- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Bilner Books; 1 edition (June 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989329100
- ISBN-13: 978-0989329101
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Little Bit Can Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies -- Why We Should Care,What We Can Do Paperback – June 5, 2013
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by. Donna DeCosta
Rating: *** (3 Stars)
Book Length: 193 pages
Genre: Nonfiction, Health
When I think of food allergies I immediately think of gluten and dairy. I will then go to analyze the sulfate level in various foods - since I have an allergy to sulfate as well. I was excited to pick up this book, because I wanted to understand how consuming even a little bit of gluten will affect my intolerant daughter.
Except that is not what this book is about - at all. This book is mainly about allergies that can cause a child to go into anaphylaxis shock. It talks a lot about peanut allergies and tree nut allergies. It does also mention diary allergies.
The book is divided into sections. In the first section, you receive stories from various areas of their lifespan - starting at infancy and ending to adulthood. The stories are helpful for individuals to empathize with - an I am not alone kind of thing. They do not provide a wealth of information. You do receive some more information in the second section, which is where medical providers, educators, and community members write about their expertise.
Overall the book does not provide a whole lot of information on allergies. It is more along the theme of you are not alone, and people do successfully manage their allergy. The biggest problem that I had from the book (besides from a very generic title) is that everyone in the book is a sample of convenience. By this I mean that they were all connected to the same support group - possibly even all members of just one meeting location. This only provides a limited perspective. Even the medical professionals and community members were all connected to the same support group. Both educators for from the same PRIVATE school. Even though one teacher is in preschool and one in early education you do not get a very different perspective since they are both from the same school.
The best thing about this book is that it got me thinking about the effect of my daughter's lunch box on children at her school. Yet at the same time, it frustrated me. The parents in the book were not very sympathetic to children who only eat peanut butter. It was a your kid can starve because my kid is allergic. Since my child WILL STARVE herself rather than eat a non-preferred food I was not very happy with this attitude. However, I have talked with my daughter about how to make sure that she does not contaminate her friends with a peanut allergy. For example, she should always wash her hands after she eats. Also, she should never share food with her friends with a nut allergy since we often bake with almond flour and they could be allergic. These are also rules that I reinforce to help her manage her own allergies.
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From my large family's (3 biological children, 10 foster children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 grandparents I cared for) experience, I can say with a 100% confidence many of your misery issues, are probably related to food (and food additive) allergies or intolerances. I would go so far as to say the title of this book should read "A Little Bit WILL Hurt" instead of "A Little Bit CAN Hurt." Wading through the gauntlet of potential "toxins" in the diet followed by careful label reading and avoidance is demanding but well worth the happy, good health that will come from it.
I highly recommend this book along with Brain Grain, Wheat Belly, and The New Atkins for a New You (for its outstanding advise on healthy high fat low carb eating even if you don't want to lose weight) to get you started on better health through healthy eating with no drug-side effects offered by "modern" medicine.
Excellent book, well written and critically important for people to realize that their infirmities may actually be related to what they eat. One of the lesser known allergies to wheat has had a big resurgence in causing all kinds of digestive disturbances due to the presence of wheat in almost every single package of easy snack food. So you do a quick grab and go and then, an hour later, you are really "going" because of the wheat in your snack prepackaged food item you ate.
Prepared foods are also loaded with sugars and sodiums that have very negative effects on lots of people and can be the link to developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart dysrhythmias.
The book is compartmentalized, so that it can act as a reference for those looking for specific types of information. The Q&A sections are with recognized experts in their fields. The personal vignettes are true-to-life, and very familiar to those of us whose lives are touched by food allergies. They will be enlightening for those who do not deal with food allergies on a daily basis, and may help provide much-needed perspective and insight.
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