Allergies are the fifth leading chronic illness in the United States. Since the mid-1990’s food allergies have shifted into high gear; what used to be a relative rarity has become increasingly commonplace with scientists estimating that the problem is getting worse. Discover the causes behind the allergy epidemic and what to do to reduce allergic reactions.
With alifelongsevereallergy to fish and familymembers each sufferingfrom different food allergies, Mireille Schwartzserved asaMember oftheBoard ofDirectors for FAAN(Food Allergy& Anaphylaxis Network)from 2009-2011. FAAN, nowFood AllergyResearch&Education (FARE)is theworld’s largest leadingnon-profit allergy resource and works with policymakers on federal, state, and local initiatives in areas suchas food labeling, epinephrine availability,and
management offood allergies in schools, camps, airlines, and restaurants.In both 2009 and 2010 she was presentedtheirNational Award of Appreciation.
Mireilleis CEO &FounderoftheBay Area Allergy Advisory Board, founded in 2007. TheMission oftheBayAreaAllergyAdvisory Board is to promote education, awareness, and provideno-cost medical care&medication to BayArea families with severelyallergic children. In 2009&2010Schwartzwas named HonoraryChairman ofFAAN’s Food AllergyWalk-A-Thon alongsideAcademyofCountryMusic Award winner and CelebrityApprentice finalist, TraceAdkins. Mireilleis also therecipient ofa2009 ChangeStarts at HomeChangemaker’s Awardforoutstandingadvocacyforfood allergic children, and TheHuffington Post’s Greatest Person of theDayAward in July2011.In2013,MireilleSchwartz and her familywerefeatured intheDiscoveryChannel documentary“An Emerging Epidemic:Food Allergies in America”.
The authorofTheFamilyFood AllergyBook(BasicHealth Publications, 2013) and theupcoming Parents’Guideto FoodAllergies (BasicHealth Publications, 2014)
An expert contributortoCNN Health, Yahoo!News, NPR, andABC7 News, and a regularfeatured columnist in AllergicLiving Magazine, MireilleSchwartzhas an innateunderstandingthat food is everywhere,and ourrelationship to food needs tobehealthyifwe areto stayhealthy. Mireillelives with her familyin San Francisco.