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It’s estimated that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This potentially deadly ailment affects 1 in every 12 children in the U.S. and it’s on the rise.  On 'Health Link' we examine the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of food allergies. We have tips for parents. Plus Chef Ric Orlando will share his substitution ideas to help breakthrough the challenges of mealtime.


Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, MD, PhD

Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo treats patients at Albany Med’s Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center, and conducts research at the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College.

Susann Getsch, PhD
Susann Getsch is the parent of twins who have food sensitivities and are on a gluten and casein free diet.  She is the founder of the Saratoga County Food Allergy Support Group.

Ric Orlando

Ric Orlando is Owner/Chef of New World Home Cooking Co. and New World Catering, in Saugerties-Woodstock, NY.  Ric is also the Chef and Management Consultant at the New World Bistro Bar located in Albany, NY.  He knows firsthand the challenges of cooking for those with food allergies as one of his sons is allergic to dairy, his daughter has a nut allergy and his wife is gluten-free.  Here are 3 of his recipes to help you breakthrough the challenges of creating gluten – dairy – nut free dishes that that look and taste like delicious. 
Gluten Free Gnocchi (PDF)

Coco-Cocoa 'Hot Chocolate' (PDF)

New World Pupusas (PDF)



American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


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