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Extreme allergies and rare conditions can teach us a lot about human tolerance

It’s a wild world, and there’s a lot to be allergic to.

Sure, there are the common ones like pollen, peanuts, and certain medications. But what if you had a bad reaction to water? To sunlight? And to exercise (seriously)?

Hear what it’s like to have these rare conditions, and how the people who have them empower themselves to manage them.

Audacious with Chion Wolf is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe for early access and bonus features!

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  • Rachel Warwick of Derbyshire, England, has aquagenic urticaria, which means she is allergic to water
  • Ann Reardonof Sydney, Australia, is the author of How to Cook That: Crazy Sweet Creations, and host of the YouTube channel, How To Cook That. She has food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis
  • Jasmin Barman-Aksozen of Zurich, Switzerland, has Erythropoietic Protoporphyria - an extreme toxic reaction to sunlight
  • Patricia Rydeen of Minneapolis, MN, is a fan of Brewers baseball, and has an allergy to bad umpires

Jessica Severin de Martinez, Catie Talarski, Abe Levine, and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.

Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.
Jessica Severin de Martinez is a producer for Audacious with Chion Wolf.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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