Editorial Reviews for this title:
Allergy Free Naturally begins by providing important information on oft-hidden allergy triggers and brings to light surprising, connections between foods, pollen, and chemicals. Next, Allergy Free Naturally offers hundreds of effective, nondrug treatments and easy-to-follow action plans for hay fever, asthma, food allergy, pet allergy, and other allergy-related conditionsfor both children and adults.
To the millions who suffer from allergies--about 38 percent (or 100,000,000) of the U.S. population alone--chronic sneezing, wheezing, itching, and other unbearable ailments are no joke. Yet keen humor lightens the dark side of this "silent epidemic" in Allergy Free Naturally, where writers Rick Ansorge and Eric Metcalf, plus a host of Prevention Health Books editors and writers, dissect allergies in a way that both entertains and informs. Seeking to transform each reader "into an allergy sleuth and an allergy enforcer," Ansorge and Metcalf present thorough background checks on the conventional, environmental, and alternative approaches to allergy. Diagnostic tests, typical prognoses, and recommendations from each of these three disparate schools of treatment are clearly presented, applauded, or questioned here. Then, swollen chapters on topics from asthma to sinusitus detail specific steps for uncovering and outwitting allergy triggers in the home, the yard, at work, and elsewhere. While this comprehensive information draws from each school of thought, sensible action plans help readers create their optimum combination of nondrug solutions to allergy symptoms. The history, research findings, sidebar essays, and helpful suggestions flow simply across the book's 500-plus pages. Consider it a semester's worth of reading for a class titled "The Biography of Allergy," team-taught by a well-educated, rather witty staff (who, incidentally, chose cover art obviously inspired by a certain prescription antihistamine.) --Liane Thomas
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