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Peanut Allergy Answer Book

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By Publisher on Thu, 02-01-01, 21:12

I am Michael Young's editor at Fair Winds Press, the new publisher of The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, and am delighted to hear of your interest! We will be releasing this book in May 2001 and you will shortly see it re-listed on amazon, barnesandnoble.com, and borders.com.
It's truly a groundbreaking book and will be indispensable to anyone with peanut allergy. We are thrilled to have it on our list, and look forward to your comments.

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By jawar on Mon, 04-30-01, 22:47

Just wanted to bring this up again and remind people this book will be out in May!!!

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By Heather on Tue, 05-15-01, 14:17

The book's available now on Amazon.com.

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By on Sat, 05-19-01, 13:12

It also available through Barnes and Noble.


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By CVB in CA on Thu, 05-31-01, 05:14

I was able to order this off amazon this week. Hasn't arrived yet. I'll repost after I have read it.

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By hbsmom on Thu, 05-31-01, 18:45

I received my copy from Amazon yesterday and while I have not had time to read it cover to cover, there are some helpful facts. It seems to be a well written book covering all aspects of this allergy. I think it would be a good read for those who "don't get it". (If they will read it). I also think it is good for those new to the allergy who have not been able to do much research and those who do not have a peanut savvy allergist.

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By MattsMom on Thu, 05-31-01, 23:38

LOL hbsmom. I too, ordered this book from Amazon and had it arrive yesterday. (talk about quinky-dink!) I haven't read it yet, either, but I have flipped through it a little. It looks like it's going to be pretty comprehensive. I'll post again once I've actuall READ it, to let everyone know what I think. Happy reading! =) hehe

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By CVB in CA on Sat, 06-02-01, 16:51

I have read this book and it really consolidates a lot of information in one place. I would recommend it to newly diagnosed adult or PA parent.

I do not think it is as helpful about coping strategies and feelings and day to day managment as Cipriano-Collins book or some of the others. It does hit the high points.

This author is very much against peanut oil in any form and explains why. He does a good job explaining cross reactions, food manufacturing issues, lots and lots of information, etc.

I do dislike his method of interspersing fatal PA case studies at the chapter heads. It gets your attention and is very illustrative of what happens, but I find I react emotionally too much to concentrate on the information that follows in the chapter. I have to absorb the stories of the fatalities a little before I can move on.

Probably wouldn't bother people less close to the issue as much, like teachers, etc. This would be an excellent resource to educate a teacher or principal on the basic mechanics of this allergy. Put on their summer reading list?

Unfortunately, he does not take a hard enough line against peanut in schools, quotes that old "false sense of security" line but doesn't really dwell on it. I get the feeling he doesn't completely buy off on it. He does have quite a bit of FAAN material referenced and quoted.

He is pretty straight about the new reasearch on what type of child may grow out of PA and what won't. I do feel he minimizes the difficulty of keeping toddlers and preschoolers completely isolated from peanut for 3 to 5 years. I can just see myself being blamed sometime in the future by some semi informed person- "He would have grown out of it if you had done a better job not exposing him when he was a baby/child".

He publishes an airline table from FAAN on who serves peanuts, etc. I think this is a bad idea, as it is soooo subject to change.

I found the information really good and presentable and very accurate. Also, the book is short and packs a lot into a small package. I had to read a lot of posts here and other references to get all the information that is laid out in one place in this book.

It could use a more extensive list of organizations and other related books. In some ways this book feels like a starting or jumping off book. All the basics, but where do you go from here....aside from FAAN.

I do think it ought to be priced at about $5 or $6 dollars instead of $8 or $10.

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By Jenna on Tue, 06-05-01, 03:08

I have purchased this book to give to next year's teacher. I believe it is the best source of information that is all together is one place.
I agree with everything in the book except for the section relating to reactions from the odor of peanuts. The author relates "there are several other anecdotal reports of allergic reactions to the smell of peanuts or peanut butter." I have a hard time finding the humor in these kind of reactions. (I double checked the definition of anecdotal.) There is also a statement from Anne from FAN that states that "she does not believe that the odor of peanut would cause a true allergic reaction although it could clearly cause a panic reaction." I don't understand this because there is documented proof that there are inhalation reactions. (airplanes, etc.) I would like anyone to tell me that my child's reactions to smell are a panic attack! It is documented by a very well known doctor that my child does react to smell. I feel that these kind of statements really hurt us parents that are trying to keep our children safe.
Other than that one section, I feel the book is good and worth buying.

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By BCUZILUVHIM on Wed, 07-04-01, 00:16

I finished reading this book right after I read Lisa Cipriano Collins book. In my opinion there was alot of overlap with both books but Collins' was more sympathetic to the food allergic parents. I do feel the Peanut Allergy Answer book is an excellent source of information and it did teach me alot about details. As someone posted above, I did find the fact that the author danced around the banning issue and never really directly answered the issue. Maybe trying to be politically correct and not wanting to stir the pot. I did like that he does suggest that we do not use peanut oil. I have heard of at least 2 fatal reactions in my area from food that was cooked in peanut oil. I also liked how he emphasized to watch out for lupine. Quite informative without being filled with too much medical terminology. Written in an easily understood format.

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By Kathy L. on Thu, 07-05-01, 15:12

What is lupine?

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By Heather on Thu, 07-05-01, 15:35

It's a legume that is used to make flour and pasta.

[This message has been edited by Heather (edited July 05, 2001).]

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By Philip's Mom on Thu, 07-05-01, 23:22

Gosh, and I thought Lupine was that beautiful flower that only grows at our high elevations. I didn't realize they used it in food products. Do you have specific brands or products that you have run across lupine in or is it really a gourmet product type of thing?

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By BCUZILUVHIM on Sun, 07-08-01, 04:03

Hi all! I hope I am not prosecuted for plagerism but this is a quote from Dr. Youngs' book:

"There is one special consideration regarding other legumes. A recent report by Moneret-Vautrin from France demonstrated cross-reactivity between peanut and another legume, the lupines. The lupine is consumed either in the form of seeds or as a flour used to supplement wheat flour. Apparantly in France, up to ten percent lupine flour can be added to wheat flour and is not subject to labeling. Lupine flour is used in baked goods, pasta, sauces, milk, and soy substitutes. There have been several reports of lupine allergy. This study examined twenty-four peanut allergic individuals for lupine allergy and found positive skin prick tests in 44%(etc..etc...etc...)The authors warn that cross-reactivity to this legume hidden in wheat flour can be a serious problem for the peanut allergic individual. Read labels of imported foods, especially baked goods, for lupine or lupine flour and avoid them.
You can be allergic to multiple foods, including foods in the same family, but this is usually a result of separate allergies and not a common cross-reacting allergy. In general, you need avoid only the specific food you are allergic to by history, and it is not necessary to avoid the entire food family. The two main exceptions to this recommendation would be the tree nuts and the crustacean shellfish.(etc...)
35% of peanut allergic people are also allergic to tree nuts, but only 10% of peanut allergic people are allergic to legumes.(etc....)"

Well I hope that clears up the lupine question but it raises another. I have read posted on other boards on this site that there is definitely a cross reactivity to all legumes. Hmmm I don't know where the statistics are comming from but I know I don't have the answer.

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By esmom on Wed, 07-25-01, 16:36

Dr.Young's book is in a word "excellent" just like him! The book is an easy read and not to long. It is great for parents, grandparents and teachers. I am not surprised it's a great book, he is a very smart man that really cares for children. I hope he writes more on this subject. I am a mother of a 3 old PA girl and was so a happy when I came across this book. Until my daughter had her reaction, I never fully understood the impact PA has on a family (and more importantly a child)

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Mon, 02-11-02, 20:52

PeanutAllergy.Com has recently started recommending this book.

The publisher contacted us a few months ago and sent us a few copies to review to decide if this book would be one which we could recommend and have on hand to ship etc. (as you may know, we keep several peanut allergy related books in stock here so we can get them out quickly if someone needs them, and the sale helps support PeanutAllergy.Com. We also have links to amazon.com on the PeanutAllergy.Com home page and you can purchase this book through amazon as well as other books on peanut allergy (and your purchases through our link to amazon.com will also help support PeanutAllergy.Com).
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Stay Safe,

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[This message has been edited by Chris PeanutAllergy Com (edited February 11, 2002).]

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Mon, 02-11-02, 20:54


Reminder: Dr. Michael Young, author of the new Peanut Allergy Answer Book, is
the guest speaker this coming Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the
Asthma & Allergy Foundation educational support group that meets in Lexington
at the Beth Israel/Children's Hospital Medical Care Center (482 Bedford St.).

Please invite your friends and relatives, spouses, teachers, babysitters,

Driving directions: Route 128 to Exit 31 B ("Bedford - Rts. 4 and 225"). The
Beth Israel/Children's Hospital site is about one-quarter of a mile, on the
left, However, you are not permitted to make a left turn across the oncoming
traffic. Therefore, stay in the right lane and watch for a turn-off to make a
"jug-handle" U-turn at the traffic light. You will then be able to turn into
the parking lot for the building. Parking is free. The meeting is in the
first floor Radiology Dept. waiting room.

Copies of Dr. Young's book will be available for sale at the meeting for

Stay Safe,

[email][email protected][/email]

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By Gail W on Fri, 05-17-02, 23:55

I did not see an email address listed for Dr. Young's publisher. I have a question for him/her:

On page 41 is a chart entitled "Grades of Anaphylaxis and Treatment". Under the moderate severity catagory, symptoms are described as "Generalized or rapidly progressive skin improvement, respiratory, gastrointestinal". Is this a typo? Should "improvement" actually be "worsening"? The text on the preceding page (40) contradicts the chart and says, "Moderate anaphylaxis would be accompanied by the additional symptoms of generalized or rapidly worsening hives and itching, swelling, flushing, wheezing, and vomiting."

I was invited to attend a senior seminar class of students majoring in Early Childhood Education (Fontbonne College, St. Louis) earlier this month. A student presented on peanut allergy, and I was there as a parent of a PA child to answer questions. This chart was shown as a slide and it was suggested that perhaps the reason for the "improvement" was because the antihistamine had worked to improve the skin symptoms.

I thought you would like to know that your book is being used. I would hate to think, however, that our future teachers are being given incorrect information. Can you please clarify this?

Thank you,


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By 5boysrus on Fri, 06-21-02, 15:14

Does this book have any info on testing and diagnosing of peanut allergy?

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By momjd on Sat, 06-22-02, 02:45

I can't answer for the PA Answer Book b/c I can't find my copy. But Food Allergies and Food Intolerances by J. Brotstoff and L. Gamblin discusses various means of testing for all food allergies and intolerances. Also, check the files section here and take a look at Peanut Allergy: Where We Stand, it discusses most of the recent research in this area. When is the food challenge for your son scheduled?

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Wed, 11-13-02, 22:17

A shipment of "The Peanut Allergy Answer Book", by Michael C. Young just arrived.

100 in stock today!

Contact us to order your copy.

Here is a link to the PeanutAllergy.Com order page for this book.

Thanks for your support, by purchasing through PeanutAllergy.Com you help support the web site and the work we do, and you help to keep products available for others!


Stay Safe,

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By synthia on Mon, 02-24-03, 15:48

I thought this was a realy good book.
I have bought 3 1 for my self,1 for each of the schools Ihope litthe v will attend.
Love this site

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By synthia on Sat, 03-15-03, 00:29

Re-raising for the newbies
Love this site

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