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The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, 3rd Ed. Paperback – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
Michael C. Young, M.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and practices at Children's Hospital, Boston and at South Shore Allergy & Asthma Specialists in South Weymouth, MA. Dr. Young is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Education Task Force on Anaphylaxis that developed the first guidelines in the country for the management of food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools.
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The book is written in a concise, no-nonsense, no-hype manner. It is pretty short, but there were very few questions left unanswered when I was done reading it. And I had received LOTS of answers to questions I did not know I should have had. (who knew that egg rolls often uses peanut putter in order to “glue” the end folds down? What cleaners work when removing peanut butter from your hands?)
It talks scientifically as well as practically about allergies (not just peanut). And it teaches you what questions you need to ask the allergist in order to help you implement a plan to keep your child (or yourself) safe – especially at school.
There were some complaints for the earlier editions about Dr . Young “blaming the mother”, and how counter productive and mean that is. Let me clarify that Dr. Young is not “blaming” the parents, though he does discuss some of the potential environmental causes for developing an allergy. I had an insane peanut craving while pregnant with my son, and I feel just awful that eating lots of peanut butter during the pregnancy may have contributed to his allergy. But just like the discussions with autism, asthma, etc., there now seems to be some evidence of some environmental triggers (in-womb and after birth), for some of people who are already genetically predisposed and at-risk. If we are too worried about making people feel guilty, then we will never learn how to lessen the risk in the future.
I have never bothered to write an Amazon review before, but I felt so strongly about this book that I had to write one for it. If you have child, grandchild, or a child in your care (day care, nanny, baby-sitting etc.), who has a peanut allergy, you HAVE TO HAVE this book – it is required reading.