Gina Clowes

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Gina is a life coach, speaker, author, and advocate at She wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Allergy.

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Food Allergies in the Classroom

Parents of allergic children are left to negotiate a safe environment with those who may not be familiar with the reality of food allergies. Here are key points that teachers and parents should know about food-allergic children.

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10 Things Your Non-Allergic Child is Thinking

Families of children with food allergies can tell you that, at times, it seems their whole day to day life revolves around accommodating these special needs. More time, money, attention and medical care is spent on these children, yet in many cases, ...

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Controversy in Diagnosing Food Allergies

A recent review commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) entitled Diagnosing and Managing Common Food Allergies published this May in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that there is ...

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Grandparents Guide to Food Allergies

We’ve been told that "It takes a village" to raise a child and that certainly is the case for a child with food allergies. As a grandparent, you naturally want the best for your grandchildren, yet the notion of a life-threatening allergy t...

Allergies: What NOT to do When Diagnosed

Allergies: What NOT to do When Diagnosed

This guide helps parents seamlessly transition into day-to-day living with food allergies.

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10 Food Allergy Myths

A recent study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology concluded that "Increased food allergy knowledge among the general public is needed." This is no surprise to those of us who have food allergies or food allergic fami...

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All I Want for Christmas

I’m a glass half-full kind of girl most of the time. But every once in a while, especially around the holidays, this food-filled world of ours gets on my very last nerve, and I want to scream from my roof top: Stop with the cupcakes So just for today...

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Food Allergy Etiquette for Thanksgiving and Holiday Parties

Thanksgiving and other food-focused celebrations can be a challenge for those with food allergies and special dietary needs. Most dishes are made from scratch by cooks who don’t have to think about allergens or cross-contamination on a daily basis. U...

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Protecting Your Child From Food Allergies at Preschool

You’ve gotten through skin testing or blood testing and nailed down the food culprits causing your child to react. You’ve worked through the kinks with neighbors and in-laws, and your hubby remembers the Epi-Pen (almost) every time, and just when you ...

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8 Tips for Allergy-Proof Holiday Celebrations

Communication and planning are the keys to safe, allergy-free holiday celebrations. Food allergies can be a challenge at family gatherings and holiday celebrations.