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Tagged: Discrimination

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

  

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

  

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

  

Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?

9Dec

Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation … 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

  

Shame on you JK Rowling – asthma is normal, not funny

2Mar

Have you seen JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy recently on TV? The character called Colin Wall (Simon McBurney) who was portrayed as a weak, over-stressed weirdo who had asthma and was always puffing on his inhaler, made my blood boil. … Continue reading

  

Dear E45, why don’t your adverts feature any dry or eczema skin?

9Feb

Eczema on face

Dear E45 I have eczema. I might be your perfect customer had I not already tried E45 and found it made my skin worse due to presence of lanolin. Lanolin, a known skin irritant, yet it’s found in E45 for … Continue reading

  

We need to see disabilities and allergies as normal

16Jan

On 13th January Newsnight featured a segment on disabilities in acting and film making. The debate focused on criticism of the recent Stephen Hawking film, ‘The Theory of Everything’ where the lead part of Stephen is played by Eddie Redmayne. … Continue reading

  

Not fussy, I just have allergies

7Dec

What gets me is those people who will say, “Steak WITH cheese sauce please. I can eat EVERYTHING.” They say this after I have ordered mine, checking they don’t ‘butter the steak’, requesting no sauce, and checking whether the mushrooms … Continue reading

  

When pubs panic about catering for allergies – Allergy diet cards

28Nov

Ham, egg and chips: Cross contamination possible on the grill, the pan and chip fat fryer

Eating out with an allergy or coeliac disease is a challenge. If you have multiple allergies it becomes even trickier. Not only do you need to communicate the severity of your allergy, you also need to discover what risks might … Continue reading

  

Lower quality of life in children with peanut allergy

10Oct

Having allergies can be scary but you grow to learn to live with them, to grasp control of your life and get your own processes and checks in place to make sure you stay safe when shopping, eating out, snacking … Continue reading

  

Do you hate the term ‘allergy or eczema sufferer’?

6Aug

I am not an allergy sufferer, I just have a few allergies

A while ago a reader commented that the header on the What Allergy? blog website was very negative as it said, ‘For anyone suffering with food allergies and intolerances’. I realised then that I had been using the word ‘sufferer’ … Continue reading