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Understanding Your Food Allergies and Intolerances; A Guide to Management and Treatment

Understanding Your Food Allergies and Intolerances; A Guide to Management and Treatment

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A guide to understanding and handling food allergies and sensitivities A comprehensive overview of food sensitivities, including food allergies and food intolerances. The authors clear up much of the confusion consumers have about food sensitivities as they help food-sensitive individuals understand their symptoms, manage their condition and learn to enjoy eating again. Features: • Listing of most common food allergies • Examination of the differences between allergies and intolerances • Discussion of where to look for hidden food allergens • Case studies of various allergic reactions • Questions to ask your doctor • Guide to traveling with food allergies • Quiz for when to get tested • A look at new and future treatments for food sensitivity
A guide to understanding and handling food allergies and sensitivities A comprehensive overview of food sensitivities, including food allergies and food intolerances. The authors clear up much of the confusion consumers have about food sensitivities as they help food-sensitive individuals understand their symptoms, manage their condition and learn to enjoy eating again. Features: • Listing of most common food allergies • Examination of the differences between allergies and intolerances • Discussion of where to look for hidden food allergens • Case studies of various allergic reactions • Questions to ask your doctor • Guide to traveling with food allergies • Quiz for when to get tested • A look at new and future treatments for food sensitivity

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Publish date: May 22, 2012
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The information in this book is not intended to replace the advice of thereader’s own physician or other medical professional. You should consult amedical professional in matters relating to health, especially if you haveexisting medical conditions, and before starting, stopping, or changing thedose of any medication you are taking. Individual readers are solelyresponsible for their own health care decisions. The author and thepublisher do not accept responsibility for any adverse effects individualsmay claim to experience, whether directly or indirectly, from the informa-tion contained in this book.The fact that an organization or Web site is mentioned in the book as a potential source of information does not mean that the author or thepublisher endorse any of the information they may provide or recommenda-tions they may make.The stories in this book are composite, fictional accounts based on theexperiences of many individuals. Similarities to any real person or personsare coincidental and unintentional.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR FOOD ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCES
. Copyright © 2012by Harvard University. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of  America. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue,New York, NY 10010. www.stmartins.com Design by Patrice SheridonLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataShreffler, Wayne.Understanding your food allergies and intolerances : a guide to manage-ment and treatment / Wayne Shreffler, Qian Yuan, Karen Asp.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references.ISBN 978-0-312-60582-7 (trade pbk.)ISBN 978-1-4668-0251-3 (e-book)1. Food allergy. I. Yuan, Qian. II. Asp, Karen. III. Title.RC596.S37 2012616.97'3—dc232012004621First Edition: May 201210 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
chapter 1 
Learning the Lingo
Have you ever 
eaten a certain food (or foods) andthen felt sick a few minutes or even a few hours later?Maybe you got an itchy mouth, felt nauseous, or haddiarrhea. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that you simply feelbetter if you avoid certain foods. If so, you could be oneof millions of Americans with a food sensitivity.There are two types of food sensitivities—food al-lergies and food intolerances—and because they sharesome characteristics, they’re often confused. So how doyou know which one you have? Unfortunately, that’s notan easy question to answer, especially because there’s somuch confusion about food sensitivities in general. Foodsensitivities even baffle doctors!It’s tough to understand, after all, why food might bean enemy when your body needs food to exist. To quotethe Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, “What is

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