Canada Allergies

The Angst of Parenting a Child with Severe Food Allergies

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I just sat in the car and had a good cry. I was in the parking lot of my 11-year-old daughter's school on her first day of middle school, but I wasn't having the "oh my child is growing up" type of cry. Instead, I was unexpectedly engulfed in fear about her life threatening allergies to peanuts and shellfish.

How To Survive the Ugly Side of Summer

Carson Arthur | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

We've all heard that mold in the home is extremely hazardous to our health, but did you know that mold occurs outdoors as well? Our gardens and backyards are actually a great breeding space for molds that are inhaled via mold spores. Our immune systems deal with these mold spores just like an allergy, with watery eyes, sneezing and congestion.

You Might Be Allergic to Global Warming

David Suzuki | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We've upset the Earth's carbon cycle by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests and wetlands. Plants help rebalance it by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. And rising atmospheric CO2 actually increases pollen production.

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though the atmosphere has apparently stabilized and winter will soon be gone for yet another year, for millions of people, this is no time to breathe easy. In the next few weeks, a new kind of trouble will emerge. Dubbed the 'pollen vortex' this rare springtime phenomenon will leave allergy sufferers just as miserable and clambering for the indoors.

Would You Shove Something Up Your Nose To Stop Allergies?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living

Could a new device you wear inside the nose alleviate allergies? A small study reports that a tiny "nasal filter" about the size of a contact lens ...

How Do I Know If I Have Allergies?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living

Ahhh, spring. The time of sun, flowers and... Oh, right. It's allergy season too. But how do I know if I'm suffering from them? Allergies h...

The Surprising Antidote For a Wound

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgIf you happen to fall down and injure yourself, according to football mantra, the best thing to do is to get back up and rub some dirt on the wound. But the arboreal alternative has been used for centuries by indigenous populations and by many in the natural health community.

Colin and Justin's Guide to Allergy-Friendly Christmas Decor

Colin & Justin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Who knew the humble Christmas tree could send you into allergenic meltdown? Or that an undusted festive bauble could ruin the party? Yup, it's fair to report that, during the holiday season, Canadians sneeze themselves into high orbit. Don't let your allergies ruin your season of giving; follow our guide to make it to the New Year with minimal sneezing and maximum fun.

Getting Dirty May Be Good for You

David Suzuki | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we've moved away from nature, we've seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing.

A Mistake That Could Have Been Deadly

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

I feel so terrible about something that I did last week. I didn't do it intentionally, believe me. In fact, I didn't even realize how bad my action was until just a few days ago. I am so very sorry for being selfish and thinking only of my son and not realizing how dangerous my actions were by allowing him to bring this granola bar with peanuts to school.

Bad Allergies? You Could Have Sinusitis

Dr. Allan Vescan | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Allan Vescan

Congestion, difficulty breathing, facial pain, and fatigue are all signs that allergy season is upon us...or so we think. For many Canadians, these symptoms indicate sinusitis rather than allergies. Differentiating between sinusitis and allergies can be difficult, but a visit to a doctor can lead to a diagnosis and proper treatment.

Understanding Gluten-Free Flours: An Infographic

Amanda Riva | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Amanda Riva

For a lot of people, one look at an aisles-worth of flour and flour alternatives is enough to have them turning their cart around and heading straight for the pre-made bakery goods or a fruit tray. Never fear! We've got them all listed for you in a neat little infographic.

The Sweeter Side of Going Gluten Free

Amanda Riva | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Living
Amanda Riva

If you're like us, you most look forward to the sweets at the end of a meal. Dessert makes everything better, even if it's just a small treat to pick ...

10 Things You Need To Know About Springtime Allergies

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Living

Tis the season to be snotty, itchy and sneezy. Springtime should be about warm weather and outdoor actives, but for some, it only means annoying a...

15 Allergy-Friendly Foods

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's hard enough to find foods your kids will eat, but if they have a food allergy (or someone at school does), it can seriously limit your culinary options -- not to mention, it makes grocery shopping a challenge. To ease your allergy pain, we've rounded up our 15 Food Allergy Savers.

Allergy Soothers For Little Ones

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.19.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Our kids are perfect. It's just that when they have runny noses and itchy eyes they don't always look or feel that way. To make sure they are at their best, we put together a list of allergy Soothers for you to look through. Here are some of our favourites...

Tips for Surviving the Dreaded Playdate

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Having kids means having playdates -- events for which there are no guidelines, and a lot of potential problems. Here are some basic rules for making it through a playdate with your bases covered, the little ones happy and best of all: your sanity.

Food Allergies A Serious Concern For Millions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - It doesn't take much to trigger a reaction in someone with a food allergy — ingesting a tiny piece of peanut or unknowingly eating pasta co...

Peanut-Controlled Zones Created At Toronto Blue Jay Games

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays are providing fans with peanut allergies a little relief this season.The baseball club will offer a peanut controlled ...

Warm Winter Could Spell Allergy Woes

CBC | Posted 05.12.2012 | Canada Living

As spring approaches, long-suffering allergy patients are likely wondering when their hacking, coughing and itchy-eyed sneezing will begi...

Coping With Food Sensitivities: Tips From A Holistic Nutritionist

The Huffington Post Canada | Karen Kwan | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada Living

Susie can't have gluten. Diane, no dairy. Jennifer, well, there seems to be more foods she can't eat than she can. These days, it seems more common...

Is the Nutrition Label Misleading You?

Theresa Albert | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

The government regulates the information on the label, right? But there are things you need to know about what's missing or misleading on a food label that could be affecting your health.