Carolyn Young, PhD
Dr. Carolyn has personal and professional experiences with Food Allergies and Intolerences. As a child she experienced “unpleasant feelings” after consuming foods such as hot dogs and ice cream. Food allergies and intolerances were not generally understood when she was a child and no one provided any helpful information or suggestions. It became necessary for her to avoid situations where the menu was limited to those foods or where she would be subjected to uncomplimentary comments about her avoiding certain foods. In the mid-70s she learned that the unrelenting, itchy rash on her face was the result of consuming a few bites of a mango, days prior to onset of the rash. Identifying specific foods responsible for adverse reactions and exploring mechanisms involved in these adverse reactions (i.e., histamine overload, gut bacteria) are ongoing activities
A career in dental hygiene provided her with opportunities to work directly with individuals. Empowering her patients, through education, and seeing ongoing improvements in their oral health and self confidence was rewarding. Her interests in biology, chemistry and medicine prompted her to return to college where she became captivated by the immune system. As an Environmental Toxicology graduate student at the University of California, Irvine she continued her studies and research in immunology. Upon graduation, with her PhD, she was employed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Premarket Approval. During her time at the FDA, food allergens and the necessity to include the 8 major allergens on food labels became effective.
Dr. Carolyn is passionate about sharing her experiences, education, and training to empower and assist others who are affected by food allergies and intolerances. This passion led her to create Food Allergy and Intolerance Training and Education (FAITE), become a member of FARE and a Certified Master Trainer with AllerTrain. She looks forward to assisting those in the food service industry by providing the AllerTrain suite of ANSI certified courses, providing useful tools for those in the food service industry and the general public, and educating others via public speaking engagements.