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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:38 pm 
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We reviewed some good new books in AL's Fall issue.
Just thought I'd post here, too. Worth looking for.

On the Nature of Food Allergy
Paul J. Hannaway, M.D.; $24.95; Lighthouse Press

Dr. Paul Hannaway, known for his writing on asthma such as The Asthma Self-Help Book, has created an invaluable book with On the Nature of Food Allergy. Unlike some books on allergy, he doesn’t talk down to the patient or parent, but gives an engaging, enlightening and thorough examination of this disease.
Hannaway is an able communicator, who makes the complicated science of the immune system understandable. He has also taken the time to incorporate the latest research into discussion of issues such as food allergy and eczema, the reliablity of testing, the role of T-cells and the hygiene hypothesis. The reader will welcome standalone chapters on: milk and hen’s egg; wheat; peanut and legume; tree nut; seed and spice; seafood; and fruit. There’s even one on less common reactions.
With the benefit of 35 years as an allergist, Hannaway has watched food allergy grow from a rarity to one of the leading causes of hospital visits. Too many allergy books “phone in” the same old, basic advice on food allergy. Hannaway’s book is definitely not one of those. You’ll learn something on almost every page. – Gwen Smith

Dealing with Food Allergies
in Babies and Children

Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, PhD, RD; $28.95;
Bull Publishing Company


Janice Joneja is a researcher with a PhD in microbiology and immunology, author, and dietitian who for several years was the head of the allergy nutrition program at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. She brings a unique perspective, getting beyond diagnosis and into the management of diet and coping with food allergies. This will be especially useful to parents of children with multiple food allergies.
In this book, Joneja also delves into the identification of culprit allergens (not always obvious), drawing on her clinical experience to propose a sound process of elimination diet (for a short period) and careful food introduction. (She stresses consulting an allergist, and never trying a “home challenge” with a food to which an allergic child has had a severe reaction.) Her exploration of diet sets her book apart, and her approach of “careful – not fearful” is present throughout. –G.S.


Food Allergies for Dummies

Robert A. Wood, MD with Joe Kraynak,
$23.99; Wiley Publishing


Allergy and asthma expert Dr. Robert Wood offers an organized and practical guide to food allergies, from diagnosis to preventing reactions, and steps to follow in case of emergency.
Wood, the chief of pediatric allergy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, treats thousands of patients a year. He has also been peanut-allergic since childhood, so his counsel on “living well with food allergies”– from eating out, to managing in school and traveling – comes with the benefit of personal experience. Also excellent: the detailed advice on enrolling an allergic child in daycare and preschool. –G.S.

Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape
Our Lives and Landscapes

Gregg Mitman; $34.95; Yale University Press

Gregg Mitman begins his portrait of the evolution of asthma and allergies in North America at a time when the conditions were so poorly understood, a young man is surprised to discover that by traveling from Boston to Sacramento, his annual August ‘cold’ could be stemmed.
He goes on to discuss some important innovations, such as the development of skin-prick testing and the first pollen count in the 1930s. Some of the thinking of the day seems odd now: Mitman tells of one doctor who believed asthmatic children needed to be separated from their parents in order to regain health.
He looks at how we’ve modified the air in the spaces where we live – with modern inventions such as the air conditioner, vacuum cleaner and air purifier – to relieve symptoms, while allowing industries that spew toxins to flourish. Mitman makes the compelling argument that we have been “lulled into complacency by symptomatic relief” and the promise of the next “magic bullet” to cure asthma and allergies, without understanding how our environment, and the way we have altered it, affects our health. – [Claire Gagné

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Excellent! I'm always looking for new angles or more up to date information. :D

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