Food allergies affect all of us. The number of people diagnosed with food allergies continues to grow, and yet researchers have no idea what causes them. There is no cure. The only way to avoid an allergic reaction is to completely avoid the food. In the event of an accidental exposure to the food, the allergic individual needs an injection of life-saving
epinephrine and an ambulance ride to the hospital. Deaths due to food allergy reactions occur every year. Over thirty thousand emergency room visits every year are linked to food allergy. Deaths and emergencies as a result of a food allergy are preventable. We need a dialogue about food allergies. We need to support research and legislation for food allergies. We need a cure.