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A Day Full of Caring!

Friday, September 20th was the United Way Day of Caring.  Across Corvallis teams full of caring individuals dispersed to volunteer at different agencies needing a helping hand.  SAGE was fortunate to receive both morning and afternoon teams who helped us accomplish a huge load of work! 



Many hands make mulching much lighter work and volunteers learned how to get rid of a whole patch of nasty weeds to make a new garden bed.  Cardboard was laid and many, many loads of leaves thrown on top will decompose over the winter to create a beautiful new garden space for next year.  This will help us increase the amount of produce we can grow for local hunger relief agencies.  While some folks were mulching, others helped weed the bed of overwintering crops....all tasks that were much needed!   


One of my favorite things about having people out at SAGE is the opportunity for tastings!  Taking a break from all the hard work, we fine tuned our palettes as we explored the different tastes and texture…

Seasonality and Food Allergies

Does it seem to anyone else that the odds of outgrowing a food allergy are a bit of a crap shoot?

The odds seem even, well, odder lately. For example, there's this recent study that seems to promote the idea that kids who strictly avoid are more likely to see resolution of their allergy. What does that even mean, strictly avoid? My son ate next to no processed foods, so I would imagine we were in the "strict avoidance" group. When he was RAST tested as part of the clinical trial, his score was so low he barely qualified. Yet he still reacted to peanut - and now his RAST has climbed back up.

Are peanut challenges as part of these trials a bad idea? If that's the case, though, how does that square with oral immunotherapy and SLIT? What about the kids who are going through the challenges and tolerating peanut? How do doctors ever know when to flip that magical switch from avoid to introduce?

Here's another study of people who outgrew, this time for tree nuts. Some of t…

"Can't You Take a (Food Allergy) Joke?"

Somewhere along the way in this 18 year journey, I lost my sense of humor.

I know this is not news to any of you. After all, the "bitch" is right there in the title.

Still, I'm reminded of the loss every time I look at the web statistics for this blog. The web stats include a list of search terms people use to find my articles. Know what one of my top search phrases is?

"Food allergies are fake."

I also get lots of hits from "food allergies overblown", "food allergies exaggerated", "crazy food allergy moms", "nutty food allergy parent" - you get the idea. Any time I look at my web statistics, I get a little reminder of how much hate is floating around out there for kids with this particular medical condition.

The articles that match those search terms though (like this one) mostly defend food allergy parents. It makes me wonder what the people who find my page that way do next. Do they read the article? Or do they wander off l…

Mylan and Walgreens Team Up To "Remind" Us to Fill Our Epi-Pen Prescription

This is the Mylan slogan from their web site. I'm here to tell you that you should take them at their word. It's personal, all right.

We received a letter yesterday, ostensibly from Walgreens, as part of their "Walgreens Patient Support Program." The outside of the letter reads: PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL TO BE OPENED BY ADDRESSEE ONLY. Address line is "Parent/Guardian of Sonof FAB."

I was concerned. Drug recall, perhaps? I open it, only to find:
You have received this letter because our records show you filled a prescription for EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector 0.3 mg for your child and it may be near or past its expiration date. We would like to remind you that the more important step in reducing the risk of having a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is to avoid the things that they are allergic to. However, if your child experiences anaphylaxis, you or your child will need to act quickly by using an EpiPen Auto-Injector and seek…

A Couple Simple Recipes to Enjoy the Summer Bounty

This time of year there is a bounty of delicious produce.  Talking with folks I've discovered that sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to find a use for all the tomatoes or giant zucchini flowing from our gardens.  Here are a couple easy suggestions of how to enjoy all that goodness:

- Zucchini Latkes:  This is a great way to use GIANT zucchini.  In fact, you'll get a number of meals from one big one....For latkes, all you do is grate up some zucchini, mix with an egg and a little binder (flour or flax meal) and then fry up like a pancake!  You can make these as fancy or as simple as you'd like.  I love adding fresh pesto to my mix for a savory treat while other folks enjoy just the basics and then top them with maple syrup.  Latkes are great for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner!

- Summer Ratatouille: A volunteer gave me this simple French recipe last year and it utilizes many of the delicious summer veggies we have at SAGE right now!

What you'll need: Onion, garlic, egg…

picnic in the park

In the middle of last month my man and I decided to celebrate two years of togetherness with a picnic in the park.  We loaded up the picnic basket with all sorts of goodies, strapped it to the back of our bikes and headed to the park.  We played cards, splashed our feet in the stream and ate till our bellies were full. We couldn't have asked for a better day.