Ivy Kupec | Biography

January 19, 2009 by Ivy Kupec  
Filed under Ivy F. Kupec

ivy-picLiving in the heart of Germany’s wine country, Ivy is a freelance writer who has grown quite accustomed to writing about wine, beer and spirits these days. Ivy spent more than 20 years in health care and science communications, working for one of the largest hospitals in Ohio, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and most recently the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. And, if you don’t think science and health play an important role in the world of wine, keep reading Vintelligence!


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2 Responses to “Ivy Kupec | Biography”
  1. Sue Weible says:

    I just want to comment on an article of yours I have recently been linked in a sulfite allergy support group I belong to.

    I take GREAT exception to your comments that the sulfites DON’T cause headache in sulfite sensitive individuals. That is a blatantly FALSE statement. Almost EVERY one of us gets severe migraine intensity headache that will last DAYS if we get into any sulfites. I got those migraines back before I even knew I had a sulfite sensitivity. I really miss a lot of things that have natural sulfites .. including good beer and wines. I also miss onion and garlic .. and yes they have high enough natural sulfur compounds that those of us severely sensitive will react to them as well. I had a reaction at Christmas just from sitting NEAR the dip a friend made that had a lot of garlic in it. Reaction was strong flushing and asthma attack .. btw I ONLY have asthma in relation to sulfites .. not the other way around .. I have always been strange :D .

    This is the article I am referring to btw
    The Truth about Sulfites
    May 19, 2009 by Ivy Kupec
    Filed under Inspired Posts, Ivy F. Kupec, News Release

  2. Ivy Kupec says:


    Thanks for your comment and sorry if I irritated you about sulfites and headaches. Sulfite allergies are AWFUL–no question about it, and clearly your body’s reactions show that they FAR exceed even migraines, which are awful in their own right. (I know — I have had them, too, but not from sulfites.) I try to be very thorough in my research for these blogs, and the literature I looked at did not support the link between headaches or migraines and sulfites–as an allergic reaction by itself. In my opinion, if my body was reacting as strongly as yours does to sulfites, it does not seem unlikely that there could be a chain reaction that sparks all sorts of other biological events. However, I am not a doctor or health professional. I wrote with the information I had available at the time. I’m so sorry about your sulfite allergy–I had read about how severe they can be, and your story is clear evidence why they make sulfite-free organic wine!

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