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"I would thoroughly recommend this book to all serious allergy sufferers" (Women's Fitness, September 2007)

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Includes over 25 allergen-free recipes!

Covers peanut allergy and the new labeling guidelines

Anxious about food allergies in your family? This no-nonsense, plain-English guide gives you expert guidance in identifying and avoiding the foods that trigger your reactions. You'll learn how to spot hidden ingredients on food labels and menu items, treat reactions effectively, and manage your diet without feeling deprived.

Discover how to:

  • Eliminate problem foods
  • Find a qualified food allergist

  • Handle mild and severe reactions

  • Manage allergies at home, school, and work

  • Treat your child's allergies

  • Build your own allergy emergency kit

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470095849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470095843
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you read just 1 book about food allergies, make it this one. This book is my food allergy bible. Why?

1. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming. By this, I mean it covers a lot and it does so in an empowering way; you don't finish the book (or even a chapter) feeling paralyzed. You leave with information to make decisions about how you want to deal food allergies as they affect you, a family member, a friend, etc.

2. It is nice to see so much key information presented in one place. I tried obtaining the same information from other publications and websites. I could not find it all (I am not sure most of it exists elsewhere) - and I had to hunt all over the place to collect the golden nuggets that I could find.

3. I love that everything is presented in layman's terms - not the "medical speak" one finds in medical journals or research papers/studies (which clearly have value, but, for an "average Joe" like me, can be difficult to muddle through).

4. The authors present specific information - with details and quantitative references/benchmarks rather than generalizations. For example, they provide percentages about how likely one is to outgrow a particular food allergy, how likely one is to have a child with a food allergy (if you have an allergic disease) or another child with a food allergy (if you are a parent with one food allergic child already), etc. The information provided is also very practical; it takes into account that food allergic people do not live in a plastic bubble and talks about ways to deal with "everyday situations" (including social situations) as well as emergencies.

5. The book answers questions that you would ask if you had unlimited time with your own allergist or with Dr. Wood himself.
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I have been leading an allergy support group,volunteering with non-profit organizations, writing a newsletter and raising a child with food allergies for the past six years, so I really felt like I had seen and read it all. However this book is a most welcome addition to my food allergy collection, in fact, it's on top!

If you are just starting out on this journey, you will have all of your questions answered and answers for those that you dont even know to ask.

If, like me, you've been at this for awhile, you will get more detail, all of the latest research, facts and figures and even some of the rationale behind decisions that our doctors make.

Best of all are the personal stories from Dr Wood. When you hear the stories from someone who has been there, you cant help but finish the book with a sense of hope and confidence.
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I developed a shrimp allergy when I was in my early 30s, complete with wheezing and hives. Over the next several years, I found that many foods affected me in unusual and uncomfortable ways. What was once just a faint tingle on my tongue when I ate a banana turned into a more significant reaction with many, many more foods than just bananas. I picked up a copy of Food Allergies For Dummies in hopes of finding some answers, and I got many. This book is so full of information for the newly diagnosed or someone trying to determine if food allergies might be an issue. I felt much more prepared when talking to my doctor and could ask informed questions (and understand the answers!) after reading it. Plus, the author suffers from food allergies himself, so he was able to bring first-hand experience to the book as well as plenty of stories from his medical practice -- I definitely felt he was talking *to* me and not *at* me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is or might be allergic to various foods and wants to know more about this issue and the options for treatment.
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From the start of this book, I felt like I was sitting down for a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Wood. Having a severe peanut allergy himself, he offers a unique and very personal perspective not found in publications by other doctors. This book came along at the perfect time for us - with our oldest food-allergic child on the brink of entering public school, I am especially grateful for the practical information and advice in that arena.

This book is down-to-earth enough to serve as a starting point for food allergy "newbies", and well-organized enough to serve as a reference for us "veterans". I would recommend it to anyone affected by food allergies.
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I am also a co-leader of a food allergy support group. I have read a lot of books on food allergies as well as have had a lot of great speakers come to our meetings addressing food allergies. I find this book to be one of the best available. It is very resourceful and easy to use and easy to understand. It covers a wide range of topics. There is information on testing, avoidance, sending your child to school with food allergies, alternative treatments, etc. I am glad to finally find a book that covers it all. You won't be disappointed with this one.
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I thought Food Allergies for Dummies would talk about all age groups but its just for children.You don't always grow out of an allergy. You can get them at any time and they can get worse. I would like to see a book that mentions those facts. I was hoping that this book would mention that.It is great to have things about kids very needed. But many adults die every year because no one talks about the fact that they have them also and can get them at different ages. I have personally had my own family not believe me or doctors because I had an allergy change from mild discomfort to needing a pen and not even able to touch places that food with my allergy in it have been. My family didn't believe that it had gotten worse and put things I'm allergic to in the house and used them. Christmas was not kind this year I found the hard way that I could no longer touch things that food with my allergen in it touched. My life has become nothing but trying to figure out what sets off reactions and I don't even go out to events much. My own family poisoned me because books didn't say adults could get food allergies and I have gotten some that I didn't have at all as a child. If anyone is an Author out that dealing with this problem or cares please write a book or something. Even labels don't have to say they have the top 3 allergens in the product if it is only made for adults in the USA. Products that are not to be eaten also do not have to list the top 3 allergies on the labels and many kids die every year from Almond oil in soaps often ones that claimed to be safe for allergy suffers after all its a natural ingredient.I did not read much of this book at all after my disappointment at seeing the book is only about kids.Read more ›
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