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Welcome to the OASG

A place for parents, family & friends of children with allergies

Mission Statement

Welcome to the Ottawa Anaphylaxis Support Group home page. This volunteer group is dedicated to individuals or families affected by allergies and anaphylaxis - a life-threatening allergic reaction. Our mandate is to share anaphylaxis-related information and promote allergy awareness in and around the greater Ottawa area.

The support group (contact: Karen Eck) is primarily the first line of support for anaphylactic individuals or families. The group holds regular meetings to provide opportunities for both formal discussion and informal get-togethers.

 Culinary Nutrition programs

General NewsAre you interested in accessing Culinary Nutrition programs? If so, you might want to talk to Sandra Bruton, a holistic nutrition student with her first-year culinary papers.

Sandra has a number of programs targeted at teaching you how to cook and how to rid your kitchen of the allergens you are avoiding.

Her programs provide recipes for all occasions, as well as cooking classes for you and your family, groups of children, or groups of parents. For your convenience she can come to your home to teach and go over her plans.

For more info, please see her brochure!

Posted by keck on Wednesday, November 03 @ 20:51:59 EDT (1273 reads)
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 New book: The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

Allergy Research ArticlesThere is a new book out called The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic, by Heather Fraser.

Published by Innovation Press (2010), The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic pinpoints the precise moment of the allergy’s appearance and describes the perfect storm of social, medical, political and economic factors from which it has grown.

To learn more about the book:

Note: Heather will have copies of her book for sale at the OASG meeting.

Posted by keck on Sunday, April 25 @ 20:33:36 EDT (1575 reads)
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 AAIA Triple A Run/Walk in Ottawa!

Notes from Karen's DeskOn May 1, 2010, there will be a Triple A Run/Walk fundraiser race at Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa!

People of all ages will be coming together to support their friends and family with allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis by participating in the annual Triple A Run/Walk.

Race details:

  • Where: Tunney's Pasture, Parkdale Ave., Ottawa
  • Date: Saturday, May 1
  • Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Races: 10k walk, 10k run, 5k walk, 5k run, 2k Family Scamper
  • Entertainment: bouncy castle, face painting, a cheerleading team and possibly the Ottawa Sens mascot... lots of fun things for kids and parents!

To sign up: Running Room website

For more information: AAIA Triple A Run/Walk page

Important note: The registration fees increase after April 24, so sign up now!

More than 12 million Canadians currently suffer from allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis. This annual fundraiser, hosted by the Allergy/Asthma Information Association (AAIA), is celebrating its sixth year with the addition of Ottawa to the list of race locations, made possible by the generous support of principal sponsor, King Pharmaceuticals Canada, distributor of EpiPen® epinephrine auto-injectors.

"The Triple A Run/Walk helps to raise awareness about allergy, anaphylaxis and asthma," according to Mary Allen, CEO, AAIA. "Food allergies and asthma greatly affect the quality of life for thousands of children and adults and can be life-threatening. There is no cure; avoidance of triggers and preventative strategies are the key to good health."

Proceeds from the event will go to support allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis research and education.

Last year, the AAIA raised $20,000 for the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation and the organization hopes to match or exceed that amount again this year.

Hope to see you there!

Posted by keck on Wednesday, April 21 @ 21:43:19 EDT (1642 reads)
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 Introducing... Mangia Cookies!

Notes from Karen's DeskThe OASG’s Manji G. has started her own company called Mangia Cookies!

The cookies that she sells are pre-formed, frozen unbaked cookies that are free of dairy, eggs and peanuts.

We got to taste some of them at our November meeting and they are awesome. You would never know they were free of all those pesky allergens!

Details about the cost, ingredients, etc. can be found on her website.

You can contact her directly by email or by phone at 613.355.2467.

Posted by keck on Thursday, December 03 @ 20:04:02 EST (4752 reads)
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 OASG's First Annual Hallowe'en Party a Spooktacular Success!

General News
From Susan Clemens, Party Organizer Extraordinaire and OASG Member:

The OASG had its First Annual Food-Free Family Halloween Party on Friday, October 30th at Immaculata High School.

I wanted to organize this event because I have received so much strength from gathering with other OASG members who are going through an experience similar to mine. I really wanted the OASG children to have that same benefit, if only a few times a year.

I was amazed at the outpouring of support from national and local businesses, especially given the economic climate and the recent allergy backlash articles in the press. Those businesses who provided some really lovely Hallowe'en prizes for the children are:

  • Allergic Living
  • Build A Bear-Bayshore Mall
  • City of Ottawa
  • Dyson Canada
  • East Side Mario’s
  • Here We Grow Again
  • LMNOP Toy Store
  • Loblaws - Carlingwood
  • Melon Head - Place d’Orleans
  • Mrs. Tiggywinkle’s - Place d’Orleans
  • Museum of Civilization
  • Museum of Nature
  • Ottawa Family Cinema
  • Ottawa Senators
  • RCMP
  • Saunders Farm
  • Scholar’s Choice
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Tiny Hoppers

I was also very grateful for the support of the administration and cleaning staff at Immaculata for allowing us to use their very well cleaned cafeteria to hold the party!

Posted by keck on Monday, November 16 @ 12:55:06 EST (1385 reads)
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 whyriskit.ca - Where Real Life and Allergies Collide

General NewsAnaphylaxis Canada has launched Why Risk It? , a site for Canadian youth at risk for anaphylaxis.


Aimed at teens and young adults with a food allergy or at risk for anaphylaxis, the intent of the website is to help people manage their allergies while living normally.

The team behind this website is Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). It consists of 15 food allergic participants from across Canada ranging from 14-24 years of age.

As the home page says...

"Get the facts, learn how to manage risks in difficult situations, like dating or dining out, and see how other teens have coped with their allergies. If you have had an allergic reaction or been in a tricky situation, you can use this site to share your experiences and help others avoid similar risks.

Risks are sometimes hard to avoid when trying to fit in or not stand out. But when it comes to anaphylaxis, even the smallest risk can lead to a potentially life-threatening reaction. In any situation where there is a chance of a reaction, there is really only one question to ask yourself… why risk it?"

Posted by keck on Thursday, June 04 @ 23:38:53 EDT (1535 reads)
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 New OASG poll about desensitization studies

Allergy Research Articles

In the recent past, there have been a number of studies carried out to see if children at risk of anaphylaxis can be helped to outgrow their food allergies, or at least be helped to tolerate trace amounts of their allergen.

Here is some info about the research:

So... would you allow your child to participate in such a study?

Let us know by answering our poll (top right of this page)!

Posted by keck on Monday, September 15 @ 11:08:06 EDT (1729 reads)
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 Finally... Food You Can Eat!

Notes from Karen's DeskShirley Plant, the Ottawa-based author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, and her business partner, Helen Niezgoda, will be special guests at the May 7 OASG meeting.

Finally… Food I Can Eat was published earlier this year, and has been getting a lot of very positive press. Shirley and Helen also have their own business called Delicious Alternatives.

On May 7, 2008, the Delicious Alternatives team will be presenting ideas on

  • substitution cooking
  • recipe conversion
  • rotation and elimination diets
  • organic food
  • food additives and preservatives
  • other helpful hints

Needing to go on a special diet plan, whether to lose weight, eat better or avoid foods due to allergies, intolerances or other health concerns, can be a difficult and frustrating task.

Delicious Alternatives specializes in menu planning, recipe creation/conversion and catering for people trying to deal with these issues. Through dietary consultations, they customize menu plans and recipes to meet an individual's needs and goals.

Their recommendations focus on healthy, natural, additive- and preservative-free cooking, customized to clients' lifestyle requirements.

Delicious Alternatives… helping you shed light on food allergies and food intolerances through healthy and creative eating.

Click here to go to the General Store Publishing House online store, where you can order "Finally… Food I Can Eat".

Click here to go to the CTV Regional Contact page, where you can find the segment about Shirley and her journey. (Scroll down to SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2008.)

Click here for more info about the May 7 OASG meeting.

Posted by keck on Tuesday, April 29 @ 21:33:05 EDT (2142 reads)
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 Kyle Dine available to give concerts in Ottawa in April

Notes from Karen's DeskKyle Dine, the Allergic Troubadour, will be available to give concerts at schools in Ottawa in April.

For more details about Kyle and his "You Must Be Nuts!" CD for kids with food allergies, go to his website.

For more details about the Ottawa concerts, see the Proposal Letter for Principals.

The dates that Kyle is available to give concerts in the Ottawa region are:

  • April 10-11
  • April 14-16
  • April 21-23
  • If you think your school would be interested, please pass the following materials on to your school principal (or the appropriate party):

  • Proposal Letter for Principals

  • Kyle Dine promo poster

  • Reference letter
  • For more info, please contact Kyle Dine.

    Posted by keck on Sunday, March 02 @ 22:57:30 EST (2015 reads)
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     CBC News documentary: Coping with Deadly Allergies

    General NewsIn October 2007, the OASG leader and her family were the focus of a CBC News documentary about living with severe food allergies.

    Click here to go to the CBC News: Sunday website, where you can view the documentary.

    Posted by keck on Saturday, March 01 @ 12:50:46 EST (1899 reads)
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    Has your allergic child ever been bullied because of his/her allergies?

    Yes - frequently
    Yes - occasionally
    Yes - but rarely


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