Food Allergies

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Most people take eating for granted - but for some, eating can be downright dangerous. Thirty thousand Americans are hospitalized each year due to an allergic food reaction and peanut allergies in American children doubled from 1997 to 2002. Between two and ten percent of children are affected by food allergies worldwide and adverse food reactions increased hospital admissions by five hundred percent in the United Kingdom during the past two decades. Asthma cases, a reliable indicator of food allergy ...

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Most people take eating for granted - but for some, eating can be downright dangerous. Thirty thousand Americans are hospitalized each year due to an allergic food reaction and peanut allergies in American children doubled from 1997 to 2002. Between two and ten percent of children are affected by food allergies worldwide and adverse food reactions increased hospital admissions by five hundred percent in the United Kingdom during the past two decades. Asthma cases, a reliable indicator of food allergy susceptibility, increased one hundred percent during the last thirty years. While most people assume they have a food allergy, only a very small percentage of cases are a true food allergy. For reasons still unknown, the human immune system reacts abnormally to certain foods. However, medical disorders, increased globalization of the food supply, and an upsurge of processed and convenience foods that contain food additives may also cause adverse food reactions as well. Accurate diagnosis can be extremely tricky and many sufferers never learn what causes their symptoms.

Why are adverse food reactions on the rise? How can an accurate diagnosis be made? Is it even possible to enjoy foods and stay safe and healthy? These are just some of the questions this book will answer while helping the reader to learn all they can about why adverse food reactions happen, distinguish between a true food allergy and a food hypersensitivity, and outline strategies to successfully manage and live with them.

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"Written for students, consumers and health care professionals, this guide to food allergies discusses the fundamentals of immunology, symptoms and diagnostic protocols, the theories behind the formation of allergies and tips on how to 'live in the real world' with allergies and hypersensitivities. Richer, a registered and licensed dietitian and medical writer, uses clinical studies to explain why food allergies, intolerances and hypersensitivities occur, and she provides practical strategies for avoiding risks such as cross-contamination and anaphylactic shock. This volume also includes a Q&A section, appendices for non-allergenic foods and a list of online resources for further research."

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"Health professionals and patients will benefit from the important information presented. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313352737
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Series: Biographies of Disease Series
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ALICE C. RICHER,, R.D., MBA, L.D.is a registered and licensed dietitian who graduated from the University of Rhode Island, trained at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA, and completed her master' degree at Boston College. She currently has a private practice at Spaulding Rehabilitation - Framingham and Braintree outpatient centers, is a medical writer, and is the dietitian for the MLS soccer team, the New England Revolution. Alice has written numerous articles, professional education courses, appeared on the Norwood cable television parent lecture series, and been a requested speaker for the Massachusetts Dietetic Association and Massachusetts Consultant Dietitians. Her award winning book,Understanding the Antioxidant Controversy, with co-author Dr. Paul Milbury, was published in 2007. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, and the American Medical Writers Association.

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