Thursday, June 12, 2008

Food Allergy Video, Audio and Books

Videos, Audio and Books

Video and Audio

Alexander, The Elephant Who Couldn't Eat Peanuts
Food Allergy Network
Web site:
Summary: This video is an animated story of an elephant that is allergic to peanuts. The story is designed to show children with foodallergies that they are not alone and discusses feelings of being 'different' from peers.Ordering Information:The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (800) 929-40440Fax: (703) 691-2713

Arthur: Binky Goes Nuts
Based on Marc Brown's popular children's books, PBS' educational television series ARTHUR follows the animated adventures of the lovable aardvark as he works through problems and learns valuable life lessons. This episode follows what happens when Binky discovers that he's allergic to peanuts. He has so many questions: Will he be forced to live without Chinese food? Will he ever again be able to eat with his friends? And most importantly, will his Mom ever calm down? Binky learns that the best way not to go nuts is to be well informed and to understand his allergy.

It Only Takes One Bite: Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis
Susan Levitt and The Food Allergy Network
Web site:
Summary: Discusses what anaphylaxis is, how to prevent reactions, and what to do if a reaction should occur.Ordering Information:The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (800) 929-40440Fax: (703) 691-2713

You Must Be Nuts!
Music CD for children by Kyle Dine about food allergies


General Books

Caring for Your Child with Severe Food Allergies: Emotional Support and Practical Advice from a Parent Who's Been There
Dietary Management of Food Allergies and Intolerances: A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd ed.
Janice Vickerstaff JonejaBurnaby, British Columbia: J A Hall. 1998. 426pp.ISBN: 0968209823
Summary: Written for the healthcare professional, this book provides methods for detecting food allergies and intolerance. Other topicsinclude instructions on elimination diets, biogenic amine intolerance, food additive sensitivity, and therapeutic diets for specific conditions.

Food Allergies and Intolerance: A Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment
Johnathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin
Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 2000. 470pp.ISBN: 0892818751
Summary: This book provides a comprehensive discussion on the difference between food allergies and food intolerance, includingnumerous case histories. Unique features include a detailed discussion of the controversy among the medical community concerning food intolerance and the effect it may contribute to conditions such as irritable bowl syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, andothers. Includes step-by-step processes for diagnosing food intolerance using a 3-stage elimination di et and gradual foodre-introduction. An appendix of foods with cross reactivity is also provided.

Food Allergy Field Guide: A Lifestyle Manual for Families
Theresa Willingham
Littleton, CO: Savory Palate, 2000. 279pp.ISBN: 1889374075
Summary: Written for parents of food allergic children, unique features of this book include advice on how to gain support of family members, caregivers and peers in following an allergen-free diet. Topics include label reading, making substitutio ns, tips for baking, andrecipes. A reading list for additional information is provided.

Food Allergies
Celide Barnes Koerner and Anne Munoz-Furlong
New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons Inc. 1998. 96pp.ISBN: 0471347140
Summary: Written for the American Dietetic Association, this publication offers consumer level information on: feeding an allergic child,managing food allergies in daily situations, how to keep a diet diary, a seven day menu for an elimination diet, and allergy-free recipes.

Food Allergies for Dummies
World renowned food allergist Dr. Robert A. Wood, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has lived with his own peanut allergy his entire life. Co-author Joe Kraynak

Food Allergy Survival Guide
Book, kit and resources for food allergies.

How to Manage Your Child's Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life
By Linda Marienhoff Coss.
Web site includes other useful information, too.

Living with Food Allergies: A Complete Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle
Betty Wedman-St Louis
Lincolnwood, IL: Contemporary Books. 1999. 286pp.ISBN: 0809228580
Summary: This book provides easy step-by-step advice for identifying and avoiding problem foods. Allergen-free recipes, guidelines for following an elimination diet, and complete menu plans are included.

The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Child from the Most Deadly Allergy
Scott H. Sicherer, MD and Terry Malloy

The Parents Guide to Food Allergies
Marianne Barber, Maryanne Bartoszek Scott and Elinor Greenberg
New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC. 2001. 356pp.ISBN: 0805066004
Summary: This book provides an in-depth review of the most common food allergies. Advice is given on how to read ingredient labels,making your home allergy safe, and tips for travel. Information on allergy testing and anaphylaxis and ways to cop e with the stressescaused by food allergy issues are discussed.

The Peanut Allergy Answer Book
Michael C. Young
New York, NY: Fair Winds Press. 2001. 136pp.ISBN: 1931412588
Summary: Written by an allergist, this book provides the background medical information on peanut allergies, identifying peanutingredients in foods, advice for dealing with schools, daycare centers, and airlines. It also provides information if the future of peanut allergy treatment.

Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies
By Scott H. Sicherer, MD

Children's Books

Allergic Child
Titles include “Allie the Allergic Elephant” and “Cody the Allergic Cow” "Chad the Allergic Chipmunk”
by Nicole Smith

Alexander Series
Food Allergy NetworkFairfax, VA: Food Allergy Network. 1999.
Web site:
Summary: This series of food allergy books for elementary school children targets issues regarding food related activities including:
A Special Day at School
Alexander and His Pals Visit the Main Street School
Alexander's Special Holiday Treat
Alexander goes to a Birthday Party
Alexander Goes Trick-or-Treating
Alexander's Fun & Games Activity Book
Alexander the Elephant Who Couldn't Eat Peanuts Coloring Books

Ordering Information:The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (800) 929-40440Fax: (703) 691-2713

Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children's Story of Peanut Allergies
by Nicole Smith

Ask Before I Eat
Children’s book about food allergies

Field Trip Safety for Sara
Children’s book by Penny L. Webster

Food Allergy News for Kids/Teens
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
Web site:
Summary: A special link by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network for kids or teens to find out about food allergies, hear storiesabout other children with food allergies, play games, and enter a college scholarship contest.

The Kandy Witch
A Halloween story designed for children with peanut allergies.
By Steve Gritton

Mommy, Is This Safe to Eat?
Books for kids dealing with food allergies.

The Peanut Butter Jam
Elizabeth Sussman Nassau
Santa Fe, NM: Health Press 2001. 32pp.ISBN: 092917335
Summary: Written for ages 4-8, this book tells the story of young peanut-allergic boy who feels left out when his classmates makepeanut butter birdfeeders. Explains what happens during an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts and educates both children and adults on what to do if a reaction should occur.

Peter Can't Have Peanuts
by Nadine O'Reilly

Taking Food Allergies to School
Ellen Weiner
Valley Park, MO: JayJo Books. 1999. 32pp.ISBN: 1891383051
Summary: Written for children, topics such as sharing lunches, special parties and events, and allergy-free snacks are included. A quizfor kids on food allergies, tips for teachers, and a recipe for allergy-free pizza are provided.

Very Non Dairy Christmas
Children’s illustrated story about “Jonathan” and Santa and his new cow-milk allergy


Allergic People Eat Desserts Too!
By Eleanor Bentley Milinusic.
No recipe contains any egg, dairy, wheat or any other gluten-containing grain

The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook 2nd edition
Marjorie Hurt Jones
Emmanus, PA: Rodale Press. 2001. 416pp.ISBN: 157954276X
Summary: This book contains 325 recipes free of wheat, milk, egg, corn, and other common allergens.

Bakin' Without Eggs
Rosemarie Emro
Summary: This Book contains more then one hundred desserts and treats that contain no egg.

Dairy-Free Cookbook 2nd edition
Jane Zukin
Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing. 1998. 324pp.ISBN: 0761514678
Summary: Includes 250 recipes for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergies. Offers tips for shopping and dining out, a list of foods containing dairy products, and diary free alternatives. Includes an entire chapter devoted to meeting calcium needs on a dairy-free diet.

Dairy Free, Egg Free, Kid Pleasing Cookbook
By Theresa Kingma.
Several format options offered for this cookbook. Site includes other helpful info.

Food Allergy Kitchen
Food Allergy Kitchen cookbook, newsletter and other resources.

The Food Allergy News Cookbook
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107
Fairfax, VA: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated. 1998. 224pp.ISBN: 0471346926
Summary: This cookbook provides substitutions, tips on preparing allergy-free foods and numerous recipes coded for several food allergies, including milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, and nuts.

Grandma’s Guide to Gluten Free Cooking
By Barbara Wells

My Sweet Vegan
Desserts free of milk and egg

Sophie Safe Cooking
Every recipe is free of all 8 of the most common allergens: wheat, eggs, milk, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish.
By Emily Hendrix.

Special Foods for Special Kids
Todd Adelman and Jodi Behrend
San Francisco, CA: Robert D. Reed Publishers. 1999. 160pp.ISBN: 1885003382
Summary: This book provides 100 'child-approved' recipes. Recipes are categorized by meal and provide the appropriate substitutionsto make them dairy, egg and /or wheat free. Nutrient analysis for the recipes is provided.

A Taste of Freedom
By Tamar Warga -
Recipes for people with food allergies and sensitivities. Kosher for Passover

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World
Suitable for egg and milk free diets. Site also offers other resources for milkless and eggless cooking.

What's to Eat: The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook?
by Linda Marienhoff Coss

The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook
by Cybele Pascal
200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family


Allergic Living Magazine
2100 Bloor Street West
Suite 6-168Toronto, OntarioM6S 5A5888-771-7747

Food Matters
Magazine subscription and other resources.

Living Without Magazine
Lifestyle guide for people with allergies and food sensitivities. It discusses a variety of health-related issues, and provides support, encouragement, guidance and resources.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Food Allergy Information Web Sites

Information Sites

So, in my many many travels of the ever interesting world wide web, I have come across all sorts of resources on food allergies. In an effort to compile them for our San Francisco Food allergy group, I have decided to do some initial organizing here. These are some of the general information sites I have found on my journey. Some I visit frequently, some not so frequently, but perhaps they can be useful for others. Please let me know if you find any other great sites you use.

(Please excuse my unfortunate layout and formatting problems. I am fighting my computer this morning, and unfortunately my computer is winning.)

Summary: This portal web site links to articles, organizations, publications and databases related to food allergies and intolerance.

Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.
3554 Chain Bridge Road Suite 200Fairfax, VA 22030-2709703-385-4403800-878-4403
Cybele Pascal's (author of my fav cookbook, Wholefoods Allergy Cookbook) site and it includes general allergy discussion, commentary, recipes, etc...
Allergy Dietitian
Summary: Maintained by an Australian dietitian, this site covers food allergies and intolerance as well as the relationship of specific disease states to food.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
611 East Wells Street Milwaukee, WI 53202414-272-6071800-822-2762
Anaphylaxis Canada
2005 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 800Toronto, Ontario M2J 5B41-866-785-5660
Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
A great food allergy action plan that I use
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 800.7.ASTHMA info@aafa.org
\EpiPen and EpiPen, Jr.
Everything Summer
Lists of all types of summer camps
Food Allergy Connection (FAC)
Food Allergy Dictionary Translations
Free downloadable food allergy dictionary translations
Food Allergies Nutrition Action Health Letter
Summary: Discusses the impact and challenges related to food allergies.
*Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
Summary: FAAN offers many resources to parents and educators. This site offers management tips for the major food allergies as well as articles on other hot allergy issues.
Examples of articles are:Allergies to Oils: Food Allergen Labeling Guide: Managing Allergies in School:
Food Allergy Buzz
Food Allergy Project
Food Allergies when Food Becomes the Enemy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA Consumer magazine, July-August 2001
Summary: Describes the role food labeling plays and the role of the consumer when dealing with food allergies.
*Food Allergy Support Message Boards
Food Allergies Rare but Risky
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA Consumer Magazine, May 1994
Summary: This article provides an overview of what happens to the body when there is a food allergy. It also provides a detailed Summary of specific food allergies and how to cope with them.
Food Allergy Survivors Together (FAST)
Food Reactions Allergy Report
Summary: A detailed, educational site with food reaction facts
*Kids With Food Allergies, Inc.
73 Old Dublin Pike, Ste. 10, #163 Doylestown, PA 18901 215-230-5394
MedicAlert Foundation
2323 Colorado Avenue Turlock, CA 95382888-633-4298
Milk, Eggs and Peanuts: Food Allergies in Children
American Family Physician
Summary: This article is geared toward the professional. Pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of food allergies in children are described.
The Elliot & Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Box 1198
One Gustave L. Levy Place New York, NY 10029
Tel: (212) 241-5548
The FDA, Food Allergens and You
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Summary: Listen to a narrative (using Real Player®) by FDA scientist Kenneth J. Falci, PhD while viewing a slide show addressing the FDA's role in regulating allergens in food products. Classifications for food recalls, labeling requirements of allergens, FDA inspection guidelines, and control measures are reviewed.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Understanding Food Allergy International Food Allergy Information Counsel Foundation (IFIC)Web site (PDF):
Summary: A summary of the key issues surrounding food allergies, including definition, diagnosis, and information for families of allergic individuals.
While all the sites are wonderful, there are a few I would recommend definitely taking a visit to. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network is an obvious classic in the world of food allergy web sites, and they have tons of useful information. If you have peanut allergies, Peanut Allergycom has useful message boards. Other great message boards are Kids with Food Allergies, especially good for multiple allergies, and the Food Allergy Support Message Board with tons of great information. If you need 504 help check out their school section.