Allergen Component Testing: Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa Bauder scheduled what she thought was a routine appointment with an allergist but received news that changed her life. While she still had a life-threatening allergy to peanuts, she no longer was allergic to tree nuts, fish, shellfish, or chickpeas—news that seemed almost too good to be true. Learn how she tackled 13 food challenges and worked with her therapist to manage food allergy-related anxiety with a strategy that led to wins like her first Starbucks at 24 years old and a lot of fun along the way.

Alyssa is thankful for the freedom she’s gained and is glad to still be a part of the food allergy community, one that she’s passionate about and plans to continue advocating for through both her platform and career.

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Disney World With Food Allergies

Food allergy mom Rachel McFall dreamed of taking her family to Disney World. With the help of travel advisor Taylor Gordon, who not only specializes in food allergy travel but also manages her own allergies, Rachel’s family managed to eat every meal out, enjoying character breakfasts, Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, and a visit to Erin McKenna’s Bakery. See her 527 reviews on the Spokin app @allergene, including 14 from her trip!

Join our Insta Live with Rachel to hear how her family dined out safely with peanut, egg, and wheat allergies, and how Taylor "did it all", planning every detail of their fairytale vacation. Tune in Wednesday, 5/18 at 12 PM CT/1 PM ET for the Insta Live and enter to win a Disney World trip of your own!

 
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The End of Food Allergy with Dr. Kari Nadeau

The End of Food Allergy is a landmark book on preventing, diagnosing, and reversing food allergies with key findings from a premier team of trained experts.

The trailblazing research of Dr. Kari Nadeau at Stanford University reveals that food allergy can be a treatable condition, because the immune system can be retrained. Food allergies can be disrupted, slowed, and stopped. The key is a strategy called immunotherapy (IT)–the controlled, gradual reintroduction of an allergen into the body. With innovations that include state-of-the-art therapies targeting specific components of the immune system, Dr. Nadeau and her team have increased the speed and effectiveness of this treatment to a matter of months. Food allergy families will find fascinating information on the causes of food allergies, the science behind different types of food allergy testing and learn details on immunotherapy. The End of Food Allergy is a must-read for anyone interested in the science behind food allergies and the latest research that is changing the future of allergies.  
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For the Health Webinar: A Conversation on Race & Food Allergy

Black children are 7% more likely to have food allergies compared to white children, are diagnosed less frequently, receive less medical care, and are more likely to experience anaphylaxis. The first step toward racial equality in the food allergy community starts with education and an understanding of what needs to be changed and how. Our dear friend Emily Brown of the Food Equality Initiative created a free webinar and resource for the entire food allergy community. The webinar intentionally launches today, on Juneteeth, the national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.

For The Health Webinar: A Conversation on Race & Food Allergy features a diverse panel of notable Black voices, aiming to promote health equity, as well as share actionable ways the food allergy community can reduce these disparities and support POC in the community. Please register to join the webinar, which is on Friday 6/19/20 at 11:00 am EST/ 10:00 am CST.

 
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For the Health Webinar: A Conversation on Race & Food Allergy, Part 2: Industry and Community Allies

What does it mean to be an ally to POC in the food allergy community and how can you help? Join Spokin CEO and Founder Susie Hultquist and other industry and community allies for Part 2 of The Health, a free webinar and resource for the entire food allergy community created by Emily Brown of the Food Equality Initiative. The webinar will explore what it means to be an ally, what it takes to strive for equity and actionable steps for industry and community organizations dedicated to a more inclusive environment.  Please register to join the webinar, which is on Friday 7/17/20 at 11:00 am EST/ 10:00 am CST.

 
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Sarah Romano: The Allergist Mom

Sarah Boudreau-Romano is an Attending Physician in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University, Director of the FASE Program and food allergy blogger. What gives Sarah a unique perspective on food allergies is that she is a mother of 4 children, 3 of whom have life-threatening food allergies – more than 20 allergies amongst them. We had a chance to chat with Sarah, and she generously shared some wisdom with Spokin.  
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