This week here at Food Allergy Concierge we took some time off to have a conversation with Bracha Zanbar; an allergy specialist, to discuss some issues regarding Allergy Education within the school system, a pressing topic which is currently holding the global centre stage within the Allergy Awareness movement. What followed was an enlightening and educational discussion that scraped the surface of a current but vital matter.
Below are the questions that were presented to Bracha Zanbar- listen to the conversation to hear her answers.
Follow up questions or comments are welcome either through our Facebook page or emailing Breindy@foodallergyconcierge.com.
We are very happy to have with us today Bracha Zanbar, an allergy specialist who not only spends her time keeping up-to-date with the latest allergy information, changes in policies, and factory updates to changes in the manufacture of food product but who travels the country lecturing hotels and restaurants about proper allergy care and service.
1. You have had a lot of experience providing training to institutions, hotels and so on regarding allergies- what are some of the topics you cover?
2. Which issues do you find people have the hardest time understanding or believing about allergies?
3. At what age do you think allergy education should be given?
4. Why do you think schools should provide allergy education to their students?
5. Do you think allergy education should be mandatory for all schools or just those who have students with server allergies? Why?
6. What topics are important to cover under school allergy education?
7. What advice would you give children with allergies about navigating their condition in the school environment?
8. Anything else you would like to add before we end off?
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
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!!!!
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.
L.R., NY, NY
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
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
"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