity Snack Thins with orange and sultana. Both varieties were really … Continue reading

  

Looks, toasts and tastes just like REAL crumpets!

19Aug

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This week we tried the new Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets and we were very impressed. Thank you for sending us a free sample Look, toast and taste just like ‘real’ crumpets! Newburn Bakehouse #GF crumpets So what’s in them? … Continue reading

  

Fight histamine inflammation: live longer and younger

13Aug

Inflammaging is the ageing effect of inflammation on the body and brain. We have modern medicine to thank for life span increases, but scientists believe part of the reason inflammation takes such a toll on us is because the immune system … Continue reading

  

Listen very carefully, I shall say this many times…

8Aug

Eat with your eyes!

This week a waiter in Canada has been charged after an allergic diner was served fish instead of steak; the customer was seriously allergic to fish and has alerted the waiter about this but sadly he had an anaphylactic attack … Continue reading

  

No, not ‘poor Ruth’… NEVER say this!

5Aug

Don't pity me... I have allergies. It's not so bad. My life is so rich in other ways

This is a rant and I may be being unreasonable again but don’t pity me. Don’t look at me and think… poor thing. And NEVER EVER say, “Oh Poor Ruth!” when a table of food is mostly off limits apart … Continue reading

  

Soya allergy and guar gum – is there a connection?

5Aug

Coconut Collaboratives Snow Coconut sticks and soya allergy

If you are allergic to soya you should take a very hard look at anything containing guar gum. This is something I’ve never come across from any doctor or allergy specialist so I’ve never worried about it before. However, if … Continue reading

  

It’s not in your head: gluten hurts non-celiacs too

31Jul

Wheat field and countryside scenery

The next time that annoying friend (or family member) snarkily comments on how your “gluten intolerance” isn’t a thing, go ahead and point them to a new study released by the Colombia University Medical Centre. Researchers there discovered that people with non-celiac … Continue reading

  

Voted in the Top 10 Health blogs AGAIN!

22Jul

What Allergy voted in the Top 10 Health Blogs 2016[

We’ve done it again! This is a really quick thank you to everyone who reads, shares, comments and enjoys this blog. What Allergy voted in the Top 10 Health Blogs 2016 So how do they decide the Top 10 Health … Continue reading

  

Parasites trigger mast cell histamine release

16Jul

Cat scratching itself

Mast cells are a key player in the immune system response. They release histamine and other inflammatory agents into the bloodstream to fight viruses and bacteria, parasites, and promote wound healing. Pretty much any invader can cause this mast cell activation, … Continue reading

  

The Allergy Show 2016 – The best bits…

9Jul

Allergy Show 2016 haul, including Nutribrex, Heck, BFree...

This year the Allergy Show didn’t disappoint. But I’m not your average coeliac or freefrom shopper. I struggle with a lot of freefrom food and try to eat as little processed food as I can. This goes for a lot … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAPS antihistamine onion substitute kills parasites

9Jul

Asafoetida powder in wooden spoon on a white table

The Indian herb Asafoetida (Ferula Asafoetida) possesses anti-inflammatory and antihistamine activity, in addition to fighting viruses and intestinal parasites. For those unable to tolerate garlic and onion, or those eating a low FODMAPs diet, this member of the carrot family makes a … Continue reading

  

Junk food triggers allergies and causes leaky gut

5Jul

 man on a crossroad trying to decide what to eat for the best lifestyle choice.

Studies reveal modern food processing techniques and additives cause food to become more allergenic and create or contribute to intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and generalised inflammation involving histamine, mast cells and more. In particular, the browning of foods (or caramelisation) … Continue reading

  

Junk food triggers allergies and causes leaky gut

5Jul

 man on a crossroad trying to decide what to eat for the best lifestyle choice.

Studies reveal modern food processing techniques and additives cause food to become more allergenic and create or contribute to intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and generalised inflammation involving histamine, mast cells and more. In particular, the browning of foods (or caramelisation) … Continue reading

  

Kitchen hacking: save time, money, sanity

26Jun

housewife multi tasking

Bacteria cause histamine release in the body, so it makes sense to cook from scratch daily. Doesn’t it? Does eating fresh food devoid of leftover bacteria free up some of my histamine allowance for something more fun, like a raw … Continue reading

  

Antihistamine properties of lotus

18Jun

lotus flower in water

More than just a beautiful adornment, Asia’s revered lotus flower offers up several compounds with antihistamine, mast cell stabilising and anti-inflammatory properties. Best of all, the lotus is highly edible, tasty and fairly easy to find frozen or as a tea. References and … Continue reading

  

My dermatologist said ‘Clear the dance floor’.

17Jun

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I have just had my six monthly checkup with my Dermatologist, Dr John Reed at Oxford Churchill Hospital. We were discussing his insistence that using steroids more frequently to dampen down and reduce inflammation would help my skin. It’s a … Continue reading

  

Show your eczema scars, scabs and nodular prurigo

13Jun

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It doesn’t matter what your skin looks like. Don’t miss out on being spontaneous, feeling the sun on your skin and getting those white legs out this summer. Don’t be shy. Don’t hide away. Who cares what people say? I … Continue reading

  

Does negative brain conditioning fuel inflammation?

6Jun

Training neuroscience development concept as a group of cog wheels and gears shaped as human heads with information transfer as a technology brain symbol or psychology exchange success.

Did you know that the amygdala is responsible, through processing taste, for “learning taste aversion”. Put simply, it learns through trial and error that certain foods make us sick. Knowing that, it’s going to want to warn us before the food … Continue reading

  

Prickly pear stops histamine inflammation, stabilises mast cells

4Jun

prickly pear cactus with blue sky background

Citations always at the bottom of post Researchers find that the prickly pear fruit, and the whole plant generally, prevent histamine release/allergic response by inhibiting mast cell degranulation (the process by which white blood cells leak histamine and other inflammation into … Continue reading

  

2 hour online workshop: Healing the Brain to Heal the Body

28May

An illuminated fluorescent light bulb in the shape of a stylized brain on an isolated colorful studio background

Citations always at the bottom of the post.  2 hour live online workshop with Yasmina 11th June, 2016 at 10am San Francisco / 1pm New York / 7pm Paris With a recording of the workshop available to you after the event  2 hour live … Continue reading

  

20 things you can do to reduce hay fever symptoms

26May

Don't sit under trees during pollen season - choose umbrellas or wide brimmed hats

The recent coverage of seasonal tree pollen allergies on Countryfile Diaries was really good, but as is the usual thing with TV, you miss out on so much of the actual filming. You guys only get a snapshot. But I … Continue reading

  

Mast cells, histamine, inflammation and obesity

21May

yasmina ykelenstam reporting from baghdad

My “before” lifestyle changes picture  Citations always at bottom of post Mast cells are key players in immune system generated inflammation. You know, the stuff that heals you when you’re sick, but makes you sick if inflammation happens when you’re … Continue reading

  

Food Allergies – Allergens in unexpected places

19May

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For some of us, eating or being exposed to certain types of food can cause our immune systems to act abnormally. Some of the most common allergic reactions to food can include an itchy mouth, outbreaks of hives or eczema, … Continue reading

  

Inflammation, histamine implicated in Alzheimer’s

14May

Male hands holding image of human brain

Citations for every blog talking point are always at the bottom of the post. As I reported in last week’s blog post Luteolin for mast cells, histamine and brain fog?, “..it seems research is also pointing to neuro-inflammation as the driving … Continue reading

  

Two thirds of Brits can’t correctly identify what gluten is…

13May

BarleyCup - A gluten free alternative hot drink to tea and coffee

Half don’t know gluten is contained in cornflakes, pasta, pizza, fruitcake and biscuits. Nearly one in ten people have started cutting wheat or gluten from their diet, yet confusion is rife as to what gluten actually is and where it … Continue reading

  

Countryfile diaries seasonal allergy special on 20th May

13May

Filming BBC Countryfile Diaries Seasonal Allergy special with Keeley Donavan

If you love nature but also want to find out how you can enjoy the Spring and Summer and embrace the outdoors whilst minimising the effects of your hay fever read on… Simple tasks like going for a walk, run … Continue reading

  

Gluten free beer – is it really safe for coeliacs?

11May

gf beer bottles cheers

Gluten free beer is exploding in popularity in the United Kingdom. Brands like Daura Damm, Celia and Green’s can found on shelves all over the country. But are these beers really safe for coeliacs? Coeliac UK says yes, but research … Continue reading

  

Luteolin for mast cells, histamine and brain fog?

8May

Fresh mint, wooden mortar and pestle on the old table.

Citations always at the bottom of the post According to Dr. Theoharides at Tufts University School of Medicine, brain fog is defined as a “constellation of symptoms” encompassing the loss of mental acuity, the ability to concentrate and multitask, and … Continue reading

  

Creamy (dairy free) vanilla pudding

1May

vanilla pudding

This is such a simple recipe that I almost hesitated in sharing it. But then I thought, I’m all about the simplicity, which is what my books are all about. In the words of the immortal Audrey Hepburn: “I’m a … Continue reading

  

Natural mast cell stabilisers for histamine

1May

Tea, Green Tea, Tea Cup.

Citations can be found at the bottom of this post.  According to an article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2013, mast cell stabilising compounds inhibit the release of allergic mediators (like histamine) from mast cells (a part of the … Continue reading

  

Save hundreds on prescriptions every year!

18Apr

Why prescription prepayment certificates are a good idea

I’m hoping to do a few blogs this week because it’s National Allergy Awareness Week but I’m so busy I may only manage a few. This one should save you money, OR make you feel better about how much you’re … Continue reading

  

Savoury Waffles with Zucchini Chutney & Asparagus

16Apr

savoury waffles with asparagus  on a blue plate and white background

This is one of my favourite lunch recipes, taken from my latest book Man Food. This ebook is built on the same principles as the Anti-Cookbook and Anti-Detox, namely that there be little or no grains, dairy, soy or corn, … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAPs diet may help histamine intolerance and IBS

9Apr

FODMAP Signs

UPDATE: math is not my strong point so my apologies. I have changed the first graph to reflect verbatim the histamine reduction. In the last few years research into causes of IBS have explored a link to foods high in fermentable … Continue reading

  

90 min online histamine intolerance diet workshop

6Apr

carrots in a vitamix online workshop text beyond the low histamine diet live with yasmina

90 minute online workshop live with Yasmina on Saturday April 23rd  (with recorded replay available for seven days after the event) Click here to go to online store and purchase It’s time to move beyond the histamine elimination diet… Are allergy-like symptoms preventing … Continue reading

  

I’m not anti-pharma, I’m on a medication vacation

2Apr

Close view of female doctor holding with care red heart

I was recently forced to pin this post to a Facebook group: “PHARMACEUTICAL SHAMING”: demonising pharmaceuticals and scaring people into thinking they will not heal if taking medications. While we are focused on natural healing via diet and other methods … Continue reading

  

NEWSFLASH: ilumi freefrom pouch soups in Aldi for 99p

1Apr

 ilumi pouch soups are now available in Aldi for just 99p each

I just had to share this because I don’t know what I’d do without ilumi pouch meals. I always have some in stock because I can eat some of their soups and curry #freefrom meals and it is just such … Continue reading

  

The Alford Arms is closed due to fire…

1Apr

Alford Arms closed

My favourite pub and amazing winners of the Free From Eating out Awards in 2015 has had to close due to a fire. I am so sad about this because they make such an effort to provide me with a … Continue reading

  

Nigella sativa for allergies, osteoporosis and flatulence

30Mar

black cumin on wooden surface

Nigella sativa and its active constituents have been shown to possess antioxidant, anti parasitic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, pain killing, and fever lower properties, treat cough, slow the growth of some cancers, as well as inducing cancer cell death in cervical, liver, … Continue reading

  

Long term exposure to antigens may help mast cells

19Mar

female digestive system

Antigen: any substance that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against it. This means your immune system does not recognize the substance, and is trying to fight it off. An antigen may be a substance from the environment, such as chemicals, … Continue reading

  

Living on stale bread… freefrom is expensive!

19Mar

It costs a LOT more to feed an allergic person than it does for those with no allergies. And I’m not just talking about the increased cost of freefrom food, although some of it is very expensive compared to its … Continue reading

  

What’s living in my gut? Check out the British Gut Project

14Mar

The Great British Gut Project

Just a really quick blog to let you all know about the British Gut project. It’s a subject that fascinates me and numerous studies have shown that factors affecting gut microbiota can have a huge impact of whether certain people … Continue reading

  

Chronic urticaria (hives) linked to histamine foods

12Mar

pseudo allergy foods

Urticaria is something many of us with histamine intolerance or mast cell activation have come to know as our nemesis: hives. Most doctors (non specialists) may not yet know that if allergies are not present, as diagnosed by IgE or … Continue reading

  

Week one cognitive hypnotherapy course

9Mar

week 1 hypnotherapy course pdf

The cognitive hypnotherapy course has begun and already I’m feeling the stress relief kicking in. I don’t know about you, but I trace my histamine intolerance problems back to stressful life events. From refusing to eat when under great stress, … Continue reading

  

Healing histamine: cognitive hypnotherapy course

6Mar

Human head and a wrench

My first course is live! My research into neural re-training convinced me that beliefs I was holding onto regarding my ability to heal, past negative food outcomes and exposure to stress were torpedoing my progress. Finding no practical approach to … Continue reading

  

THE best wheat and dairy free breakfast at Number Twenty Six

4Mar

Number Twenty One Bistro in Teignmouth - best gluten and dairy free breakfast

This wasn’t just any old breakfast. This was no greasy spoon. Number Twenty Six in Teignmouth, Devon, is a lovely little cafe bistro that my Dad and I discovered many years ago while out walking. That first visit was great … Continue reading

  

There’s nothing in an Oxo stock cube…

4Mar

Butternut squash, sweet potato and OXO CUBE SOUP

Oxo cubes. We all know about those. We don’t eat Oxo cubes if we are allergic to wheat or celery because they are not just stock… they are lots of other things too. The moral of this blog is that … Continue reading

  

How clean is the indoor air quality in your home?

29Feb

Dust mask for avoiding airborne allergens

Is your house clean and safe? We all probably assume that it is but there could be some very dangerous things in your home… We insulate our houses and try to make them as air-tight and cosy as possible, especially … Continue reading

  

The mold-histamine link

27Feb

mushrooms in the basket

According to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a leading biotoxin researcher with a medical degree from Duke University, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), is the result of chronic inflammation produced by exposure to biotoxins (toxins produced from living organisms) that come from mold … Continue reading

  

My Free From Life

26Feb

This month I am featured in Gluten Free Heaven magazine. They invite contributions from readers so I thought I would send mine over. I was surprised but delighted to discover they wanted to run it. Here’s a few images. It’s … Continue reading

  

Seven things you should know when using your asthma inhaler

23Feb

This is a really quick blog about inhalers. If you’ve got asthma make sure you do these five things to stay safe and up-to-date with the latest thinking. I always learn something when I have an asthma review. Is your … Continue reading

  

Medical ID iphone app

22Feb

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The iPhone is a lifeline to many of us, but now it could literally save your life. A free app for iPhone called HEALTH combines the reporting from all your various health tracking apps, but more importantly offers a medical ID … Continue reading

  

On having a real allergy stalker…

22Feb

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This is a funny story about how I discovered I had a stalker and not just any old stalker. This stalker was trying to find out more about me and wanted to meet me too. My sister is the one … Continue reading

  

Interview: Dr. Georgia Ede on Histamine, Anxiety and Depression

20Feb

dr georgia ede

My interview with Harvard trained psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede covers a subject dear to my heart: the role of diet and histamine in depression, anxiety and much more. Having been misdiagnosed for decades with anxiety, depression, bipolar, cyclothemia, borderline personality, … Continue reading

  

Histamine and your heart

13Feb

Close view of female doctor holding with care red heart

For some time excess histamine in the heart has been known to play a role in heart failure and other less severe presentations like palpitations and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). In particular, histamine binding to the H2 receptors found in the … Continue reading

  

Happy Shrove Tuesday

9Feb

Pancakes are popular in this house and we eat them regularly – usually at weekends. When I first started this blog I decided to try and find a gluten free and dairy free recipe for Zac so he wouldn’t miss … Continue reading

  

Celebrating Chinese New Year

8Feb

Of all the ‘food celebrations’ I find Chinese New Year one of the easiest to ‘do’ dairy and gluten free. Traditional Chinese cookery is dairy free by nature. And until relatively recently gluten containing grains were scarcely found or used – … Continue reading

  

Traveling and eating out with histamine intolerance

6Feb

plane on a beach

As I sit here on my fifth airplane flight in almost as many weeks, I’m reminded of how difficult the whole endeavour used to be. Flying I mean. A real project involving the coordination of foods, local supermarkets to hit upon … Continue reading

  

Kefir: may stabilise mast cells and lower histamine

3Feb

kefir

Fermented foods may block diamine oxidase (DAO) one of the histamine degrading enzymes. That’s why  a while back I wrote a post with some tips on how to create histamine friendlier home ferments to try and help heal the gut. … Continue reading

  

Incredible #soyafree soya sauce alternative – Coconut Aminos

1Feb

Incredible soya free soya sauce alternative - Coconut Aminos

I discovered this stuff at the FreeFrom Food Awards judging session last week. Honestly, how can I have a diagnosed soya allergy for over three years and not have discovered that there is a fairly widely available and pretty amazing … Continue reading

  

Kefir: histamine inhibitor and mast cell stabiliser

30Jan

Milk kefir grains on a wooden spoon overhead shoot

A while back I wrote a post with some tips on how to create histamine friendlier home ferments to try and help heal the gut. This week I have some more exciting news: another study on rice based kefir (rather … Continue reading

  

When the office buys you birthday cake you can’t eat…

30Jan

NOT #FreeFrom Birthday cake from my colleagues at work

It was my birthday this month. I always struggle with my birthday. I never want stuff. It’s just so soon after Christmas and I never want much for Christmas presents either. I’m a nightmare to buy for. Despite all this … Continue reading

  

Why I put on a stone in weight judging the FreeFrom Food Awards

29Jan

FreeFrom Food Awards Coffee to start the judging day off

I love this time of year and not just because it’s January and my birthday, it’s also the FreeFrom Food Awards judging week where I get to discover so many new #FreeFrom products and meet lots of lovely people from … Continue reading

  

Dermo steroid strips to heal nodular prurigo

29Jan

Dermo healing strips for treating nodular prurigo

This blog post seems a nonsense on the back of my fears about steroids, but having nodular prurigo can be infuriating. The little itchy, hard lumps itch so much you just have to tear off the top, and they bleed … Continue reading

  

Antihistamine medication reduces IBS symptoms

20Jan

Female digestive system

Researchers at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have published a new study in the journal Gastroenterology on their findings that antihistamines may be the answer for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome [1]. As I shared in the … Continue reading

  

Dr. Diana Driscoll interview: vagus nerve and POTS/mast cell activation

12Jan

dr diana driscoll

In our interview Dr. Diana Driscoll shares her research on the role of the vagus nerve in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Mast Cell Activation (MCAS/D) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Don’t miss the end of our chat where Dr. Driscoll shares information … Continue reading

  

Topical steroid addiction and withdrawal and what it means…

9Jan

My red allergy face

I’m addicted. There, I said it. I’m an addict and it’s all my fault. Well I didn’t know that the drugs I was prescribed would cause any long term problems at the time but it would seem topical steroids are … Continue reading

  

Why does eczema skin itch and should you just stop scratching?

8Jan

Anyone with eczema will know how impossibly draining living with constant itching can be. Just recently I’ve had a mini flare-up and some pretty insane itching. It happens around this time of year, without fail, but I think also I … Continue reading

  

1.5 million visitors to What Allergy in 2015!

7Jan

Thank you to all 1.5 million visitors who read this blog in 2015

Thank you all! What an awesome year! Happy New Year to you all, 2015 was a pretty busy year and this blog just continues to grow. Last year over 1.5 million people visited this blog. That’s awesome! People from 219 … Continue reading

  

Allergy symptoms and hair loss (but don’t forget iron)

6Jan

Beautiful healthy shiny hair texture with highlighted golden streaks

Those with hair loss combined with allergy like symptoms who do not test positive for allergies (via IgE) may have high levels of inflammatory mediators like histamine, prostaglandins and/or interleukins. These inflammatory molecules are found in mast cells in the human body and … Continue reading

  

Please vote for me in the UK Blog Awards 2016

4Jan

Vote for me now in the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

Happy New Year people and thank you all for your support during 2015. I couldn’t do all this without you guys. Blogging can get very lonely when you don’t hear what people think, good or bad. You don’t always have … Continue reading

  

Happy New Year!

30Dec

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After almost two years of not drinking I discovered that indulging here and there responsibly allowed me to have a normal social life. The modest amount imbibed is a fine trade off for letting my hair down and getting my groove … Continue reading

  

Barberry helps leaky gut

29Dec

barberry cake on wooden board

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website barberry has been used for over 2500 years to treat gastrointestinal complaints and lower fever. In Iran it’s now being used medicinally for gallbladder disease and heartburn. The active component is berberine, … Continue reading

  

Coconut crème brûlée

22Dec

  Coconut crème brûlé, one of my favourite holiday recipes of the last few years is now live at Beauty and Wellbeing, my new favourite natural beauty and living online magazine. You’ll find it here. This recipe can be found … Continue reading

  

FODMAPS for the frightened FreeFromer

21Dec

3omega6 Flax milk on blueberry porridge

Now I’ve read about FODMAPS. They’re complicated. Huge lists of fruit and vegetables that could be causing all your IBS symptoms. I have to admit, FODMAPS has me running for the hills because I am already avoiding some pretty major … Continue reading

  

Still places for freefrom Christmas dinner at The Black Horse, Standlake

18Dec

Book your freefrom Christmas dinner today at The Black Horse, Standlake

Have you got Christmas lunch sorted? If you can’t face cooking why not eat out this year. You haven’t left it too late either. I’ve got an invitation here for you from the freefrom pub, The Black Horse in Standlake. … Continue reading

  

Enjoying Green’s gluten and wheat free beers

17Dec

The impressive selection of gluten free beers on offer from Green's Beers

There are so many gluten free beers to choose from these days but this month I have been mostly sampling Green’s gluten free beer range. This is one for all you coeliacs or wheat allergics out there. The impressive selection … Continue reading

  

10 places I’ve eaten out over the festive period!

15Dec

Tres Corazones, Wendover

It’s the festive season so I’ve been eating (and drinking) out at quite a few places this month and we’re only half way through! I thought I’d share where I’ve been, what I ate and how I got on. Ruth … Continue reading

  

The gifting guide

15Dec

mother dirt probiotic spray

  Shopping for histamine intolerance folks is never a walk in the park, so please spare a thought for your beloved who’s currently scratching their head over what to buy. While most wouldn’t turn up their nose up at a (non-conflict) … Continue reading

  

The new Tesco ‘Gluten Free Christmas’ advert

14Dec

Oh no! Not the Latimers! But these aren’t just any old Latimers, these are the gluten free Latimers and they’re popping by! (Just had to get an M&S ‘not just’ reference into a Tesco blog) Clearly this is a real … Continue reading

  

Christmas Menu 2015

11Dec

  There’s no end of upsides to traveling for most of the year. There are however a number of downsides to working while traveling. Sometimes it yields amazing success: my discovery of morninga and baobab oil, my buckling down to meditate … Continue reading

  

The UKs first organic freefrom supermarket…

10Dec

The first even organic freefrom supermarket in the UK

and it’s in Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, just down the road from where I live. I’m more excited about this new freefrom shop opening than I am about Christmas this year. This is a very mini bloggette to let you … Continue reading

  

Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Michael Van ElZakker: chronic fatigue vagus nerve link

8Dec

In today’s interview Harvard and Tufts neuroscientist Dr. Michael Van ElZakker shares his fascinating new paper Chronic Fatigue from Vagus Nerve Infection: A Psychoneuroimmunological Hypothesis. His hypothesis proposes that an infection of the vagus nerve can cause greatly exaggerated chronic sickness … Continue reading

  

Is a real pine Christmas tree more important than your husband?

5Dec

Pine allergy can make Christmas an allergic nightmare

Dear Mrs Pipe, Your poor husband is seriously allergic to pine needles. Is your love of Christmas really more important than your husband? My brother sent me this little article from the Metro last night and I couldn’t help feeling … Continue reading

  

Wheat, dairy and soya free fish and chips in Aylesbury

3Dec

Cod Father (Aylesbury) gluten, dairy and soya free fish and chips

Back in October Mr What Allergy and I ventured out to our local fish and chipper in Aylesbury, The Cod Father. Love the name and love, love, love the wheat, dairy and soya free fish and chips. Due to having … Continue reading

  

Are you allergic to Candida?

1Dec

  Research shows that Candida triggers histamine release, but did you know you can be allergic to candida, causing repeated, longer lasting or more intense infections? Or that those with chronic candida are 70% more likely to have a history of … Continue reading

  

I’ve just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

30Nov

I've just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

Watch this space for more information… but this is a chance to reward the hard work of the humble blogger. These awards cover many categories and any blog you can imagine so it should be fun. Wish me luck! Visit … Continue reading

  

I shared my Ombar #dairyfree #nutfree #soyafree chocolate

30Nov

Ombar dairy, gluten, wheat, soya and nut free chocolate

I’ve talked about this before. Sharing. I’m not good at it. Not when it comes to my special #freefrom carefully sought and expensively bought wares. Especially not when it comes to chocolate because the chocolate I eat has to be … Continue reading

  

Eating at Gourmet Burger Kitchen with multiple allergies…

28Nov

Gluten, dairy, tomato and nut free burger at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

We recently put Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) to a pretty stringent test of their allergen catering protocol. I wouldn’t normally ever turn up somewhere without having first phoned, exchanged emails and been through the menu to ascertain before hand what … Continue reading

  

Hiram Green: nature’s perfume

23Nov

I’m in heaven. Absolute heaven. Because for the first time since 2010, I have found a non-migraine inducing perfume so gorgeous that I can no longer bear to be parted from it. And it’s totally free of nasty ingredients of course. … Continue reading

  

Horse & Jockey Curbridge with allergies – 8.5/10

23Nov

 Crisp, fresh king prawn  and chilli salad - dairy, nut, celery, tomato, soya  and wheat free

I was lucky enough to judge the lovely Horse and Jockey pub in Curbridge near Southampton recently for the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards so I was delighted to see that they did really well, getting highly commended in the Pub … Continue reading

  

Acupuncture as effective as (some) antihistamines

21Nov

  Acupuncture – a good choice for histamine intolerance and mast cell activation? A mounting body of research tells us that acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms of histamine intolerance, mast cell activation and related issues like eczema. I share my own experiences … Continue reading

  

How to make soya, dairy, wheat/gluten and nut free chocolate

21Nov

Homemade #dairyfree #soyafree #nutfree #glutenfree chocolate from ChocChick

So what do you do when you get some time to relax? For the consumate blogger it’s a chance to catch up on some blog planning and get baking in the kitchen. This afternoon I made chocolate for the first … Continue reading

  

Proof that going gluten and dairy free is easy!

19Nov

Number One Aldwych goes gluten and dairy free... and no one

Everyone is talking about Number One Aldwych near Covent Garden this week and you may have seen them featured on ITV news too. Apparently they went gluten and dairy free ages ago and no one noticed! Number One Aldwych goes … Continue reading

  

Oscar & Bentleys win FreeFrom Eating out Awards

19Nov

FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2015

Fantastic news this week for anyone eating out with allergies, the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards have announced the winners and runners up. For anyone with a nut, dairy, wheat, soya, fish or any other food allergy this blog post is … Continue reading

  

Machynlleth in wet Wales – eating out with allergies

16Nov

Totlally freefrom Crisp, tasty duck salad with orange and balsamic drizzle

I was beginning to dread the eating out bit of my trip to Wales when not only the venue for my husband’s graduation, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) but also a restaurant in the town told me they were … Continue reading

  

93 chemicals which cause dermatitis – check your shampoo!

16Nov

93 chemicals in shampoo that could be causing your dermatitis

The increase in the number of people with allergies, coeliac disease and food intolerances has seen a massive rise in the number of freefrom foods in the shops. Many of those who avoid certain foods have skin problems such as … Continue reading

  

Thanksgiving 2015

14Nov

apple tarte tatin surrounded by fall leaves

When people ask me if I feel deprived on my “diet” I just look at them like they’re nuts. Why would eliminating dairy, gluten, most nuts, all major allergens, processed foods, low nutrient histamine foods and oxalates bother me when … Continue reading

  

Confused by a negative histamine test result?

12Nov

  A negative histamine result doesn’t rule out mast cell disorder or some kind of chronic inflammatory condition.  When I arrived to meet with my new doctor at the Virgen del Valle hospital in Toledo, Spain, I was a little … Continue reading

  

Vegan flavouring? What do vegans taste like?

12Nov

Dairy and soya free vegan cheese - VioLife

Ever eaten a vegan? No me neither. I don’t know what they taste like but I’d probably be allergic to vegans since they consume a lot of nuts to get protein into their diets. Joking aside, this new dairy and … Continue reading

  

The Nocebo effect

6Nov

  I was recently interviewed by the wonderful Stacey Colino for an article she wrote for US News and World Report on the placebo effect’s evil twin, the nocebo effect. So here’s the deal: the placebo effect, once seen by … Continue reading

  

Wheat and dairy free onion bhajis or patties

2Nov

FreeFrom easy peasy onion bhajis

Special thanks to Chris Bridge of Summergrove Halls for this fantastically simple recipe for onion bhajis and you don’t need a deep fat fryer to make these. Thanks also to my niece Zoe who was a dab hand at bhaji … Continue reading

  

Emma-jane – a serious good news story!

2Nov

Emma-jane in bathing costume

It is always so nice to get good news stories, isn’t it? So, I was chuffed to bits to get an email from a proud gran who had been a subscriber to the Foods Matter magazine way back in 2002. At … Continue reading

  

Moist zucchini cake gluten and egg free (paleo)

31Oct

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I fell asleep last night dreaming of a cake so moist that forks would slide through it like warm butter. Not sure why anyone was eating butter with forks in my fantasy but it seemed to make sense at the … Continue reading

  

Histamine in fish safety margin not high enough says the WHO

28Oct

fish histamine levels

A joint report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation Food Standards Programme Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products [1] really shocked me. They’re the people responsible for making sure that fish … Continue reading

  

The mess that is ‘may contain’

25Oct

may contain nuts

As you may know, I’m the editor of Foods Matter, an information and support website for people with food allergies an intolerances. Recently, we’ve been running a survey to find out people’s experiences with food labelling. The results are now … Continue reading

  

Misdiagnosis: antibiotics as anti-inflammatories

24Oct

For many the diagnosis of histamine intolerance or mast cell activation will come after decades of mis-diagnosis. Some of us will have been told it’s psychosomatic and prescribed antidepressants, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills, while others may have been told their … Continue reading

  

Why comparing murder with anaphylaxis is pointless

22Oct

Allergy death less likely than murder

Dr Robert Boyle can be heard talking about how you are more likely to be murdered than die from anaphylaxis on Inside Health which features adrenaline auto-injectors and their suitability for general use. Skip to minute 18:30 to listen to … Continue reading

  

Very quick, simple, easy #freefrom salmon fish cakes

19Oct

What you'll need to make really easy, very quick salmon fish cakes #nestleglutenfreecornflakes

Phil Vickery challenged me to make something different using Nestle gluten free corn flakes. Well OK he didn’t really but Nestle did and Phil is right behind this campaign. Check at the bottom of this blog to find out what … Continue reading

  

Warming plant protein rich soup

19Oct

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You’ll notice there’s some ingredients here that are on some lists as high histamine. I talk quite a bit about how abandoning the low histamine/histamine intolerance diet is what I believe is helping me heal. But that doesn’t mean I’ve … Continue reading

  

Can we blame male trees for the dramatic increase in the rates of hay fever? Tom Ogren says ‘yes’!

18Oct

Iochroma Cyaneum

The sex life of plants, including trees, is not simple. Some, known as perfect flowered plants, have their male and female parts in the one flower so are effectively self pollinating (roses or apples);  some, known as monoecious flowered plants … Continue reading

  

A day in the life: my food and exercise schedule

17Oct

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  Wondering what exactly I do to heal myself? When I share exactly what I do with people they’re often taken aback by the actual intensity of my healing schedule. I’m not suggesting this is right for you, or even … Continue reading

  

Soap the Earth: unscented bath & beauty

16Oct

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There was a time in the not so distant past that I was unable to wash my body with anything other than a loofah and some sea salt. Washing my hair involved a pair of kitchen gloves, my head over … Continue reading

  

Autumnal garden vegetable soup

15Oct

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The leaves turning various shades of orangey gold means heralds the arrival of soup season. I adore soup. It’s my first choice for lunch and often dinner. I remember being very excited on learning that the mast cell stabling and antihistamine … Continue reading

  

Scientists test implantable vagus stimulator to fight inflammation

12Oct

diagnosing histamine intolerance

In my recent post on the vagus nerve connection I shared some research on how faulty wiring in this heart, brain and stomach connection can cause us to overeat, affect our heart rate and state of mind, and that it … Continue reading

  

Why ALL women with anaphylaxis should have an ultrasound

12Oct

Me at the BSACI talking about needle length of adrenaline auto-injectors

You might think I’m crazy, suggesting you go and get an ultrasound before requesting a repeat prescription of your adrenaline auto-injector but it’s very important for women to understand something about adrenaline injectors. They are not all the same. Some … Continue reading

  

Frustration and anger of ‘may contain’ labelling

12Oct

FM logo - new -07-15 copy

A very brief post as I am just off to catch a plane to Dublin to help launch the new Irish FreeFrom Food Awards! As you may already know, we at FoodsMatter are looking at starting a ‘freefrom’ assurance scheme the … Continue reading

  

Herbs treat SIBO as effectively as antibiotics

10Oct

Female GUTS and STOMACH anatomy anterior x-ray view

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a pesky issue which means that there’s abnormal numbers of normal bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. SIBO may cause intestinal symptoms ranging from diarrhoea and weight loss to anaemia and malabsorption. It’s believed to cause/aggravate … Continue reading

  

Best FreeFrom blogger of the year 2015

9Oct

Please vote for What Allergy for Best FreeFrom blogger of the year award 2015

This is your chance to win £50 worth of vouchers and more… and for just a few seconds of your valuable #freefrom time you would be doing me a huge favour. Read on to find out how you can reward … Continue reading

  

75% RDA iron from a fish?

8Oct

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I recently posted a photo of a cast iron pan on Instagram, sharing that it’s one of the ways I boost my meagre iron supply; something I learned from Dr. Fuhrman, author of my nutritional bible, “Eat to Live.”. According to … Continue reading

  

Managing exercise induced stress

6Oct

Runner girl - athlete running at seaside, woman fitness, healthy lifestyle

Exercise is often problematic for those with histamine intolerance, mast cell activation or mastocytosis, mostly because cardiovascular exercise has been shown to: Drive up histamine levels and aggravate allergies in animal studies Stress of any kind can cause mast cells … Continue reading

  

Alert5 – a really useful app!

5Oct

I have rather lost count of the number of ‘allergy’ apps that have been launched to help you do your ‘freefrom’ shopping. I am not entirely sure how successful any of them have been – but it always seemed to me … Continue reading

  

Gluten free vegan pakoras

3Oct

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When I sit down to create a recipe for folks with histamine intolerance or mast cell activation I ask myself what I can do to make it something that can be enjoyed by an entire family. Because really, is it … Continue reading

  

The worm doctor

1Oct

The Worm doctor

“I achieved remission of chronic urticaria (with hookworms) at 5.5 months and was able to stop the certirizine at that point. Also by that point my migraines had completely stopped, headaches were minimal and I was having pain-free periods for the first time in … Continue reading

  

A day in the life of an allergy nurse

26Sep

Andrew Williams, Allergy Nurse at Guys & St Thomas's hospital

Do you have an allergy nurse? Do you even have a specialist allergy consultant? I know many of us adults with life threatening allergies don’t. I myself have never managed to get that referral to an allergy specialist though I … Continue reading

  

Kissing eases eczema and allergy symptoms

25Sep

Eczema cartoon

You heard it here first! Kissing is good for you. Well we all know that, but kissing when you have eczema and allergies could be particularly beneficial! I love this piece of news, more proof that snogging is seriously underated … Continue reading

  

New ‘water’ vacuum cleaner for dust allergies

21Sep

The new Thomas allergy air pure vacuum for people with dust allergies

This month I have been testing out the new Thomas Allergy Air Pure vacuum. Isn’t he cute? The new Thomas allergy air pure vacuum Having quite a severe allergy to dust myself vacuuming isn’t my favourite passtime. I’ve used a … Continue reading

  

Gluten and dairy free tigernut flour pancakes

20Sep

tigernut pancakes

You may think – “Well, I’m cutting histamine out of the diet, I really can’t get rid of anything else!”. So, you might not have to, many of us don’t have to, but we chose to, simply because wheat is … Continue reading

  

Medical clowns help kids with allergy tests

14Sep

I think I had heard of medical clowns before, but my attention was caught by this report in Science Daily (courtesy of my colleague, John Scott) about medical clowns being used to distract and calm children during allergy testing. What a great idea. Prick … Continue reading

  

Reacting to everything? This could be why

8Sep

the inflammation bucket

  It’s a question asked by pretty much everyone who schedules a consult with me: why a gradual or suddenly increasing reactions to not just histamine, but foods on pretty much all the lists (salicylates, oxalates, fructose etc). So what’s the … Continue reading

  

You won’t believe Greg Wallace’s attitude about allergies

7Sep

Celebrity Chef Greg Wallace telling us what he thinks about people with allergies

Thanks to Caroline Benjamin of Food Allergy Aware for sharing this lovely little video with me. The link below should take you to Facebook and shows Greg at a cookery demonstration airing his very rude and ignorant attitude about people … Continue reading

  

Win a hamper of freefrom food worth £150

7Sep

Win a hamper of goodies from Holland & Barrett worth £150

This is your chance to win a whole hamper of freefrom goodies to the value of £150 and all of the foods in the hamper can be purchased on the dedicated free from section of the Holland & Barrett website. … Continue reading

  

Random thoughts related to allergy….

7Sep

One of the complaints of those who object to the new food allergen regulations is that they are being required to take responsibility for food allergy sufferers. ‘Why can’t they take responsibility for their own allergies? Why should we (as chefs … Continue reading

  

Who lives in the dairy these days?

1Sep

  Yet more on labelling, I fear – but not this time on traceability or ‘may contain’ warnings, but on definitions. And you think gluten or nuts are complicated in terms of definitions and labelling? Just try milk…. So which … Continue reading

  

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

  

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

  

Going egg free for histamine intolerance and heart health

23Aug

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Eggs are a valuable source of protein, vitamin B12, iodine and riboflavin. Most importantly, for those taking certain anti-histamines and anti-cholinergics who are worried about their potential link to Alzheimer’s, they provide a good amount of choline. On the flip side … 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

  

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

  

Interview: Fasting Mimicking Diets for Mast Cell Activation & Allergies

15Aug

Water fasting’s health benefits have always interested me. Recent research showing that fasting can prevent mast cell degranulation (the process that releases histamine into the blood stream from mast cells) in mice [1] and rats [2] were a great find, but … 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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

Brain fog – the histamine connection and beyond

7Aug

Mind Energy

One of the most terrifying symptoms of histamine/mast cell disorders has to be the dreaded brain fog. In my case this manifested at an early age with an inability to understand or remember what was being said in classrooms. I … 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

  

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

  

Red cabbage rolls w/creamy veggies

2Aug

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I’m moving away from animal protein for a while, something I try to do regularly. I’m not going to argue for either side here, it’s just a choice I make now and then. In all honesty, if I could take … Continue reading

  

Please don’t butter the mushrooms…

31Jul

Mushrooms fried in rape seed oil - no butter in sight

I love mushrooms but I can rarely eat them outside my own kitchen because every chef on the planet seems to cook them in butter. But a fried breakfast just isn’t a fried breakfast without mushrooms. To me, mushrooms fried … Continue reading

  

Why my allergies make me a super being

29Jul

With trusty adrenaline by his side the allergy super being is indestructible

One day you’ll look back and wish you’d had allergies like me because my immune system makes me super human. They give me the power to eradicate the common cold within hours and I never get ill (oh the irony… … Continue reading

  

Can you get hay fever later in life?

28Jul

Symptoms of hay fever

This was a question posed today on the BBC2 Chris Evans Radio show and caught my attention as I drove into the talkhealth office this morning. One of Chris Evan’s colleagues says he’s just started getting hay fever this year … Continue reading

  

Surviving three VERY different weddings with allergies

27Jul

Normal wedding catering - not freefrom by any stretch of the imagination

This year we were invited to three very different weddings. One involving a walk in the Lake District and a riotous Ceilidh in the evening, one involving camping and outdoor entertainment and one traditional wedding at a hotel venue. What … Continue reading

  

The vagus nerve inflammation connection

25Jul

diagnosing histamine intolerance

What’s the vagus nerve and why should you care about it? Research on the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach, has been coming fast and furious in the last few years since I’ve been reading up … Continue reading

  

Spending your histamine allowance

24Jul

Woman trying to get some money out of piggy bank

A little thought from my Man Food book… I look at histamine in my diet as a kind of balance sheet. Consider the idea of the histamine bucket. In other words, there’s a certain amount of histamine that we’re able … Continue reading

  

ITV news, allergen regs and a FreeFrom cafe

24Jul

Me outside ITN Studios before the filming

The allergen regulations came into play in December 2014, almost six months ago, so food service businesses have had quite some time to get ready for the allergic community. There was plenty of warning before the regulations came into effect … Continue reading

  

Soft, luxurious pyjamas for eczema skin

23Jul

Copper Clothing ladies pyjamas - great for eczema skin

This month I’ve been testing some very interesting copper infused super soft fabric ladies pyjamas with amazing health giving benefits. If you have eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or sensitive dry skin then this blog post is for you. Anyone with eczema … Continue reading

  

Take the kit!!! New Anaphylaxis Campaign film

22Jul

The Anaphylaxis Campaign estimate that around 20 people a year die from anaphylaxis. Many of those will be 15-25 year olds – and many of those deaths just could have been prevented. As anyone with allergic children will know, life is relatively … Continue reading

  

Milk and peanut allergy patch – potential cure?

20Jul

Could there be a cure for peanut and dairy allergy? Those of us with one or multiple allergies often dream of a world where our allergies could be cured forever but it’s a long way off. We all know that … Continue reading

  

Kholrabi (or zucchini) noodles with steak

18Jul

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I’ll be traveling for the next few weeks with little access to a kitchen, so I thought I’d share a recipe from my latest book Man Food, that I’ve been craving. These can be made with kholrabi, zucchini, carrot or … Continue reading

  

Milk in cooked chicken? Dairy allergy alert

14Jul

This is really a little mini rant for my Mum who recently braved the ‘catering for the allergic girl’ challenge. She’s pretty good at it now but almost fell foul to hidden dairy in cooked chicken. What is it even … Continue reading

  

Working, speaking and eating at the Allergy Show 2015

14Jul

Free From Skincare Awards at the Allergy Show 2015

This year’s Allergy Show went by in such a blur of activity I cannot believe I still didn’t manage to speak to and visit all the stands I’d ear-marked for attention. It was heaving and sometimes you just had to … Continue reading

  

Allergy awareness – or the lack of it – in high street takeaways

13Jul

Olleys

I was interviewed on last night’s ITN 6 o’clock news, thanks to a report from the Royal Society of Public Health  revealing that : * Over two thirds of all takeaways visited (55 around London) failed to provide legally required information … Continue reading

  

Histamine intolerance and exercise

11Jul

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Shooting has wrapped, for the second time, on my upcoming yoga course. Sadly, there was a glitch in the filming the first time around, which happily gave me some time to convince my lovely friend Nadim to let me re-shoot in … Continue reading

  

Do you have a problem with vinegar?….

6Jul

Infused vinegars

A few weeks ago we had an email from Joyce who, for some reason, I think lives in the US… I could be completely wrong! Anyhow, she was really addressing her question to Dr Janice Joneja who runs an on-going Q&A series for … Continue reading

  

Is depression an allergic reaction to inflammation?

2Jul

Just a very quick blogette for you today. I saw this, which is actually not new news, it was reported in January this year but still merits attention. New research has discovered that some depression is caused by an allergic … Continue reading

  

Exciting FreeFrom range – available at Holland & Barrett

29Jun

Just some of the new range of freefrom products available at Holland & Barrett stores

You may have seen my recent blog about the launch of the new Holland & Barrett More store in Chester. Oh how I wish I lived in Chester – the new More Store there is A-Mazing. It is like an … Continue reading

  

And how are the new food allergen regulations being implemented?

29Jun

How have you found eating out since the new food regulations came in at the end of last year? I cannot resist another little salutary tale, this time to do with the implementation of the regulations in the food service industry. … Continue reading

  

Interview: my chat with Abel James of the Fat Burning Man

28Jun

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                  I had the BEST time being interviewed by Abel James of the Fat Burning Man podcast and website. Abel was vegan, now paleo, but totally open to all kinds of healing … Continue reading

  

‘Alternative’ allergy tests

25Jun

Sense About Science

  Sense About Science is a scientific charity whose remit is to inform the public and enable them to ‘make sense’ of scientific and medical discussions. A worthy aim in which they are usually moderately successful. However, they have just tackled allergy … Continue reading

  

Our story – allergy and anaphylaxis – the first diagnosis – by Karen and Ian Connell

23Jun

3 yo JoJo supporting Allergy UK - diagnosed anaphylactic to nuts

This is Ian and Karen’s story, about how they discovered their little three year old daughter was allergic to nuts and getting that first anaphylaxis diagnosis… Ian tells the story about how something so simple as feeding the birds started … Continue reading

  

Gluten recalls

22Jun

Genius Gluten Free

  There was been a huge outcry on social media and elsewhere recently over gluten contamination that occurred in the Genius factory. It triggered a whole slew of products recalls not only of Genius products but of supermarket freefrom lines … Continue reading

  

It’s Summer – be careful out there!

17Jun

abeille

With Summer upon us, I thought I would remind people of some of the dangers associated with the great outdoors. Despite the UK being a relatively safe place as far as harmful creatures is concerned there are some that can … Continue reading

  

Precautionary allergen labelling – have we got the balance wrong?

16Jun

Peanuts

In managing food allergy there are two major hazards: The failure to recognise a food allergen that has been included in a dish as an ingredient and The accidental contamination of an otherwise allergen-free food with an allergen. But while … Continue reading

  

Man Food

14Jun

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Please note: this book, as all my others, comes in digital/ebook format only.  You can buy Man Food here. Hello boys! Here it is finally: man-sized recipes for histamine intolerance and mast cell activation. Geared towards guys, ladies with healthy appetites … Continue reading

  

The Anti-Diet: Food as medicine

12Jun

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In my experience, sticking to a standard low histamine diet, one that includes foods that are technically low histamine according to lists found on the internet that are still technically inflammatory (more on that in the video), while eliminating high nutrient … Continue reading

  

Telling the medical wheat from the chaff

8Jun

Ten days ago I had an exchange with Dr Janice Joneja which illustrated yet again the problems faced by conventional practitioners when dealing with little understood conditions such as autism. Dr Joneja had had an email from a dietitian who had … Continue reading

  

Can hypnosis prevent histamine reactions?

4Jun

Indian snake charmer

Did this image of an Indian dude charming a snake pop into your head like it did mine when I first considered the idea of hypnosis? Hypnosis has come a long way since the early days of freaky Sigmund Freud-like … Continue reading

  

Video! Roasted Butternut Squash, Shallot and Saffron Soup

2Jun

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Here it is! My first professionally shot video series. First up, a little something from my all liquid Anti-Detox book. There are times in life where we just need to kill the inflammation, be it histamine induced, or caused by any … Continue reading

  

Eating healthy in airports

23May

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  Travel used to be an absolute nightmare, but I persisted. I recently shared a list of my top healthy eating airport destinations in a post for the wonderful Beauty & Wellbeing. Don’t miss it! Beauty and Wellbeing +193   

  

Once upon a time, we all reacted to all foods

22May

yasmina (20 of 50)

I’ve been asked at least a couple of times this week if I once reacted to any of the foods I currently eat. Once?? Any?? Blimey, I thought I’d been really clear on that on – I once reacted to … Continue reading

  

Beware Stork WITH butter – NOT dairy free

22May

Stork Original is Dairy free but don't buy the new Stork with butter

Apart from being a very tall, long legged wading bird, Stork is every dairy allergics kitchen saviour when making pastry or cookies; it means you don’t need butter at all but can still make fantastic pies and baked goods. Pastry … Continue reading

  

Win some delicious gluten free Artisan Bread!

20May

Gluten, wheat and dairy free bread from the Artisan Bread company

You have until the end of play today to win yourself some delicious, totally natural, gluten and wheat free bread from the Artisan Bread company. Gluten, wheat and dairy free Artisan bread This bread has been one of the best … Continue reading

  

My Coeliac Awareness Week 2015 top 5 roundup

13May

Is it Coeliac disease? Coeliac awareness week

This week is Coeliac Awareness Week, 11th- 17th May, and everyone is blogging about it. Just visit twitter and search for #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek. Now since I don’t have coeliac disease I thought I’d share the best blogs that I’ve seen from … Continue reading

  

Free tickets to the Allergy Show London 2015

12May

Get your free tickets to the Allergy Show London 2015

Download your FREE tickets to The Allergy Show London, 3-5 July 2015 today. Get your free tickets to the Allergy Show London 2015 And start planning your day now because there is more going on this year than ever before. … Continue reading

  

Gluten free zucchini pasta with creamy vegan sauce (low histamine)

11May

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  So I made a decision to just go ahead and post recipes with my instagram shots – it just means I’ll get more recipes up here but you’ll have to deal with it while I figure out the tripod … Continue reading

  

Gardening and the weirdness of the human psyche

11May

Camellia

I have just been reading a report of a study on allergic rhinitis sufferers (35-40% of the US population). Despite the fact that immunotherapy has been around for nearly 100 years, is recognised as the best treatment for allergic rhinitis and is … Continue reading

  

Check in: yoga course, anxiety summit, hair dye!

6May

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  It’s been a while since I checked in with myself and with all you lovely folk out there. Here’s what’s been happening: I spent the week before last shooting a number of cooking videos, an interview with a local … Continue reading

  

The Anxiety Summit

5May

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I suffered from severe anxiety for most of my life. From shaking like a leaf during social situations, to all out vertigo and nausea in high stress work environments, to severe palpitations while chilling on the sofa (in other words for … Continue reading

  

The A word… on anaphylaxis, allergies

5May

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After the flurry of blogs that filled Allergy Awareness Week last week, I am reflecting on why I write. There are many reasons, including to share stuff I’ve learnt, help others and as a therapy; the latter being very high … Continue reading

  

The Problem with Nuts

5May

Well, to be honest, it is not nuts that are the problem, it is the confusion arising from the laudable efforts of regulators and manufacturers to improve allergen labelling for the benefit of allergic consumers. But, nuts being at the … Continue reading

  

8 Of The Strangest Allergy Cures Form Around The World

5May

8 Of The Strangest Allergy Cures Form Around The World

Just a little light relief for you today, with some allergy cures. I know, I know, we all get fed up with all the people we meet who have such great advice for us that will surely cure us for … Continue reading

  

The FreeFrom Food Award celebrations #FreeFromRocks

26Apr

FreeFrom Food Awards 2015

On Wednesday 22nd April the FreeFrom community waited with baited breath to discover which delicious freefrom products won their categories but most of all, who won the much coveted title of FreeFrom Food Awards overall winner. The FreeFrom Food Awards … Continue reading

  

On not living in fear because no one should have to…

25Apr

It's Allergy Awareness Week so I wanted to talk about living with fear

Nobody should be living in fear, it’s not a nice place to be. Believe me, I’ve been there. I have spent years too frightened to eat out. Scared people will laugh at me or think I’m a freak. Fearful that … Continue reading

  

A must-read book for every coeliac

23Apr

Coeliac Disease - what you need to know by Alez Gazzola

This week I have been mostly reading ‘Coeliac Disease – What you need to know’ by Alex Gazzola. This book is truly a must-read for all coeliacs. If you haven’t read it, buy it today. You won’t regret it. This … Continue reading

  

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