Rare Food Allergies by Alex Gazzola

Alex Gazzola explores the problems and consequences of living with one or more allergies to usually non-reactive foods.  When it comes to food allergies and intolerances, most of the conversation, information and research focuses on gluten and the so-called top 14 allergens – principally milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, soya, gluten-containing grains and sesame. With ‘free [...]

Titanium Sensitivity and Safety – by Alex Gazzola

It’s not an allergy which many people, including experts, have heard of, and yet for some, titanium – in the form of the colouring and UV absorber titanium dioxide – could be causing sensitivities and other problems. Alex Gazzola reports. Named after the Titans of Greek mythology, titanium is an extremely strong metal, highly resistant to corrosion, [...]

Chemical Allergen In Skin Care Products To Be Removed

Manufacturers of skin care products and toiletries are being advised to remove from products the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MIT), which has been used as an effective preservative since 2006, following a safety review, authorised in accordance with the European Cosmetic Products legislation. Since then, however, there have been steadily increasing concerns from dermatologists about the sharp [...]

The role of food in Nickel Allergy – by Janice Joneja

The role of food in NICKEL ALLERGY explained by Janice Joneja PhD, RD Food allergy caused by nickel was first suspected when dermatologists noticed that some people exhibited symptoms of dermatitis on skin surfaces that were not in contact with any known allergen. These dermatologists suspected that the allergenic source might be in something ingested [...]

The Growing Problem with Fragrance – by Alex Gozzola

A 2012 report recommended that the number of fragrance allergens subject to compulsory individual labelling when they are present in cosmetic products should be increased from the current 26 to around 130 – and that three should be banned altogether. Alex Gazzola reveals the 300-page report’s key findings, looks at how those sensitive to fragrances [...]