After reading Overcoming Allergies, I dove into Jonathan Brostoff’s Food Allergies and Food Intolerance. The beginning of the book is quite informative regarding the biological processes behind food allergies and food intolerance. Based on the work of clinical ecologists and scientifically sound, my only complaint about the beginning of the book was the lack of references. For individuals faced with reactions to food, the earlier sections are definitely worth reading. Some of the appendices at the back are also useful.
However, there is a rather long section in the middle of this 450+ page book which remains lacking. The book waxes on about various food intolerance theories without adding much beneficial information. The lack of references in this section is especially apparent. My other complaint is the breastfeeding advice. While the authors are pro-breastfeeding, it is obvious that they are not educated on the topic and should definitely not be dispensing some of their horrendous advice.
Check the book out from the library. Read the front part of the book, glance at the appendices, and turn it back in.
I’m currently in the research stage of my upcoming life changes regarding allergies and intolerances. Research is my default. I like to have as much information as possible in order to make informed decisions. I asked our chiropractor if she knew of any good books on allergies. She replied that she had heard good things about Dr. Christina Scott-Moncrieff’s book, Overcoming Allergies. I immediately looked the book up on Amazon and proceeded to request a copy through our local library.
Overall, I think the book is a wonderful introduction to environmental and food allergies, as well as food intolerances. It addresses the definition of an allergy and various types of allergy symptoms along with the difference between true food allergies and food intolerances. Connections are made between various allergen families. Elimination and rotation diets are explained and examples of rotation diets are given. It’s a good book for friends or extended family members of individuals with allergies and intolerances. For those families with allergies and intolerances, the book is a good introduction to the topic without being overwhelming.