The author, a former midwife, was driven to agonising despair by the body-consuming eczema which attacked her in her fifties. Conventional treatments gave little or no relief and she set out to find a cure. She describes the many different treatments she tried, none successfully, until eventually, with the help of a consultant pathologist, she undertook a strict elimination diet to discover which foods were triggering her condition. She shares her experiences in detail, providing information which can be of practical help to anyone else afflicted with this allergic disease. It is an inspiring story of determination which resulted in a happy ending. This revised and updated edition includes a special section on immunotherapy with contributions from leading allergy consultant specialists.
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Jennifer Worths achievement in treating the debilitating eczema that ravaged her body is something that should be shared. She rejected toxic drugs with serious side effects and instead embarked on a journey of discovery into allergic diseases - diseases which are rising rapidly in all developed countries. In "Eczema and Food Allergy" the former nursing sister describes in detail how she identified the cause of her own illness - food - and how drastically her life and diet changed because of it. Despite numerous setbacks, Jennifer Worth persevered and now wants others to benefit from her experiences with eczema, a disease that all too often can drive sufferers to despair and leaves doctors powerless to help. Liz Hunt. Daily Telegraph.
"Like a million tiny insects crawling around under the skin" is how Jennifer describes the severe eczema that covered her whole body and face for years. This book is the story of her struggle to overcome it. With the help of "Dr A", Jennifer discovered that her eczema was the result of food allergies, and used trial and error to work out a customised diet. It also warns that many people with eczema are unaware the foods they enjoy or crave the most may be the ones which trigger their reaction. This adds to the growing amount of literature linking skin conditions such as eczema with allergic reactions to food. The "before" and "after" pictures should even inspire sceptics who insist that cortisone cream is the only answer. Jennifers fighting spirit will encourage others to take control of their health. JH. Heres Health.
"As long as we continue to treat the symptoms without looking at the causes of allergies we will get nowhere. Jennifer Worth has consistently challenged established thinking about allergies in the Nursing Times. Eczema and Food Allergy" should move the debate a little further forward. Alison Whyte. Nursing Times.
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