Our award-winning Allergy Advisory Board - dubbed BAAAB - was founded in 2007. With strong connections and history with FAAN & FARE we are proudly in our 10th year of adhering to our mission: to promote education, awareness, and provide no-cost medical care & medication to families with severely allergic children. Eight foods, or “The Big 8”, account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. The fact is: food allergy is a growing public health concern in the United States. More than 12 million Americans have food allergies. That’s one in 25, or 4 percent of the population. The root cause of food allergy remains largely mysterious; though reasons for this are poorly understood, the prevalence of food allergy appears to be on the rise. Yet, food is everywhere: and our relationship to food needs to be healthy if we are to stay healthy.
Featured on The Discovery Channel
BAAAB Founder Mireille Schwartz is featured with her family in the Discovery Channel documentary "An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America". Narrated by Steve Carell, it explores the science of food allergy and what it's like to live with this disease. Schwartz also contributes to CNN Health, ABC7 News, KQED Radio & NPR, Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, and Allergic Living Magazine. She has also served on the Board of Directors for FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network). BAAAB Board members range from medical doctors to nurses, from school administrators to a Michelin star chef.
The answers parents need. Spot the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction • Navigate testing and diagnosis • Decipher ingredient labels, keeping an eye out for “hidden” allergens • Allergy-proof your whole home—not just the kitchen • Create an emergency kit and an allergy action plan • Make school a safe and enjoyable environment • Find lunchbox substitutions your kid will like • Deal with restaurants, playdates, birthday parties, holidays, and other group celebrations • Plan for safe travels— from summer camp to family getaways • And more!
MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES
The incidence of food allergy is highest in young children, 1 in 17 among those under age 3. Currently, more than 3 million children in the U.S. have food allergies.
Always carry your up-to-date rescue medication & auto-injector at all times. To address the growing problem of food allergies: there is a need for improved diagnostics and therapies, as well as up-to-date training for medical professionals. Beyond the Allergist's walls, broad community awareness and policy change at the state and national level are also necessary.