The Peanut Allergy Epidemic

The Peanut Allergy Epidemic

What's Causing It and How to Stop It

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Essential reading for every parent of a child with peanut allergies. Third edition with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Why is the peanut allergy an epidemic that only seems to be found in western cultures? More than four million people in the United States alone are affected by peanut allergies, while there are few reported cases in India, a country where peanut is 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; she finds that in addition to the United States in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, 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. This third edition features a foreword from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and a new chapter on promising leads for cures to peanut allergies. The Peanut Allergy Epidemic is a must read for every parent, teacher, and health professional.
Publisher: [United States]: Skyhorse Publishing , 2017.
ISBN: 9781510726321
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Apr 22, 2017

This is a well researched book that all parents, all doctors, and all public health policy makers ought to read. Peanut allergies (and other food allergies) were almost unheard of till about the late 1980s, early 1990s. So what happened to set off this spiraling epidemic? What can be done to stop it? Borrow the book to find out.


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