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I’m Stephanie and I’m on a mission to help as many peanut-allergic families as possible. Because food allergies stink. Except when they rock, which is all the time if you’re a Kyle Dine fan. (And if you have a food-allergic child, I highly recommend being Kyle Dine fan.) But I digress.

We found out my son has a life-threatening peanut allergy when he was two years old and his not-so-smart mom (that would be me) decided to give him peanut butter for the first time on Christmas Day. When the doctor’s office is closed. And it takes a while for the on-call nurse to call you back. And the nurse doesn’t seem to know that a swollen tongue and lips is indicative of anaphylaxis and warrants an immediate 911 call. (This was back in 2008 when, although food allergies were on the rise, information about them wasn’t as prolific as it is today. At least I hope things have improved.)

We did end up taking my son to the ER and he came out of the experience fine, but afterward, besides being handed an EpiPen prescription, I was given no information about how to manage my son’s life-threatening condition. I wrote the first edition of the e-book because I wanted to help other families so nobody would feel as lost as I did back in 2008.

Today, there is a massive amount of information, and misinformation, on the internet. Whereas I was overwhelmed by the lack of information in 2008, I can understand why someone with a new diagnosis would be overwhelmed by the volume of information today. I’ve updated the book twice as more information and research have become available, and now the e-book “boils down” all the data and information into a compact, easy-to-use handbook of sorts. With the release of the third edition of the book, I also added a free email course and a paid online video course since some people prefer to learn by viewing and hearing a presentation.

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Feel free to email me feedback, blog topic suggestions, ideas, or non-medical questions: shgatewood [at] gmail [dot] com.


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  1. How scary for you. My son has a life threatening allergy to eggs, When he had his first exposure and reaction I had a similar experience in that the on call nurse nor I realized how serious his reaction was. He was fine several hours later, but I was not. I just read your post “To Those Lucky and Empathy Lacking Moms” and have been tempted to write something similar in the past. You said it so well. My egg allergic child is just turning three, so we are not navigating elementary school and drop-off play date and birthday parties yet. So much to think about. Thank you for being a voice out there.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment and offer your support. It’s crazy to me, especially now given how prevalent food allergies are now, that so many people in the medical profession don’t recognize or understand the severity of anaphylaxis. Glad your son was OK.

  2. Kim

    I am sorry for your experience and I can only imagine how terrifying it was. My son only broke out in hives when the nanny gave him some of her peanut butter ice cream and I was freaked out. I would like to share my experience of healing my son’s nut allergy too. It’s hard work but it’s so worth it. After 2 years on the GAPS diet and several NAET sessions, my son’s nut allergy has been healed! I did NOT expect to heal the nut allergy. I was doing GAPS and NAET for other reasons. We were not anaphylactic so I wasn’t as worried ~ not life threatening. But it made me sad that he would have to worry about it his whole life and miss out on some foods because of it. In addition to that, I found out by accident that it was healed. I wasn’t ready to test it and didn’t know if I ever would be. Even if he was able to eat nuts, I didn’t care if he ever ate peanuts. Accidentally, by my hand, he got a snack with nuts in it. When I found out, I was worried and he cried thinking he was going to die. It had been 6 hours since consumption with no reaction. So we did a couple more NAET treatments and tried each nut, except peanuts, over the next months. At the end of all of that, and he WANTED peanuts so bad~ because that is the way it works, right?~ I did a few more NAET treatments with him and we tried peanuts. He is REACTION FREE and has been now for more than a year. GAPS is really hard work but we had great results on all fronts. NAET is wonderful and RVA is lucky to have an amazing NAET practitioner, Ana Mahoney of NAET Virginia. I encourage you to try both and wish you the best of luck doing it. I can only imagine the daily worries of this severe allergy. Wishing no one had to deal with that ~

    1. Hi, Kim! Apologies for responding so late. I’ve been bombarded with spam and had to turn off auto-approval for comments.

      Kati has told me all about Ana, and of course, I’m familiar with her experience with GAPS. I’m so glad to hear that your son’s nut allergy is healed! My son is definitely anaphylactic to peanuts, so obviously I would never knowingly give him peanuts unless we were in a medical setting with life-saving medications and after he’d received scientifically-proven treatments. I’m sure NAET is wonderful, albeit expensive, for some aliments; although I haven’t thoroughly researched it, what I do know hasn’t convinced me that it’s worth our time, money, and – most importantly – the risk to try it for an anaphylactic food allergy.

      As for GAPS, I applaud you for your commitment and dedication. I know that I’m not ready to be that committed to sticking to such rigid food rules, and my son isn’t either (I have discussed it with him). I have been following the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment (FAHF-2), and while that treatment involves 2+ years of daily herbal treatments, I could see us better able to follow that protocol than GAPS for that length of time if the success rate was proven for a large majority of patients.

      Thanks for your comment, and again, I’m happy to hear about your son!

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