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The peanut allergy epidemic : what's causing it and how to stop it

Author: Heather A Fraser
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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In the early 1990s, tens of thousands of children with severe peanut and food allergies arrived for kindergarten at schools in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.The phenomenon of a life-threatening allergy in kids in only these countries occurred simultaneously, without warning, and it quickly intensified. The number of peanut allergic children in the United States alone went from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather A Fraser
ISBN: 9781632203571 163220357X
OCLC Number: 921225484
Description: xvi, 216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: From idiosyncrasy to multibillion-dollar industry --
Risk factors --
Theories --
Rediscovering anaphylaxis --
The history of peanut allergy --
Absorbing the costs --
Rationalizations.
Responsibility: Heather Fraser ; foreword by Janet Levatin, M.D., Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School ; preface by Woodrow Fraser-Boychuk.

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In the early 1990s, tens of thousands of children with severe peanut and food allergies arrived for kindergarten at schools in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.The phenomenon of a life-threatening allergy in kids in only these countries occurred simultaneously, without warning, and it quickly intensified. The number of peanut allergic children in the United States alone went from virtually none to about two million in just twenty years. As these children have aged, the combined number of American adults and children allergic to peanuts has grown to a total of four million.How and why has this epidemic occurred? In The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, Heather Fraser explains:Precisely when the peanut allergy epidemic beganHow a child-specific allergy epidemic happened before, at the close of the nineteenth centuryThat in the early twentieth century doctors including the 1913 Nobel Prize in medicine winner identified vaccination as the cause of the first pediatric allergy epidemic impacting 50 percent of childrenThat more than one hundred years of medical literature describes how vaccination creates allergy to what is in the shot, air, or body at the time of injectionHow changes in US vaccination legislation sparked the allergy epidemic in childrenFraser also highlights alternative medicines and explores issues of vaccine safety and other food allergies, making this fully updated second edition a must-read for every parent, teacher, and health professional.

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"Fraser has created a necessary text for anyone concerned with allergies, anaphylaxis, or the rise in life-threatening reactions to peanuts, which has become widespread and epidemic." --Mark Blaxill, Read more...

 
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