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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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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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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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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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Can animals have food allergies?

You may be surprised to hear this, but in the same manner that humans become allergic to certain foods, animals can develop food allergies. There are 3 types of allergies in animals: skin, food and environmental. To complicate matters more, the symptoms of these 3 types of allergies can overlap and appear as the same, making a diagnosis more difficult. Majority of animals don’t have a food allergy, rather a food intolerance or food sensitivities. Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are a gradual reaction to any specific food in the animal’s diet, for example; beef, chicken, eggs corn, soy etc. Food...
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Food Allergy Bullying- Prevention, Detection and Reaction

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What is food allergy bullying? No child deserves to be bullied. Ever. However, you may be surprised to read this, but at the core- bullying is the same in every situation. The bully has a need to exercise power over the victim. The victim being bullied cannot easily defend themselves resulting in them feeling powerless, isolated and unsafe. There is an unequal balance of power and the bullying continues so this unfair balance of power continues. “Studies have shown that there was no differentiation between both the food the victims were allergic to and the severity of the allergy.” Food allergy...
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NEW Price List!!!

Our 2019 Price list has come out. FAC is continuously trying to have more accessible services for wider populations! Check out our allergy-free trips coming up for 2019!   Contact Food Allergy Concierge to receive the 2019 price list!
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Food Allergies During Passover in Israel

Food allergies year-round are challenging enough to handle. Passover is an entirely different challenge. People wrongly assume that traveling to Israel with food allergies is easier than during the year. while this may be true for certain allergies, such as gluten allergies, it is in fact not true. Food Allergy Concierge (FAC) is here to provide education on safely traveling in Israel during Passover. Allergens on Passover The problem of allergens on Passover stems from different traditions regarding stringency of kosher for Passover items, and kosher for Passover procedures are insufficient for allergen microparticle cleansing. The Sephardim eat kitniyot (legumes) and...
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Misconceptions About Food Allergies

There are common misconceptions about food allergies. The following is a list of certain misconceptions and what the true facts are about food allergies: 1. A food allergy just means a mild reaction like stomach aches or mild hives, to a certain food. However food allergies can be a lot more dangerous than that. Hives can be the first symptom of anaphalactic shock, leading to the throat closing, loss of consciousness, and even death. Food allergies are not only potentially life-threatening, they’re life-altering. People with food allergies must always be vigilant to ensure they avoid reactions. 2.Digesting a small amount of...
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Students with Food Allergies

If you are a student with food allergies, dealing with dorm life can be a challenge. Many of your peers may not have exposure to anaphylactic allergies and do not understand the danger. It is important to keep your friends informed and take precautions to ensure your living environment is safe. For example, an allergy sufferer meets his roommate for the first time and explains he is allergic to peanuts. His well-intending roommate loves peanut butter and promises to be careful whenever he eats peanut butter in the room. "I'll keep the peanut butter on my side of the room. How dangerous can it be?"...
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Allergy Cards for Kids with Food Allergies

Every parent knows that traveling to a foreign country can be risky, especially for children with allergies. If your child is traveling for a short-term, summer, or year long program, you must take action immediately. Unfamiliarity with the local language, customs, and cuisine can be challenging and even dangerous. Kate Ryan Williams of the Huffington Post describes the fear that grips parents when their children have an allergic reaction without them present: "Tears came along with the terror of the realization that I could do nothing for my child. Things were beyond my control, out of my hands. I was crying so...
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Allergy Free Baked Goods in Israel

There's no doubt that Israel is not the easiest place to live or travel for those with allergies. Sesame, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts are almost ubiquitous in baked goods of all kinds: from cakes to cookies, from bread to burekas. Even when a product does not contain one of these problem ingredients, it's more likely than not that it was mixed or baked with contaminated utensils. Until now, Israelis and tourists with allergies had to suffer in silence, whilst everyone else enjoyed all the delicious things Israeli bakeries have to offer. EMA care and Food Allergy Concierge are proud to...
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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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