Bug of the Month: Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac

Common and Technical Names: Poison Ivy: Toxicodendron rydbergii Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum Poison Sumac: Toxicodendron vernix Plant Identification: see this link: Cornell Poisonous Plants Information Database) What it is: Allergic reaction to urushiol oil from the poison ivy/oak/sumac leaves. The rhyme “leave three let them be!” can help kids remember to avoid clusters of … [Read more...]

Finding A Doctor When Sick Away From Home

Never say never. One of these days it will happen, guaranteed. You will be on the trip of a life time, the very trip you’ve been planning for months, when suddenly you hear that poorly timed comment “Mom, I’m not feeling so great”. You’ll freeze and immediately think: “this can’t be happening!” We learned first hand just how paralyzing it can feel to have sickness strike on vacation just a few … [Read more...]

Understanding family & friends food allergies

I’ve always been sensitive to food allergies having had friends whose children have had all sorts of allergies. We’d adjust menus and restaurants to make sure everyone is safe and happy without blinking ann eye. I didn’t realize just to what extent not everyone understands the importance of being so flexible and understanding until I began my journey into gluten-free living a bit over a year ago … [Read more...]

Setting A Good Example For Our Kids

How do you deal with medical “stuff” - tests, news, appointments? Some of us are laid back while others get anxious and uptight. For many, it depends on the circumstance. One thing we can count on, though, our kids will mirror their responses to “medical stuff” after us...a point I don’t think we consider enough, as recent celebrity headlines well illustrate. Take the situation of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s … [Read more...]