Welcome to our award-winning food allergy website. The Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board - or BAAAB - was founded in 2007. Our mission is to promote education, awareness, and provide no-cost medical care & medication to families with severely allergic children nationwide. 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.
A 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Award Nominee. Food allergies are one of the fastest growing public health concerns in the United States, and there is no known cure. Food allergy expert and advocate Mireille Schwartz is severely allergic and anaphylactic. Because Schwartz has struggled since childhood with this life-threatening challenge, she knows firsthand how to help families survive and thrive with the many difficult consequences their loved ones face. (Basic Health Publications)
MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES
The incidence of food allergy is highest in young children, 1 in 17 among those under age 3. About 3 million children in the U.S. have food allergies. Yet our local schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and other public places still need to collaborate with food allergic individuals to develop an action plan we can all LIVE with!
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.