I was offered the exciting privilege of reviewing a book about food allergies. Flourishing With Food Allergies, by A. Anderson, proved to be a great resource for information on living with food allergies. Living with food allergies, especially when it is your child, proves to carry a huge weight of worry and anxiety. The first part of this book provides snippets from other people’s experiences. It helped me to feel like I was not alone, or crazy for that matter.
What I like most about this book is that it is very thought provoking about the cause of food allergies. I know that there has been great effort in searching for a cure, but I have always felt that finding the cause is more important. If there is something that is causing such havoc on our biological system, it should be stopped! What about autism and ADHD? Could these be the results of the same culprit? Do you realize how many extra chemicals go into our food supply?
Many people take for granted that we live in a well protected society and that this protection includes our food supply. Maybe you have noticed all the press on things such as BPA in our plastic, hormones and antibiotics in our milk, and pesticides contaminating our produce, just to name a few. Ms. Anderson does a great job in her book shedding more light on some of these kinds of questions.
Sometime within the past year, a Canadian man by the name of Kyle Dine produced an awesome food allergy CD, “You Must Be Nuts.” Each of the songs are very upbeat with catchy rhymes, and they zero in on the different aspects of food allergies. A few of my favorites are, “Epi-Man,” “Smelephant the Allergic Elephant,” and “Stop! Please Don’t Feed Me.”
Living in the world of food allergies is at times very stressful and overwhelming- especially for a parent of a food allergic child. Some of these songs come across as silly, but in reality they hit home hard for me. I found myself tearing up quite a bit the first time I listened. It is as though there is now something HUGE out there that understands my life in the world of food allergies, and provides something that my child can really connect to. Thank you Kyle Dine!
I would like to take this time to write about a wonderful online support group that has proven to be of great help to me this past year. Kids With Food Allergies is an online site that offers a forum for parents of kids with food allergies where they can engage in conversation about all of the different aspects of living with a child that suffers this disease.
For me, it has not only given me great support in that I was reminded I am not alone in this battle, but I have gained some great advice through my experience there.
Of course, it is always important to check with your doctor first about medical issues, but in the challenging world of food allergies, it sometimes takes a whole community of experienced parents to help figure out some of the mysterious reactions that are often encountered on this journey.
For what it is worth, I give my full endorsement to Kids With Food Allergies. I hope, as a parent with a food allergy kid, you can find the same sense of peace I have found while visiting and sharing with the other parents who are also in your shoes.