1. Cook from scratch with organic, whole foods. The same industrial kitchen that makes peanut cookies for a national brand, also likely bakes chocolate brownies, creating opportunity for widespread cross-contamination. You can bet most processed conventional foods contain at least one genetically modified ingredient, too. The organic label gives us the best assurance of GMO-free foods, produced without synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
2. Keep notes. If your child experiences an adverse reaction within a couple of hours after eating a food, write down the food consumed, symptoms, and call your doctor. Avoid eating the suspect food again.
3. Keep your gut bacteria healthy. Both pre and probiotics can help "down-regulate" allergic response. (16)
4. Read food labels and contact manufacturers if you have questions about ingredients. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires food manufacturers to list the eight leading allergens their product contains. (17)
5. Be an advocate. Work with like-minded organizations to lobby for the labeling of genetically modified foods. Talk to your child's pediatrician, and educate teachers, relatives and friends' parents about food allergies. Ask for their help in keeping your child and the school environment safe. Most fatal anaphylactic reactions occur in school settings. (14) Be prepared, but know you are not alone on this journey!
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When Robyn O'Brien's daughter had a severe allergic reaction after eating her breakfast, the former financial analyst and now mother of four, did what she knows best: "follow the money." O'Brien started a business for parents and their allergic kids, and wrote a book exposing the financial relationships between big food, corrupt government, medical, and pharmaceutical industries. Whew!
O'Brien wants to amend our Food Allergy Labeling Act to include GMO labeling. (20) Me too!