Ha! I’m pulling back the curtain the great Oz once and for all! When you visit AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, unless you dig deep and to the bottom of the About page, you’ll never now know who is the master mind behind this utterly brilliant website. Please note that I was not paid to say nice things or was even remotely bribed with chocolate to write this post. At last, it is time for the world to meet Henry Ehrlich, one of the few fair male bloggers in our food allergy and asthma world, who also rubs elbows (Mostly via the Internet) with some of the most respected and ground breaking food allergy researchers in the nation! Secret: he is about to blow our minds with some incredible food allergy research and what it means to us very soon-so stay tuned.
A professional writer, Henry’s involvement began when he collaborated with two pediatric allergists on a book. One was his cousin, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, who is perennially named the top pediatric allergist in private practice in New York City and Dr. Lawrence Chiaramonte, who has had a brilliant career in research as well as practice. The book eventually went out of print, so the three of them revised it and reissued it as Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide, and since, as the authors say, “medicine moves faster than print” they launched the website, too. Both “Dr. Larry” and “Dr. Paul” have their own blogs, and Henry has his “Editor’s Notes.” There are also regular updates on research and news across the broad range of allergic diseases.
But what really sets this website apart are the guest editorials by some of my favorite authors. I can pop over and find some of the latest pressing issues and research translated into very simple common terms that I can understand. In addition, most of the articles also guide me towards having enough knowledge about a topic in my pocket that I can have a valuable and directed conversation with my allergist. Loving to research topics, the links and footnotes at the end of many of the articles allow me to follow up in greater details if needed.
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AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com speaks to that researcher side of me that I just can’t explain—the voice that asks “but why?” The only way I can describe this website is that Asthma Allergies Children is the bridge between a plain everyday mom like myself and my allergist, who swims in science and the medical side of managing life threatening food allergies and asthma. Henry’s compassion shows through. He clearly wants mothers to have enough background data to understand manage her child’s allergies and asthma.
As much as I want to think that he is doing that just for me, it is simply coincidence. Henry is much like the Tom Sawyer of allergy reporting really—he gets lots of interesting people to participate. I met Henry by chance at when a few of us bloggers were invited to the Auvi-Q Sanofi headquarters to meet the epinephrine auto-injectable device back in January. The lone rooster in the hen house, Henry managed himself well amongst us lipstick-wearing types. When I realized that Henry was the person behind one of my favorite sites I was surprised. While I knew his name, I had to get past my own stereotype of a food allergy blogger. Somehow, I had envisioned a petite little food allergy stay-at-home mom with a science degree who knew how to translate medical data into terms that I needed to know as a parent of two asthmatic and food allergic children. But…no! Henry was, in fact, a guy! I’ve been honored to get to know him over the last several months and I as each month passes, my admiration for him grows along with my enjoying his friendship.
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He is quite supportive and empathic to our quest as the CEO’s of our homes and children’s health. His MO is to keep himself in the middle and be respectful of all parties involved and help decipher information. He is quick witted and writes some of the best blog posts and email on the Internet. Side bar: back in the day, Henry was a corporate speechwriter and was even invited to work in the White House, but unfortunately, it was the wrong party in office at the wrong time. An ex-President’s loss is our gain.