Food Allergy Field Guide, A Lifestyle Manual for Families (by Theresa Willingham)
I haven't seen anyone comment on Theresa Willingham's book titled, "Food Allergy Field Guide, A Lifestyle Manual for Families" on any board. I'll admit that I haven't read every word, but I have some big concerns about several things so far.
The book's title lead me to believe it was about food allergies, but the majority of the book refers to "sensitivies" (tho it does make the distinction). It mostly seems to focus on wheat as her son is "wheat sensitive". Very little about peanut, tree nut, fish or shellfish allergies.
As one example, I'll quote from page 93 from a section called "Keep it in Perspective" basically warning the reader about imposing on others:
"Now you certainly don't want to go the other way and insist that everything revolve around your child. One allergy fact sheet suggested: 'For class parties, you may want to request that all parents avoid sending foods containing substances that may cause an allergic reaction (this may be a permanent request for school lunches).' You can certainly try to make such a request, but you have to ask yourself if that's a reasonable request. There could be a myriad other food sensitivities in your child's classroom besides your child's alone. And is it fair to the other children? Will that create resentment in them and their future treatment of your child?"
OK, these are good questions, but I felt sick when I read it. The problem is that the book doesn't balance these statements with information about children such as my daughter (and perhaps your child)who has had several contact reactions. Not to mention smell sensitive individuals.
The author didn't follow her own advice to "educate, educate, and educate again..." but acquiring a very thorough education for herself. I'm distressed that she represents herself as a member of the food allergy community and by doing so, I feel very betrayed.
I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts~
Related Community Posts
Sign up for our newsletter and receive a free peanut-free snack guide.
Stay on top of your allergy with the latest news, lifestyle tips and recipes.