‘5 stars’ are not enough – this book is the gold standard!
Professor Jonathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin have produced an amazing (and shocking) piece of work in this book, which appears and disappears – I suspect a further edition/update is in the pipeline, as this 4th edition was published in 2008.
Their work (in any edition) is the best and most comprehensive book I have read on this subject – and it works superbly for however you wish to use it!
If you are a sufferer, or suspect you may suffer from food allergies, and you are looking for a clear and comprehensive guide to self-treatment, this is the book for you.
If you are a practitioner, and are looking for a clear and detailed understanding of these issues, in order to best advise your clients (and my advice would be ‘buy this book’) this is the book for you
If you are a teacher, and looking for help for a clear way to present information on the subject, this is for you.
If you are fascinated by the politics of the food industry – this is for you – I can’t begin to express how horrified I was to discover the extent of the use of food colourings, linked with potentially highly dangerous effects, which have been banned all over Europe and the USA, but which are allowed in the UK. There are some very suspect actions taken by the food industry in this country.
If you admire clearly presented scientific writing, this is for you.
A great read, a great reference text, a survivors kit for many
Oh, and if anyone is really worried and appalled by the tie-up between the food industry and dodgy substances, and lives in the UK (where we really don’t seem to care that much about it) – the best place to live is Norway, who seem to ban EVERYTHING where studies have shown problems with additives.
Or you could just make sure you don’t buy any packaged food with ingredients that are not obvious ‘foods’
A fantastic companion to this book would be Michael Pollan’s In Defence Of Food – his sensible advice, encapsulated, is:
Eat food. Not too much. Eat more plants.
Beg, borrow, or preferably BUY this book. (the Brostoff/Gamlin one). The information in the book goes way beyond artificial additives (which are LOT of problems are linked with) and does also look at ‘real’ foods which can be problematic, and how to identify allergies and intolerances for yourself
For some reason (poor Statesiders!) the version available there has an amended title and is an earlier version (2000) – I’m guessing it may be a little less ‘international’ than the UK version, where information is given about additives banned in many different countries.