Food Allergies and Trick-or-Treating

Food Allergies and Trick-or-Treating

About this time next week many of you will be making those final tweaks to your costumes, filling your candy bowls and making sure you have plenty of batteries for your flashlight. That’s right…another Halloween night is upon us! While Halloween is all about fun and candy, there are still many important things you need to consider before heading out into the night, especially if your child has a food allergy.

We all know the basic Halloween safety tips but have you ever thought about the extra precautions the parent of a child with a food allergy must consider?

Here is a short list of tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) that is sure to help parents protect their children with food allergies during Halloween:

  • Be sure your child carries emergency medication, such as an epinephrine auto-injector.
  • Before Halloween, distribute safe snacks to neighbors and request that they be handed out to your child.
  • Accompany younger children as they trick-or-treat, or be sure they are supervised by a responsible adult who knows how to handle an emergency allergic reaction.
  • Remember that small candy bars passed out to trick-or-treaters may have different ingredients than their regular-size counterparts. Even if a certain candy is safe for your child, the ‘fun size’ version might not be.

You can even download a full version of these tips from the AAAAI site by clicking here:

At American Medical ID we know the importance of identifying those with a food allergy so we would also recommend that your child wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace, engraved with the foods your child should avoid, while trick-or-treating. To view some of our products, CLICK HERE.

For even more information about trick-or-treating and keeping your child safe during Halloween, here are a couple of sites we found helpful:

Carthy Picton


American Medical ID

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As many of you may know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of this campaign. It is estimated that 193,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the US this year. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women today.¹

If you look around you, you will see the unique things people are doing to help promote awareness of this disease and the efforts to find a cure. For instance, this past Saturday over 30,000 people participated in the 2009 Komen Houston Race for the Cure ®. The event is expected raise almost $3 million, of which 75 cents of every dollar collected will be used to treat, screen and educate the medically underserved in the Houston area.

Also, along with many others, last night I was watching the Steelers vs. Chargers game and couldn’t help but be touched by all of the different ways these professional athletes and coaches are showing their support. From pink shoes, pink sweatbands and pink ribbon stickers on helmets, it was awesome to see the NFL getting involved this year. When thinking of the millions of people that watch NFL football, you can see how widespread this campaign is.

To find out more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ways to get involved, click here:

Carthy Picton
American Medical ID


Introducing the USB Dog Tag ID

It is always exciting when a new product is launched! I am especially excited about the launch of new technology! Last week American Medical ID launched its latest medical ID and USB! This is a first of its kind…taking a medical ID and incorporating the technology of a USB flash drive. The USB Dog Tag ID is personally engraved with your most important medical information. It is also engraved with “USB Contains Medical Information” making it evident that MORE medical information is available on the USB itself. What an amazing combination!

The 1GB USB can store your medical conditions, emergency contacts, doctors’ names, insurance information, and important documents (such as living wills, donor cards, EKGs, X-rays, etc.). The password protected USB Dog Tag ID, is compatible with Windows® Vista/ XP, Mac OS X 10.5.6.

Liz Gabel
American Medical ID
Interactive Sales

Army Wives: Diabetes and Medical IDs

I was an avid watcher of Army Wives when it premiered. Then life got the better of me and I just couldn’t keep up.  Many of my co-workers were much more diligent than I.  So when it was mentioned to me that the topic of diabetes was worked into the latest several episodes, my interest was renewed and I made a concerted effort to tune in.

To summarize, Kim Delaney’s character, Claudia Joy goes in for tests after a bad car accident and is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  Her doctor discusses the seriousness of diabetes, all the risks involved and proper management through insulin, monitored blood glucose levels and diet. We see her go through a range of emotions until another person with diabetes helps her come to terms with her condition.   

It’s refreshing to see an honest, educational portrayal of the seriousness of diabetes.  In addition, the inclusion of the importance of wearing a medical ID is wonderfully portrayed in episode 14, (Air Date: 09/13/09 chapter 1) when Claudia Joy’s husband takes the initiative to protect her by giving her a beautiful medical ID bracelet. Although Claudia Joy rebuffs the bracelet initially, by the end of the episode (chapter 4) she reconsiders and puts the ID on.

It truly is important to know that besides treating diabetes effectively through proper medical care a successful treatment program should include wearing a medical ID. Great job Lifetime!  (Oh, in case you were wondering… yes, the medical ID is our very own Premier Bracelet.  Nice choice Michael!).

Andrea Rucker
American Medical ID

Calling All Walkers!! For the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: Walk for Food Allergy

Did you know that food allergy affects 12 million Americans, or one in 25 people? Did you know there is something you can do to help raise awareness of food allergy and the effect it has on a community?

American Medical ID is doing just that this Saturday morning…rain or shine! We are participating as Bronze Sponsor at our local FAAN: Walk for Food Allergy in Houston, Texas. With a lot of hard work and dedication, we have a team of 41 people that will be walking to support this wonderful organization and cause. Here is a link to the 2009 walk locations. I bet there is one near you in the coming weeks:

If anyone resides in Houston, TX we would love for you to drop by our booth to say hello. If you can’t make it by the booth, you will easily be able to spot us in our company t-shirts we had created especially for this event. Also, stay tuned for pictures and maybe even videos we will take during and after the walk.

For more information about the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, please visit their site at:

Also, please remember that if you or a loved one has a food allergy you should wear a medical ID bracelet or medical ID necklace.

Carthy Picton

American Medical ID


Fall Newsletter

We just sent out our Fall Newsletter! Want to be on our mailing list?  Just visit our website and sign up today!

Welcome to the Fall Newsletter!
This is the third of 4 quarterly Newsletters you will receive thisyear!

American Medical ID will soon market the first ever engravable USB Dog Tag ID necklace. Engrave your most important medical highlights on the external surface of the USB Dog Tag ID…house your more detailed information on the form provided inside the ID on the USB drive. It’s the perfect combination of the tried and true and newer technology.

You’ll be hearing more about it from us and in the media. Stay tuned!

With the arrival of fall – finally – remember that the holiday season will soon be upon us. Consider an engraved medical ID bracelet or necklace as a gift idea for someone close to you. With our recent new
collections, your gift can have the “wow” factor of a piece of fine jewelry while giving peace of mind at the same time.

Speaking of WOW, check out our latest addition to the Odyssey Collection. Read about it below.

Now that it is cooler, why not start a walking program this fall?  And what better way to start than walking for a cure.  Join American Medical ID in supporting the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:
Walk for Food Allergy by participating in one of its many walks across the U.S. See the link below.

Finally, we’ve offered some articles and recipes we thought you might find of interest. Have a great fall season!

Rick Russell
President & CEO, American Medical ID

Coming Soon!
USB Dog Tag ID

Introducing the 1st engravable USB Dog Tag Medical ID! Yes, that’s right…you can engrave the dog tag medical ID AND store your most important medical information on the USB. All in one!!!
This 1GB USB is perfect to store your:
• Medical Conditions
• Emergency Contacts
• Doctors’ Names
• Insurance Information
• Documents


Introducing the Odyssey Round Bracelet!

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Your Health and News

Walk for a Cure!
Food Allergies that is. FAAN – the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network – holds walks across the U.S. in order to raise awareness and funds to support their cause. Most are happening this fall. American
Medical ID and members of our team are involved as a sponsor and participant in the upcoming Houston area walk. Click to find out if one of the 30+ walks is in an area near where you live.

Food allergy is a potentially fatal condition that scientists estimate affects approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25, and is rapidly increasing in prevalence. If you or a loved one is at
risk due to a food allergy, always wear an engraved medical ID bracelet or necklace.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity:
You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good?
1. Exercise improves your mood.
2. Exercise combats chronic diseases.
3. Exercise helps manage your weight.
4. Exercise boosts your energy level.
5. Exercise promotes better sleep.
Source:  Mayo Clinic
Read Full Article!

Heart Healthy Recipe
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Warm Balsamic Strawberries
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Back-to-School and Your Child’s Safety

It’s that time of year! Our kids are heading back to school and there is so much to do! I am sure many of you are scrambling to get your last minute supplies and new clothes before that first day.

We know it’s easy to get wrapped up in the simple things but there are many important things you can’t overlook before you send your child off. When searching for relevant and interesting information to include in our weekly Health Briefs, we couldn’t help but notice all of the awesome tips we have come across to help us prepare and most importantly, to keep our children safe when they start school.

Here is a quick list of some of the best advice we have found:

- About 3% of kids have food allergies so you should do the following:

· Make a plan and get a letter from your child’s doctor that outlines the allergies

· Meet with the school nurse to develop an Individualized Health Plan (IHP)

- Have your child’s vision screened annually

- Make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date

- If your child receives medication on a regular basis for diabetes, asthma or any other chronic condition, make sure your child’s teachers and nurse are aware of your child’s needs

This list goes on and on and we encourage you to take a quick look at the two articles listed below for a more comprehensive list of these important notes:

- The Ultimate Back-to-School Health Checklist by New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital:

- Food Allergies go Back to School Too, by HealthyHouston Kids

Please remember that if your child has any allergies or a chronic disorder such as asthma or diabetes, a medical ID will help communicate their needs in an emergency situation while away at school.

Carthy Picton

American Medical ID


Personal Health Records are a Tool For Managing Your Health

You’ve probably begun to hear a lot of buzz surrounding personal health records.  What are these and how could one benefit you?  In one of our recent Health News Briefs we featured a great article on personal health records.  The article explained the benefits and, possibly, even the drawbacks to having your own pesonal health record.  The most important thing to remember is that YOU are in control of your health information.

Read the complete article from the Mayo Clinic: Personal Health Record: A Tool for Managing Your Health.

Did you know that American Medical ID now offers the e•MedTAG?  This is our own 1GB USB thumbdrive designed for storing your personal medical information.  Learn more about the e•MedTAG on our website.

Liz Gabel
American Medical ID
Interactive Sales


Support the Hire of a National Diabetes Coordinator

Did you know that more than 23.6 million people have diabetes? Did you know that by 2025 an estimated 50 million people will be living with diabetes?

These facts are startling and it is for reasons like these that we feel strongly about supporting the hire of a National Diabetes Coordinator. Here is what our very own Rick Russell, President & CEO of American Medical ID, had to say about this issue:

“American Medical ID supports establishment of the office of National Diabetes Coordinator. It would represent an important step toward confirming our commitment to fight the already unacceptable rate of growth in diabetes cases. The sheer numbers of the newly diagnosed dictate the need for greater leadership and coordination as we attempt to respond, as a nation, to what is becoming a national health care crisis.”

What can you do to help? It’s easy! Click here to sign the petition in support of this cause:

Now you can make a difference and have your voice heard on one of our nation’s leading healthcare problems.

Also, remember that if you have diabetes, wearing a medical ID bracelet or medical ID necklace could help save your life!

Carthy Picton

American Medical ID


Read Our Weekly Health News Briefs

Did you know that each week we send out a Health News Brief? These emails are loaded with great articles on current health related topics! If you would like to receive email correspondance from us, simply visit our site and provide us with your email address. Here is the brief sent out on July 23rd. Enjoy!

Health News Brief

10 Tips for Better Sleep: If you’re having trouble sleeping, change your sleep habits for a better night’s rest.
Source: Mayo Clinic

Autism May Be Linked to Mom’s Autoimmune Disease: Children of mothers who have autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease have up to a three times greater risk for autism.
Source: Forbes/HealthDay News

For Many Americans, Health Coverage is Key to a Job: U.S. company healthcare plans are usually subsidized by the employer. They are much more affordable and comprehensive than private plans that can exceed a $1,000 a month for a family, a huge burden for most households.
Source: Reuters

Celiac Disease No Longer a Rare Disorder: Celiac Disease (CD), a digestive system disorder caused by intolerance to gluten, was historically thought to be rare, but it is becoming evident that is no longer the case.
Source: Journal

Q&A: Exercise and Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis, called the “silent thief” of bone, gradually makes bones porous and prone to fracture. Of the 44 million Americans affected by this disease, 80 percent arewomen. Here, learn the answers to 5 common questions about exercise and osteoporosis.
Source: Cleveland Clinic

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Liz Gabel
American Medical ID
Interactive Sales