No, not ‘poor Ruth’… NEVER say this!

This is a rant and I may be being unreasonable again but don’t pity me. Don’t look at me and think… poor thing. And NEVER EVER say, “Oh Poor Ruth!” when a table of food is mostly off limits apart from a few safe things. Just don’t do it. DON’T DO IT! I don’t have […]

My first vlog: Show your eczema scars, scabs and nodular prurigo

It doesn’t matter what your skin looks like. Don’t miss out on being spontaneous, feeling the sun on your skin and getting those white legs out this summer. Watch my first vlog and #getyourskinout Don’t be shy. Don’t hide away. Who cares what people say? I have the scars from nodular prurigo on my legs […]

Living on stale bread… freefrom is expensive!

It costs a LOT more to feed an allergic person than it does for those with no allergies. And I’m not just talking about the increased cost of freefrom food, although some of it is very expensive compared to its normal alternatives. There are numerous reasons for this, including increased manufacturing costs, special training for […]

You won’t believe Greg Wallace’s attitude about allergies

Thanks to Caroline Benjamin of Food Allergy Aware for sharing this lovely little video with me. The link below should take you to Facebook and shows Greg at a cookery demonstration airing his very rude and ignorant attitude about people with allergies. Here is the post from the lady who had the unfortunate luck to […]

Shame on you JK Rowling – asthma is normal, not funny

Have you seen JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy recently on TV? The character called Colin Wall (Simon McBurney) who was portrayed as a weak, over-stressed weirdo who had asthma and was always puffing on his inhaler, made my blood boil. Why is every odd character given a ‘weak’ condition like asthma, allergies, eczema etc. suggesting […]

Dear E45, why don’t your adverts feature any dry or eczema skin?

Dear E45 I have eczema. I might be your perfect customer had I not already tried E45 and found it made my skin worse due to presence of lanolin. Lanolin, a known skin irritant, yet it’s found in E45 for dry, sensitive skin. Why is that? So what are the ingredients of E45? Why might […]

We need to see disabilities and allergies as normal

On 13th January Newsnight featured a segment on disabilities in acting and film making. The debate focused on criticism of the recent Stephen Hawking film, ‘The Theory of Everything’ where the lead part of Stephen is played by Eddie Redmayne. The complaints were about disabilities – how could Eddie, an able bodied healthy actor who […]

Not fussy, I just have allergies

What gets me is those people who will say, “Steak WITH cheese sauce please. I can eat EVERYTHING.” They say this after I have ordered mine, checking they don’t ‘butter the steak’, requesting no sauce, and checking whether the mushrooms are cooked in butter and asking not to have the onion rings or tomato. Well […]

When pubs panic about catering for allergies – Allergy diet cards

Eating out with an allergy or coeliac disease is a challenge. If you have multiple allergies it becomes even trickier. Not only do you need to communicate the severity of your allergy, you also need to discover what risks might be lurking in the kitchen. Do they understand cross contamination and the simple steps they […]