Dr. Wood\'s blog

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 1:45am
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I came across this blog today.

[url="http://drrobertwood.com/"]http://drrobertwood.com/[/url]

There isn't much info on it yet. I wonder if it's really him writing this. I don't see any ads on there so I think it's legit.

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 2:00am
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No ads? The whole blog seems to be a promotional piece for the "Food Allergies for Dummies" book that he co-wrote. I'm not saying that's a bad thing (in fact, because of that tie I think there's no doubt that Dr. Wood is really writing this blog) but it does seem to be one of the primary goals of the blog.
Sarah

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 2:09am
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I just meant that it didn't look like a blog that had been created just to create ad revenue, as many blogs are.
I suspect there won't be much of importance posted there - they may be Dr. Wood's words but like you said, it's probably just a vehicle to sell the book. Unless, it gets a lot of comments and questions and maybe then it might develop into a good source of information (or disappear!)

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 1:23pm
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I can confirm that the photo is actually a picture of Dr. Wood, though I guess someone using his name could find his picture somewhere (my child sees Dr. Wood, so obviously I know what he looks like!).
I agree the blog sounds like a promotional campaign for his book, Food Allergy for Dummies. It sounds a bit silly how often the book is mentioned!
By the way, has anyone read this book? I'm curious how it is.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 3:33am
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I've read the book and its actually very good. I've been "in this" for 6 years and I'd really list this as one of the top books.
Its very comprehensive and Dr Wood does not have that "tone" that some allergists tend to have--that allergy parents are always over reacting. He "gets it"
I'd really recommend it!
Take care,
Gina
[url="http://www.allergymoms.com"]www.allergymoms.com[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 4:41am
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I ordered this book last week. I have 10 of the "For Dummies" guides for other subjects and I have found them to be very informative without being boring. I will let everyone know how it goes.

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 8:40am
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Where's the link to the blog on his site?

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 10:54pm
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I am a little over half way. I like the book. I search the internet for new information on almost a daily basis but I still learned a couple of things reading his book. His language is easy to understand. I also think since he has a peanut allergy he know of what he speaks. Actually, I bought two additional copies one for each side of my family to help them understand food allergies more fully.
Cindy

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 11:11pm
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Noticed in the listed links at his website that another food allergy website is listed -- but no mention of PA.com. Is that because other (Kids with Food Allergies) is incorporated as non-profit & PA.com is not?
Anyone?
~Elizabeth

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 12:01am
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I wonder where the blog went? Tried the contact e-mail but says is not a valid e-mail? I wish I had printed out some of the better comments to read again.
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Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 5:46am
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It had a really good blog that was being added to every few days but it's not there. I wonder if there are some problems with it. I'll check back again in a few days.

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 9:13am
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hi all - I wrote and asked, this is from Joe Kraynak (co-author) and I have permission to post it here:
"We took down the blog. To do it right and have constantly new content that would go above and beyond what we presented in the book was requiring too much time and effort. As I see it, to be top-notch, the blog would need daily or at least weekly coverage of the latest research with expert commentary, and we would need to be more responsive to comments from visitors. As the writing half of the team, I don't have the expertise to do what I feel the blog required, and Dr. Wood is very committed to his patients and passionate about his research. In short, I felt that I wouldn't be able to manage the blog in a way that would make it top-notch, and we didn't want to offer something that was less than we thought the food allergy community deserved.
We will continue to write articles and have them distributed through other channels and publications. We may place copies of the articles in a separate area on the site. We appreciate your interest."
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 10:19am
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[url="http://drrobertwood.com/articles.html"]http://drrobertwood.com/articles.html[/url]
It's back-a link to the articles- looks like we all wrote

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 10:48pm
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I had emailed to find out what was happening to the blog. Interesting that he put the articles back on the site that same day. Anyway, here was what I said and his response:
Me:
It was a great blog but I noticed that it's gone now. Will you and Dr. Wood be restarting it?
Joe:
"We took down the blog. To do it right and have constantly new content was requiring a bit too much time and effort. We may decide to add a blog component at some later date, but given Dr. Wood's commitments to his patients and to research, this just wasn't working out. We will continue to write articles and have them distributed through other channels and publications. We may place copies of the articles in a separate area on the site. We appreciate your interest.
Joe"
Me:
Thanks for the response. Just in case you were wondering, many from peanutallergy.com were very excited about it and checking in to read it regularly. From our end, it was nice to have a regular connection coming right from the source. Sorry that it didn't work out from your end. I, and I'm sure many others, appreciate your attempt to make it work and hope that at some point in the future it can.
Mimi

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 11:59pm
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articles are now at [url="http://drrobertwood.com/articles.shtml"]http://drrobertwood.com/articles.shtml[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2007 - 12:17am
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Hi,
I'm Joe Kraynak, co-author of Food Allergies For Dummies and have read the ongoing discussion with interest.
Shortly after our book hit the shelves, I wrote to Dr. Wood and said, "You know, we should have a blog to promote the book." Dr. Wood agreed. I've written about 50 books, and I've never done a Web site or blog before to promote a book, but I figured I'd take a shot at it.
I made several mistakes, errors in judgment, etc., etc. I'm not apologizing or beating myself up over it, but it's true--I didn't really know what I was getting into. Maybe I unveiled the site before it was ready for prime time. It certainly has been a learning experience.
To be frank, yes, the purpose of the blog (now a Web site) is to promote the book. We wanted to give people a place where they could sample some of the contents, read a few articles, and perhaps know a little more about the book and about us before shelling out $20 or whatever the book is selling for. We also wanted somewhere that people from the press could get a hold of us in case they needed an article or wanted to interview Dr. Wood.
I'm a professional writer, so profit is my motive, but Dr. Wood is constantly cautioning me that he does not want to cross the line into self-promotion. I don't know Dr. Wood personally, but from my professional dealings with him, I saw a combination I rarely see--someone who is really good at what he does and is humble about it.
Be that as it may, we believe in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed working on the project with Dr. Wood, I feel honored to have collaborated with him, and I hope you find the book useful.
I did make some final tweaks to the way our site functions... to make it easier to update, so if you bookmarked specific pages, you may need to revisit the main site, and poke around to find what you're looking for. I'll stop fiddling with the site, so this should be the last inconvenience, but we will post new content occasionally.
Thanks for your interest.
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Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2007 - 12:20am
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Oh, one more thing... I added a link to PeanutAllergy.com.
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Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2007 - 1:50am
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Thank you for bringing back the blog! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 05/12/2007 - 1:18am
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Quote:Originally posted by Joe Kraynak:
[b]Oh, one more thing... I added a link to PeanutAllergy.com.
[/b]
Thank you, Mr. Kraynak. Just wanted you to know that wasn't my point or purpose of asking why no mention of pa.com at your site. I was actually just plain-old curioius. But, THANK YOU for linking to this website!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If you happen into this thread again, I did ask you a question over in the Books thread that is about your book.
Quick link to that discussion from here:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum5/HTML/000076.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum5/HTML/000076.html[/url]
Thank you again for the time you've taken to post here & answer our questions!
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~Eli[b]Z[/b]abeth,
Mother to 2:
DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000
Edited for clarity.
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Posted on: Sat, 05/12/2007 - 4:34am
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Joe,
Uh...Hi. I hope that you don't mind that I quoted you here.
Mimi

Posted on: Sat, 05/12/2007 - 11:16am
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Hello, all...
I posted a reply in the Books discussion concerning the research I did in preparation for this project, but Dr. Wood really delivered the goods and made my job easy.
As for quoting me, that's fine. If I say something wrong, I'll apologize... something I'm getting pretty used to doing after all the changes I made to our website. :-)

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