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Summary

Food intolerance is far more common than food allergy, with which it is often confused. It is also surrounded in controversy - with limited research in the area, estimates for the number of sufferers in the UK differ wildly - from 2% to 60% of the adult population - and so it can be confusing for those seeking relief from their ill-health.

Intolerance, which can stem from staples in the Western diet such as wheat and dairy products, provokes various adverse reactions ranging from upset stomachs and rashes to tiredness and migraine. Unlike food allergies, however, food intolerance can often be managed by cutting down on foods or avoiding them for a while, rather than excluding them permanently. This book covers symptoms, causes, common culprit foods and diagnosis, as well as providing practical help for living with and recovering from your intolerance.

©2005 Sheldon Press (P)2009 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

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Thank god for this book

My young son has just been diagnosed as suffering with various food intolerances. I rushed out and snapped up a few books on the topic and this one stood out from the others.
It explains stuff in a straight forward and easy to understand manner and really helped to put my mind at ease when it comes to providing food for my child. Such a relief to find this audio book.

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  • Ben
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  • 14-07-09

Brilliant!

This book is simply Awesome for anyone who has any sort of intolernace to any sort of food. It was an absolute saviour for me!

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  • John
  • United Kingdom
  • 14-07-09

You can still enjoy a social meal

As one who is allergic to dairy products and, according to the exclusion diet I did, peas, bananas, chicken, citrus fruit and lots more, handling what everyone else takes for granted can be really, really frustrating.
But it's not all bad. I cooked for a friend who has a life threatening allergy to almost everything as far as I could tell (dairy, chicken, pepper (yes, pepper), peas, beans, and on and on).
As a fellow food allergy sufferer I understood what it's like to go to a dinner party and expect to eat only 40% of what's on offer and feel guilty about being a pain.
I cooked him a full on three course meal - he had to check the recipe books I'd used to make sure there was nothing in there that was going to kill him. It was the first full meal he'd eaten in ages.
This is the sort of approach "Living with Food Intolerance" takes. The emphasis is on Living. You've got it so accept it and find solutions. Keep it in proportion and be creative.
Depending upon how severe your allergy is you can, as I do, occasionally indulge in the odd bit of cream on the dessert or whatever it is you shouldn't eat.
But 1. It really is frustrating and a bit of a social burden, 2. You're not alone, 3. There are ways of dealing with it that this books succinctly outlines much better than my rambling review.
In short it's a good starting point for the right philosophy that you'll need to develop.