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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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תסמינים פסיכולוכים לתגובה אלרגית

הילד שלכם מתפתל על הספה ומתחיל לריב עם האחים שלו וזה מעצבן. את מנסה להכין אותו לשינה אבל זה מאוד קשה. סוף סוף הוא הולך לשירותים, הוא נהיה רגוע, מצחצח שיניים ומתלבש בפיג'מה שלו. אבל אחר כך מצב הרוח הרע חוזר – הוא לא רגוע, הוא גזי, ועל האסלה שוב! אחרי שעה הוא נהיה מספיק רגוע כדי ללכת לישון – אבל מאוד מאוחר שוב! זה כל כך עצוב כי את יודעת שהולך להיות לילה ארוך. נשמע מוכר? תגובה רגשית לאלרגיות לילד עם אלרגיות או חוסר-סובלנות לאוכל מסויים – זה רק לוקח טעות אחת קטנה כדי שיהיה יום מעצבן, מלא בכאבי בטן....
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After the FDA- what now?

Enough has been written about the recent regulation changes permitted by the FDA regarding the labelling policies of food items. The reasons given for this drastic action was ‘supply chain disruptions from COVID-19.’ Reactions from the allergy community were swift and fast coming, with outrage, fear and shock being expressed across the online communities by those effected by food allergies as well as those who aren’t.   With 32 million Americans affected by food allergies, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is not either personally affect or know someone who is. What is perhaps the most painful and disappointing part...
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Supporting the non-allergic sibling

Sometimes it creeps up on you, for other parents- they start seeing the cracks but don’t quite know what they mean and for a third (luckier!) group of parents- they have been warned to keep an eye out- they know what to look for and implement strategies long before it develops into a real problem. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to- there is no guilt in the game (unless you count what we put on ourselves as parents -every-single-day-!) what does matter, are the steps you take next. We can’t control the past, we can, however, have a say...
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Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Newborns

When babies are born- they are the most beautiful things in the world. Their skin is soft and smooth- a magnificent representation of the miracle of life. Within a few days, their skin can develop a red rash white spots or other imperfections, which is all normal development of the body’s exposure to the world. So how does a parent know when normal skin defects cross over to allergies? Can a newborn baby develop food-allergies? And if a parent suspects something is amiss, what are the first steps they should take? Eczema/Skin Rash Babies are born with extremely sensitive skin, making...
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Job hunting for the allergy teenager

When I was about 15 my doctor sat me and my mother down and told me that there were certain things in life I had to avoid and there wasn’t much they could do about it. After undergoing a childhood filled with numerous allergy test the list in front of him detailed my complete lists of allergens. He also specified a variety of career paths I should stay clear of when considering any future higher-education or job placements. Since water and soap is a big no-no for me due to my skin condition, on the top of the list were careers...
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Online Food-Allergy Support groups - join or avoid ?!?!?

30 years ago when a child was diagnosed with a food allergy, not only did parents have to navigate the challenges of managing a child with this condition in a world with less awareness and education regarding food allergies, they also had to travel the journey largely alone; (aside for a doctor, allergist and spouse, of course). Experts across the globe all agree that having a strong and solid support system is instrumental in managing any significant challenge while staying emotionally healthy throughout. However, finding such a support group in the day’s pre-internet was very difficult. With the increase of social...
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Help! My in-laws just 'Don't get it!'

With Halloween behind us- it’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving. And while most holidays centre around food, which provides the obvious challenges for any food allergy family, Thanksgiving is unique as it is a time when families spend a lot of time together. Yay- sounds like bliss- families spending quality time together- what could be more beautiful! But what do you do when your extended family just….. ‘don’t get it’ when the people that are meant to always have your back, support you and be there when others aren’t. What can you do (if anything) if your mother-in-law doesn’t...
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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

Allergy Free baked goods for the lockdown

My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.

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10 February 2021
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