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Scent Allergy as a Disability – How to Navigate the Work Environment

Scent Allergy as a Disability – How to Navigate the Work Environment

A Changing Landscape We are in a period of history where awareness is the name of the game. Empathy is taking centre stage, and as a culture we are becoming more understanding of the needs of all of the different people who make up the fabric of our society – especially those who are marginalized or facing emotional and physical hardships. As incredible strides are made for the comfort and safety of all, new definitions are created. We ask ourselves – what constitutes a disability? Issues that are merely discomforts for some are now understood to be crippling...
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Allergies in the Media

Allergies in the Media

Earlier this year, Sony Pictures found itself mired in an unexpected controversy following the release of Peter Rabbit. In the film – in which Peter battles the hapless Tom McGregor for control of the latter’s garden – Peter discovers that his nemesis is deathly allergic to blackberries. He then uses blackberries as a weapon, firing them with a slingshot and causing an anaphylactic shock when he lands one in Tom McGregor’s mouth. Tom only survives because he manages to inject himself with an Epi-Pen before passing out. Peter Rabbit is nevertheless a children’s comedy in...
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The History of Food Allergy Treatments

The History of Food Allergy Treatments

These days, most Canadians have learned to be careful with their food. Allergy awareness has drastically increased in the past few decades, leading to warnings on food labels and restaurant menus that clearly indicate dishes that contain gluten, fish, or nuts.   It’s easy to see why our society has become more precautious. According to Food Allergy Canada, more than 2.6 million Canadians suffer from a food allergy, while fully half of all Canadians know someone with such an allergy. Whether you have to avoid eggs or be more careful when bringing treats to work, everyone...
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A Dad Learned That Food Allergies are No Joke

A Dad Learned That Food Allergies are No Joke

David used to think all the talk about allergies was overblown. He grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and while it’s not like he thought anyone was making things up, he wasn’t quite sure how school cafeterias had changed so much since he was a kid. That was before he had children of his own. When his daughter Anna was three, he had rushed to the hospital in a panic when she stopped breathing while eating a cookie. David was relieved when the doctors were able to save her life, but it still came as a bit of a shock when they told him she was allergic to...
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The History of Asthma Treatment in Canada

The History of Asthma Treatment in Canada

Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects approximately three million Canadians. The disease causes inflammation in the lungs and airways, and typically manifests with symptoms like wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. So how do doctors treat it? As early as 1896, Western doctors knew that allergies were strongly correlated with asthma. Our medical knowledge has improved in the decades since, but the general diagnostic principle remains the same. We know that allergies can trigger asthmatic symptoms. Identifying and avoiding common allergens like dust,...