Happy St. Pat’s Day. I had hoped to have my posting up on Friday, but we were hit with round two of the flu. Both my 6-year-old daughter and I ended up with a stomach bug this time. Needless to say, it was not pleasant. My 3-year-old, highly allergic child shows no signs of it (although I don’t want to jinx myself). Here again, I’ve got her on the Elderberry syrup and Phytoguard supplements. Can you imagine how much healthier children would be if they were given this stuff on a daily basis. The only problem with the Elderberry syrup is its taste. I’ve tried getting my oldest to take it, but she has refused. My pediatrician has suggested that I give her honey, chocolate sauce or “pea” butter to coat her tongue, and then she won’t taste it quite so much. I’m also wondering if it’s something that could be baked in muffins, for example. I’m not sure if the heat would destroy some of its immune-boosting properties. My naturopath was uncertain as well. If anyone one knows the answer to this, please let us know.
Here are some other noteworthy notes in the allergy world.
Medic Alert and the Food Allergy Initiative are currently offering free Medic Alert memberships to low-income families with food allergies. The memberships are being funded by grant money, so once the money is gone so are the free memberships.
You can find out more by visiting www.medicalert.org/FAI/FAI.aspx
Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago is inviting families affected by food allergies to fill out an online survey. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. They only need about 300 more people to fill out the survey until they’ve reached their goal of 3000 respondents. The information collected is expected to be released this spring.
Dr. Phil is planning to do a show on food allergies. Producers there are inviting people affected by food allergies to email them at the following link.