Nov 22, 2017

Shrimp Shells used in Diabetes Products

Glucose Sensing Sponge Delivers Insulin Precisely When and Where Needed (article)
The researchers created a spherical, sponge-like matrix out of chitosan, a material found in shrimp and crab shells. Scattered throughout this matrix are smaller nanocapsules made of a porous polymer that contain glucose oxidase or catalase enzymes. The sponge-like matrix surrounds a reservoir that contains insulin. The entire matrix sphere is approximately 250 micrometers in diameter and can be injected into a patient.

Smart Sponge
Injectable 'smart sponge' controls diabetes, presents new targeted drug delivery method (article)
Take, for example, this new method developed by North Carolina State University researchers that uses injectable sponge to control blood sugar levels. No, it's not the same sponge you use to clean at home -- the material is made out of a substance taken from crab and shrimp shells called chitosan. This spongy material forms a matrix that's approximately 250 micrometers in diameter, where a rise in blood sugar causes a reaction in the pores that leads to the drug's release.

Diabetes Bandage (article)
University of Alabama team turning shrimp shells into high-tech bandages (article)
Gurau has teamed up with University of Alabama chemistry professor Robin Rogers, chemistry graduate student Leah Block and Whitney Hough to transform shrimp shells into an effective bandage for diabetes patients who develop limb-threatening sores.

Many studies suggest that shrimp shells are safe for people who are allergic to shrimp, however many people are still cautious. These products maybe dangerous for shrimp allergic people who are manufacturing the products.

See Also:
Nasal Supplies That Contain Shellfish

Aug 31, 2017

Acne Treatments That Contain Nuts

Acne Treatment Containing Nuts
Venus Naturals Acne Treatment
Ingredients in Venus Acne Cream purified water (steam distilled), lavender hydrosol (steam distilled lavender water), coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin E; pure essential oils of myrrh, lemongrass, cedarwood, juniper; extracts of burdock root, yellow dock, stillingia; calendula herbal oil extract; natural preservatives are grapefruit seed extract and heliozimt; natural emulsifiers (thickeners) are derived from coconut and palm oils.

Acne Treatment
Vie Naturalle Acne Treatment Cream
JOJOBA & ALMOND OILS: Often used for moisturizing, spot treating, and cleansing acne-prone skin.

Blemish Stick
Spotless Blemish Stick
Our "Spotless" recipe is infusions of tea tree essential oil, lemon essential oil, calendula and black walnut that stop the blemish before it gets ugly! "Spotless" is gentle enough for teenage skin. Do you get bumps after waxing? Roll "Spotless" on the freshly waxed brows and lip areas and those red bumps will quietly go away!

Acne Cleanser
Be Cleansed - Exfoliating Oil for Acne
This is an Exfoliating Oil Cleansing System and the recipe is made exclusively for those with acne prone skin. Using Almond Oil and Caster Oil, this formula works fantastically at removing the dirt, grit and grime which can get trapped into the pores. We've had reports of blackheads coming to the surface due to twice weekly use!

Acne Soap
Charcoal, Vodka and Black Walnut Anti-Acne Soap Bar
Made with acitvated charcoal
Infused with vodka and black walnut powder

See Also:
Eczema Treatments That Contain Nuts
Scar Treatments That Contain Nuts
After Tattoo Products That Contain Nuts
Lice Treatments That Contain Nuts
Nuts In Hair Care Products

From Avoiding Milk Protein Site
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments That Contain Nut Oils

Apr 12, 2017

De-icing Roads with Products Made from Milk

Road Safety
A look at the alternatives to rock salt for de-icing roads (article)
In Wisconsin, the dairy heartland of the U.S., some cities are using a by-product of cheese production to de-ice roads: cheese brine. According to NPR, tens of thousands of gallons of liquid brine are used each year, along with rock salt, to help the salt stick to roads and melt the ice faster.

Road Safety
The Secret to Snow Removal Is Pickle Juice and Cheese Brine (article)
Washington DC uses beet juice. So does New Jersey. In the past, the Garden State also used pickle juice. Argentina uses wine byproducts. And when the meteorologist predicts snow in Wisconsin, Polk County sprays the roads with cheese brine. “The dairy gives us that for free, and we will go through 30,000 to 65,000 gallons a year,” says Moe Norby, technical support director for Polk County’s highway department.

Road Safety
Cheese To The Rescue: Surprising Spray Melts Road Ice (article)
This winter, a Wisconsin county is fighting icy roads with a homegrown product: liquid cheese brine. Tens of thousands of gallons of the stuff are used each year along with road salt, according to officials in Polk County.

Road Safety
Pouring Cheese on Icy Roads in (Where Else?) Wisconsin (article)
This month, Milwaukee began a pilot program to repurpose cheese brine for use in keeping city roads from freezing, mixing the dairy waste with traditional rock salt as a way to trim costs and ease pollution.

Road Safety
Screw Salt, Wisconsin Is De-Icing Its Roads With Cheese Brine
Life handed Wisconsin lemons, and Wisconsin has come right back with the cheesiest lemonade you ever did see. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to dispose of cheese brine every year, Wisconsin will be putting that liquid provolone gold right back to use by pouring it onto the roads—which, in turn, is making them safer than ever before.

Mar 20, 2017

Spring Barbecue Dangers: Allergen Safety on the Grill

Spring is finally here! If you are excited to welcome the warmer weather and sunshine, a barbecue with family and friends is probably high on your list! But did you know? Common allergens like nuts, corn, and soy can easily turn your barbecue experience into an emergency.

If you or a family member is living with allergies, here are 5 unsuspecting things to watch out for on your next barbecue:

1. Barbecue grill – the grill is a very busy place that can be overlooked as a source of allergen. Aside from cross-contamination, things like barbecue smokers made with recycled oil drums may cause reactions to people who are allergic to certain types of oil i.e. corn, peanut, almond, and coconut.

For persons with allergy or intolerance to potatoes, beware this BBQ hack that use potatoes to make grills non-stick and easier to clean.

2. Fire starters and briquettes – people with allergies to corn and nuts especially need to be aware of fire starters and briquettes that are made of nuts and corn. Some charcoal briquettes are made with starch that can come from corn, wheat, potato, or rice.

Egg allergies are also one of the most common food allergies and during a barbecue, egg cartons are becoming a popular hack to light up charcoals fast.

3. Steak and butcher paper made with soy wax – butcher papers are used for wrapping meat like briskets to allow smoke to enter the meat but without losing the flavorful juice. Also see wax paper made with soybean wax.

4. BBQ Party utensils – while good for the environment, green disposable cups and utensils may be dangerous for people living with allergies. Compostable plates and utensils like spoons, forks, and knives are usually made with renewable sources like corn, potato, and wheat residue.

5. Food – aside from avoiding foods that you are obviously allergic to i.e. certain types like poultry and seafood; do watch out for the following:
Meatless pork chop made through farm chemurgy

Wood-smoked meat – pecan and almond are top choices for smoking meat for a bolder flavor.

Barbecue and Allergy Hacks
Allergy moms suggest using disposable BBQ liners to grill your own “safe food” on. This means bringing in your own marinated meat in allergen free barbecue sauce. Don’t forget to bring your own pair of BBQ tongs too!

Stuffed Peppers

An even easier alternative is by bringing in your own home cooked dish that you can safely enjoy and share with others. Try this Stuffed Peppers recipe that is perfect for barbecue parties!

Finally, it would be easier for everyone if you communicate your allergies to your family, friends, or whoever is hosting the barbecue. It is also recommended for people with allergies to wear a medical ID.

A medical ID can speak for you in times of emergency and help you receive the precise treatment that you need. 95% of medical responders are trained to look for a Medical ID. Here are more tips from Remember, proper care and caution can make it possible for you to enjoy a memorable barbecue this season!

About the author: Lace Llanora is a food allergy writer at American Medical ID. American Medical ID serves the medical community by offering quality medical IDs that can be customized for any allergy or condition the wearer may have.