If you have school age children and spend any time volunteering in the classroom it probably won’t come as a shock that almost 6 million children or up to two in every classroom are affected by food allergies. Did you know that nearly 40% of those children have already experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction? Those are some scary statistics!

Food Allergy Awareness Week is right around the corner and is a great time to learn more about this medical condition that affects more than 15 million Americans. It’s also a great time to take advantage of a few specials offered this month at Brookview Wellness.

Did you know you can test for Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivities right in the comfort of your own home? Brookview offers a Blood Spot Collection Kit for $69 that will do just that. You can complete the test at home, mail it in and Dr. Brooke will go over the results with you when they return in about two weeks.

Food allergies are not the same as food intolerances or sensitivities, which may be less severe but are also significantly more common. If an elimination diet isn’t for you consider the Array 10 which is significantly more expensive but offers two choices for testing food immune reactivity in your body. The smaller option at $339 selects 90 different food antigens and the more extensive option at $580 selects 180 different food antigens. Both require a simple blood draw at Cyrex Labs in Raleigh. Learn more here or call to schedule an appointment to discuss further with Dr. Brooke.

If you already suffer from gluten sensitivities May is a great month to stock up on your supply of GlutenFlam for $35 (60 ct.)

What you’re eating may play a significant role in how you’re feeling. If you consistently feel bad consider talking to Dr. Brooke about how she can help.

*The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose or serve as a replacement for medical advice. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooke or your physician before changing your exercise or diet, including adding supplements. If you experience any pain or discomfort during or after exercise that you think may be more serious, stop and call Dr. Brooke or your medical practitioner immediately.