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Celebrate Every Day/Sherri’s Best List
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KEEP SINUS PROBLEMS AWAY by Dr. Eugene Hurwitz
Atlanta doctors answer your health questions
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from the publisher Celebrate Every Day The past few weeks have been a time for celebration and reﬂection. Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, a publication I started in 2001 and sold in 2005, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on August 17. When I walked through the door to that event, I began to reﬂect on my life as it was 10 years ago and all that had transpired in those 10 years. The years have been packed with life’s highs and lows…the success of Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, and now, Best Self, my amazing kids, friends and family—the lows...divorce and the loss of my mom. Overall the world has changed a lot! Ten years ago was before 9/11, social media, Smartphones, and the economic downturn. Oprah was still on TV! All of this made me think, wow, what will the next ten years have in store for this world, my children and for me? After feeling really overwhelmed for a minute, I quickly concluded the only thing I know for sure is change is in store. Overall, life is good and it is important to celebrate the good things in our lives every day. And with that said, I bring you My Best List. All the best
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My Best List La Fais Do Do-Event Facility This beautiful and unique New Orleans-inspired event facility is owned by my friend, Marie Andujar. Le Fais Do Do is a French term that literally means to “make sleep,” but in the Cajun culture, a fais do-do is a big party where dancing and festivities last long into the night. This facility is wonderful for weddings, proms, anniversaries and all kinds of events large and small. Located in the Chattahoochee/Howell Mill Industrial district with plenty of parking, it is a great place for whatever you are celebrating. Details: (404) 387-3027, www.lefaisdodo.com Whole Foods Market/Three Wishes Wine This is good wine at a great price! It is the Whole Foods Market version of Trader Joes’ Two Buck Chuck. It comes in three varieties: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is made from California grapes in environmentally friendly glass bottles. It costs around $3 a bottle and is perfect for any celebration. Details: www.wholefoodsmarket.com Arden’s Garden Detox After ‘celebrating,’ you may want to try The 2 Day Detox from Arden’s Garden. It is a unique blend of fresh juices that helps cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate your body. These fresh citrus juices supply you with minerals, antioxidants and more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of essential vitamins. Drink one gallon of detox each day – as much distilled water as desired – and remember, no food! If you take prescribed medication, please consult your doctor before consuming grapefruit juice. Details: www.ardensgarden.com
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from the editor What’s For Dinner? In 1826 the famed French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” This idea has morphed into the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but how true is this? With the rise in obesity and food-related illnesses, many consumers have begun to take a closer look at what’s on their plate and how it got there. Our Going Organic piece (p.29) aims to answer some of these questions and empower you to make healthier choices about your food. For those who not only worry about pesticides in their food, but also about allergic reactions, our Living with Food Allergies piece (p.43) shines a light on food allergies and how to treat them. If you are cooking for yourself or for others, improve your skills by stopping by Hal’s Kitchen (p.74) for a lesson in the culinary arts. Finally, expand your skills beyond the kitchen, by checking out the rest of our fun classes in Best Finds (p.16). Whether you are eating in or dining out, breaking bread with friends and family can make enjoying your food all the more fun. Happy reading!
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COMING IN OCTOBER Best Self Atlanta welcomes Oprah and team to Atlanta! Special distribution: Our October Issue will be inside the gift bags at the O You! event. Feature: Women’s Health-2011A-Z Women’s Health Resource Directory An assessment of your health and guidelines to improve it & spotlight on breast cancer Our Guide to O You! Don’t miss out on this fabulous event with Oprah Winfrey Best Finds The best in hair treatments, services and products Best Cause, Best Fun, Best Events & More. PLUS... tons of resources to help you look and feel your best!
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An Artful Event Going Green Eating vegetables isn’t always some people’s favorite choice, but drinking them may be better. The Everything Juicing Book contains 150 recipes for you to juice your vegetables (and fruits) into healthy, tasty drinks. In addition to getting your recommended daily doses, juicing is a fun and simple process that’s sure to resonate with your family and friends. Choose from a variety of different recipes to help you get more greens into your diet. $10.49
If you are looking for unique gifts for friends or want to purchase some new décor for your home, stop by the Annual Atlanta Arts Festival. This event will take place at Piedmont Park, September 17-18 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will feature jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, leather goods, metal and more. Other fun events include art demonstrations and live music. Details: Piedmont Park, 10th Street Meadow, 1320 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA, (770) 941-9660, www.atlantaartsfestival.com
Details: Barnes & Noble, 2900 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, www.adamsmediastore.com
A Sweet Treat With a new location in the Virginia-Highlands and a relaxing vibe, Sugarcoat nail and beauty bar is ready to treat your hands and feet to the pampering service they deserve. The 1,600 square-foot interior includes a front room for manicures and pedicures and a back room for private parties. This location also offers waxing, massages and luxury facials. Indulge in a relaxing mani/pedi or make it a girl’s night out with a few friends. Details: 1062 St. Charles Ave., Atlanta, GA, (404) 249-0013, www.sugarcoatbeauty.com
Keep your food fresh with a lunch bag that can stay cold for up to 10 hours without ice! PackIt is a freezable, foldable lunch bag that is ideal for anyone to use. Simply put the bag in the freezer and ﬁll it with treats in the morning. The gel-lining keeps food tasting its best throughout the day. Best of all, it is PVC/lead free, non-toxic and reusable. PackIt also has a wine cooler bag that is ideal for keeping bottles chilled.
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Prostate Screening September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Cholesterol Awareness Month. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will recognize both by holding a cholesterol screening ($10) on September 8 and a free PSA screening on September 14. Call to schedule your appointment. After you check your cholesterol, come to a free seminar on September 20 for tips and best practices to lower your cholesterol and keep it low. Northside Hospital will also be offering a free prostate cancer screening on September 20 by appointment only from 6-8 p.m. Details: Emory-Adventist,(770) 319-2025, or Northside Hospital Cancer Center, (404) 845-5555, ext. ‘0’ BEST SELF ATLANTA
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Blissful Rejuvenation Cool Deals If you’re looking for a one-stop shop to ﬁnd and enroll in the latest health classes and programs around the city, then the newly launched Cooleaf is the website for you. Based on your budget, interests and location, this website will allow you to pursue a healthier lifestyle in the convenience of your home. Pick classes and programs “a la carte” from some of Atlanta’s top-rated health clubs, yoga/pilates studios, personal trainers, boot camps, and alternative health care providers. Details: www.cooleaf.com
Detoxifying your body has never been easier with Exhale Spa’s new Hammam Body Therapy. Hammam is a Turkish bathing method that relaxes the body while dispensing of its toxins through moist and ambient heat. The therapy starts with a warm fullbody wash that softens skin, followed by a two-step exfoliation scrub process on heated hammam stone. It ends with a cool water body rinse accompanied by aromatherapy. $110 for a 30-minute treatment. Details: (404) 720-5000, www.exhalespa.com
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Plank, an eco-friendly yoga line, also makes unique yoga mats including The Cobra Mat. This mat is made from extremely durable, non-slip neoprene that provides just the right amount of cushioning while you are breaking a sweat. This green product is perfect for the beginning yoga student or the professional. The green grass motif adds a touch of the outdoors while you practice your routine. $85
Join some of Atlanta’s best chefs at the second annual Sunday Supper South on October 23. The culinary stars will come together to prepare a magniﬁcent southern charity dinner at the Westside Provisions District (1170 Howell Mill Road) railroad tracks beneﬁtting the James Beard Foundation. Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, restaurant owners and executive chefs, will host the family style dinner.
Details: VETTED boutique, (404) 228.4279, www.vettedatlanta.com, www.plankdesigns.com
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Get This Party Started Come out to celebrate Green Street Properties’ 10th anniversary with their “Party at Ponce” event at Ponce City Market complete with music, food and fun activities on October 1. Atlanta’s own Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins will headline the concert, while guests enjoy light bites from Rathbun’s, Bacchanalia, Restaurant Eugene, Yeah! Burger and many more. The event will also include guided tours of Ponce City Market and will beneﬁt Georgia Organics and the Atlanta BeltLine. Ticket information is available at www.empiretickets.com
Details: (404) 365-0410 ext. 22, www.sundaysuppersouth.com
Hot Blogs There is a blog for just about any topic out there! Recommend your favorite blog at: email@example.com Check out Best Self’s blog and hear from our staff as we bring you our fun experiences, advice from health experts, new products and exciting events from around the city. Details: www.bestselfconnect.com/blog Here is a recommendation from a loyal Best Self reader Michelle B.: Beauty Blog by Ms. Toi Nikkeve Toi is a local beauty blogger that focuses on healthy beauty tips and natural beauty product reviews. Details: www.beautyblogbymstoi.com
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Fans of Cirque du Soleil can now replicate the experiences seen on stage with this one-hour introductory aerial silks course. Fly, twist, twirl and take your body to new heights in this beginner-level class at the Sky Gym for only $20. With a class size of just six, you’ll be up in the air in no time. After taking the introductory class you’ll then be eligible for two more classes or the Beginner’s Course. Details: Atlanta (404) 371-8997; (404) 309-9696 Kennesaw (770) 794-1575, www.aerialsilksatlanta.com
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By now you probably know that the Atlanta skyline is a beautiful thing. What you probably don’t know is how to capture it in an oil painting. That’s where John Guernsey comes in. With a six-week oil painting course on Monday mornings starting September 12, he’ll teach you some important skills about painting an expressive landscape. The hands-on course will go over the importance of composition and color mixing. By the end of the class, you’ll have your own masterpiece to take home. Details: The Art School in Sandy Springs, (678) 755-1079, www.theartschoolinsandysprings.com
Basics of Edible Gardening is a one-time class at the Atlanta Botanical Garden that will teach you the fundamentals of growing your own garden fresh foods in a lowmaintenance, low chemical environment. You’ll learn about soil prep, bed layouts, crop rotations and more in the two-hour session on September 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class is taught by the Botanical Garden’s own horticulturist and is $29 ($24 for members). For more classes to reﬁne your green thumb make sure to visit the website. Details: (404) 876-5859, www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org SEPTEMBER 2011
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Unleash your sultry side on the dance ﬂoor with weekly salsa classes. Come with or without a partner and learn the Latin art form from the pros at Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta. Choose from two different locations (Midtown and Duluth). There are weekly classes, special events and so much more. Beginners are welcome. Details: Atlanta (404) 897-5556; Duluth (678) 417-7555, www.myballroomdanceclub.com
Jessica Shops Pick of the Month Fun Classes for a Fraction Looking for a way to get creative, stay cool, spend time with friends or all of the above? You’re in luck! I’ve found some of Atlanta’s most fun classes and scored some exclusive deals just for you. First on the list is Dance 101 (Dance101.org, (404) 542-3887), an exercise concept studio, which applies the art of dance to ﬁtness for adults. Save on any eight classes for $90 to be used within a year (a $70 savings!). From jazz to ballet, samba and more, classes are open so drop in anytime! Next, nurture your inner designer by creating bracelets, baubles and more at Brina Beads (BrinaBeads.com, (404) 816-8230) with a buy one, get one half off class deal (good for three months, must book by November 1). Finally, get out of that makeup rut and into a Fall Trends Makeup Class at Authentic Beauty (MyImageJourney.com, (404) 8490443). Save $5 off of any one class or get a free eye or lip pencil to complete your new look. Mention “JessicaShops for Best Self” to receive all deals. Take a lesson in savings and have some fun! Jessica Dauler For more info go to www.bestselfconnect.com For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com
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Binders isn’t just a great art supply store, it also offers interesting classes such as Calligraphy One: Italic with Anne Elser. This often sought after font style is perfect for wedding invitations and design, and you’ll be able to execute it in just six sessions. Drawing these letters is about developing rhythm and pace, and the italics will add a nice touch for beginners while still challenging advanced writers. $190
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Take a hike! Spend a day in the outdoors exploring a trail without worrying about lunch. This one-day cooking class on September 11 with Chef Michele Phillips will teach you how to make nutritious, tasty meals for the next trek you take in the wilderness whether alone or with friends. Create salads, hummus and pita chips and even oatmeal dessert bars to be savored during the hike and used on your way down. Visit The Cook’s Warehouse for more inspirational cooking classes. Details: (800) 499-0996, www.cookswarehouse.com
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Join us for our Open House - Thursday, September 15 from 5-8pm to meet Marianna Kovitch DMD and neighboring chiropractor, Alan Beckerman DC Call 404.262.7733 to RSVP!
Dina J. Giesler, DDS, MAGD
Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is a family-oriented practice with expertise in cosmetic dentistry and wellness. Dr. Dina Giesler is a Master Dentist of the Academy of General Dentistry, a very high distinction achieved by less than one percent of dentists. She received the 2004 and 2010 Atlanta Magazine, Top Dentist Award and is a member of the ADA, GDA and the AACD. Dr. Marianna Kovitch completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia and has recently joined the practice. Both share the same philosophy in conservative treatment along with passion of health, nutrition and wellness.
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1 pound lean ground beef or turkey ¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons well drained, ﬁnely chopped sun dried tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil ½ cup shredded, part skim mozzarella cheese 4 whole wheat or multi-grain hamburger rolls split, grilled or toasted if desired 4 romaine or Boston lettuce leaves
Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 356 Calories from fat: 133 Total fat: 15g Monounsaturated fat: 6g Cholesterol: 68mg Sodium: 548mg Total Carbohydrates: 27g Dietary ﬁber: 4g Protein: 30g Serves: 4 *TIP: Feel free to substitute for any olives
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bestfun Explore new ways to get more out of life Going Glamping By Jeyme Colodne Being a city girl at heart, the idea of camping often conjures up images of largerthan-life bugs, wild animals roaming about and mosquito-ridden tents. While I don’t argue that the merits of being in the great outdoors can be a wonderful way to appreciate nature, there was no way you could convince me to go into the wilderness unless it involved being inside a camper, complete with working toilet and air conditioning. Aiming to give people the best of both worlds, North Georgia Canopy Tours created modern teepees that offer a new way to sleep under the stars and enjoy glamping, (a new term being used for upscale camping). These luxury canvas teepees come fully equipped with comfortable beds, white cedar log furniture, air conditioning, lighting and electrical outlets. Feel close to nature but not far from your iPhone, enjoy roasting marshmallows outside, then retreat to the comfort of your air conditioned teepee – now this type of camping I could get use to! These teepees can accommodate a variety of guests and include the couple-sized 18’ Deer Teepee which sleeps two, the family-sized 22’ Dream Catcher Teepee which sleeps up to ﬁve and the group 26’ Hickory Teepee which sleeps up to 10. Located in Lula, GA, North Georgia Canopy Tours offers much more than just glamping. If soaring through the trees sounds appealing to you, let guides Steven and Jesina take you on a zip line tour you’ll never forget. Whether you opt for the two-hour Sky Bridge Tour or the three-hour Adventure Tour, you are sure to have a good time. If you are a newbie when it comes to zip lining, don’t worry as you’ll go through some basic training before you head out to the trees. If you want more of a rustic camping experience, there are also 15 sites available for those who prefer to pitch their own tent. As for me, I’ll be hanging out inside my teepee! Details: (770) 869-7272, www.NorthGeorgiaCanopyTours.com
From the producers of Menopause the Musical comes a new hit, Motherhood the Musical by author and songwriter, Sue Fabisch. Debuting from September 22 – November 20, this show is a must-see for anyone who is a mom or knows a mom-to-be. It delves into the joys and perils of motherhood with a few funny twists along the way. The Marcus Autism Center has been selected as the ofﬁcial primary charity of the Atlanta Motherhood the Musical engagement. To support Marcus Autism Center, the event is offering a special $5 discount with the code “MARCUS” and $2 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Marcus Autism Center. Details: (404) 733-5000, www.woodruffcentertickets.org
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Sound of Music If you’ve never experienced Music Midtown, (its last show was back in 2005), now is your chance because it’s back and better than ever! The Meadow at Piedmont Park will be overrun with music lovers on Saturday, September 24 as this festival favorite makes its return. Music Midtown will host bands including Coldplay, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra, Young The Giant, Band of Skulls, Joy Formidable, and more. Music isn’t the only reason to come out, as a portion of the proceeds from Music Midtown 2011 will go toward funding recreation centers and after-school activities for young people in the city as part of Mayor Reed’s Centers of Hope initiative. General admission tickets are $55 and VIP is $250.
Photo courtesy: North Georgia Canopy Tours (top)
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What can cause brown spots to appear on your skin?
When considering what causes brown spots, you must take into consideration the different types of pigment: Lentigos, also commonly known as “sun spots,” are caused by the sun. Melasma is usually caused by hormones or pregnancy. Hyperpigmentation, (brown patches), can be caused by medications, chemicals or previous trauma. What can you do if these spots appear? An SPF 30 sunscreen used daily is the foundation of any treatment regimen. Prescription skin lighteners and medical-grade cosmetic product lines are also available to complete your clearer and healthier skin program. Specialized treatments designed to lessen the appearance of brown spots are available. If you need help deciding which treatment option is right for your skin, follow up with your dermatologist to customize a plan best suited for you.
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Hepatitis vaccines are very important. Hepatitis A and B are very preventable forms of illness and their prevalence has decreased in society since the introduction of these vaccines. There are currently two available vaccines. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three shots, and it is usually started shortly after the birth of a baby in this country, with booster shots given at one and six months later. Hepatitis A is acquired many times through the consumption of contaminated food or water. It is primarily transmitted via the fecal-oral route. This vaccine is given in two doses and can be given to children as young as one year old. While the illness is usually self-limited and will resolve in time, it can be very difﬁcult to endure and possibly life threatening to patients with other liver impairment, or to elderly or sickly patients.
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Anemia is a decrease in the number of red blood cells occurring when there is an inadequate amount of iron in the body to make hemoglobin. Anemia can be caused by a number of different conditions, including bleeding in the digestive tract, heavy menstrual periods and sickle cell disease. Some with anemia have no signs while others experience symptoms including headache, weakness, fatigue and irritability. Occasionally people experience shortness of breath and a rapid heartbeat.
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Can snacking between meals cause weight gain?
Snacking between meals can cause people to gain weight if they make poor choices. However, snacking all by itself will not directly lead to weight gain. Successful snacking requires planning. Having healthy options available to you such as fruit, vegetables or nuts is very important. Next, ﬁgure out how many calories are in your snack. A healthy snack such as almonds can quickly turn into 500 calories if you aren’t careful about portion size.
How can the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be eliminated?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms typically present as numbness, tingling and pain in the hands. The application of a wrist splint at night may help ease this discomfort. Repetitive activities such as typing may aggravate the symptoms, which may include ﬁnger tip numbness and tingling and hand pain with possible cramping. Making ergonomic changes at the workstation can help, as well as taking frequent breaks from repetitive activities. Occasional use of over the counter antiinﬂammatory drugs may help with aches and pains (consult with your physician before starting anti-inﬂammatory drugs). If this fails to resolve the symptoms, a consultation with a hand surgeon is recommended.
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bestcause Adopt a Golden Atlanta Dedicated to ﬁnding good homes for loyal canines By Sarah E. King
Upcoming Adopt a Golden Atlanta events: Adoption Days – Held the ﬁrst Sunday of each month at The Pet Set, 2480 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 Goldenrama – Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the ﬁeld at Concourse Ofﬁce Park. Come celebrate your golden retriever with more than 600 people and 250 goldens. The Golden Gala – Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Buckhead. Learn about Adopt a Golden and enjoy a night of ﬁne food and Atlanta’s largest silent auction.
There is nothing quite like the love and loyalty of a dog, and in this day and age, we all could use a little extra support. Before heading to a breeder or pet store to ﬁnd your new best friend, try looking at Adopt a Golden Atlanta, a non-proﬁt, volunteer organization dedicated to ﬁnding homes for golden retrievers. Currently standing as the fourth largest golden retriever rescue in the country, Adopt a Golden Atlanta rescues more than 400 pups a year, ranging from ages six weeks to 13 years old. The organization, founded by Atlanta resident Lauren Genkinger, is the product of a large need for help, as well as a love for this friendly and popular breed (Genkinger owns four golden retrievers herself). “Atlanta has always had two golden rescues. One was failing in 2003, and at the time, I was on the board of the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA),” Genkinger says. “We had too many goldens that were being abandoned for one organization to help. I decided to create an organization to compliment GRRA, which is now our sister company. We sponsor rescues for people who already own a golden retriever who may have to get rid of their dog, and take them in before they go to a shelter. GRRA rescues the goldens once they go to a shelter.” Genkinger, now president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, says the biggest thing she wants the public to understand about the organization is “you can adopt a pure bred golden retriever without needing to go to a breeder.”
The rescued dogs come from a number of backgrounds: some are left behind when owners move, others are abandoned because their owners can no longer afford animal medical care. Sadly, some are simply abandoned because they are deemed too old. Regardless of the age or medical care needed, Adopt a Golden Atlanta ensures each rescue receives a comprehensive evaluation, spay or neuter services, behavioral services, and veterinary care. Of course, this kind of love and care requires devout volunteers, as well as ﬁnancial support. The organization has a large need for foster families to house and learn about the rescued goldens, before a permanent home is found. Even $10 of ﬁnancial support goes a long way, which pays for a vaccine. To learn more ways to get involved, or to ﬁnd your next loyal furry friend, visit: www.adoptagoldenatlanta.com.
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“There are so many unwanted goldens and just to bring awareness to the fact you can get a pure bred from a rescue, it’s a huge cause. Many are trained, and there are no behavior problems,” Genkinger says. “And it’s about the people, too. The ﬁrst golden we took in was from a soldier being deployed to Iraq and didn’t want to send his best friend to a shelter. It’s about the people and the dogs. We are trying to help people who love their dogs, and trying to make another family happy as well.”
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Going Organic By Neal McSpadden
Unless you have not been in a grocery store in the past decade, you no doubt have noticed the explosion in popularity of organic foods. Billed as better for you and better for the environment, consumers are shelling out big bucks to buy organic. But, what is organic food? Is it really better for you or just the latest food fad that will be forgotten in a few more years?
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What is Organic Food? In order for a food product to be labeled as ‘organic,’ the farmer who grew the food must be certiﬁed as following the standards set forth by the National Organic Program (NOP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program was created by a law passed in 1990. What surprises many is that the organic certiﬁcation has nothing to do with the food itself. The certiﬁcation only ensures that the farmer is following practices set forth by the NOP.
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“Federal agencies, usually the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug Administration, regulate what claims companies can make about their food,” explains Alice Rolls, the director at Georgia Organics. ‘Certiﬁed Organic’ is the most strictly enforced, and is the best bet for getting the healthiest, most natural, and chemical free food.” According to the Food Marketing Institute website (FMI.org), “‘Organic’ refers to how the food is produced. The food must be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity - two key elements of environmentally sustainable agriculture.” For example, if a farmer is growing spinach that he wants to sell as ‘organic,’ he must rotate his crops from season to season. He must also not use synthetic materials like pesticides, except for a long list of materials deemed safe by the USDA or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The farmer must work to increase soil fertility over time by planting other species that will help prevent erosion and bring nutrients back into the soil.
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In essence, food grown organically (which might be a better term than organic food) is food that is grown in the same way that farmers grew food before the so-called “green revolution” of the 1950s and 1960s that ushered in synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. “Organic food is tastier, chemical free, and grown by a farmer using natural methods that beneﬁt your health and the environment,” Rolls says.
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Organic vs. Natural Walk into any supermarket and right next to certiﬁed organic foods will be foods labeled as “natural” or “hormone-free.” What do these labels mean and how are they different from organic? The short answer is that organic is the most stringently regulated, while the others are less so. Don’t confuse them with the term ‘organic.’ Only foods that are grown and processed according to USDA organic standards can be labeled organic. • Natural Foods: According to the FDA, “Natural foods are processed without preservatives or additives, but may have been grown with the use of pesticides or other conventional methods.” The FDA regulates the term ‘natural’ only as it applies to added color, synthetic substances, and ﬂavors. • Organic: To use the term “organic” on a food package, farmers and manufacturers must verify through an independent auditing agency that production processes have met all the organic guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA-certiﬁed organic produce comes from farms that have refrained from using synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and genetically modiﬁed seeds for at least three years. • Hormone-free: this means no hormones (like bovine growth hormone) or antibiotics were unnaturally given to the animal. The USDA-certiﬁed organic label cannot contain any artiﬁcial hormones.
What are the Health Beneﬁts? So if the organic label has nothing to do with the food being sold, but more the practices of how it was grown, why should you buy it? Supporters of organic food claim that the fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats that result from these practices taste better and are better for you. The claimed health beneﬁts of organic food falls into two categories. The ﬁrst is that organic food has more nutrients than conventionally grown food. The second is that organic food is free of pesticides, and that exposure to these pesticides is harmful over time. Whichever school of thought you agree with, it seems as though many consumers are getting savvier about this idea and making a choice to cook and eat in places that serve up organic dishes. This is evident through the increase in popularity of farmers’ markets as well as restaurants who are disclosing more about the produce they use on their menus. “People have become more health conscious and concerned about consuming synthetic products used on their foods,” notes Chris Hadermann, of Milton’s restaurant which has three acres of farmland on the restaurant grounds where they grow the fresh vegetables that are used in their dishes. “Because we use only natural products in our soil and plants while they are growing, the produce itself is healthier.” It seems that people are now demanding healthier food in their kitchens as well as in the restaurants they frequent. “As we learn more about the importance of food for our health—that we are, literally, what we eat —and understand the scientiﬁc justiﬁcation for this, people will continue to demand cleaner, better whole foods,” says Executive Chef Linton Hopkins owner of Restaurant Eugene, which uses organic ingredients in its menu items. The FDA regulates whether health claims can be made on food packaging or not, like whether broccoli can help prevent cancer. In order to approve a claim like that, the FDA requires scientiﬁc studies to be done showing such a beneﬁt. To date there have not been any studies that really prove that organic food is better for you, but industry experts are working on it. In 2009, a research survey was presented at the EcoFarm summit by Dr. Charles Benbrook of The Organic Center comparing vitamin and mineral levels of foods grown in the same place at the same time: one set organic, one set conventional. These studies were repeated in multiple places with diﬀerent crops, and the nutrient levels of each set were recorded. The results were that organic foods were higher in concentration for about two thirds of the vitamins and minerals tested. The conventional foods were higher in protein, nitrates, and about one third of vitamins and minerals. In those vitamins and minerals that were higher in the conventional foods, the diﬀerences were small, less than 10%. In those vitamins and minerals that were higher in organic foods, the diﬀerences were typically much larger, usually 20% or more. It turns out that the application of synthetic, high-nitrogen fertilizers for conventional foods does increase plant growth but does not increase the nutrition of the plants. So conventional farmers get higher yields (more tomatoes for example), but those extra tomatoes don’t have any more nutrition in them. You’d have to eat more conventional tomatoes to get the same nutrition as you’d get from www.bestselfconnect.com
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2011 Organic Shopping Guide Peachtree Road Farmers Market Cathedral of St. Phillip 2744 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, 30305 (404) 365-1078 www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com
Sweet Auburn Curb Market 209 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30303 (404) 659-1665 www.sweetauburncurbmarket.com
Your DeKalb Farmers Market 3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, 30030 (404) 377-6400 www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com
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Bocado 887 Howell Mill Road NE, Atlanta, 30318 (404) 815-1399 www.bocadoAtlanta.com
Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand 489 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, 30316 (404) 474-9651 www.thesausagestand.com
Erawan Organic Thai Restaurant 7537 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 30350 (770) 399-3033 www.besterawan.com
EVOS 5590 Roswell Road Ste. 140, Atlanta, 30342 (404) 252-4022 www.evos.com
Farm Burger 410B W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, 30030 (404) 378-5077 www.farmburger.net
Nectar 1365 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 30033 (404) 633-4400 www.nectarfoods.net
Sawicki’s 250 West Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, 30030 (404) 377-0992 www.sawickisfoods.com
Restaurant Eugene 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30309 (404) 355-0321 www.restauranteugene.com
R Thomas Deluxe Grill 1812 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, 30309 (404) 872-2942 www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net
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organic tomatoes. That’s what is meant by nutrient density. Over 100 studies produced over the past 15 years have shown that organic foods typically have a higher nutrient density than conventional foods. This nutrient density aﬀects the taste of food. The denser the nutrients, the more complex the ﬂavor as your taste buds come into contact with diﬀerent nutrients at the same time. That’s why a tomato bought from the supermarket will taste watery compared to one grown in your backyard. Researchers believe that the better taste and higher nutrient density of organic foods will increase how satisfying you ﬁnd food, which will reduce overeating.
What are the Environmental Beneﬁts? The environmental beneﬁts of organic foods are harder to determine than the health beneﬁts. No farmer wants his ﬁelds eroded down to bare rock, so practices like crop rotation and cover crops are age-old techniques to help the land recover from what we take out in the form of food. Organic certiﬁcation does allow you to know that the producer is following these minimum standards, which you may not know about conventional producers. Additionally, the restrictions on fertilizers and pesticides helps ensure that the poisoning of groundwater is minimized. “There are a lot of negative ramiﬁcations to conventional style agriculture. One aspect involves the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers,” says Christine Anthony, co-producer and co-director of GROW!, a documentary about organic and sustainable farmers in Georgia. “Not only do these chemicals end up in the food that people eat, but a lot of the chemicals never break down and end up in our waterways, poisoning wildlife and destroying valuable ecosystems. Organic farming is based on balancing nature, not destroying it.”
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Pesticides have been a major issue ever since Rachel Carson wrote about the dangers of the pesticide DDT in her book Silent Spring in 1962. Supporters of pesticide use say that these chemicals do no harm as long as they are used in accordance with guidelines set by the EPA. Organic food advocates, on the other hand, say that these artiﬁcial chemicals do not belong in our bodies and will poison us over time. Unfortunately, the science is out on which side can claim ﬁnal victory. These kinds of studies will take decades to complete because long-term exposure to substances is exactly that: long term. In the meantime, we do know that organic food has about one-third the pesticide residue of conventional food. Organic food is typically not entirely pesticide-free because certain synthetic and natural pesticides are permitted under the organic regulations. Additionally, it is not uncommon for an organic farm to be sited next to a conventional farm. When the conventional farmer sprays his crops, a certain amount of it will drift on the wind to the neighboring ﬁelds. With more people becoming aware of the issue of pesticides, they are asking their local food markets where their produce is coming from. “Even farms that aren’t certiﬁed are growing chemical free food, so don’t be shy about asking questions,” encourages Rolls. “For example, if a farm is not Certiﬁed Organic, ask whether they used synthetic pesticides (really bad for your health) or synthetic fertilizers (really bad for the environment). While you’re chatting, you might as well ask for a sample. Nothing will let you know how fresh something is than a taste of the product itself.”
Where Can Organic Food Be Purchased? Over the past few years, the options for getting organic food have expanded tremendously. In most cases, organic food is sold right next to conventional food at the supermarket. You can also go to local farmer’s markets, where many of the sellers grow their food organically. “Most of the farmers markets run from April-November/December so it’s important that people shop every season, not just in the spring and summer months,” explains Rolls. “Atlanta area farmers markets can be found at Local Harvest, a great online resource for ﬁnding farmers markets, family farms and other resources nationwide.”
2011 Organic Shopping Guide Woodﬁre Grill 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, 30324 (404) 347-9055 www.woodﬁregrill.com
Yeah! Burger 1168 Howell Mill Road, Ste. E, Atlanta, 30318 (404) 496-4393 www.yeahburger.com
RETAILERS/GROCERS Destiny Organics 16 Forest Pkwy. Bldg E, Forest Park, 30297 (404) 366-7006 www.destiny-organics.com
The Fresh Market 2099 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30309 (404) 350-3211 www.thefreshmarket.com
Health Unlimited 2968 North Druid Hills Road NE, Atlanta, 30329 (404) 633-6677 www.healthunlimitedatlanta.com
Life’s Essentials Market 2329 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, 30311 (404) 753-2269
The Local Farmstand 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 30318 (404) 423-8639 www.thelocalfarmstand.com
Lucy’s Market 102 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, 30305 (404) 357-0052 www.lucysmarket.com
Where’s The Beef? Produce isn’t the only food that carries the organic label, beef can be organic too. Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, weighs in on what it is and what consumers should look for. White Oak Pastures is a family owned and operated grass-fed beef producer committed to sustainability and low-stress animal handling that also minimizes environmental impact. What is the main difference between organic meat and free range? Organic meat is often raised in full conﬁnement (CAFO’s, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). The USDA organic standard requires that the animal be fed organic feed, which is often organic corn and soy. The standard does not require that the animal be allowed to express instinctive behaviors, or eat a natural diet. Free range only means that the animal is given some access to the outdoors. It is often only a token. I think that consumers should look for American Grass-Fed Association certiﬁcation. Also, look for Whole Foods Market’s global animal partnership and animal welfare rating.
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Why is the price point different between different meats? When consumers ask producers to raise meat differently, they are asking the farmer to give up tools that science has developed that lower the cost of production. This causes the cost of production to go up. Farmers have to charge more to produce meat that has a higher production cost. The farmer would go broke if he didn’t charge more for this meat. Farmers began raising meat industrially because they could do it cheaper, and make more money. What should consumers look for when buying their meat? The consumer should learn as much as possible about the person who produces the food that they feed to their families. Transparency is the key.
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If you want to go more direct, you can join a community supported agriculture program (CSA). In a CSA, or food-co-op program, you buy a share of a farmer’s production. Most of them require you to pay a certain amount for the season up front and in return you get a portion of whatever is available for harvest each week. Some even deliver fresh produce and/or meats from a local farm to your door. There are also many websites dedicated to helping you ﬁnd organic foods. But perhaps the best place to get organic food is just outside your door. Start a garden, get a couple chickens or rabbits, and you will know exactly where that food comes from and what has gone into it.
2011 Organic Shopping Guide Savi Urban Market
Harry’s Farmers Market
287 Elizabeth Street NE, Atlanta, 30307 (404) 523-3131 www.saviurbanmarket.com
1180 Upper Hembree Road, Roswell, 30076 (770) 664-6300 www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/alpharetta/
Sevananda 467 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30307 (404) 681-2831 www.sevananda.coop
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2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, 30080 (404) 408-0654 www.farmersatlantaroadmarket.org
Marietta Square Farmers Market
3183 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, 30305 (404) 842-0907 www.traderjoes.com
65 Church Street, Marietta, 30060 (770) 499-9393 www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net
From the farmer’s perspective, there is an enormous drawback to organic certiﬁcation: it can be expensive. Many good farmers that follow Earth and people-friendly practices simply choose not to pursue certiﬁcation because of the cost. One of the best ways to know for sure where your food is coming from is to get to know your local farmers or get involved with the many organic food programs available out there.
Whole Foods Market
Smyrna Fresh Produce Market
77 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, 30309 (404) 324-4100 www.wholefoodsmarket.com
You can meet them at farmers markets or you can take a trip out to the farms and see for yourself what their practices are. Many farmers are perfectly happy to show you around (so long as you’re not interfering with harvesting or planting time). It is relationships formed between the farmer and the consumer that will ensure the quality of the food being grown.
Dunwoody Green Market
2140 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, 30319 (404) 403-1851 www.oldﬁvepoints.com
4500 West Village Place Ste. 1001, Smyrna, 30080 (770) 436-8880 www.goodnessgrocery.com
“Look for farms that display the Certiﬁed Organic seal. Those are the farmers going above and beyond.” advises Rolls.
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Nature’s Corner Market
235 Sandy Springs Circle NW, Sandy Springs, 30328 www.sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com
3960 Mary Eliza Trace NW Ste. 500, Marietta, 30064 (678) 833-5916 www.naturescornermkt.com
In the end, organically grown foods are those that satisfy a certain set of minimum standards. Like any set of rules there are exceptions and loopholes, those who go above and beyond the minimum, and those who exploit the loopholes. If you want the very best for your health, for your enjoyment, or for the environment, you must take the time to know where your food is coming from.
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Muss & Turner’s
1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Ste. 309, Smyrna, 30080 (770) 434-1114 www.mussandturners.com
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World Peace Café 220 Hammond Drive Ste. 302 Sandy Springs, 30328 (404) 256-2100 www.worldpeacecafeatlanta.com
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Restaurant Eugene, www.restauranteugene.com
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The Organic Center, www.organic-center.org
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Morning Glory Farm is open year-round and plays host to plenty of afterschool classes, ﬁeldtrips, workshops and parties. With the endless activities that happen on the farm, it doesn’t seem as though her life has slowed down at all, but Shaw is quick to explain that she wouldn’t have it any other way. “We are so busy in our days, school, shopping, work, that our life becomes a busy blur,” says Shaw, “What the farm has to oﬀer is the simplicity of a moment.”
How long have you owned Morning Glory Farm? Twelve years physically, but in my heart much longer. I have moments now and then when I am with a child or planting or painting something and I blink and shake my head with the feeling I have already seen this amazing moment before.
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Have you always wanted to be a farmer? Since moving here, I have always jokingly called myself 'The Accidental Farm Girl.' In my previous life - I had nice nails, cute clothes and I loved to dabble in the garden but never had enough sun or space for more than a box of herbs and a few ﬂowers in the front yard. After moving here with the simple goal of slowing down, putting my graphic design studio in the old barn and maybe just maybe getting a horse one day, somehow I was magically transformed. At the time I had been teaching some afterschool art classes and started incorporating the animals into the projects. The next thing I knew, I was Farmer Sue after a few of my students started calling me that. I laughed and said, ‘Wow, now I am somebody!’ Next came the pearls, pink shirts, overalls and big straw hat!
How did you come up with the concept for The ArtBarn? I had moved in and been here for a year and decided to throw myself a 40th birthday party complete with barbecue, outdoor music and fun. I invited all my friends most of whom had kids. I set up a table with random art supplies to keep the kids busy while we got dinner ready. Next thing I know everybody, adults included, are taking time to make a little art. It was a wonderful evening.
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What can people experience when they visit the farm? A true family farm. A day ﬁlled with laughter, learning and love. A day that feels like a visit to your favorite aunt or uncle’s house! Warm eggs, fuzzy chicks, a symphony of barnyard sounds, honey bees buzzing in the garden, and giggles as you tickle a pig’s tummy or the love you feel when the littlest donkey snuggles into your arms or a tiny lamb lays it head on your shoulder. Learning about the animals and how things grow in the garden. Creating a piece of art in the barn and simply making a memory your family will never forget.
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Months and months later when a friend was debating what to do for her child’s birthday, I suggested doing it at the farm. All the kids had a blast at my party! We went for a nature walk, petted the old pony, met the rooster and made great art - they loved it. Next thing you know, the kids were calling it The ArtBarn. After a glass of wine and some sketching, the cute little logo came together and voilà, The ArtBarn was born. We’ve been partying like crazy ever since!
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What inspires you? My inspiration comes from the simple beauty of nature and animals and seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Morning Glory Farm is the place I would have loved to have been able to hang out when I was a child. I would never have gone home and the good thing is now I don’t have to!
How have your life experiences and background contributed to what you are doing today? My whole life has contributed to the joy of this farm in so many ways. I liken them to colorful threads ﬂoating in the breeze then suddenly something happens and they all tangle up into this beautiful, sometimes messy, yet amazing tapestry that is your life or is this farm!
How do you lead a healthy lifestyle? Living on the farm has been a major life changing experience in so many ways. As far as healthy lifestyle goes, in the beginning it was giving up TV because there were so many things to learn and do. Then it was experiencing delicious farm fresh eggs. Next, it was home grown tomato sandwiches, trading sodas for water with mint from the garden and it just kept growing from there.
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Watching a chicken in its natural state and ﬁnding out how long it takes for a chick to be at your grocery store will really change your thoughts on some super market things. I am so excited that there is a huge push for Farm to Table information at school these days. Teachers are asking for more gardens and growing emphasis in their farm ﬁeldtrips. Farm to Table has really helped me re-boost my own commitment to a better lifestyle and to see how much further I can push what I do here at the farm. I try my best to eat better and smarter. I’m trying to pay more attention to sugars and see what I can replace with honey now that I have the bees. Growing things makes you want to cook more things! Salad straight from the garden is amazing.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Listen to your heart. Follow your dream. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can or can’t do or what you are capable of. I do have days where I shake my head and think back to my old life and look at what I’m doing now and say, ‘Who would have ever thunk it?’ and it always makes me smile. www.bestselfconnect.com
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For some people, choosing what to eat is as simple as deciding what tastes good; however, individuals who suﬀer from food allergies don’t have that luxury. The wrong food choice can sometimes mean the diﬀerence between life and death. If you’ve never experienced an allergic reaction to food, then consider yourself lucky. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it is estimated that food allergies cause approximately 150 to 200 fatalities per year, based on data from a ﬁve-year study of anaphylaxis (an acute multi-system severe type I hypersensitivity allergic reaction) from the Mayo Clinic. This is not to say that all food allergies are fatal. In fact, many people maintain healthy lives by avoiding the foods they know can make them ill. But what if you don’t know you’re allergic? Since each food is diﬀerent, each allergic reaction can vary as well. Without proper care, testing and a follow-up visit to your physician, a simple rash could develop into something a lot more serious.
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COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES These foods account for 90 percent of food allergic reactions. Any ingredient that contains protein derived from one or more of them, are designated as “major food allergens” by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA). 1. Milk 2. Eggs 3. Fish 4. Crustacean Shellﬁsh
5. Tree Nuts 6. Peanuts 7. Wheat 8. Soybeans
- U.S Food and Drug Administration
A food allergy is an abnormal response to an otherwise harmless food triggered by the body’s immune system. When the food is ﬁrst introduced, the body will build up speciﬁc, disease-ﬁghting antibodies (known as immunoglobulin E or IgE). “IgE antibodies travel through the blood stream and settle on the mast cell. While the mast cell has many functions, it is responsible for allergic reactions. The next time that food comes into contact with the allergy antibody on the mast cell, it will activate the mast cell and cause an allergic reaction,” notes Karen A. DeMuth, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, and a physician on staﬀ at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Many people confuse food allergy with food intolerance, which is far more common and does not involve the immune system. Lactose intolerance, also referred to as lactase deﬁciency, is an example of food intolerance. “A person who is lactose intolerant lacks the enzyme needed to digest the milk sugar (lactose). When that person consumes milk products, he or she may experience symptoms such as gas, intestinal cramps, bloating and diarrhea,” says Julie Shipkoski, MS, RD, LD, at Open Hand Atlanta and Good Measure Meals. Lactase deﬁciency and other food intolerances are typically not dangerous; instead, they produce uncomfortable symptoms.
Common Food Allergies The most common foods that people are allergic to are milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, ﬁsh and shellﬁsh. “The way foods cause an allergy, and the allergic reaction itself, is the same for both adults and children,” says DeMuth. “However, children are more likely to have an allergy to milk, egg, wheat and soy, while adults have a greater prevalence of peanut, tree nut, shellﬁsh and ﬁnned ﬁsh allergies. Children are also more likely to ‘outgrow’ food allergies.”
are allergic to milk or eggs, will outgrow their food allergy. However, allergies to peanuts, tree nuts (i.e. walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and pecans), ﬁsh or shellﬁsh tend to be life-long,” notes Shipkoski.
Symptoms of a Food Allergy Typically, an allergic reaction to a food occurs within one hour of coming into contact with the allergen. “Food allergies can be very severe and cause life threatening reactions know as anaphylaxis,” says Eugene Hurwitz, MD at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia. “Other conditions that may be caused by food allergies include reﬂux problems and allergic inﬂammation of the gastrointestinal tract, hives, congestion problems with some foods, among others.” Many of the body’s systems can be aﬀected during an allergic reaction, and symptoms may include the following: Skin: Hives, swelling, itching, rashes, tingling or itching in the mouth Stomach/Intestines: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, ulcers Lungs: Diﬃculty breathing, wheezing, cough, asthma Heart: Low blood pressure, dizziness, weakness
Diagnosis If you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms of a food allergy, make an appointment with a registered dietitian or doctor prior to making adjustments in your diet. During the diagnosis process, he or she will assess your detailed history to ensure symptoms are consistent with those of a food allergy. If a diagnosis cannot be made, the doctor or dietician may ask you to maintain a food diary and/or implement an elimination diet to make a more accurate diagnosis.
The means by which children become tolerant to once-active food allergies has not been fully determined. “Some experts believe it involves a gradual decline in levels of IgE antibodies to food allergens over time,” says Mavromatis. Others note the body’s ‘acceptance’ of the allergen in spite of a consistent increase in antibody levels.
If these tests point to a speciﬁc food, the doctor may wish to perform an allergy skin test to further identify the source of the problem. There are three kinds of skin tests: the scratch test (or puncture test), patch test and intradermal test. Skin tests typically involve exposing the skin to an extract of the allergen and examining its reaction. For those individuals who experience serious anaphylactic reactions, the doctor may perform blood tests, which evaluate the presence of food-speciﬁc IgE in the blood.
“According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, almost all children who are allergic to wheat or soy, and 85 percent of children who
The double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) is another eﬀective method for objectively diagnosing a food allergy.
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Seeking Treatment Once an allergy emerges, you’re left with managing its symptoms. Although there is no clinically proven method of prevention, some experts believe there could be an advantage to early exposure. Food allergies are a complicated blend of genetics and environment, and everyone experiences them diﬀerently. “Allergic reactions to food can be very unpredictable. Some individuals may react quickly and dramatically, whereas others gradually become sick. For some, a trace amount may trigger an allergic emergency, while others may need a comparatively large quantity before experiencing pain and discomfort. Some people have a single food allergy and others have allergies to multiple foods,” notes Shipkoski.
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The best form of treatment for a food allergy is to simply avoid the food. When dining out, don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions about particular dishes and how they are prepared. “Eliminating foods altogether can leave you with an unbalanced diet, which may lead to other health problems,” Shipkoski adds. Therefore, it’s important to consult a doctor prior to making signiﬁcant changes in your diet. Despite best eﬀorts, you may still come into contact with the oﬀending food(s). In this case, over-the-counter antihistamines can help reduce the symptoms of a mild allergic reaction. For a more severe reaction, however, an emergency injection of epinephrine may be required to immediately reverse the eﬀects. Oftentimes, people who experience lifethreatening allergic reactions carry an epinephrine auto-injector, such as an EpiPen, with them at all times.
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Wiggins oﬀers advice for anaphylaxis-prone individuals: “It is critical for anyone with a life-threatening food allergy to have an emergency plan in place that includes epinephrine (adrenaline)—the primary treatment for anaphylaxis. The biggest risk factor for death in people with known anaphylaxis is a delay in the administration of epinephrine, so always have it within reach.”
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Conclusion: Life Goes On While there has been an overall increase in the number of people with food allergies, the exact reason is unknown. Some experts believe this growing number to be the result of improved diagnosis, while other studies suggest a switch from farm life to rigorous cleanliness. Early exposure to bacteria is actually good for the immune system, yet society has become overly sterilized. In essence, a cleaner environment could lead to an increase in allergies. “The impact of living with food allergies is broad and can aﬀect family, friends and even classmates or colleagues. The stress and anxiety that comes with managing a food allergy depends on the allergic individual, including his or her age, the amount of knowledge and education he or she has regarding food allergies, any history or experiences he or she may have in dealing with an allergic reaction or the use of epinephrine, and his or her support system,” says Karen Harris, president and founder of Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta—a nonproﬁt organization that supports and educates families that care for food-allergic children. The good news? Thanks to continuous improvements being made in the understanding of, and treatment for, food allergies, individuals living with this condition do not have to suﬀer; instead, they can maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
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