CNN & Autism / New Food Allergy Study in NY seeks participants

Happy Easter (if it’s a holiday you celebrate). If not, Happy Spring. I have to believe that Spring is just around the corner. It’s been a long, long winter. We had planned to be spending our break up in the Chicago area, but to no avail. After our round with the stomach flu last week, we all ended up coming down with colds and coughs this week. We just can’t seem to rid ourselves of viruses this season. Elyse—the allergic one—started complaining about ear pain this week, so I took her to see our naturopath. Fortunately, they weren’t infected. As I’ve mentioned previously, we use a botanical supplement (Elderberry Syrup) to keep her as healthy as possible since she’s allergic to nearly every antibiotic on the market. We also got the results back on her recent allergy tests. They were as expected. Her milk allergy is off the charts. Even the naturopath said that she rarely saw people with milk allergies quite so bad. It’s really hard to believe that something like milk could be so life-threatening for her. I almost think it’s worse than a nut allergy. I can’t expect schools, for example, to do away with dairy because of the danger. Home schooling is looking more and more likely.

In allergy news, here’s some interesting stuff I thought I would share with you.

CNN is looking for families who have children with autism. They’re inviting people to share their stories with them. Here’s what they’re looking for….

“Are you or is someone you love living with autism? We want to hear your story. How does this condition affect your life, as well your family’s? Share what life is like on a typical day. Turn on your camera and record video of yourself speaking about your experiences, and give us a glimpse of your daily routine. Have you found any unexpected silver linings? Send photos and videos that help tell the story of what it’s like to have autism”

To submit your story to CNN via video, audio or text format, you’ll need to copy and paste the following link:

I think the story is planned for early April.

Researchers at Mt. Sinai Medical Center are looking for participants for a new study on a special blend of Chinese herbs. Researchers are hoping to learn whether the herbs will prevent an anaphylactic reaction in people with allergies to nuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish. For more information about the study, contact Sally Noone, at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, at 212-241-0336.

As an aside, I’ve been taking Chinese herbs for my allergies for quite some time. There was a time when I couldn’t get off of steroids because I kept having allergy flare-ups. Once I started the Chinese herbs and acupuncture, I was able to get off the meds. I’m a believer, and I’m hoping we see something positive come out of this study.

All My Best—

Amy Wicker
March 21, 2008

Posted by Amy Wicker on March 21, 2008.

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