food allergies

Several years ago, a school bus full of elementary students in Massachusetts was evacuated. A potentially deadly item was found on the floor. Was it a gun? A bomb? A blood-contaminated hypodermic needle?

No, it was a peanut.

Over-the-top responses to peanuts aren't uncommon. People are under the impression that the mere whiff of a peanut is enough to send some kids to the emergency room. But, that's simply not true. The molecules in peanuts that are responsible for aroma are not the same as the ones that trigger allergies. Also, an allergic reaction only occurs if...

shutterstock_230407579When I realized that the incoming call on my phone was from my son's summer camp, I answered it in my best fake-calm voice, assuring myself that it would be nothing more than a forgotten swim suit.

It was the first day of camp, and my hopes were high that he would have a blast this summer. Or, at least, not hate it. But I was about to find out that our summer was already off to a bad start. They were calling to tell me that he ate someone else's lunch.

For most parents, this phone call would be nothing more than one or two minutes out of their busy day, ending with a...