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-------------------------------------------------- Frequently Asked Questions -- Allergies and Asthma 
Revision 1.5

This FAQ is intended to answer frequently asked questions on allergies and
asthma in the newsgroup. Though the comments are geared towards
parents of children, there is plenty of information for adults as well.

The information in this FAQ is the collected "net wisdom" of a number
of folk. It is not intended to replace medical advice.  None of the
contributors are medical professionals. Most of us either have
allergies/asthma or have relatives/children with asthma/allergies, so
this collection represents the experiences and prejudices of individuals.
This is not a substitute for consulting your physician.

To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address
given below, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on
Allergies and Asthma.  Please try to be as concise as possible, as
these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is.  And, unless
otherwise requested, your name and e-mail address will remain in the
file, so that interested readers may follow-up directly for more

This FAQ is posted regularly to news.answers and

For a list of other FAQ topics, look for the FAQ File Index
posted to or tune in to

Collection maintained by: Eileen Kupstas Soo
Last modified: June 4, 1997

Copyright 1997, Eileen Kupstas Soo.  Use and copying of this information are
permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for
use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright
notice is included intact.

FAQ Overview:

  General Information Part 1/2
  General Information Part 2/2
  Allergy and Asthma Resources and Reviews-- this file
  Allergy Recipes 


New info on 
 information on Human Ecology Action League 
 NO-MILK mailing list for people avoiding milk/casein/lactose  
 mailing list for people with chemical sensitivities  
 yeast, dairy, egg free bread mix 
 updated info on The Food Allergy Network  Clothes   

 General Books/Information  
and  Food Allergy Books  
 Topic Index:
1.  Support Groups  
2.  Pamphlets & Periodicals  
3.  Food Allergy Food Sources  
4.  Environmental Allergy Information  
5.  Allergy/Asthma Products  
6.  Net and Web Resources  


There are many 
contributors  involved in this FAQ.. many thanks for all the work!


Support Groups

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) 
611 East Wells St. 
Milwaukie, WI 53202
(414) 272-6071
(800) 822-ASMA  (2762)

Professional association of allergists; provides information booklets
and referrals to specialists in your area.

 The American Academy of Environmental Physicians (913) 642-6062
 Maintains list of physicians who work with chemical sensitivities.

American Allergy Association
PO Box 7273
Menlo Park, CA 94026

An association of people suffering from allergies, as well as 
interested physicians and medical personnel. The association 
distributes a newsletter, book reviews, professional articles,
and recipes. They have many publications, including _Allergies
in Infants_.

American Celiac Society & Dietary Support Coalition
  Annette Bentley
  58 Musano Court
  West Orange, NJ  07052-4114
201/325-8837  in New Jersey
$25 US, as of this revision

  Celiac Disease Foundation ($35/yr, starter info free)
  Elaine Monarch
  13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite 3
  Studio City, CA  91604-1838
  818-990-Celiac (818-990-2354)

Celiac Sprue Association/USA ($20/yr - $24 first year for new members)
  Leon Rottman
  PO Box 31700
  Omaha, NE  68131-0700
402/558-0600 in Nebraska.  

American College of Allergy and Immunology
800 E. Northwest Highway, Ste. 1080
Palatine, IL.  60067
(708) 359-2800 or 1-800-842-7777

American Lung Assocication of Contra Costa
(510) 935-0472
American Lung Association of Santa Clara
(408) 998-5864

Has pamphlets on lung disease, smoking and offers asthma summer
camps for children

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
1125 15th. Street N.W., Ste. 502
Washington, D.C. 20005
(800) 624-0044  or (800) 7-ASTHMA  [(800) 727-8462]

Offers referrals to affliated support groups and specialized
medical services througout the country and a  newsletter.

Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc 
3554 Chain Bridge Road, Ste. 200
Fairfax, VA.  22030
(703) 385-4403
(800) 878-4403

Publishes a monthly newsletter with practical information for
patients and families. Also has books, videos and other educational
material available

  Canadian Celiac Association (Diet for Life Handbook $17.95 + $3)
  6519B Mississauga Road      (member $ vary, use credit card)
  Mississauga, Ontario  L5N 1A6
  905-567-7195  (800-363-7296 in Canada)

 E.L.A.S.T.I.C. (Education for Latex Allergy / Support-Team and Information-Coalition)
 Information and support for individuals with latex allergies, education,
health information.  To subscribe to the Latex Allergy News, and become informed
of current developments in research advancements, survival skills
and ELASTIC proceedings, please contact:
Debra Adkins, Editor
176 Roosevelt Ave. 
Torrington CT   06790 
(203) 482-6869 
FAX: (203) 482-7640 
Compuserve 76500,1452 

 Contacts in many states are being established now, if you have
any interest in participating in any area, please contact:

Elizabeth C. Borel DMD  ELASTIC   or    Nancy A. Mitchell  ELASTIC 
196 Pheasant Run Rd.                    3 Folsom's Pond Rd.
West Chester, PA   19380                Wayland, MA   01778
(610) 436-4801                          (508) 358-5979
Compuserve  102246,126       

The Food Allergy Network 
10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107
Fairfax, VA 22030-5647 
fax 703-691-2713

Non-profit organization that puts out a newsletter ($24.00US)
on food allergies, that covers allergy-related subjects such as
eczema, allergen-free recipes, drug updates, news updates, a dietician's
column. They also sell a number of reasonably priced booklets and cards to
help you cope with schools, information on anaphylaxis (potentially lethal
allergic reactions), how to read food labels so as to avoid allergens
(ex. soy products go by many names in packaging). Sample newsletter and
information sent on request.

  Gluten Intolerance Group of North America ($25/yr + $13.45 starter pack)
  Elaine Hartsook
  PO Box 23053
  Seattle, WA  98102

  Greater Philadelphia Celiac-Sprue Support Group (extensive starter pack)
  Phyllis J. Brogden
  6318 Farmar Lane
  Flourtown, PA 19031

For information on multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS)

  The Human Ecology Action League (HEAL)
  PO Box 29629
  Atlanta, GA 30359-1126
  (404) 248-1898

Marion Merril Dow Pollen Hotline: 1-800-POLLENS

 National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine 
(800) 222-5864
Provides information on lung disease through the toll free LUNG LINE
Accepts patients thru physician referral

The National Jewish Center (NJC) is probably the leading
research and treatment center for asthma and other
immunological diseases in the world.  In addition to
providing specialized treatment, NJC conducts
pharmaceutical trials, consultations, publishes a
newsletter, and provides many other highly specialized
and helpful services.  Two of note include:

The 24-hour National Jewish Lung Line (TM) which is
staffed by specially trained nurses.  Call 1-800-222-LUNG.
The 24-hour National Jewish Lung Facts (TM) - pre-recorded
information on respiratory and immunological diseases and
programs at NJC.  Call 1-800-552-LUNG


Pamphlets  & Periodicals

Allergy & Asthma Guide from BioTech Health Systems, Ltd
(800) 621-5545

products pamphlet about bedding protectors , HEPA air cleaners etc...

Allergy Control Products
(800) 422-DUST (or (800) 422-3878)

Provides pamphlets & educational video and books; and allergy products.

American College of Allergy and Immunology
(800) 842-7777 or (708) 359-2800

Provides free brochure entitled "Advise from your Allergist"

 Air Currents
 published by Allen & Hanburys Respiratory Institute
            Five Moore Drive
            Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

 LungLine Letter
 published by The National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.


Food Allergy Food Sources

Ener-G Foods
P.O. Box 84487
Seattle, WA 98124-5788
in Washington State 800-325-9788
Fax 206-764-3398

You can call them for their free Allergy packet of information. They
manufacture and sell baking mixes, ready-made baked items, recipes
(sorted by 45 dietary criteria) and specialize in products for those
on gluten-free, wheat-free, egg-free, corn-free, soy-free, milk-free
or low protein diets.  The order form groups products by what they
DON'T have (ex. wheat, eggs) and tells you the ingredients for each
item. Sold by single package or by the case.  Some of their products
can be found in good health food stores. But if you want to buy it in
bulk and save a decent amount of money, try one package from either a
store or the manufacturer to see if you like it, and then place a
bulk order with Ener-G.  They also sell products for people with
renal failure and malabsorption syndrome (Celiac-Sprue).

 King Arthur Flour Company -- Vermont has xanthan gum.

 Note: it may be cheaper to purchase xanthan gum from a local
 source, if you have one. Try local health/alternative food

 Moore Natural Foods Inc.
 5209 S.E. International Way
 Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
 (503) 654-3215

 Whole grains, whole grain flours, other flours (garbonzo bean flour,
 etc.), breakfast grain mixes, beans, cooking needs (baking powders,
 xanthan gum, etc.), carob products, and lots else for those allergic to
 various grains or those who want natural foods. Products come in small
units (about 1 pound) up to 25 pound units. 20 page catalog.

 Rice Innovations Inc.
 1773 Bayly Street
 Pickering, Ont., Canada L1W 2Y7

Makes a line of rice-based pastas that are available in some health food
stores and co-ops. One netter recommends this as the best of the substitutes.

 TAD Enterprises
 9356 Pleasant
 Tinley Park, IL 60477

 Carries ESSEN brand products (grain flours, low gluten bread mix, etc.)
 and FeatherWeight brand products (low sugar, salt substitutes, etc.)

 Daily Bread Co.
 P.O. Box 1091
 Portsmouth, NH 03802-1091 USA
 US 1-800-635-5668

Makes "Quick Bread", a bread mix that comes in various flavors. They
contain no dairy, yeast, or egg. 

 Alpineaire, PO Box 1600, Nevada City, CA 95959, (800) 322-6325

 Anglo-Dietetics, Ltd., PO Box 333, Wilton, CT 06897, (203) 762-2504

 Authentic Foods, PO Box 48813, Los Angeles, CA 90048, (213) 934-0424

 Backpacker's Pantry, 1540 Charles Dr., Redding, CA 96003, (916) 241-9280

 Basco Gluten Free Products, PO Box 1498, Monument, CO 80132 (800) 692-7323

 Celia Cooks, PO Box 728, Ramsey, NJ 07446, (800) 934-0987

 Chicago Dietetic Supply, Inc., Dept. 25, PO Box 529, La Grange, IL 60525,
(312) 352-6900

 Conrad Rice Mills, PO Box 296, New Iberia, LA 70560, (800) 551-3245

 Cooks Flavoring Co., PO Box 890, Tacoma, WA 98401, (206) 727-5499

 Cybros, Inc., PO Box 851, Waukesha, WI 53187, (800) 876-2253

 Darla M. Gennings, 6026 Blue Mist Lane, Dallas, TX 75248, (214) 733-0172

 DeBoles Nutritional Foods, Inc., 215 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY,
(516) 742-1252.

 Dietary Specialties, PO Box 227, Rochester, NY 14601, (800) 544-0099

 Elam's, 2625 Gardner Rd., Broadview, IL 60153, (708) 865-1612

 El Molino Mills, 345 N. Baldwin Park Blvd., City of Industry, CA 91746,
(206) 962-7167

 Farms of Texas Co., PO Box 1305, Alvin, TX, (800) 232-7423

 Fearn Soya Foods, Division of Modern Products Inc. Milwaukee, WI 53209

 Foods By George, 108 Schimmel Street, Paramus, NJ 07652

 Food-For-Life Baking Co., 3580 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031,
(213) 227-1985

 Garden Spot Distributors, 438 White Oaks, New Holland, PA 17557,
(800) 829-5100

 G&I Kosher Bakery, 76-10 Main St., Flushing, NY 11367, (718) 261-1157

 The Gluten-Free Pantry, PO Box 881, Glastonburry, CT 06033, (203) 633-3826

 The Gluten-Free Cookie Jar, PO Box 52, Trevose, PA 19053, (215) 355-9403

 David Goodbatters', PO Box 102 Dept. M, Bausman, PA 17504, (717) 872-0652

 Henkel Corp., 4620 West 77th St., Minneapolis, MN 55435, (612) 546-3285

 King Arthur Flour, RR 2, Box 56, Norwich, VT 05055, (800) 827-6836

 Legume Plus, PO Box 383, Fairfield, WA 99021, (800) 845-1349

 Lundberg Farms, Inc., Richvale, CA 95974-0369, (916) 882-4551

 Med-Diet Laboratories, Inc., 695 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka, MN 55343,
(800) 633-3438

 Miss Roben's, PO Box 1434, Frederick, MD 21702, (800) 891-0083

 Old Windmill Specialty Foods, 5014 16th Ave., Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY
(800) 653-3791

 Omega Nutrition, 1720 Labountry Road, Ferbdale, WA 98248, (800) 661-3529

 NuVita Foods, Inc., 7624 SW. Macadam, Portland, OR 97219, (503) 246-5433

 Pamela Products, 156 Utah Avenue, CA 94080, (415) 952-4546

 Patti Pastries, 1211 Tree St., Philadelphia, PA 19148, (215) 336-5004

 The Really Great Food Company, PO Box 319, Malverne, NY 11565, (516)593-5587

 Red Mill Farms, 290 South 5th Street, Broyklin, NY 11211, (718) 384-2150

 I. Rokeach & Sons, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 06732

 Season Products Corp., 34 Loretto St., Irvington, NJ 07111, (800) 631-7990

 Shilo Farms, PO Box 97, Sulphur Springs, AK 72768, (501) 298-3297

 Snack Cracks, Inc., PO Box 3608, Chico, CA 95927, (800) 828-8828

 Sterk's Bakery, 3866 23rd St., 1402 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14301,
(800) 608-4501

 Vans International, (310) 320-8611

 Vita-Wheat Bakery, 1839 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220, (313) 543-0888

 Walnut Acres, Penns Creek: PA 17862, (800) 433-3998


Environmental Allergy Information

Bachman, Judy, _Allergy Environment Guidebook: New Hope & Help for
    Living & Working Allergy-Free_, c. 1990, Putnam Publishing Group,
    257 pages.  Information on allergies, effects of stress, advice on
    building, decorating, remodeling and otherwise coping with
    allergies.  More depth and detail than most books on environmental

Aslett, Don, _Make Your House Do The Housework_, c. 1986 Writer's
    Digest Books, 201 pages.  Tells you how to design and decorate a
    house so that it requires a minimum of cleaning and maintenance.

Consumer Reports, Oct 1992, reviews a number of air purifiers.
    Friedrich C90 is the top-rated model.  512-225-2000 is the Friedrich
    number.  A mail-order provider is S and S Buying Service,

Consumer Reports, Feb 1993, reviews vacuum cleaners, including the
    Nilfisk GS 90.  They found it effective at filtering dust
    particles.  Suggested that the best solution for the severely
    allergic may be to limit the use of carpeting.

The National Center for Environemental Health Strategies (NCEHS)
    publishes a newsletter, runs a clearing house for sources of perfume
    free products, distributes literature, and other related information.
    (No current address; will try to find that.)

   USENET archive on central vacuum cleaners,
	available on the web at

Allergy/Asthma Products

Allergy Control Products Inc.
96 Danbury Road
Ridgefield CT 06877

Provide free (with orders?) pamphlets on Cat Dander, House Dust/Mites,
Understanding Vacuum Cleaners Vacuum Exhaust and Allergen Containment,
Mold Spore Allergy. Products include: special mattress/pillow covers,
blankets (Vellux), room cleaners (filter room air), face masks, vacuum
filters (don't let the dust/dirt back out of vacuum), high filtration
vacuum cleaner bags, Miele canister Vacuum cleaner, filters for A/C, and
central heating systems, Allergy Control Solution (neutralizes dust mmite
and their feces, a primary allergen for many people).
They offer a pamphlet,  "Understanding Vacuum Cleaners, Vacuum
Exhaust and Allergen Containment."  Separate catalogs for dust,
mold, and cat allergies.

I have used their vacuum filters, Allergy Control Solution and mask. All very
good and extremely helpful.

Medic Alert medallions
   Medic Alert Foundation, Box 1009, Turlock CA  95380.

Bio-Tech Systems, 1-800-621-5545.  A 17 page catalog containing
    information and products related to dust allergies, mold allergies,
    and asthma.  Filters, masks, mattress and pillow encasings, dust
    sealants, dust mite removers, mold preventers, nebulizers.

Allergy and Asthma Products Company, 1-800-221-6483.  A 5 page guide
    to dust, mold, and asthma control, and 2 pages of products.
    Filters, bedding protectors, sprays, masks.

 Allergy Free, Inc., Dickinson Texas (1-800-ALLERGY)

The AL-R-G Shoppe, Inc., 305-981-9182.  A 17 page catalog.  Lots of
    cosmetics, jewelry, plus the usual filters and mattress encasings.

Allergy Controlled Environments, 1-800-882-4110

Allergy Relief Shop, 615-522-2795
2932 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TE 37921

Allergy Supply Company
 1-800-323-6744 or 1-703-391-2011
 11994 Star Court
 Herndon VA 22071
  (they have a great
   catalog that specializes in respiratory products like
   spacers and TONS of helpful hints.)

 Healthscan 1-800-962-1266 carries health care equipment
   including great peak flow meters like Assess (TM), and
   a great new spacer called OptiHaler (TM) which made a
   phenomenal difference in my personal asthma management -
   call for a catalog.

Fisons 1-800-621-5545 (carries allergy control products - call for the catalog.)

Mimic Kidswear (1-800-450-3301 or fax: 416-446-7755 or e-mail
Cotton clothing for children with food allergies and asthma; some of the
clothing has informtion about the child's condition or requests "No smoking". 
Also, sew-on patches, etc. to inform others of child's needs.


Net Resources

Mailing lists

Asthma/Allergies Mailing List:
  To join, send mail to
  Post by sending mail to

 Allergy LISTSERV  

To join, send mail to the administrative robot at 
with the message:

 get Allergy welcome Newsgroup Newsgroup  
This group has two FAQs: FAQ
and Asthma Medications FAQ  

The Alt.Support.Asthma  Reading And Resource List
This list was developed and is maintained by Lynn Short

Celiac Listserv 

To subscribe, send mail to:
or, if you are on a bitnet site,
with SUBSCRIBE CELIAC yourfirstname yourlastname in the body.  
You will be sent information on how
to use the mailing list, and how to access the archives. The FAQ can be
obtained by putting GET CELIAC FAQ in the body of a message to the list
server. Even more info is available if GET NEWCEL PACKAGE is included.

There is a mailing list for people with chemical sensitivities called mcs-immune-neuro. To
join, send email to 
and in the BODY write:
subscribe mcs-immune-neuro Your Name 
The list is run by Ginny Kloth (

The No-milk list (Milk/Casein/Lactose-free mailing list) is an open,
unmoderated discussion list for those following a milk/casein/lactose-free
diet, and for people with an interest in milk-free issues. 
To join, send email to 

and in the BODY write:
SUB NO-MILK YourFirstName YourLastName 
The list is run by Max Desorgher (

FAQ on Asthma from NOTE: this is not geared towards
asthma in children but does have some useful information for
Keeper:  ???

Peanut allergies: Betsy Wilson ( has a 
set of ideas for parents of children with peanut allergies. She
lists what she has done to make their situation work best. -- milk-free, egg-free recipes -- information on household products

World-Wide Web resources

 I assume that if you are interested in Web sources, you have have Web access;
 therefore, I'll just point you to my Allergy and Asthma FAQ Web page and
 save myself some typing!

 FAQ Home Page

 This page has links to the FAQ (what you have now) and to Web pages
 on institutions and groups, Internet newsgroup pages ( same as listed
 earlier in this FAQ), gluten-free diets pages, miscellaneous allergy and
 asthma information, and allerg/asthma product pages.

------------------------------------------------------------- Allergy and Asthma Book Reviews Frequently Asked Questions -- Allergies and Asthma 
Book Reviews
Revision 1.2

This FAQ is intended to answer frequently asked questions on allergies and
asthma in the newsgroup. Though the comments are geared towards
parents of children, there is plenty of information for adults as well.

The information in this FAQ is the collected "net wisdom" of a number
of folk. It is not intended to replace medical advice.  None of the
contributors are medical professionals. Most of us either have
allergies/asthma or have relatives/children with asthma/allergies, so
this collection represents the experiences and prejudices of individuals.
This is not a substitute for consulting your physician.

To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address
given below, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on
Allergies and Asthma.  Please try to be as concise as possible, as
these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is.  And, unless
otherwise requested, your name and e-mail address will remain in the
file, so that interested readers may follow-up directly for more

This FAQ is posted regularly to news.answers and

For a list of other FAQ topics, look for the FAQ File Index
posted to weekly or tune in to

Collection maintained by: Eileen Kupstas Soo

Last modified: June 4, 1997 

Copyright 1996-7, Eileen Kupstas Soo.  Use and copying of this information are
permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for
use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright
notice is included intact.

FAQ Overview:

  General Information Part 1/2
  General Information Part 2/2
  Allergy and Asthma Resources and Reviews
  Allergy Recipes 


 Topic Index:
1.  General Books/Information  

Children with Asthma: A manual for parents 
One Minute Asthma by Thomas F. Plaut, M.D 

2.  Food Allergy Books  

Eating Well Milk-Free: a Cookbook and Guide
 by Christine M. Wellington 
The Complete Food Allergy Cookbook
 by Marilyn Gioannini is now available in paperback.
Raising Your Child Without Milk
 by Jane Zukin
The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook by M. Jones -- revised review to reflect
 new opionon of rotation diet.
Mother Earth Cookery by Margaret Ritchie ("Just Margaret") -- a gluten-, soy-,
 dairy-, yeast-, and meat-free cookbook.

2.1  General
2.2  Milk/Dairy Free
2.3  Wheat/Gluten/Grain Free
2.4  MSG- Free
2.5 Other sources

There are many 
contributors  involved in this FAQ.. many thanks for all the work!


General Books/Information


 Children with Asthma: A manual for parents
 Thomas F. Plaut, M.D with parents, patients, and physicians
paperback ISBN 0-914625-16-0
 $10 with multiple purchase discount
 One Minute Asthma
 Thomas F. Plaut, M.D
paperback ISBN 0-914625-14-4
$5 with multiple purchase discount
  Pedipress Asthma Publications 
 Pedipress, Inc.
 125 Red Gate Lane
 Amherst, MA 01002
 1-800-611-6081 (US)
Both English and Spanish versions are available.

These two books are well-written guides to help parents understand and
deal with their children's asthma. The information applies to adults, as well,
however, these books do not assume that the asthma patient will be the
person monitoring the patient's condition on a day-to-day basis. This is
a rather realistic assumption for parents of young children. Other information
is available from this company, including a peak flow diary, an asthma
signs diary, and a children's story Winning over Asthma.

 One Minute Asthma is a 48 page booklet that contains short, concise
information on evaluating an asthmatic's condition, the treatment of asthma,
the types of medications used to treat asthma, and sample diaries for tracking
an asthmatics condition day-to-day. The language is suitable for a lay person
with no prior information on asthma. The example diaries are well-worth looking
at (free samples are also available from the publisher; see the Pedipress website
for more details). A two page list of resources at the back gives a good starting point
for more information.

Children with Asthma: A manual for parents is a longer book (278 pages)
with much more detailed information on asthma and it's treatment. The book's
tone is definitely geared towards parents, especially helping parents do the
most they can to help their child. The book expresses two very good attitudes:
1) a
well-educated parent can be a great asset in managing a child's asthma condition.
Whether or not the parent is well-educated can make a tremendous difference is how
well the child's asthma is managed and how much the asthma affects the child's
2) well-managed asthma should not regularly limit a child's
activities.  Children with asthma should be able to participate in
sports, travel, and other interests with minimal interference from
their asthma symptoms.
 The book gives information on a number of common situations
(school, travel, sports, choosing a doctor, support groups)
and from a number of viewpoints (parents, family, child with
asthma). The book inludes a resource list of organizations, vensors, and
publications, a glossary, and Canadian, US, and
British drug names.

 Children With Asthma
 Plaut, Thomas
  Pedipress Asthma Publications 
 ISBN 0-914625-05-5, paperback, $7.95.

 This book is full of practical information for parents of
 children with asthma --- from tips on how to cope to detailed
 treatment plans. The commonly prescribed asthma medicines are all
 clearly described, as are the symptoms of asthma and common
 causes. A must-have for every parent.


Allergies:  The Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Daily
Stuart H. Young, M.D., Bruce S. Dobozin, M.D., Margaret Miner and
the editors of Consumer Reports Books

Consumers Union put out this edition.  This is a slightly better
overview than the one listed below.


The Best Guide to Allergy
A.V. Giannini, N.D. Schulz, T.T. Chang, D.C.Wong

Consumers Union put out the edition lying around my house.  This is
an overview suitable for people who are first having to cope with
allergy (whether their own or someone else's).  It covers asthma,
food, airborne, insects, etc.  No recipes, but the basics for planning
elimination diets.  They also insert some sanity in discussing the pros/cons
of various allergy testing methods (don't seem to seriously subscribe to
any of them, and generally favor a clinical history approach to diagnosis).
Not bad, but I'm sure there are plenty of others that cover similar ground.


The Peoples's Handbook of Allergies and Allergens
Ruth Winter
ISBN 0-8092-5391-7

An encyclopedia of allergy terms, allergens and their sources, and
questionnaires to help identify allergies. There is also a listing
of information sources and manufacturers of allergy/asthma products.
Fairly complete and technically detailed.


The Complete Book of Allergy Control
Laura J. Stevens
ISBN 0-02-614450-6

This book takes a very broad view of what an allergy is. The
book may even lean towards alarmist in some respects, but
it gives a very thorough list of possible allergies and
allergens as well as a detailed set of questions to help
pin down allergic reactions. The author's view is not the
traditional view, but the book can be a good resource for
generating ideas and taking inital steps towards identifying
and treating allergies. Some recipes are included for
food allergies.

 The MA (Mothers of Asthmatics) Report: published by the Allergy
 and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. 1-800-878-4403,
 $25 per year. General info on childhood asthma.

 Asthma Update: A Newsletter for People with Asthma:
 1-410-267-8329: $10 per year: The latest research on drugs and
 treatments with doctors' names and addresses for further


 Is this Your Child?  Discovering and Treating
 Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults. 
 Rapp, D., 1991. 
 William Morrow & Co., nc., New York.
 ISBN #0-688-11907-7.

 This is an EXCELLENT book describing the symptoms and treatments of food
 allergies/sensitivities and environmental illness, especially when
 "allergy" is not considered to be the problem.  This book is recommended
 to parents whose child is always sick, hyperactive (labelled ADD or ADHD),
 cranky, a "slow learner", has chronic ear infections, etc.  There are
 pictures that show what these symptoms really look like.  The ideas and
 treatments in this book basically turned my 6 year old into a different,
 now healthy and well behaved, child.  It also help our family address
 longstanding problems since some of this can be hereditary.


 Tired or Toxic? 
 Rogers, S., 1990. 
 Box 3161, 3502 Brewerton Road,
 Syracuse, NY.

 I found this book in my public library.  It is quite technical, but gives
 a good discussion about environmental illness.  It describes methods to
 use in ridding your home (or trying to discover problems in your home) of
 allergy provoking substances.  If your child is allergic to dust mites,
 molds/mildew, household chemicals, etc., this book would help greatly.
 It also describes the importance of magnesium supplementation when anyone
 is supplementing calcium (especially kids on dairy-free diets).  It
 convinced me to supplement my children with calium citrate and mangesium
 in a 2:1 ratio.


Food Allergies Made Simple.
 Austin, P., Thrash, A., and Thrash, C., 1985.
 New Lifestyle Books.  80 pp.
 ISBN #0-942658.

 I found this book in my university library.  It is a very good basic
 book desribing the sumptoms and treatment of food allergies, intolerances
 and sensitivities.  I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a
 concise but accurate text on food allergy.

June, 1992 issue of CHEST, a medical journal for specialists.  This
issue is totally devoted to asthma diagnosis, treatment and

for Adults:

The Asthma Resource Directory
by Carol Rudoff, President of the American Allergy Assn.
PO Box 640, Menlo Park CA

Lists over 2500 resources and products available nationwide
including camps, suppliers, support groups, and research

for Children:

So You have Asthma too!
by Nancy Sander

I'm a Meter Reader
also by Nancy Sander

2 Food Allergy Books

2.1 General:


The Complete Food Allergy Cookbook
Marilyn Gioannini
Prima Publishing
PO Box 1260BK
Rocklin, CA 95677
ISBN 0-7615-0051-0 hardback
ISBN 0-7615-0961-5 paperback, $16.00

This book came out earlier this year, and I am finally getting it
listed!  This is a good, general resource for people with multiple
food allergies who are are having a hard time figuring out just what
to eat. There is information on food allergies in general,
alternative grains, substitutions for common allergens, and dealing
with one's food allergies in common situtations, such as dining out.
The recipes section is well-organized, with recipes given in a basic
form then variations, if possible, to suit different allergies.

Each recipe is clearly laid out with information on nutrition given
at the end. I found the recipes easy to follow and was usually able
to get the ingredients listed. The author uses a wide variety of
ingredients, which is great for people with allergies!  There is a
listing of mail-order sources in the back, so almost everyone should
be able to track down the occasional odd ingredient. I found this book
to be a help in figuring out what I can do with some more unusual
ingredients, such as quinoa and teff.

Though it is a short section, I appreciated the pages on converting
old recipes to more allergy-friendly recipes. The information
provides a starting place for cooks who already know how to cook but
aren't familiar with allergy-free cooking. Three recipes are
discussed, giving the cook an idea of how to find a suitable recipe
for conversion then how to go about actually converting it. The book
also states what all allergy-free cooks have found: you may not get
what you expected exactly, but the new recipe will probably be quite
good anyway!


Mother Earth Cookery
 Margaret Ritchie ("Just Margaret")
 PO Box 22150, RPO Wildwood
 SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7H 5P1
 $10 (CAN) including postage, spriralbound paper, 55 pp.; available from author

This is a very interesting collection of recipes which, as the cover
states, features "natural foods free of glutens, sugar, yeast, soy,
chemicals, dairy, meat and low in fat". Though a few small points are
open to debate in this (is ghee really milk-free?), none of my
quibbles are show-stoppers. The book is a good source of recipes and
ideas. All recipes start with plain, unprocessed ingredients and require
some effort on the part of the cook, though no more effort than anyone
with allergies will have been putting forth already! The recipes center 
around rice, beans, fresh vegetables and fruits, making it a good 
source for those with many allergies or with vegetarian/vegan requirements.
Information on homemade egg replacers and milk replacers is given, though
some of the other ingredients may not be available in areas with restricted
food shopping (all are readily available by mail, though).  The author 
includes a number of good ideas for working with and around allergies,
especially suggestions for easing food preparation. The recipes are simple,
flexible, and nutritious.

My results with the recipes have been mostly good, though not
perfect; everything I made was interesting and edible, even if it
didn't turn out exactly as I expected. This may change as I become
more familiar with the various ingredients and gain a bit of practice
with each recipe. Since this is true for any sort of allergy cooking,
it seems, I am more than willing to put forth the effort on these

Where the book excels, though, is as a springboard for interesting
ideas. I can say with absolute truth that I had never thought of some 
of these ideas, and I consider myself a rather flexible and daring 
cook! The book is a good supplement to other, more mundane allergy
cookbooks, especially for those with lots of food restrictions (many
allergies, vegetarian/vegan, macrobiotic,etc.)

(A sample recipe is in
 Allergy Recipes  file.)


The Food Allergy Cookbook
The official cookbook of the Allergy Information Associaion
St. Martin's Press
New York, New York 10010
ISBN 0-312-90185-2
Paperback $4.95

I just bought the book (a new printing). Before, I went to the
library and copied the recipes that fit my allergies.
The author isn't overly optimistic and doesn't over-claim the
recipes; they are good work-a-day recipes, not fancy
stuff. All the recipes I have tried certainly worked well.
The book uses a variety of flours and tells how to make
various combinations that work satisfactorily for baking.
(Two sample recipes in Allergy Recipes file:
 Pumpkin Cookies
Shortbread .)

The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook
by M. Jones
Rodale Press Inc.
ISBN 0-87857-505-7
$19.95 Hardback

This book stresses eating a variety of foods. Many of the recipes
are fine, no-nonsense recipes for family eating. Most of the
ingredients are readily available (for me). I haven't followed
the recipes exactly, just borrowed ideas as I saw fit. The book
includes a very comprehensive guide to mail-order companies.
The book spends some time discussing environmental factors and
the rotation diet (which this book recommends). 

Updated opinion: As I have worked with my old allergies and added
some new ones, I've found the author's information on rotation diets
to be of great help. Previously, I had glossed over this section. Now,
I find the information on related food groups to be immensely helpful and
her suggestions for a rotation diet to be of interest. Though I don't 
follow a true rotation diet, the information in Jones' book has helped
me plan meals that suit my allergies and tolerances.


"Allergic People Eat Desserts Too!"
Eleanor Bentley Milinusic
ISBN  0-9695464-0-8
Cost:  17.95
S&H:  2.45
Canadians add 7% GST

order from:

Mycel Project Management Services Inc.
416 Canterville Drive S.W.
Calgary, Alberta

This book has a wonderful selection of desserts.  All of these recipes
have no gluten, no wheat, no corn, no barley no oats, no rye, no eggs, no
dairy, no preservatives, no additives and no colouring.  She has included
some recipes for baking powders, vanilla, butter substitutes, egg
substitutes and various hints (very useful). The "Glazed Fruit Pie" recipe is
given in the 
Allergy Recipes  file, and there is also a terrific brownie recipe in the book.
The service is very quick. I got my book in less than two weeks.

The Contents include:
Cakes & Cupcakes,
Frostings & Toppings,
Old Fashioned Baked Desserts,
Pies & tarts,
Puddings & sauces,
Snack foods,
Frozen Treats,
Notes Tips & Substitutes.
(A sample recipe is in
 Allergy Recipes 

The Allergy Cookbook and Food Buying Guide
Pamela Nonken and S. Roger Hirsch, M.D. 
Warner Brothers Books, 1982
ISBN 0-446-37173-4 (USA)
ISBN 0-446-37341-9 (Canada)

This book focuses on six major allergens -- corn, eggs, milk, soy,
wheat, and yeast.  The authors give a listing (by allergen) of
general tips and substitutions for each allergen, then give detailed
lists of products which may contain the allergen under various names.
What is most helpful is the brand name listing of "safe" products, 
though the edition I have looked at is over ten years old and product
composition is likely to have changed. The last half of the book is
recipes for dishes that avoid some or all of the listed allergens.
For instance, there are 5 biscuit recipes, three of which do not use
wheat. (See recipes). There are also recipes for common condiments,
such as ketchup, that often contain a number possible allergens when
commercially prepared.
(Two sample recipes are in the Allergy Recipes page:  
Gluten free Biscuits  and 
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies .

The Allergy Gourmet: A Collection of wheat-free, milk-free, soy-free,
  corn-free, and soy-free recipes
by Carol Rudoff
Allergy Publications
ISBN 0-930048-11-3
$12.95 paperback

I haven't used this book very much. Most of the recipes use
barley flour to which I may be allergic. The recipes contain
very few ingredients and are likely to be fine for people with
many allergies. As soon as I figure out the substitution for
barley flour, I will try more of the recipes. (A sample recipe is in
 Allergy Recipes


The Allergy Cookbook
Ruth R. Shattuck
ISBN 0-451-16517-9
Paperback $5.99

Allergy-Free Cooking
Eileen Rhude Yoder, Ph.D.
Addison-Wesley Publishing
ISBN 0-201-09797-4
Paperback $11.95

2.2 Milk/Dairy Free:

The Milk-Free Kitchen
Beth Kidder
ISBN: 0-8050-1836-0

Ms. Kidder includes a wide variety of recipes, including baked
goods.  She does not rely upon milk substitutes (soy/rice milk,
etc.) as do some other authors.  She assumes the reader is
cooking from necessity, and may be inexperienced. There is a 
small amount on allergy,intolerance, and eating out.

This seems to be the most widely available milk/dairy free cookbook
around, which is fortunate, because it is, of the five I've looked
at, the best.  My sister bought my copy who knows where; I've seen
it at mall bookstores.  Lots of basic recipes.  The only problem
I have with it is the baked goods recipes are annoying (she
doesn't sift -- she sort of stirs her flour, and the measurements
are, as a result, difficult to duplicate).  I was surprised to discover
how well some things survive having the milk removed (pancakes,
biscuits, etc.).  She does not rely on soy milk as a replacement, either.
If you're *really* sensitive to milk products (as in, the whey added
to commercial breads causes respiratory difficulty), this book can
really be a lifesaver.  She even has a couple recipes for eggless

Eating Well Milk-Free: a Cookbook and Guide
 Christine M. Wellington, Dietitian
 Relish Press
 Redpine Distributors
 Box 27, RR #1 Astorville
 Ontario POH 1BO Canada
 ISBN 0-9699787-0-7, spiralbound paperback that stands up as easel

Eating Well Milk-Free: a Cookbook and Guide is a useful
collection of information and recipes for those who must avoid milk
in all forms.  An overview of milk and its nutritional components is
given, as well as the various names under which it may be listed in
prepared foods. The author gives tips for dining out, shopping,
travelling, and feeding milk-sensitive children.  She also provides
Canadian contact information for food and pharmaceutical
manufacturers. Small, wallet-sized cards are provided listing the
various ways milk may be listed and common foods that contain milk.
One small personal nit-pick (recognizable to those who know me :-) is
that the author gives information on introducing solids to chidren,
starting around 4-6 months of age; some recommend delaying
introduction of solids until later, especially in allergy-prone
families. This is a very small point, though, and one on which there
may be disagreement.

The recipes are clearly presented and logically organized. The main
index is in the back of the book, divided by meal category
(breakfast, lunch, supper, beverages, sweets).  Measurements are listed in
imperial and metric. The recipes are for everyday home cooking --
this book would be a fine starting point for someone suddenly faced
with feeding a family a milk-free meal. The section on milk-free
sweets (cookies, cakes, muffins) is particulary strong, with a number
of interesting, unfussy recipes.  The recipes do not depend upon
having a milk substitute available (such as soy milk or DariFree),
which is convenient for those without access to these substitutes or
those with multiple allergies.  Some recipes do depend upon having
milk-free bread, margerine or mayonnaise; but, if you are
milk-sensitive, these (or substitutes) will have to be found anyway.
Many of the lunch and supper recipes use meat and/or eggs, so this is
not a book for vegetarians/vegans seeking to avoid milk.

Raising Your Child Without Milk
Jane Zukin
 Prima Publishing

This new book by the author of Dairy-Free Cookbook discusses raising a 
child that cannot have cow's milk, with all the issues that entails. The
author looks at children's nutritional requirements and how to meet them
without milk while still providing interesting dishes. Recipes for dairy-free
treats are also included. 

Dairy-Free Cookbook
Jane Zukin

This is not as good a basic cookbook as Kidder's, but they
complement each other well.  She relies a good deal more heavily on
milk substitutes.  This book contains substantial sections on: the
difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy; foods at
franchises which contain milk products (this was an eye-opener);
where to obtain various milk-substitutes; calcium supplementation.
She also includes information on eating out.

The other three cookbooks I've seen were not too memorable (I only
flipped through them in bookstores).  I haven't bought any of
the general cooking around allergies books because my problems
are specific, and my husband's are atypical (neither of us is
sensitive to gluten, for example).

The following aren't specifically to cope with milk allergies;
I bought them because I found a lot of recipes in them that happened
to not include milk (eggs, etc.).

 No Milk Today: How to Live With Lactose Intolerance
 Steve Carper, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1986 ISBN

  I found it at my local library. It's an excellent book
 for explaining the process, describing hidden sources of lactose (like
 whey), and tips on eating out.

2.3 Wheat/Gluten/Grain Free::

The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Living Well without Wheat
by Bette Hagman
H. Holt & Co.
ISBN 0-8050-1835-2
$12.95 paperback.

The book is fairly thorough. It relies on a mix of flours
that includes potato starch flour, tapioca flour and xanthan gum.
These are not always easy to find. I have mail order addresses, but the
book lists a large number of them in the back. The recipes I have tried
haven't floored me, but they certainly are more than adequate. I need
to learn more about how these different flours work in baking before I
make a final judgement.
The recipes are more "gourmet" than the previous books. Most aren't
_so_ complicated, but the emphasis is on recipes that you would
feel comfortable serving to company. It certainly is more complicated
than my everyday fare.
(A sample recipe is in
 Allergy Recipes 

 Hagman, Bette, 1993,
 More From the Gluten-Free Gourmet,
 Henry Holt & Co., New York,
 ISBN 0-8050-2324-0

Wheatless Cooking
Lynette Coffey
Ten Speed Press
Berkley, CA 94707
ISBN 0-89815-156-2
Paperback 10.95

 One net person states:  I was given a copy of Lynette Coffey's
 "Wheatless Cooking" book as a gift several years ago and I would NOT
 recommend it.  I have never used another cookbook where so many of
 the recipes simply do not work as stated.  I have altered some
 recipes so they at least function (by tripling liquids and halving
 cooking time, etc.) but most of my results with the recipes "as
 printed" have been somewhat disappointing.  Very few recipes are
 actually gluten-free (the author's son has a wheat allergy, not
 celiac disease).  Other books on the list, such as Bette Hagman's
 books, are a much better value!


Going Against the Grain
Phyllis Potts, 1992
ISBN: 0-9630479-0-6
Central Point Publishing
21861 S. Central Point Road
Oregon City, OR  97045

(Two sample recipes are in the Allergy Recipes page.

Blueberry Muffins 
Pumpkin Bread   .)

 Diets to Help Coeliacs & Wheat Sensitivity,
Greer, Rita, 1982,
 Thorsons  Publishers Ltd
 Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 2RQ, England,
 ISBN  0-7225-1705-X

Good Food, Gluten Free
Hilda Cherry Hills
Keats Publishing Inc.
New Canaan, Conn.
ISBN 0-87983-103-0
Paperback $9.95

Good Food, Milk Free, Grain Free
Hilda Cherry Hills
Keats Publishing Inc.
New Canaan, Conn.
ISBN 0-87983-201-0
Paperback $10.95

NOTE: nutritional claims made for diet and mental illness

 Gluten Intolerance,
 Hunter, Beatrice Trum, 1987,
Keats Publishing,
 27 Pine Street (Box 876),
 New Canaan, CT 06840,
 ISBN 0-87983-435-8
 [Not a  cookbook]

 The Joy of Gluten-Free Cooking,
 Kisslinger, Juanita, 1987,
 Kisslinger  Publications,
 10289 Cleveland Road,
 Sidney, British Columbia, V8L 4Y6,
 ISBN  0-921019-03-3

 The Gluten-Free Diet Book,
 Rawcliffe, Peter and Ruth Rolph, 1985,
 Arco  Publishing,
 215 Park Avenue,
 New York, NY 10003,
 ISBN 0-668-05973-7

 The "No-Gluten" Solution,
 Redjou, Pat Cassidy, 1990,
 Pat Redjou, Box 731,
 Brush Praire, WA 98606,
 ISBN 0-9626052-0-4

 The Art of Baking with Rice Flour,
 Richter, Muriel L., 1989,
 LaRice  Publishing Co.,
 PO Box 366,
 Ridgefield, WA 98642

 The Practical Gluten-Free Cookbook,
 Stetzer, Arlene, 1990,
 Main Street Systems.
 Route 2, Highway 35,
 Trempealeau, WI 54661,
 (608) 534-6730

 The Gluten-free Cookery, The Complete Guide for Gluten-free or 
Wheat-free Diets,
 Thompson, Peter, 1995,
 Headway Hodder Headline,
 Oxon, UK,
 ISBN  0-340-62098-6

 Coping With the Gluten-Free Diet, 
 Wood, Marion N., 1982,
 Charles C. Thomas,
 2600 South First Street,
 Springfield, IL 62717,
 ISBN 0-398-04718-9

2.4 MSG- Free:

In Bad Taste: the MSG Syndrome 
George R. Schwartz

I picked this up recently, when someone finally pointed out that
I might be getting sick at so many restaurants on account of MSG
(my symptoms were headaches, nausea, sleepiness -- to the point of
feeling like someone had drugged me).  I've found that scrupulously
avoiding MSG (and all the names it hides under) has greatly reduced
my problems (but who knows; maybe I'm just finding better food).
Includes recipes for stocks, sauces, etc. of common commercially
produced foods that may contain MSG.  Lots of anecdotes; several
studies referenced.  (MSG syndrome, aka Chinese Restaurant Syndrome
is *not* an allergy, but can cause allergy like symptoms -- including
asthma attacks up to 12 hours after consumption.  MSG syndrome
is an intolerance, which, if sufficient quantities are consumed,
everyone will experience some symptoms of.)

4.5 Other sources:

Beard on Bread
James Beard

After flipping through several books on making bread, I was
very pleased to find one in which at least half the recipes didn't
contain milk (butter, imo, doesn't matter -- margerine is an
easy sub; milk is harder).  This of course is no good for folk
allergic to gluten.  :-(

The New American Vegetarian Cookbook
Marilyn Diamond

Note: I don't agree with the nutritional claims, but
the recipes are fine. Substitutes for a number of
dairy products are given. Emphasis on low-fat balanced
diet within "American" framework of foods. (A sample recipe is in
 Allergy Recipes 

The Good Food: Pastas, Soups, and Stews
Daniel Halpern and Julie Strand

Possibly everyone else is good at inventing enjoyable soups and
stews off the cuff.  Having to cook for someone allergic to
chicken, turkey, beef, peas, tomatos, onions, and a array of spices,
can tax one's imagination.  I bought this book as a source of ideas,
when I discovered all the cookbooks around the house (Better Homes
and Gardens New Cook Book, Fanny Farmer, etc.) contained very little
in the way of soups built around lamb and pork.  I've only just
started experimenting with pasta, so I can't say much about that.
(Once I quit using MSG laced bouillons, I discovered I enjoyed soup
a whole lot more myself, too.)

 Full of Beans,
Spicer, Kay, 1993,
 Mighton House,
 Box 399,
 Campbellville,  Ontario L0P 1B0
 ISBN 0-9695688-1-9

I also want to put in a plug for  While neither my
husband nor I is vegetarian (some good friends who are Seventh Day
Adventists are, however), I nevertheless find this newsgroup very helpful,
particularly the vegan recipes (non-ovo, non-lacto means we can both probably
eat it).  It's also a good source for discussion of food sensitivity,
and how to modify traditional recipes for specific needs.

Along the same lines, I've tried using some vegetarian cookbooks,
but vegan recipes seem few and far between.  The Horn of the Moon
cookbook, by Ginny Callan, has a good non-ovo non-lacto cornbread
(the one in Kidder uses an egg), and it also has vegan cookies.
Unfortunately, my experience with vegetarian cookbooks so far has
been that they rely on eggs and milk products for proteins, and, if anything,
they're even harder for me to use.  So if anyone knows of a good
vegan cookbook, with an emphasis on baked goods, let me know.


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