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November 14, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
For Eric and Sharon Zitaner, encountering a language barrier while traveling abroad this summer could have been more than inconvenient. It could have been life-threatening. The New York couple took their two daughters on vacation in Israel. The problem: Jenna, 11, is allergic to peanuts, lentils, tree nuts and chickpeas. Kailey, 10, has to avoid gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and barley. Although Eric is reasonably fluent in Hebrew, he didn't want to risk being misunderstood.
July 12, 2009 | Jen Leo
Do your allergies (or your child's) make it challenging for you to travel abroad? helps liberate travelers who have food allergies and other health concerns. What's hot: If you are a traveler who has a food allergy, you can order a translation card that lets restaurant servers and store clerks -- really, anyone who has a hand in serving you food -- know that there's an issue. The site offers cards in more than 25 languages.
January 23, 2006 | Rosie Mestel
Starting Jan. 1, food labels must also state, in plain English, whether the item contains any of eight foods that are behind 90% of the known food allergies suffered by an estimated 11 million Americans -- milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The change is the result of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 2004, and is aimed at clarifying which foods contain potentially dangerous substances.
September 5, 2010 | By Lori Grossman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Traveling can be tough enough, but if you or other family members suffer from food allergies, hitting the road can be a nightmare. About 4% of adults and up to 8% of children younger than 4 have allergies to various foods and additives, according to the Mayo Clinic, so planning is key. Here are some ways you can cope: Be prepared: Take extra doses of self-injectable epinephrine and antihistamines. If you're flying, carry a signed letter from your physician explaining the need for the medication and have your pharmacy's label on the bottle or box. Call the airline: If you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, ask about peanut-free flights.
April 5, 2009 | Rosemary McClure; Leslie Anne Wiggins; Mary Forgione; Tim Hubbard
Bulbs galore and a view Stroll down a gently winding mountain garden path and see thousands of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips in bloom at the Daffodil Garden in Running Springs, Calif. The 5-acre private garden, open to the public through April 12 (Easter), is the handiwork of Alma Gene and Dale Bauer, who have planted more than 1 million bulbs on the property in the last 50 years. Paths lead to eight sitting and viewing areas overlooking the San Bernardino Valley.
April 12, 2010
Thanks for the article on food allergies ["My Turn: Food allergies are answer to medical mystery,"] April 5. I've been suffering from spontaneous hives for the past 10 years. I take a very powerful antihistamine, which helps, but what I've found to be at the root of this problem is severe allergy to palm oil and sunflower oil, which are added to food and cosmetic products. Many years of wandering aimlessly in the grip of the knowledgeable medical profession wasn't too helpful — except for needing my prescription filled for my antihistamine.
October 21, 2007
Q: I am throwing a dinner party for my husband's 40th in less than a week, and I have hired a private chef to cook an amazing five-course meal in our home. The menu is set, and each dish is one of my husband's favorites. Yesterday, a friend's wife e-mailed me to say that she is allergic to cow's milk and nuts. She also claims that she is intolerant to gluten and wheat. I know that she's lying because I saw her eating a Gruyere grilled cheese at Campanile last month!
September 2, 2012
How could Christopher Reynolds leave Claire's on Cedros out of his article on San Diego's North County ["More Than Just a Pretty Place," Aug. 19]? I love that restaurant with its eco-friendly construction, its attention to patrons with food allergies, its pet-friendly back patio and its fab food. The article didn't mention how easy it is to get to a lot of these attractions he listed. With the Coaster (coastal rail), the Sprinter (inland rail) and the buses, you don't need a car. Lisa Martinez San Pedro :: Reynolds missed a fabulous place in Escondido that we just discovered: Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum (just off Interstate 15)
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