Latest by Sloane Miller

Panic or Allergies?

During a dinner out last week something happened that reminded me that I am really taking my life into my hands every time I eat away from home. That panic can exacerbate an allergic reaction (or in my case a non-allergic one) and that, without excep...

"Everyone's Gone Nuts" -- A doctor responds to the Harper's Magazine article

This month’s Harper’s magazine features an article written by Meredith Broussard, called “Everyone’s Gone Nuts: The Exaggerated Threat of Food Allergies.” Pretty inflammatory title to any of us with food allergies or the parent of a food allergic chi...

Microwave Popcorn and Decreased Lung Function

You won’t look at popcorn and butter the same way again. One of the great pleasures of seeing a movie used to be getting popcorn with butter. In New York City, when I was a kid, the RKO theaters had real butter for their freshly popped popcorn, not t...

Positively Pomegranate

I have food allergies and food intolerances. Even with these culinary limitations, I work toward expanding my diet whenever possible by adding new fruits, vegetables, grains, or meats. Maybe it’s a poussin, not chicken, for dinner; sauteed swiss char...

Cooking Allergen free Part I: Introducing Alice Sherwood

Alice Sherwood’s cookbook coverThe recipes in Alice Sherwood’s new Allergy-Free Cookbook focus on working around four main allergens: gluten (the protein in wheat, barley, rye), eggs and egg products, nuts (tree nuts and peanuts), and dairy (milk and ...

The Asthma Gap: Another take on the Inhaler Changeover

One of the things I noticed in the comments in the inhaler changeover post is that many of you are using your rescue inhalers often, daily even. Also, there is a feeling that the new HFA ones aren’t working to help ease asthma symptoms and in some ca...

Do you take Tea with your Asthma? Included: A great recipe for Chai.

I’m a tea girl. When I feel a little wheezy, caffeine, tea in particular, seems to calm my asthma symptoms. I wouldn’t take a tea break in place of medication, but if my chest starts to feel tight due to an allergic situation I can have some tea and ...

Meet Alexander: Can his technique help your asthma?

As a person with asthma, I carry a lot of tension in my upper chest and in my upper back. Are you like me? Or perhaps you carry a heavy purse or bag and you’re listing to one side even after you put your bag down? Or perhaps you’re a nighttime jaw-cl...

A Litte Apple Picking -- and Oral Allergy Syndrome

It’s that time of year here in the Northeast. Pumpkin patches, hayrides, mulled apple cider and lovely crisp weather. Well, hold off on that last part. I went apple picking in South Eastern Connecticut and it was well over 80 degrees No matter. The d...