Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A. Anderson's new book entitled "Flourishing with Food Allergies: Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children

For CT IWWG members, A. Anderson reports the following exciting news!

I have a new book that was just published in August 2008, Flourishing with Food Allergies: Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children.

Recent News:

· Flourishing’s official web site is: www.flourishingwithfoodallergies.com which contains a press release, author bio, author photo and commentaries.
· Flourishing is currently ranked #5 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases List.”
· Independent Publisher recently selected Flourishing as a “Highlighted Title.”
· The Voices published an article on 10/1 and the Litchfield County Times has an article coming out today, 10/3.

Upcoming Events:

· 10/9/2008: 6:30 Food Allergy Support Group Meeting: First Congregational Church in Woodbury run by ‎‎Karen Wolfe, LCSW, for info email:
· 10/11/2008: 3:00 Border’s Books in Southbury: Book signing by A. Anderson
· 10/25/2008: 2:00-4:00 Woodbury Library Presentation by A. Anderson

(click for Amazon listing link)

Proposed statement:

Southbury, CT, October 2008—Author A. Anderson has published a new book titled Flourishing with Food Allergies: Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children. Anderson was inspired to write this book when she discovered that her own two sons had severe food allergies to dairy and egg. She, like many others, struggled with diet modifications, finding activities that were safe and dealing with the social ramifications of avoiding these common foods. The information is not simply based upon her experience—she incorporates fifteen interviews of mothers with food-allergic children—those with peanut, tree nut and other common allergens. Interviews of a father’s perspective and several doctors of different specialties are also included.

One goal of the book is to provide a measure of comfort and understanding for others dealing with adjusting their lives around their children’s food allergies. Flourishing provides guidance on emotional, social and practical levels based upon experienced parents and professionals. Suggestions for handling social interactions with relatives, friends, babysitters, preschools and schools are discussed. The tone of the book is positive and empowering supporting the empowerment of food-allergic children by instilling confidence in them and their parents.

"Flourishing" also includes research with over 160 end notes on facts, theories and findings throughout the world on the topic of food allergies, especially in young children. Common threads of thought about why food allergies are on the rise in our youngest members of society include the use of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and genetically modified foods in our diets. Other discussions such as the possibility of food allergies contributing to asthma, autism, and ADHD are addressed.

And here's what people are saying about the book:

"A comprehensive review of how food allergies affect children's lives, their families, and their school environments. Wonderful tools and resources provided to educate families. A must read for parents of food allergic children!"
- Dr. Pamela A. Georgeson, spokesperson for the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI)

"Food allergies are one of the most serious and complex health issues in America today, especially for children. The more awareness we create among parents, teachers, health professionals and researchers, the more progress we can make to improve the quality of life for food allergic patients."
- Mike Tringale, Director of External Affairs, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

"For any parent this book provides valuable information about food allergies and their symptoms. It also shows how parents have been able to pursue the issue and get answers about their children's health. This book is a valuable resource for any parent especially with small children. I have also used the information to inform my adult clients who may have had long standing food allergies that they did not identify."
- Roxanne H. Condon, MS, LPC Master of Science, Licensed Professional Counselor

"Thoughtfully written and straight to the point-this is the first book I recommend to parents of children with food allergies. It deals with real world issues not covered in other publications!"
- Deana Boucher, RD CDE, Registered Dietitian and mother of three

"From medical information to personal stories of people living with food allergies…that is what made this book so interesting. Every time I put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to see what I was going to read about next."
- Karen Wolff, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mother of two

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