Please read, before reading

I am saddened by the comments on this blog that often take a judgmental turn. The information is intended to be just that -- information. You need to make your own decisions for your life and be accountable for your actions. I debated closing the blog, but feel there are many valuable items listed for families struggling with food allergies, especially early on.

If you need further information please contact a doctor. If you need to verify a product's ingredients, please look at current labels and contact the company yourself. Note many posts are several years old. Use your best judgment and do not make up comments to scare people.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Allergy vs. Intolerance

I think the hardest part of having a food allergy is explaining it to other people.  Many people get confused between an intolerance and an allergy.  The two are often used interchangeably, which is very incorrect.   Many people don't understand than an allergy is more than a discomfort.  Many people don't understand that allergens cause reactions in the smallest amounts.

Here's a really well written (and easy to understand) article from the Mayo Clinic that you can share with friends, family, school, etc.

With that said, I also caution reading articles, message boards, and blogs online looking for the truth.  I often find that many don't distiguish between the two.  Always consult a doctor  for major issues or questions you really need the answer.

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