Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Food Allergies

September 15, 2013
Food Allergies
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

In this week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines," we talk about food allergies and auto immune disorders, like celiac disease. Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children, according to the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research (SAFAR).

The severity of allergies range from mild to life-threatening. Food allergies cause 90,000 cases of anaphylaxis and 2,000 hospitalizations each year.

Studio Guests

Mireille Schwartz
Founder and CEO, Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board

Charlotte Schwartz
Teen Ambassador, Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
Board Member and Medical Advisor
Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
(707) 927-5622

Philippe Bégin, MD
Allergist and Researcher, Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research

Additional Information:

The documentary, "An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America," and additional teacher and classroom materials are available through Discovery Education, a provider of multimedia educational content for the classroom. It is also available for viewing at:

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