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Can honey be a cure for allergies???

The world is going natural! And what better way to live by this than by treating allergies with honey. Right? Well, not so fast. The theory behind using honey as a treatment for allergies is that repeatedly exposing a person to small amounts of an allergen desensitizes them to it- similar to an allergy shot. And while this is great in theory- unfortunately, it is not backed by science. Honey has reportedly been linked to lessened symptoms of people with seasonal allergies but conclusions haven’t been consistent in clinical studies with some studies showing 0% effectiveness. Honey’s healing powers Honey has...
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Vegan capital of the world

Welcome to Tel Aviv- a beautiful city filled with love, life, and adventure- and a whole universe of veganism! Yep- Welcome to the Vegan capital of the world- a title previously held by Berlin, now by Tel Aviv, a city in Israel filled with the unique flavors that are signature to the vegan world, with farm to table a literal reality. Tel Aviv boasts more than 400 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants, serving the ever-growing number of 200,000 vegans which has blossomed over the last 6 years. Vega eating in Tel Aviv is a chance to taste some of the best food...
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Elderly people with food allergies: PART 2

For part 1 click here. By the time a couple is in their 60’s, they have a set way of living and managing their lives. Change is hard and opinions are unappreciated. Many couples with one spouse who has a food allergy live harmoniously with the allergen still in the home. The partner without the food allergy most likely has a system set up where they can enjoy the products without endangering their partner, whether this includes only using paper wear when eating, washing their hands extra carefully, or brushing their teeth after eating the allergen. If they have received guidance...
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Challenges of eating out during gap-year

Hungry?  Want to grab a snack after night seder?  Your friends are all gathering around (ok, maybe a bit less with social distancing 😉 ) chowing down on burgers, fries or pizza and you are crunching your apple.  That is the unfortunate reality of the life of an allergic kid during their gap year.  It’s such a hard decision.  Stay in North America where you know you are safe from allergens (clearly labelled and a general awareness), or go to Israel where there is no awareness and no labelling, but be with your friends and have a year of learning in...
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Where are all the allergy-friendly restaurants in Israel???

The food allergy community in Israel faces numerous challenges- from the lack of accessibility to allergy-free products, to a culture highly focused on foods that include the most common allergens like sesame and peanuts, to a society that falls far behind in their knowledge and awareness of food allergies. Researching safe products is a full-time job, shopping in bakeries a faint dream, and ensuring adequate care within the school setting, a journey not for the faint-hearted. With a history like that, it’s no wonder that it is hard to find an allergy-friendly restaurant in Israel. A quick search on google of...
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Elderly people with food allergies: PART 1

There are more than 54 million people in the US aged 65 or older with this figure expected to continue to increase over the next 20 years. Similar trends are seen across the globe with 11% of the population classified as elderly in Israel in 2015- a number that has an expected 77% increase over the next 15 years. In Israel the percentage of the elderly population living in nursing homes stands at 4.5%, assisted living facilities 2%, leaving the majority of this population still living within the community. The presence of food allergies within the elderly community is currently estimated...
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What does using an Epinephrine Auto-Injector feel like?

If you own an Epinephrine Auto-Injector, whether an Epi-pen®, Auvi-Q®, or other you most likely have read all you can about what an allergic reaction looks like, how to administer your auto-injector and the importance of an allergy plan. And while there is plenty of information out there to help you start your journey- there are fewer resources to help you get a feeling about what it’s like to have Epinephrine injected into your body. Hopefully, this article will fill in the gaps, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Important: Most patients who have passed away from...
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Psychological allergic reaction symptoms

Your child is squirming on the couch, picking fights with their siblings and is irritable. You try to get him ready for bed- but he’s being difficult. Finally, after going to the bathroom, he settles down for a bit and you can get his PJ’s on and brush his teeth. But then the bad mood comes back- he’s just not settled, his gassy- and on the toilet again. An hour later he is calm enough to go into bed- late again! And oh’ so sad. You know it’s going to be a long night…… Sounds familiar? Emotional responses to food allergies...
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You couldn’t be prouder - You also couldn’t be more scared.

“I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time my child was away from home.” (-Food allergy parent) Sending their child away for their gap-year, or on their first vacation without parental supervision is an experience that stirs up a lot of emotions; nostalgia, fear, excitement and hope, among others. When a parent is sending a child away who has life-threatening food allergies- it is a whole different story. As a parent, it is up to you to decide when you feel your child is ready to take the plunge and take this next step of traveling the world...
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Honeymooning with food allergies

Congratulations! You’ve tied the knot with your loved one, celebrated a beautiful wedding with family and now it’s time for the grand finale of celebrations- your honeymoon!!!!!!!!!! Although most likely you’ve been navigating life together with your now-new spouse and your food allergies- most people don’t want to feel like their honeymoon revolves around their food allergies (even though let’s face it- life always does) Here at Food Allergy Concierge- we are constantly being asked how newlyweds can ensure that they have a successful, romantic and hassle-free honeymoon with the ever-present food allergies. Here are our favourite tips to help you...
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Allergies and Cancer- is there a connection?!?!?

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Day we decided to explore the connection between allergies and cancer. Although breast cancer is more common in females, it’s important to remember that it can occur in males too. The importance of regular breast checks as well as good lifestyle choices cannot be underestimated. Please do your bit to protect and take care of your health. For information about preventing cancer please click here. Remember early detection of any cancer significantly increase the chance of survival and positive prognosis! Introduction There has been much hype in the past 30 years regarding a possible connection...
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Dealing with an uncooperative teacher

It’s now a few weeks into the new school year- enough time for you to have (hopefully) met with your child’s teacher and explained their needs, written and submitted a Plan 504 to the school and assessed the level of care and accommodation your child has been given for their food allergies. It never ceases to amaze us, but every year parents across the globe tackle with the issue of uncooperative teachers, staff members who either don’t understand or don’t believe in a child’s allergies or simple miss-communications. Parents are then faced with a NOW WHAT? What, if anything, is there...
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Traveling in Israel with Food Allergies

Traveling in Israel with food allergies is challenging! Did you know that 15 million Americans have food allergies, and 1 out of 13 children have life-threatening food allergies? Whether you are allergic to nuts, sesame, chocolate, certain cooking oils or fruit, the fear of managing your allergies or having an allergic reaction abroad may hinder your travel plans to Israel.  Parents of children with severe food allergies are often drained after any travel, when even trace amounts of the allergen can lead to a potentially fatal reaction.  The intense monitoring required is exhausting, leading one to think... why are we on vacation? Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine is...
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Food Allergy Relationships - Asking the Right Questions

Whether you’re a teacher with a first time food allergy student, a neighbor that just had a food allergy family move in, or a significant other looking to navigate the makings of a brand new relationship, learning about food allergies is vital. For those living with food allergies, it is a major part of their everyday lives. They require special food they can trust, products that they deem to be safe and people in their lives who are willing to go the extra mile to keep them from having an allergy. So, how does one go about navigating their new relationship...
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Put a Label On It

.Like so many of us, Katie Bryant, mother of three, is looking to provide her family with the best life possible. She is a homeschooling mother with three sons and no shortage of battles. Many of us in the food allergy community already know how difficult navigating life can be and Katie Bryant is no stranger to those same struggles.                 When Katie’s youngest son Sterling was a baby – still under a year old – he took a small bite out of his older brother’s peanut butter sandwich. The symptoms that followed of hives and breathing trouble are unfortunately all...
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Going Back to School with Food Allergies During the COVID19 Pandemic

As the school year approaches, many parents are beginning to wonder what this year will bring. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking over all our lives, school will undoubtedly be different. However, for parents of children with food allergies, the stress is tenfold. With recipes changing and school lunches being less prevalent, parents are beginning to worry about sending their child to class. Will common food allergens become a bigger issue with home lunches becoming increasingly more popular? How can parents best prepare themselves and their children for the changes in the upcoming school year? Speak to the School We know that...
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Being a Supportive Partner to Someone With Food Allergies

Food allergies don’t only affect the person with them, but the entire family. Their closest friends and family all need to be educated and sensitive in order to ensure their safety. However, when coming into a relationship with a person with food allergies, there can be a lot of confusion. It can be difficult to navigate the beginnings of a romance or even a committed marriage when dealing with food allergies for the first time. So, what does it take to be a good partner to someone with food allergies? Ask Questions As with any other aspect of relationships, communication is...
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Taking Allergy Safe Trips

Summer is a time for children to have fun. School is out, the weather is warm, and the days are longer. For many families, these months are a time for vacation. Whether it be a week up north or a day in the city, the summer is a great time for family bonding. But, how do you take a food allergy child to an environment that you cannot control? It’s terrifying enough sending a food allergy child to school – a place where you do have some element of control. But when taking them out into the world, how can you...
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Feeling Guilty Over Eating Your Child's Food Allergy?

For many parents, eating their child’s allergen is a source of great guilt. They struggle with whether or not to have the food in their home, with whether their other children should be allowed to enjoy the food, and the terrifyingly large grocery bill for the allergy safe meals. When parents are balancing their allergic child, with their own wants and needs as well as those of their other children, they can often find themselves stuck with no right answer. We have taken a look at some of these issues and have tried to come up with creative solutions. After all,...
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Things Not to Say to People With Food Allergies

There are a number of things that people with food allergies are forced to deal with throughout their lives: doctor’s appointments, food anxiety’s and at times, even social isolation. But perhaps the most tedious thing people with food allergies deal with, is the constant stream of comments from people who just don’t get it. It is fine to ask questions – for many, it is even encouraged – all we ask is that before you share your opinion, you take the time to brush up on your facts. People in the food allergy community love to spread awareness and would be...
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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

Thank You

We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

G.A. Illinois USA

Our Latest Blogs

14 January 2021
The world is going natural! And what better way to live by this than by treating allergies with honey. Right? Well, not so fast. The theory behind using honey as a treatment for allergies is that repeatedly exposing a person to small amounts of an al...
07 January 2021
Welcome to Tel Aviv- a beautiful city filled with love, life, and adventure- and a whole universe of veganism! Yep- Welcome to the Vegan capital of the world- a title previously held by Berlin, now by Tel Aviv, a city in Israel filled with the unique...
17 December 2020
For part 1 click here. By the time a couple is in their 60’s, they have a set way of living and managing their lives. Change is hard and opinions are unappreciated. Many couples with one spouse who has a food allergy live harmoniously with the allerg...