Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:00 pm ·  0 Comments
Dr. Julia Upton MD was the recent guest speaker at a Canadian Club of Halton dinner where she discussed the latest understanding of why food allergies have become so common. Her topic: “Food Allergy: Why, and What Can Be Done?”
Passionate about food allergies, Dr. Upton is currently enrolled in a Masters Program in epidemiology at the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard. She is a Staff Physician in Clinical Immunology & Allergy at SickKids Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of Toronto. She is also Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Immunology.
“More than one in 15 Canadian children, or two kids in every classroom across the country, report having at least one food allergy.” Most allergies, it appears, are caused by very few foods: peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and sesame. Allergies to these foods have been on the rise since the 1990’s and can be life threatening.
When a person has an allergy and comes in contact with a peanut, for example, their immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing antibodies called IgE’s (Immunoglobulin E). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. IgE-mediated food reactions can cause severe allergy anaphylaxis that if left untreated can be life-threatening. EpiPens and antihistamines help in the control of many food allergy episodes.
Dr. Upton touched on the complex issues surrounding allergies such as the inaccuracy of testing procedures, the elimination of parasites in much of the developed world and the availability of a wider variety of foods being introduced at all stages of life.
We are fortunate to have doctors such as Dr. Upton who have the passion and expertise to help unscramble this complex world of allergies. For more information visit www.foodallergycanada.ca .
The Canadian Club Halton continues to present highly respected, qualified and fascinating speakers at their dinners. The next speaker on March 23, 2017 is Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, OOnt, Master of Massey College, Senior Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Canadian and Foreign Affairs Institute, former Conservative Senator and Author of Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future. The title for his remarks is “Understanding the Mix Between Global Security & Economic Opportunity World-Wide”.
Dinners are held at the Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, L6L 6P8 (QEW & Bronte Rd). Reservations can be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone (905-827-6302), or by mail (cheques payable to Canadian Club of Halton, 283 River Side Drive, Oakville, L6K 3N3). For more information, visit www.canadianclubhalton.ca.
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