Explaining Food Allergies

Explaining Food Allergies

by Carol Ballard
     
 

The Explaining...series looks at a range of conditions, illnesses, and disabilities that affect children and adults all over the world. The books explain why they occur, how they are diagnosed, how they affect people, and how they can be treated. Case studies illustrate how it feels to have an illness or disability and how children and adults manage their

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The Explaining...series looks at a range of conditions, illnesses, and disabilities that affect children and adults all over the world. The books explain why they occur, how they are diagnosed, how they affect people, and how they can be treated. Case studies illustrate how it feels to have an illness or disability and how children and adults manage their conditions and live full and happy lives.

Many of us dislike certain foods and food can sometimes make us feel unwell, but only a small percentage of people have a real food allergy. This book will help you understand what a food allergy is and how it affects people. People who have a food allergy can react in different ways. Learn how people with food allergies protect themselves and how technology may help them in the future.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shelly McCoy
This book is an informative look at the reaction of a person's body to food. Food allergies seem more common in this century and likely affect someone that the reader knows, or the reader him/herself. One of the first chapters explains the difference between food aversion, intolerance, and allergy; and there are additional chapters on testing, avoiding, and treating allergies. It is interesting to find out that the body's defense mechanisms work for allergies, although the immune system should ignore it, and the white blood cells reach the nose, throat, skin and elsewhere to create an allergic reaction that is different for everyone. Peanuts are one of the most serious allergies to date and can cause anaphylaxis, which is when the throat and airways swell. A new allergy to lupin seeds, used in flour and pasta, is also on the rise. Milk or egg allergies, which are two of the most common allergies, are outgrown by eighty per cent of the children by age five and manufacturers are trying to produce allergen-free foods. These are just two of the interesting facts found in this book. A timely topic is presented in an easy-to-read, but detailed way to give students in a health curriculum a good resource for a report or a group discussion. The book personalizes the topic by offering several profiles of people affected by allergies. This book may be used in a classroom to help students understand the allergies of the students in the class, and how to help. Reviewer: Shelly McCoy
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–The goal of this series is to give readers a better understanding of these disorders since they will often be in contact with sufferers. The writers accomplish this mission quite well, thoroughly explicating the diseases in a way that will not overwhelm readers (text is small but chapters are only two pages long). The books provide basic overviews of the health concerns related to the disease; information on diagnosis and treatment; and a discussion of the challenges or complications experienced by the affected person and their family/friends, and how to manage those problems. The texts close with a chapter about ongoing research and possible future cures. The “Further Information” sections include books that have been published in the past few years as well as a list of appropriate organizations and Web sites. The incorporation of quotes and personal accounts in “Case Notes” sidebars adds to the sensitive tone found throughout the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599203164
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Black Rabbit Explaining Series
Pages:
45
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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