Monday, May 2, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners. It is a time to think about how prepared we are for a flood, earthquake, snowstorm, power outage, fire.

Questions to ask within families:

Do we have several days worth of water on hand should an emergency happen?

Most suggest 72 hours non perishable food and water be available, should an emergency happen. Most people in allergy groups suggest four or five days of food on hand for each allergic person, finding safe food, may be an issue should a wide scale emergency happen.

If our city/ town needs to be evacuated where do family members meet?
Grandma's/ Aunt's house.

Does everybody in the house know where the flashlights/ batteries/ candles are?

Candles made from nuts, coconuts and corn. Do we have a car safety kit?

Do we have minimum of a week's supply of prescription medications
List of all prescription medications

List of emergency contacts
Sometimes we forget phone numbers with cellphone contact lists.

Are our emergency kits allergen free?

See Also:
EMS Week
May 17 - 23 Emergency Medical Services Week
Ambulance Tours

Friday, March 18, 2016

World Water Day

Tuesday, March 22
World Water Day 2016

As a gardener, I am a proud owner of a water barrel. I will attempt to grow heirloom beans from seeds for the first time this year. March being the month that contains World Water Day it is a time to think about water, conserving it, using it and keeping our water safe.

Using Corn Cobs To Filter Water
14-year-old wins Google Science Fair award with genius way to use corn cobs

Chemurgy and Allergens Posts:
Nutshells: (mostly walnut shells)
Water Filtration System That Contain Nutshells
Shrimp Shells:
Clean Water With Shrimp Shells
Coconut Shells:
Water Filters Made From Coconuts

From UN World Water Day
"World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Pharmaceutical Grade Lactose in Medications

Pharmaceutical grade lactose can contain small amounts of milk protein, this may be a problem for some milk allergic individuals. Here are some examples of pharmaceutical grade lactose products that are being used in medications:

Lactose Names In Medications:
Anhydrous Lactose
What is Anhydrous Lactose
Anhydrous lactose is often found as an inactive ingredient in different medications. It can be used as a filler to help increase the size of a capsule or tablet; it can also be added to dry powder inhalers to help propel the medications. Anhydrous lactose is particularly useful because it contains no water, which means that it will not react with medications that are sensitive to moisture. Anhydrous lactose may also be used as a coating for pills because of its mildly sweet taste.

Dry Milk Powder
Dry Milk Powders and spray dried lactose are mostly found in inhalers.
Inhalers With Milk Protein in Them (Chemurgy and Allergens post)

FlowLac 100
FlowLac 100
The product FlowLac® is produced by spray-drying a suspension of fine milled alpha-lactose monohydrate crystals in a solution of lactose. When lactose in solution is spray-dried, a rapid removal of water is taking place, whereby amorphous, non-crystalline lactose is formed in addition to crystalline lactose. Based on the amorphous content, kept on a stable level, non-varying better tabletting properties can be reached.

Lactose Anhydrous
Lactose Spray-Dried
Lactose Monohydrate
Lactose Monohydrate Impalpable
Lactose Hydrous
Lactose Anhydrous
Lactose Anhydrous Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Lactose (C12H22O11) is milk sugar. It is a disaccharide composed of one galactose and one glucose molecule. In the pharmaceutical industry, lactose is used to help form tablets because it has excellent compressibility properties. It is also used to form a diluent powder for dry-powder inhalations. Lactose may be listed as lactose hydrous, lactose anhydrous, lactose monohydrate, or lactose spray-dried

Lactopress Anhydrous Crystals
DOMO (Now DFE Pharma) offers a wide range of anhydrous lactose products which includes lactopress anhydrous crystals. It is well suited for formulations containing moisture sensitive drugs, due to the absence of crystal water.

Tablettose, especially designed for Direct-Compression, combines the flowability of coarse lactose crystals and the good compressibility of fine milled lactose

Recaldent (made From milk protein)
Recaldent is used in chewing gum, oral care products both over the counter and products used by dentists, in a dental office.
Chemurgy post: Dairy in Oral Care Products

More Information From Avoiding Milk Protein:
Non Food Products That Contain Milk
Allergens in Drugs, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments

Chemurgy and Allergen Posts:
Vaccines That Contain Dairy
Inhalers With Milk Protein in Them
Dairy in Oral Care Products

Friday, February 12, 2016

Allergy Safer Dinning

Apps For Allergic Dinners
DineSafe App
Personal Menus For Food Allergies

I Menus
The allergy friendly restaurant app you can trust

Dine Safe App
Personal Menus For Food Allergies

Allergy Smartz
Introducing AllergySmartz! A new food allergy app
1.Available for both iPhone and Android

Allergy Table
Eat freely. Be confident

Allergy Eats
The free AllergyEats app is available in both the App Store and Google Play.

If you know any more allergy restaurant aps please let us know.

Allergy Dinning Cards translating common allergens with dinning cards, apps and informative blog posts.
Avoiding Milk Protein Lists:

List of Nut Free Bakeshops CAN & USA

List of Dairy Free Bakeshops CAN & USA

List of Canadian Allergy Safer Restaurants

List of American Allergy Safer Restaurants

Reviews of Allergy Safer Restaurants
Newly updated. Includes reviews of allergy safer restaurants from food allergy bloggers. If you are an allergy blogger, and have reviewed any restaurants please let us know, be sure to send us a link (via email) to your review so we can add it to this list.

Not everyone feels comfortable dinning out, many allergy families often go on picnics. Drive in movies, with the option of bringing their own chair, or staying in your own car at a drive in movie.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phone Call From School

It is midday a parent gets a phone call from the school, their heart skips a beat, thoughts run wild. Medical emergency, accident, child in trouble. The school never calls during the school day! Thoughts run wild, especially if their child has a medical condition such as an allergy that can quickly turn into a full out emergency.

Dear Teacher,

If you need to phone a parent during the day, and the child's life is not in danger I suggest starting the conversation with something similar to the following:

"This is Mr.C from Main Street School, this is not an emergency, I'm calling to let you know we are missing a field trip form".

"Hello, this is Mrs. L from Central Public School, this is not an emergency, I'm calling about your child's recent academic success".

"Hi, this is Ms. R from school, we have a minor situation your child is ill, she is resting on a cot in our office. She threw up once, we have given her water".

"This is the school calling, nothing urgent just wanted to let you know that your child has a part in the next school assembly".

The same phoning home guidelines should also apply to babysitters and caregivers phoning parents, while a child is in their care, and they need to phone a parent. Even parents without any children with medical conditions (allergies, asthma, seizers, diabetes) will appreciate ruling out a disaster being the reason behind the phone call.

Some parents worry about THE phone call "Your child is having an attack of anaphylaxis, we have administered epinephrine, the ambulance is on it's way. One of our staff trained in first aid is with him". For many parents that phone call plays in their mind, especially when they know food related activities will be in the classroom, or if their has been a recent allergy death in the news.