Good book on allergies

(Full Disclosure, I am friends with the author so I may be a bit biased.) I was talking about allergies a couple of days ago.  Some people did point out to me that clams do not need to be disclosed in nutrition labels, just crustacean shellfish. I guess that it doesn’t make things any worse than what I grew up with. I do find it unusual that a seafood is not on the list, even though a good deal of people allergic to crustaceans are also allergic to mollusks.  Oh well.

If you are looking for a book to explain food allergies to a child, I suggest DJs Allergies. (Click on the image to see more about the book.) This book explains food allergies in a way a child can understand. Sadly, children with food allergies need an understanding of their allergy, so they don’t take a bite of the cookie that their friend offered, or have that cake at the birthday party. If you don’t have a food allergy, you might not realize what type of things you have to watch out for. Just looking at the ingredients might not be enough. Some allergies (like mine) you have to make sure that the food you are allergic to doesn’t touch what you are eating, You need to make sure that even a small molecule isn’t in your food. Frying the food in the same oil, or having it on a tray where the shop people may pick it up after touching what you are allergic to may set off an attack. Some attacks can be serious enough to kill you!  As you can tell, they are very serious.

Allergies and Friendlys

First of all, I want to say that the waitress at Friendlys was very informed, and did tell me the correct information. Thank you SO much for ketting me know. I just wanted people to know who are counting on the info on the website.

The Allergen page on the Friendlys website is wrong. I should have realized, since the “clamboat” didn’t have an x in the “shellfish” section. Friendlys has clams in their menu that they do fry. That oil is the same oil that they use for the fries and the chicken. So, if you are allergic to clams, (enough so if they use the same cooking oil you can get sick,) don’t order anything that is fried there.

And a note to Friendlys — Clams are also shellfish, not just shrimp. Unless…are you saying there are no actual clams in the Clam Boat?

Dust Clouds

Note to self — When blowing compressed air into the roomba, wear some type of mask. The cloud of dust that came out made me sneeze, and keep sneezing…it has been an hour. Yikes.

What do you guys do?