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-------------------------------------------------- This FAQ is also available on the World Wide Web at http://www.cs.unc.edu/~kupstas/FAQ.html -------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------- Misc.kids Frequently Asked Questions -- Allergies and Asthma Resources Revision 1.5 This FAQ is intended to answer frequently asked questions on allergies and asthma in the misc.kids newsgroup. Though the comments are geared towards parents of children, there is plenty of information for adults as well. The information in this FAQ is the collected "net wisdom" of a number of folk. It is not intended to replace medical advice. None of the contributors are medical professionals. Most of us either have allergies/asthma or have relatives/children with asthma/allergies, so this collection represents the experiences and prejudices of individuals. This is not a substitute for consulting your physician. To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address given below, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on Allergies and Asthma. Please try to be as concise as possible, as these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is. And, unless otherwise requested, your name and e-mail address will remain in the file, so that interested readers may follow-up directly for more information/discussion. This FAQ is posted regularly to news.answers and misc.kids.info. For a list of other misc.kids FAQ topics, look for the FAQ File Index posted to misc.kids.info or tune in to misc.kids. Collection maintained by: Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu) Last modified: June 4, 1997 Copyright 1997, Eileen Kupstas Soo. Use and copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact. ------------------------------------------------------------- FAQ Overview: General Information Part 1/2 General Information Part 2/2 Allergy and Asthma Resources and Reviews-- this file Allergy Recipes ------------------------------------------------------------- New info on information on Human Ecology Action League NO-MILK mailing list for people avoiding milk/casein/lactose mailing list for people with chemical sensitivities yeast, dairy, egg free bread mix updated info on The Food Allergy Network Clothes General Books/Information and Food Allergy Books Topic Index: 1. Support Groups 2. Pamphlets & Periodicals 3. Food Allergy Food Sources 4. Environmental Allergy Information 5. Allergy/Asthma Products 6. Net and Web Resources ------------------------------------------------------------- There are many contributors involved in this FAQ.. many thanks for all the work! ------------------------------------------------------------- Support Groups American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) 611 East Wells St. Milwaukie, WI 53202 (414) 272-6071 (800) 822-ASMA (2762) Professional association of allergists; provides information booklets and referrals to specialists in your area. The American Academy of Environmental Physicians (913) 642-6062 Maintains list of physicians who work with chemical sensitivities. American Allergy Association PO Box 7273 Menlo Park, CA 94026 An association of people suffering from allergies, as well as interested physicians and medical personnel. The association distributes a newsletter, book reviews, professional articles, and recipes. They have many publications, including _Allergies in Infants_. American Celiac Society & Dietary Support Coalition Annette Bentley 58 Musano Court West Orange, NJ 07052-4114 201/325-8837 in New Jersey $25 US, as of this revision Celiac Disease Foundation ($35/yr, starter info free) Elaine Monarch 13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite 3 Studio City, CA 91604-1838 818-990-Celiac (818-990-2354) Celiac Sprue Association/USA ($20/yr - $24 first year for new members) Leon Rottman PO Box 31700 Omaha, NE 68131-0700 402/558-0600 in Nebraska. American College of Allergy and Immunology 800 E. Northwest Highway, Ste. 1080 Palatine, IL. 60067 (708) 359-2800 or 1-800-842-7777 American Lung Assocication of Contra Costa (510) 935-0472 American Lung Association of Santa Clara (408) 998-5864 Has pamphlets on lung disease, smoking and offers asthma summer camps for children Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America 1125 15th. Street N.W., Ste. 502 Washington, D.C. 20005 (800) 624-0044 or (800) 7-ASTHMA [(800) 727-8462] Offers referrals to affliated support groups and specialized medical services througout the country and a newsletter. Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc 3554 Chain Bridge Road, Ste. 200 Fairfax, VA. 22030 (703) 385-4403 (800) 878-4403 Publishes a monthly newsletter with practical information for patients and families. Also has books, videos and other educational material available Canadian Celiac Association (Diet for Life Handbook $17.95 + $3) 6519B Mississauga Road (member $ vary, use credit card) Mississauga, Ontario L5N 1A6 905-567-7195 (800-363-7296 in Canada) E.L.A.S.T.I.C. (Education for Latex Allergy / Support-Team and Information-Coalition) . Information and support for individuals with latex allergies, education, health information. To subscribe to the Latex Allergy News, and become informed of current developments in research advancements, survival skills and ELASTIC proceedings, please contact: Debra Adkins, Editor 176 Roosevelt Ave. Torrington CT 06790 (203) 482-6869 FAX: (203) 482-7640 Compuserve 76500,1452 Contacts in many states are being established now, if you have any interest in participating in any area, please contact: Elizabeth C. Borel DMD ELASTIC or Nancy A. Mitchell ELASTIC 196 Pheasant Run Rd. 3 Folsom's Pond Rd. West Chester, PA 19380 Wayland, MA 01778 (610) 436-4801 (508) 358-5979 Compuserve 102246,126 nam1@ix.netcom.com The Food Allergy Network 10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107 Fairfax, VA 22030-5647 703-691-3179 800-929-4040 fax 703-691-2713 Non-profit organization that puts out a newsletter ($24.00US) on food allergies, that covers allergy-related subjects such as eczema, allergen-free recipes, drug updates, news updates, a dietician's column. They also sell a number of reasonably priced booklets and cards to help you cope with schools, information on anaphylaxis (potentially lethal allergic reactions), how to read food labels so as to avoid allergens (ex. soy products go by many names in packaging). Sample newsletter and information sent on request. Gluten Intolerance Group of North America ($25/yr + $13.45 starter pack) Elaine Hartsook PO Box 23053 Seattle, WA 98102 206-325-6980 Greater Philadelphia Celiac-Sprue Support Group (extensive starter pack) Phyllis J. Brogden 6318 Farmar Lane Flourtown, PA 19031 215-836-7518 For information on multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) contact The Human Ecology Action League (HEAL) PO Box 29629 Atlanta, GA 30359-1126 (404) 248-1898 Marion Merril Dow Pollen Hotline: 1-800-POLLENS National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (800) 222-5864 Provides information on lung disease through the toll free LUNG LINE Accepts patients thru physician referral Details: The National Jewish Center (NJC) is probably the leading research and treatment center for asthma and other immunological diseases in the world. In addition to providing specialized treatment, NJC conducts pharmaceutical trials, consultations, publishes a newsletter, and provides many other highly specialized and helpful services. Two of note include: The 24-hour National Jewish Lung Line (TM) which is staffed by specially trained nurses. Call 1-800-222-LUNG. The 24-hour National Jewish Lung Facts (TM) - pre-recorded information on respiratory and immunological diseases and programs at NJC. Call 1-800-552-LUNG ------------------------------------------------------------- Pamphlets & Periodicals Allergy & Asthma Guide from BioTech Health Systems, Ltd (800) 621-5545 products pamphlet about bedding protectors , HEPA air cleaners etc... Allergy Control Products (800) 422-DUST (or (800) 422-3878) Provides pamphlets & educational video and books; and allergy products. American College of Allergy and Immunology (800) 842-7777 or (708) 359-2800 Provides free brochure entitled "Advise from your Allergist" Air Currents published by Allen & Hanburys Respiratory Institute Five Moore Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 LungLine Letter published by The National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. ------------------------------------------------------------- Food Allergy Food Sources Ener-G Foods P.O. Box 84487 Seattle, WA 98124-5788 206-767-6660 800-331-5222 in Washington State 800-325-9788 Fax 206-764-3398 You can call them for their free Allergy packet of information. They manufacture and sell baking mixes, ready-made baked items, recipes (sorted by 45 dietary criteria) and specialize in products for those on gluten-free, wheat-free, egg-free, corn-free, soy-free, milk-free or low protein diets. The order form groups products by what they DON'T have (ex. wheat, eggs) and tells you the ingredients for each item. Sold by single package or by the case. Some of their products can be found in good health food stores. But if you want to buy it in bulk and save a decent amount of money, try one package from either a store or the manufacturer to see if you like it, and then place a bulk order with Ener-G. They also sell products for people with renal failure and malabsorption syndrome (Celiac-Sprue). King Arthur Flour Company -- Vermont has xanthan gum. 800-827-6836 Note: it may be cheaper to purchase xanthan gum from a local source, if you have one. Try local health/alternative food stores. Moore Natural Foods Inc. 5209 S.E. International Way Milwaukie, Oregon 97222 (503) 654-3215 Whole grains, whole grain flours, other flours (garbonzo bean flour, etc.), breakfast grain mixes, beans, cooking needs (baking powders, xanthan gum, etc.), carob products, and lots else for those allergic to various grains or those who want natural foods. Products come in small units (about 1 pound) up to 25 pound units. 20 page catalog. Rice Innovations Inc. 1773 Bayly Street Pickering, Ont., Canada L1W 2Y7 Makes a line of rice-based pastas that are available in some health food stores and co-ops. One netter recommends this as the best of the substitutes. TAD Enterprises 9356 Pleasant Tinley Park, IL 60477 Carries ESSEN brand products (grain flours, low gluten bread mix, etc.) and FeatherWeight brand products (low sugar, salt substitutes, etc.) Daily Bread Co. P.O. Box 1091 Portsmouth, NH 03802-1091 USA US 1-800-635-5668 Makes "Quick Bread", a bread mix that comes in various flavors. They contain no dairy, yeast, or egg. Alpineaire, PO Box 1600, Nevada City, CA 95959, (800) 322-6325 Anglo-Dietetics, Ltd., PO Box 333, Wilton, CT 06897, (203) 762-2504 Authentic Foods, PO Box 48813, Los Angeles, CA 90048, (213) 934-0424 Backpacker's Pantry, 1540 Charles Dr., Redding, CA 96003, (916) 241-9280 Basco Gluten Free Products, PO Box 1498, Monument, CO 80132 (800) 692-7323 Celia Cooks, PO Box 728, Ramsey, NJ 07446, (800) 934-0987 Chicago Dietetic Supply, Inc., Dept. 25, PO Box 529, La Grange, IL 60525, (312) 352-6900 Conrad Rice Mills, PO Box 296, New Iberia, LA 70560, (800) 551-3245 Cooks Flavoring Co., PO Box 890, Tacoma, WA 98401, (206) 727-5499 Cybros, Inc., PO Box 851, Waukesha, WI 53187, (800) 876-2253 Darla M. Gennings, 6026 Blue Mist Lane, Dallas, TX 75248, (214) 733-0172 DeBoles Nutritional Foods, Inc., 215 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY, (516) 742-1252. Dietary Specialties, PO Box 227, Rochester, NY 14601, (800) 544-0099 Elam's, 2625 Gardner Rd., Broadview, IL 60153, (708) 865-1612 El Molino Mills, 345 N. Baldwin Park Blvd., City of Industry, CA 91746, (206) 962-7167 Farms of Texas Co., PO Box 1305, Alvin, TX, (800) 232-7423 Fearn Soya Foods, Division of Modern Products Inc. Milwaukee, WI 53209 Foods By George, 108 Schimmel Street, Paramus, NJ 07652 Food-For-Life Baking Co., 3580 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031, (213) 227-1985 Garden Spot Distributors, 438 White Oaks, New Holland, PA 17557, (800) 829-5100 G&I Kosher Bakery, 76-10 Main St., Flushing, NY 11367, (718) 261-1157 The Gluten-Free Pantry, PO Box 881, Glastonburry, CT 06033, (203) 633-3826 The Gluten-Free Cookie Jar, PO Box 52, Trevose, PA 19053, (215) 355-9403 David Goodbatters', PO Box 102 Dept. M, Bausman, PA 17504, (717) 872-0652 Henkel Corp., 4620 West 77th St., Minneapolis, MN 55435, (612) 546-3285 King Arthur Flour, RR 2, Box 56, Norwich, VT 05055, (800) 827-6836 Legume Plus, PO Box 383, Fairfield, WA 99021, (800) 845-1349 Lundberg Farms, Inc., Richvale, CA 95974-0369, (916) 882-4551 Med-Diet Laboratories, Inc., 695 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka, MN 55343, (800) 633-3438 Miss Roben's, PO Box 1434, Frederick, MD 21702, (800) 891-0083 Old Windmill Specialty Foods, 5014 16th Ave., Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11204, (800) 653-3791 Omega Nutrition, 1720 Labountry Road, Ferbdale, WA 98248, (800) 661-3529 NuVita Foods, Inc., 7624 SW. Macadam, Portland, OR 97219, (503) 246-5433 Pamela Products, 156 Utah Avenue, CA 94080, (415) 952-4546 Patti Pastries, 1211 Tree St., Philadelphia, PA 19148, (215) 336-5004 The Really Great Food Company, PO Box 319, Malverne, NY 11565, (516)593-5587 Red Mill Farms, 290 South 5th Street, Broyklin, NY 11211, (718) 384-2150 I. Rokeach & Sons, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 06732 Season Products Corp., 34 Loretto St., Irvington, NJ 07111, (800) 631-7990 Shilo Farms, PO Box 97, Sulphur Springs, AK 72768, (501) 298-3297 Snack Cracks, Inc., PO Box 3608, Chico, CA 95927, (800) 828-8828 Sterk's Bakery, 3866 23rd St., 1402 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14301, (800) 608-4501 Vans International, (310) 320-8611 Vita-Wheat Bakery, 1839 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220, (313) 543-0888 Walnut Acres, Penns Creek: PA 17862, (800) 433-3998 ------------------------------------------------------------- Environmental Allergy Information Bachman, Judy, _Allergy Environment Guidebook: New Hope & Help for Living & Working Allergy-Free_, c. 1990, Putnam Publishing Group, 257 pages. Information on allergies, effects of stress, advice on building, decorating, remodeling and otherwise coping with allergies. More depth and detail than most books on environmental allergies. Aslett, Don, _Make Your House Do The Housework_, c. 1986 Writer's Digest Books, 201 pages. Tells you how to design and decorate a house so that it requires a minimum of cleaning and maintenance. Consumer Reports, Oct 1992, reviews a number of air purifiers. Friedrich C90 is the top-rated model. 512-225-2000 is the Friedrich number. A mail-order provider is S and S Buying Service, 212-575-0210. Consumer Reports, Feb 1993, reviews vacuum cleaners, including the Nilfisk GS 90. They found it effective at filtering dust particles. Suggested that the best solution for the severely allergic may be to limit the use of carpeting. The National Center for Environemental Health Strategies (NCEHS) publishes a newsletter, runs a clearing house for sources of perfume free products, distributes literature, and other related information. (No current address; will try to find that.) USENET misc.consumers.house archive on central vacuum cleaners, available on the web at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7400/vacuums.html. Allergy/Asthma Products Allergy Control Products Inc. 96 Danbury Road Ridgefield CT 06877 1-800-422-DUST Provide free (with orders?) pamphlets on Cat Dander, House Dust/Mites, Understanding Vacuum Cleaners Vacuum Exhaust and Allergen Containment, Mold Spore Allergy. Products include: special mattress/pillow covers, blankets (Vellux), room cleaners (filter room air), face masks, vacuum filters (don't let the dust/dirt back out of vacuum), high filtration vacuum cleaner bags, Miele canister Vacuum cleaner, filters for A/C, and central heating systems, Allergy Control Solution (neutralizes dust mmite and their feces, a primary allergen for many people). They offer a pamphlet, "Understanding Vacuum Cleaners, Vacuum Exhaust and Allergen Containment." Separate catalogs for dust, mold, and cat allergies. I have used their vacuum filters, Allergy Control Solution and mask. All very good and extremely helpful. Medic Alert medallions Medic Alert Foundation, Box 1009, Turlock CA 95380. Bio-Tech Systems, 1-800-621-5545. A 17 page catalog containing information and products related to dust allergies, mold allergies, and asthma. Filters, masks, mattress and pillow encasings, dust sealants, dust mite removers, mold preventers, nebulizers. Allergy and Asthma Products Company, 1-800-221-6483. A 5 page guide to dust, mold, and asthma control, and 2 pages of products. Filters, bedding protectors, sprays, masks. Allergy Free, Inc., Dickinson Texas (1-800-ALLERGY) The AL-R-G Shoppe, Inc., 305-981-9182. A 17 page catalog. Lots of cosmetics, jewelry, plus the usual filters and mattress encasings. Allergy Controlled Environments, 1-800-882-4110 Allergy Relief Shop, 615-522-2795 2932 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TE 37921 Allergy Supply Company 1-800-323-6744 or 1-703-391-2011 11994 Star Court Herndon VA 22071 (they have a great catalog that specializes in respiratory products like spacers and TONS of helpful hints.) Healthscan 1-800-962-1266 carries health care equipment including great peak flow meters like Assess (TM), and a great new spacer called OptiHaler (TM) which made a phenomenal difference in my personal asthma management - call for a catalog. Fisons 1-800-621-5545 (carries allergy control products - call for the catalog.) Mimic Kidswear (1-800-450-3301 or fax: 416-446-7755 or e-mail mimic@ican.net) Cotton clothing for children with food allergies and asthma; some of the clothing has informtion about the child's condition or requests "No smoking". Also, sew-on patches, etc. to inform others of child's needs. ------------------------------------------------------------- Net Resources Mailing lists Asthma/Allergies Mailing List: To join, send mail to asthma-request@infopro.com. Post by sending mail to asthma@infopro.com Allergy LISTSERV To join, send mail to the administrative robot at LISTSERV@listserv.tamu.edu with the message: get Allergy welcome alt.support.non-smoker Alt.med.allergy Newsgroup Alt.support.asthma Newsgroup This group has two FAQs: Alt.support.asthma FAQ and Alt.support.asthma Asthma Medications FAQ The Alt.Support.Asthma Reading And Resource List This list was developed and is maintained by Lynn Short (lfshort@europa.com) Celiac Listserv To subscribe, send mail to: LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU or, if you are on a bitnet site, LISTSERV@SJUVM.BITNET with SUBSCRIBE CELIAC yourfirstname yourlastname in the body. You will be sent information on how to use the mailing list, and how to access the archives. The FAQ can be obtained by putting GET CELIAC FAQ in the body of a message to the list server. Even more info is available if GET NEWCEL PACKAGE is included. There is a mailing list for people with chemical sensitivities called mcs-immune-neuro. To join, send email to listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu and in the BODY write: subscribe mcs-immune-neuro Your Name The list is run by Ginny Kloth (bijou@blrg.tds.net). The No-milk list (Milk/Casein/Lactose-free mailing list) is an open, unmoderated discussion list for those following a milk/casein/lactose-free diet, and for people with an interest in milk-free issues. To join, send email to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU and in the BODY write: SUB NO-MILK YourFirstName YourLastName The list is run by Max Desorgher (maxdes@xs4all.nl). FAQ on Asthma from sci.med. NOTE: this is not geared towards asthma in children but does have some useful information for children. Keeper: ??? Peanut allergies: Betsy Wilson (Elizabeth.Wilson@jpl.nasa.gov) has a set of ideas for parents of children with peanut allergies. She lists what she has done to make their situation work best. Rec.food.veg.recipes -- milk-free, egg-free recipes misc.consumers.house -- information on household products World-Wide Web resources I assume that if you are interested in Web sources, you have have Web access; therefore, I'll just point you to my Allergy and Asthma FAQ Web page and save myself some typing! FAQ Home Page This page has links to the FAQ (what you have now) and to Web pages on institutions and groups, Internet newsgroup pages ( same as listed earlier in this FAQ), gluten-free diets pages, miscellaneous allergy and asthma information, and allerg/asthma product pages. ------------------------------------------------------------- misc.kids Allergy and Asthma Book Reviews Misc.kids Frequently Asked Questions -- Allergies and Asthma Book Reviews Revision 1.2 This FAQ is intended to answer frequently asked questions on allergies and asthma in the misc.kids newsgroup. Though the comments are geared towards parents of children, there is plenty of information for adults as well. The information in this FAQ is the collected "net wisdom" of a number of folk. It is not intended to replace medical advice. None of the contributors are medical professionals. Most of us either have allergies/asthma or have relatives/children with asthma/allergies, so this collection represents the experiences and prejudices of individuals. This is not a substitute for consulting your physician. To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address given below, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on Allergies and Asthma. Please try to be as concise as possible, as these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is. And, unless otherwise requested, your name and e-mail address will remain in the file, so that interested readers may follow-up directly for more information/discussion. This FAQ is posted regularly to news.answers and misc.kids.info. For a list of other misc.kids FAQ topics, look for the FAQ File Index posted to misc.kids weekly or tune in to misc.kids. Collection maintained by: Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu) Last modified: June 4, 1997 Copyright 1996-7, Eileen Kupstas Soo. Use and copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact. ------------------------------------------------------------- FAQ Overview: General Information Part 1/2 General Information Part 2/2 Allergy and Asthma Resources and Reviews Allergy Recipes ------------------------------------------------------------- Topic Index: 1. General Books/Information NEW Children with Asthma: A manual for parents and One Minute Asthma by Thomas F. Plaut, M.D 2. Food Allergy Books NEW Eating Well Milk-Free: a Cookbook and Guide by Christine M. Wellington The Complete Food Allergy Cookbook by Marilyn Gioannini is now available in paperback. Raising Your Child Without Milk by Jane Zukin The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook by M. Jones -- revised review to reflect new opionon of rotation diet. Mother Earth Cookery by Margaret Ritchie ("Just Margaret") -- a gluten-, soy-, dairy-, yeast-, and meat-free cookbook. 2.1 General 2.2 Milk/Dairy Free 2.3 Wheat/Gluten/Grain Free 2.4 MSG- Free 2.5 Other sources There are many contributors involved in this FAQ.. many thanks for all the work! ------------------------------------------------------------- General Books/Information Children with Asthma: A manual for parents Thomas F. Plaut, M.D with parents, patients, and physicians 1995 paperback ISBN 0-914625-16-0 $10 with multiple purchase discount and One Minute Asthma Thomas F. Plaut, M.D 1996 paperback ISBN 0-914625-14-4 $5 with multiple purchase discount Pedipress Asthma Publications Pedipress, Inc. 125 Red Gate Lane Amherst, MA 01002 1-800-611-6081 (US) Both English and Spanish versions are available. These two books are well-written guides to help parents understand and deal with their children's asthma. The information applies to adults, as well, however, these books do not assume that the asthma patient will be the person monitoring the patient's condition on a day-to-day basis. This is a rather realistic assumption for parents of young children. Other information is available from this company, including a peak flow diary, an asthma signs diary, and a children's story Winning over Asthma. One Minute Asthma is a 48 page booklet that contains short, concise information on evaluating an asthmatic's condition, the treatment of asthma, the types of medications used to treat asthma, and sample diaries for tracking an asthmatics condition day-to-day. The language is suitable for a lay person with no prior information on asthma. The example diaries are well-worth looking at (free samples are also available from the publisher; see the Pedipress website for more details). A two page list of resources at the back gives a good starting point for more information. Children with Asthma: A manual for parents is a longer book (278 pages) with much more detailed information on asthma and it's treatment. The book's tone is definitely geared towards parents, especially helping parents do the most they can to help their child. The book expresses two very good attitudes: 1) a well-educated parent can be a great asset in managing a child's asthma condition. Whether or not the parent is well-educated can make a tremendous difference is how well the child's asthma is managed and how much the asthma affects the child's life. 2) well-managed asthma should not regularly limit a child's activities. Children with asthma should be able to participate in sports, travel, and other interests with minimal interference from their asthma symptoms. The book gives information on a number of common situations (school, travel, sports, choosing a doctor, support groups) and from a number of viewpoints (parents, family, child with asthma). The book inludes a resource list of organizations, vensors, and publications, a glossary, and Canadian, US, and British drug names. Children With Asthma Plaut, Thomas Pedipress Asthma Publications ISBN 0-914625-05-5, paperback, $7.95. This book is full of practical information for parents of children with asthma --- from tips on how to cope to detailed treatment plans. The commonly prescribed asthma medicines are all clearly described, as are the symptoms of asthma and common causes. A must-have for every parent. Allergies: The Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Daily Management Stuart H. Young, M.D., Bruce S. Dobozin, M.D., Margaret Miner and the editors of Consumer Reports Books 1991 Consumers Union put out this edition. This is a slightly better overview than the one listed below. The Best Guide to Allergy A.V. Giannini, N.D. Schulz, T.T. Chang, D.C.Wong 1985 Consumers Union put out the edition lying around my house. This is an overview suitable for people who are first having to cope with allergy (whether their own or someone else's). It covers asthma, food, airborne, insects, etc. No recipes, but the basics for planning elimination diets. They also insert some sanity in discussing the pros/cons of various allergy testing methods (don't seem to seriously subscribe to any of them, and generally favor a clinical history approach to diagnosis). Not bad, but I'm sure there are plenty of others that cover similar ground. The Peoples's Handbook of Allergies and Allergens Ruth Winter ISBN 0-8092-5391-7 1984 An encyclopedia of allergy terms, allergens and their sources, and questionnaires to help identify allergies. There is also a listing of information sources and manufacturers of allergy/asthma products. Fairly complete and technically detailed. The Complete Book of Allergy Control Laura J. Stevens ISBN 0-02-614450-6 1983 This book takes a very broad view of what an allergy is. The book may even lean towards alarmist in some respects, but it gives a very thorough list of possible allergies and allergens as well as a detailed set of questions to help pin down allergic reactions. The author's view is not the traditional view, but the book can be a good resource for generating ideas and taking inital steps towards identifying and treating allergies. Some recipes are included for food allergies. The MA (Mothers of Asthmatics) Report: published by the Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. 1-800-878-4403, $25 per year. General info on childhood asthma. Asthma Update: A Newsletter for People with Asthma: 1-410-267-8329: $10 per year: The latest research on drugs and treatments with doctors' names and addresses for further information. Is this Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults. Rapp, D., 1991. William Morrow & Co., nc., New York. ISBN #0-688-11907-7. This is an EXCELLENT book describing the symptoms and treatments of food allergies/sensitivities and environmental illness, especially when "allergy" is not considered to be the problem. This book is recommended to parents whose child is always sick, hyperactive (labelled ADD or ADHD), cranky, a "slow learner", has chronic ear infections, etc. There are pictures that show what these symptoms really look like. The ideas and treatments in this book basically turned my 6 year old into a different, now healthy and well behaved, child. It also help our family address longstanding problems since some of this can be hereditary. Tired or Toxic? Rogers, S., 1990. Box 3161, 3502 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, NY. I found this book in my public library. It is quite technical, but gives a good discussion about environmental illness. It describes methods to use in ridding your home (or trying to discover problems in your home) of allergy provoking substances. If your child is allergic to dust mites, molds/mildew, household chemicals, etc., this book would help greatly. It also describes the importance of magnesium supplementation when anyone is supplementing calcium (especially kids on dairy-free diets). It convinced me to supplement my children with calium citrate and mangesium in a 2:1 ratio. Food Allergies Made Simple. Austin, P., Thrash, A., and Thrash, C., 1985. New Lifestyle Books. 80 pp. ISBN #0-942658. I found this book in my university library. It is a very good basic book desribing the sumptoms and treatment of food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a concise but accurate text on food allergy. June, 1992 issue of CHEST, a medical journal for specialists. This issue is totally devoted to asthma diagnosis, treatment and management. for Adults: The Asthma Resource Directory by Carol Rudoff, President of the American Allergy Assn. PO Box 640, Menlo Park CA Lists over 2500 resources and products available nationwide including camps, suppliers, support groups, and research centers. for Children: So You have Asthma too! by Nancy Sander I'm a Meter Reader also by Nancy Sander ------------------------------------------------------------- 2 Food Allergy Books 2.1 General: The Complete Food Allergy Cookbook Marilyn Gioannini Prima Publishing PO Box 1260BK Rocklin, CA 95677 ISBN 0-7615-0051-0 hardback ISBN 0-7615-0961-5 paperback, $16.00 This book came out earlier this year, and I am finally getting it listed! This is a good, general resource for people with multiple food allergies who are are having a hard time figuring out just what to eat. There is information on food allergies in general, alternative grains, substitutions for common allergens, and dealing with one's food allergies in common situtations, such as dining out. The recipes section is well-organized, with recipes given in a basic form then variations, if possible, to suit different allergies. Each recipe is clearly laid out with information on nutrition given at the end. I found the recipes easy to follow and was usually able to get the ingredients listed. The author uses a wide variety of ingredients, which is great for people with allergies! There is a listing of mail-order sources in the back, so almost everyone should be able to track down the occasional odd ingredient. I found this book to be a help in figuring out what I can do with some more unusual ingredients, such as quinoa and teff. Though it is a short section, I appreciated the pages on converting old recipes to more allergy-friendly recipes. The information provides a starting place for cooks who already know how to cook but aren't familiar with allergy-free cooking. Three recipes are discussed, giving the cook an idea of how to find a suitable recipe for conversion then how to go about actually converting it. The book also states what all allergy-free cooks have found: you may not get what you expected exactly, but the new recipe will probably be quite good anyway! Mother Earth Cookery Margaret Ritchie ("Just Margaret") PO Box 22150, RPO Wildwood SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7H 5P1 $10 (CAN) including postage, spriralbound paper, 55 pp.; available from author e-mail skyhawk@sk.sympatico.ca This is a very interesting collection of recipes which, as the cover states, features "natural foods free of glutens, sugar, yeast, soy, chemicals, dairy, meat and low in fat". Though a few small points are open to debate in this (is ghee really milk-free?), none of my quibbles are show-stoppers. The book is a good source of recipes and ideas. All recipes start with plain, unprocessed ingredients and require some effort on the part of the cook, though no more effort than anyone with allergies will have been putting forth already! The recipes center around rice, beans, fresh vegetables and fruits, making it a good source for those with many allergies or with vegetarian/vegan requirements. Information on homemade egg replacers and milk replacers is given, though some of the other ingredients may not be available in areas with restricted food shopping (all are readily available by mail, though). The author includes a number of good ideas for working with and around allergies, especially suggestions for easing food preparation. The recipes are simple, flexible, and nutritious. My results with the recipes have been mostly good, though not perfect; everything I made was interesting and edible, even if it didn't turn out exactly as I expected. This may change as I become more familiar with the various ingredients and gain a bit of practice with each recipe. Since this is true for any sort of allergy cooking, it seems, I am more than willing to put forth the effort on these recipes. Where the book excels, though, is as a springboard for interesting ideas. I can say with absolute truth that I had never thought of some of these ideas, and I consider myself a rather flexible and daring cook! The book is a good supplement to other, more mundane allergy cookbooks, especially for those with lots of food restrictions (many allergies, vegetarian/vegan, macrobiotic,etc.) (A sample recipe is in Allergy Recipes file.) The Food Allergy Cookbook The official cookbook of the Allergy Information Associaion St. Martin's Press New York, New York 10010 ISBN 0-312-90185-2 Paperback $4.95 I just bought the book (a new printing). Before, I went to the library and copied the recipes that fit my allergies. The author isn't overly optimistic and doesn't over-claim the recipes; they are good work-a-day recipes, not fancy stuff. All the recipes I have tried certainly worked well. The book uses a variety of flours and tells how to make various combinations that work satisfactorily for baking. (Two sample recipes in Allergy Recipes file: Pumpkin Cookies and Shortbread .) The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook by M. Jones Rodale Press Inc. ISBN 0-87857-505-7 $19.95 Hardback This book stresses eating a variety of foods. Many of the recipes are fine, no-nonsense recipes for family eating. Most of the ingredients are readily available (for me). I haven't followed the recipes exactly, just borrowed ideas as I saw fit. The book includes a very comprehensive guide to mail-order companies. The book spends some time discussing environmental factors and the rotation diet (which this book recommends). Updated opinion: As I have worked with my old allergies and added some new ones, I've found the author's information on rotation diets to be of great help. Previously, I had glossed over this section. Now, I find the information on related food groups to be immensely helpful and her suggestions for a rotation diet to be of interest. Though I don't follow a true rotation diet, the information in Jones' book has helped me plan meals that suit my allergies and tolerances. "Allergic People Eat Desserts Too!" Eleanor Bentley Milinusic ISBN 0-9695464-0-8 Cost: 17.95 S&H: 2.45 Canadians add 7% GST order from: Mycel Project Management Services Inc. 416 Canterville Drive S.W. Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2W 3Z9 This book has a wonderful selection of desserts. All of these recipes have no gluten, no wheat, no corn, no barley no oats, no rye, no eggs, no dairy, no preservatives, no additives and no colouring. She has included some recipes for baking powders, vanilla, butter substitutes, egg substitutes and various hints (very useful). The "Glazed Fruit Pie" recipe is given in the Allergy Recipes file, and there is also a terrific brownie recipe in the book. The service is very quick. I got my book in less than two weeks. The Contents include: Cakes & Cupcakes, Frostings & Toppings, Old Fashioned Baked Desserts, Cookies, Pies & tarts, Puddings & sauces, Snack foods, Frozen Treats, Notes Tips & Substitutes. (A sample recipe is in Allergy Recipes file .) The Allergy Cookbook and Food Buying Guide Pamela Nonken and S. Roger Hirsch, M.D. Warner Brothers Books, 1982 ISBN 0-446-37173-4 (USA) ISBN 0-446-37341-9 (Canada) This book focuses on six major allergens -- corn, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, and yeast. The authors give a listing (by allergen) of general tips and substitutions for each allergen, then give detailed lists of products which may contain the allergen under various names. What is most helpful is the brand name listing of "safe" products, though the edition I have looked at is over ten years old and product composition is likely to have changed. The last half of the book is recipes for dishes that avoid some or all of the listed allergens. For instance, there are 5 biscuit recipes, three of which do not use wheat. (See recipes). There are also recipes for common condiments, such as ketchup, that often contain a number possible allergens when commercially prepared. (Two sample recipes are in the Allergy Recipes page: Gluten free Biscuits and Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies . The Allergy Gourmet: A Collection of wheat-free, milk-free, soy-free, corn-free, and soy-free recipes by Carol Rudoff Allergy Publications ISBN 0-930048-11-3 $12.95 paperback I haven't used this book very much. Most of the recipes use barley flour to which I may be allergic. The recipes contain very few ingredients and are likely to be fine for people with many allergies. As soon as I figure out the substitution for barley flour, I will try more of the recipes. (A sample recipe is in Allergy Recipes file.) Unreviewed The Allergy Cookbook Ruth R. Shattuck Signet ISBN 0-451-16517-9 Paperback $5.99 Allergy-Free Cooking Eileen Rhude Yoder, Ph.D. Addison-Wesley Publishing ISBN 0-201-09797-4 Paperback $11.95 2.2 Milk/Dairy Free: The Milk-Free Kitchen Beth Kidder 1991 ISBN: 0-8050-1836-0 Ms. Kidder includes a wide variety of recipes, including baked goods. She does not rely upon milk substitutes (soy/rice milk, etc.) as do some other authors. She assumes the reader is cooking from necessity, and may be inexperienced. There is a small amount on allergy,intolerance, and eating out. This seems to be the most widely available milk/dairy free cookbook around, which is fortunate, because it is, of the five I've looked at, the best. My sister bought my copy who knows where; I've seen it at mall bookstores. Lots of basic recipes. The only problem I have with it is the baked goods recipes are annoying (she doesn't sift -- she sort of stirs her flour, and the measurements are, as a result, difficult to duplicate). I was surprised to discover how well some things survive having the milk removed (pancakes, biscuits, etc.). She does not rely on soy milk as a replacement, either. If you're *really* sensitive to milk products (as in, the whey added to commercial breads causes respiratory difficulty), this book can really be a lifesaver. She even has a couple recipes for eggless cakes. Eating Well Milk-Free: a Cookbook and Guide Christine M. Wellington, Dietitian Relish Press Redpine Distributors Box 27, RR #1 Astorville Ontario POH 1BO Canada ISBN 0-9699787-0-7, spiralbound paperback that stands up as easel $23.50 Eating Well Milk-Free: a Cookbook and Guide is a useful collection of information and recipes for those who must avoid milk in all forms. An overview of milk and its nutritional components is given, as well as the various names under which it may be listed in prepared foods. The author gives tips for dining out, shopping, travelling, and feeding milk-sensitive children. She also provides Canadian contact information for food and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Small, wallet-sized cards are provided listing the various ways milk may be listed and common foods that contain milk. One small personal nit-pick (recognizable to those who know me :-) is that the author gives information on introducing solids to chidren, starting around 4-6 months of age; some recommend delaying introduction of solids until later, especially in allergy-prone families. This is a very small point, though, and one on which there may be disagreement. The recipes are clearly presented and logically organized. The main index is in the back of the book, divided by meal category (breakfast, lunch, supper, beverages, sweets). Measurements are listed in imperial and metric. The recipes are for everyday home cooking -- this book would be a fine starting point for someone suddenly faced with feeding a family a milk-free meal. The section on milk-free sweets (cookies, cakes, muffins) is particulary strong, with a number of interesting, unfussy recipes. The recipes do not depend upon having a milk substitute available (such as soy milk or DariFree), which is convenient for those without access to these substitutes or those with multiple allergies. Some recipes do depend upon having milk-free bread, margerine or mayonnaise; but, if you are milk-sensitive, these (or substitutes) will have to be found anyway. Many of the lunch and supper recipes use meat and/or eggs, so this is not a book for vegetarians/vegans seeking to avoid milk. Raising Your Child Without Milk Jane Zukin Prima Publishing This new book by the author of Dairy-Free Cookbook discusses raising a child that cannot have cow's milk, with all the issues that entails. The author looks at children's nutritional requirements and how to meet them without milk while still providing interesting dishes. Recipes for dairy-free treats are also included. Dairy-Free Cookbook Jane Zukin This is not as good a basic cookbook as Kidder's, but they complement each other well. She relies a good deal more heavily on milk substitutes. This book contains substantial sections on: the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy; foods at franchises which contain milk products (this was an eye-opener); where to obtain various milk-substitutes; calcium supplementation. She also includes information on eating out. The other three cookbooks I've seen were not too memorable (I only flipped through them in bookstores). I haven't bought any of the general cooking around allergies books because my problems are specific, and my husband's are atypical (neither of us is sensitive to gluten, for example). The following aren't specifically to cope with milk allergies; I bought them because I found a lot of recipes in them that happened to not include milk (eggs, etc.). No Milk Today: How to Live With Lactose Intolerance Steve Carper, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1986 ISBN 0-671-60301-0. I found it at my local library. It's an excellent book for explaining the process, describing hidden sources of lactose (like whey), and tips on eating out. 2.3 Wheat/Gluten/Grain Free:: The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Living Well without Wheat by Bette Hagman H. Holt & Co. ISBN 0-8050-1835-2 $12.95 paperback. The book is fairly thorough. It relies on a mix of flours that includes potato starch flour, tapioca flour and xanthan gum. These are not always easy to find. I have mail order addresses, but the book lists a large number of them in the back. The recipes I have tried haven't floored me, but they certainly are more than adequate. I need to learn more about how these different flours work in baking before I make a final judgement. The recipes are more "gourmet" than the previous books. Most aren't _so_ complicated, but the emphasis is on recipes that you would feel comfortable serving to company. It certainly is more complicated than my everyday fare. (A sample recipe is in Allergy Recipes file.) Hagman, Bette, 1993, More From the Gluten-Free Gourmet, Henry Holt & Co., New York, ISBN 0-8050-2324-0 Wheatless Cooking Lynette Coffey Ten Speed Press Berkley, CA 94707 ISBN 0-89815-156-2 Paperback 10.95 One net person states: I was given a copy of Lynette Coffey's "Wheatless Cooking" book as a gift several years ago and I would NOT recommend it. I have never used another cookbook where so many of the recipes simply do not work as stated. I have altered some recipes so they at least function (by tripling liquids and halving cooking time, etc.) but most of my results with the recipes "as printed" have been somewhat disappointing. Very few recipes are actually gluten-free (the author's son has a wheat allergy, not celiac disease). Other books on the list, such as Bette Hagman's books, are a much better value! Unreviewed Going Against the Grain Phyllis Potts, 1992 ISBN: 0-9630479-0-6 Central Point Publishing 21861 S. Central Point Road Oregon City, OR 97045 (Two sample recipes are in the Allergy Recipes page. Blueberry Muffins and Pumpkin Bread .) Diets to Help Coeliacs & Wheat Sensitivity, Greer, Rita, 1982, Thorsons Publishers Ltd Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 2RQ, England, ISBN 0-7225-1705-X Good Food, Gluten Free Hilda Cherry Hills Keats Publishing Inc. New Canaan, Conn. ISBN 0-87983-103-0 Paperback $9.95 Good Food, Milk Free, Grain Free Hilda Cherry Hills Keats Publishing Inc. New Canaan, Conn. ISBN 0-87983-201-0 Paperback $10.95 NOTE: nutritional claims made for diet and mental illness Gluten Intolerance, Hunter, Beatrice Trum, 1987, Keats Publishing, 27 Pine Street (Box 876), New Canaan, CT 06840, ISBN 0-87983-435-8 [Not a cookbook] The Joy of Gluten-Free Cooking, Kisslinger, Juanita, 1987, Kisslinger Publications, 10289 Cleveland Road, Sidney, British Columbia, V8L 4Y6, ISBN 0-921019-03-3 The Gluten-Free Diet Book, Rawcliffe, Peter and Ruth Rolph, 1985, Arco Publishing, 215 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10003, ISBN 0-668-05973-7 The "No-Gluten" Solution, Redjou, Pat Cassidy, 1990, Pat Redjou, Box 731, Brush Praire, WA 98606, ISBN 0-9626052-0-4 The Art of Baking with Rice Flour, Richter, Muriel L., 1989, LaRice Publishing Co., PO Box 366, Ridgefield, WA 98642 The Practical Gluten-Free Cookbook, Stetzer, Arlene, 1990, Main Street Systems. Route 2, Highway 35, Trempealeau, WI 54661, (608) 534-6730 The Gluten-free Cookery, The Complete Guide for Gluten-free or Wheat-free Diets, Thompson, Peter, 1995, Headway Hodder Headline, Oxon, UK, ISBN 0-340-62098-6 Coping With the Gluten-Free Diet, Wood, Marion N., 1982, Charles C. Thomas, 2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62717, ISBN 0-398-04718-9 2.4 MSG- Free: In Bad Taste: the MSG Syndrome George R. Schwartz 1988 I picked this up recently, when someone finally pointed out that I might be getting sick at so many restaurants on account of MSG (my symptoms were headaches, nausea, sleepiness -- to the point of feeling like someone had drugged me). I've found that scrupulously avoiding MSG (and all the names it hides under) has greatly reduced my problems (but who knows; maybe I'm just finding better food). Includes recipes for stocks, sauces, etc. of common commercially produced foods that may contain MSG. Lots of anecdotes; several studies referenced. (MSG syndrome, aka Chinese Restaurant Syndrome is *not* an allergy, but can cause allergy like symptoms -- including asthma attacks up to 12 hours after consumption. MSG syndrome is an intolerance, which, if sufficient quantities are consumed, everyone will experience some symptoms of.) 4.5 Other sources: Beard on Bread James Beard After flipping through several books on making bread, I was very pleased to find one in which at least half the recipes didn't contain milk (butter, imo, doesn't matter -- margerine is an easy sub; milk is harder). This of course is no good for folk allergic to gluten. :-( The New American Vegetarian Cookbook Marilyn Diamond Note: I don't agree with the nutritional claims, but the recipes are fine. Substitutes for a number of dairy products are given. Emphasis on low-fat balanced diet within "American" framework of foods. (A sample recipe is in Allergy Recipes file.) The Good Food: Pastas, Soups, and Stews Daniel Halpern and Julie Strand Possibly everyone else is good at inventing enjoyable soups and stews off the cuff. Having to cook for someone allergic to chicken, turkey, beef, peas, tomatos, onions, and a array of spices, can tax one's imagination. I bought this book as a source of ideas, when I discovered all the cookbooks around the house (Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Fanny Farmer, etc.) contained very little in the way of soups built around lamb and pork. I've only just started experimenting with pasta, so I can't say much about that. (Once I quit using MSG laced bouillons, I discovered I enjoyed soup a whole lot more myself, too.) Full of Beans, Spicer, Kay, 1993, Mighton House, Box 399, Campbellville, Ontario L0P 1B0 ISBN 0-9695688-1-9 I also want to put in a plug for rec.food.veg. While neither my husband nor I is vegetarian (some good friends who are Seventh Day Adventists are, however), I nevertheless find this newsgroup very helpful, particularly the vegan recipes (non-ovo, non-lacto means we can both probably eat it). It's also a good source for discussion of food sensitivity, and how to modify traditional recipes for specific needs. Along the same lines, I've tried using some vegetarian cookbooks, but vegan recipes seem few and far between. The Horn of the Moon cookbook, by Ginny Callan, has a good non-ovo non-lacto cornbread (the one in Kidder uses an egg), and it also has vegan cookies. Unfortunately, my experience with vegetarian cookbooks so far has been that they rely on eggs and milk products for proteins, and, if anything, they're even harder for me to use. So if anyone knows of a good vegan cookbook, with an emphasis on baked goods, let me know. -------------------------------------------------------------