Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
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We’re all familiar with the 32 million and growing number of Americans with life-threatening food allergies and that 5.6 million of them are children. In their 2020 book, The End of Food Allergies, Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD and Sloan Barnett offer information, guidance, and hope for anyone struggling with food allergies. A frequent contributor to this newsletter, Kristen Stewart reviews their book, sharing their hope for the future.
The End of Food Allergy: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse a 21st Century Epidemic
By Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD and Sloan Barnett
Book review by Kristen Stewart
August 15, 2022
When I recently picked up End of Food Allergy: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse a 21st Century Epidemic by Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD and Sloan Barnett, I saw the proclamation on the cover — "Featuring Immunotherapy." Naturally I thought that was its subject. It turns out I was both right and wrong.
This book does provide detailed information about immunotherapy, the state-of-the-art treatment that can re-educate the immune system in a matter of months to no longer see allergy triggers as cause for alarm. But that is not all. As an added bonus, it takes the reader on a deep dive into everything one needs to know about food allergies.
Elimination diets are used to help identify and treat food intolerances and sensitivities. They are also used in identifying food allergies. In this Forbes article, you will gain an understanding of what temporary food elimination diets are and how they help manage food sensitivities and allergies.
Elimination Diets: Everything You Need to Know
Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.Sc. Internal Medicine / Integrative Medicine
Aug. 12, 2022
If you believe you’re living with a food sensitivity, food intolerance, or a food allergy, you’re not alone—about 10.8% of U.S. adults have a food allergy, and food intolerances are estimated to affect up to 20% of the general population.
Every parent is concerned about what and when to feed their babies allergenic foods. The recommendations often change as new research is published, causing confusion. That said, new research in Australia and the US show that revised allergen feeding guidelines support the early introduction of such foods and have been found to reduce the yearly rate of increase in hospital admissions for anaphylaxis.
Read more about this promising research and how, with your doctor, you can apply it.
Rates of Anaphylaxis Slowed After Change in Allergen Feeding Guidelines
By Dave Bloom
The rapidly accelerating rise in Australian children being admitted to hospitals for severe allergic reactions during the 2000s slowed as changes in feeding guidelines regarding the introduction of allergenic foods have evolved. Those changes mirrored the changes in feeding guidelines in the US.