The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What's Causing It and How to Stop It

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"The landscape of childhood has changed. And as parents, teachers, and caregivers are continually challenged to meet the increasing needs of food-allergic children . . . Heather Fraser sheds light on the sudden increase in peanut allergy, providing readers with detailed insight and a valuable historical perspective." —Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth

Why is the peanut allergy an epidemic that only seems to be found in Western cultures? Over four million people in ...

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Overview


"The landscape of childhood has changed. And as parents, teachers, and caregivers are continually challenged to meet the increasing needs of food-allergic children . . . Heather Fraser sheds light on the sudden increase in peanut allergy, providing readers with detailed insight and a valuable historical perspective." —Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth

Why is the peanut allergy an epidemic that only seems to be found in Western cultures? Over four million people in the United States alone are affected by peanut allergies, while there are no reported cases in India, a country where peanuts are the primary ingredient in many baby food products. Where did this allergy come from, and does medicine play any kind of role in the phenomenon? After her own child had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter, historian Heather Fraser decided to discover the answers to these questions.

In The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, Fraser delves into the history of this allergy, trying to understand why it largely develops in children and studying its relationship with social, medical, political, and economic factors. In an international overview of the subject, she compares the epidemic in the United States to sixteen other geographical locations, finding that in addition to the United States, in countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia, and Sweden there is a one in fifty chance that a child, especially a male, will develop a peanut allergy. Fraser also highlights alternative medicines and explores issues of vaccine safety and other food allergies, making his book a must-read for every parent, teacher, and health professional.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781632203571
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/7/2015
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author


Heather Fraser is a writer and historian based in Toronto, Canada. She is the mother of a child who suffers from peanut allergies.
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