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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Merton Books; 2nd edition edition (15 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872560180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872560182
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 0.7 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Worth was a nurse, midwife, ward sister and night sister from 1953 until 1973, working mainly in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. All Jennifer's books have been bestsellers and Call the Midwife is now a major BBC TV adaptation.

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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 Worth’s 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. Jennifer’s fighting spirit will encourage others to take control of their health. JH. Here’s 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keira DVD reviews on 31 July 2013
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This book offers a sensitive personal account of ways to address the healing of the pain, discomfort and unsightliness of Eczema.
Written by Jennifer Worth, author of "Call the Midwife" this is a personal story of suffering and successful efforts to overcome what is an illness. A good read with direct action recommended for sufferers. Well worht the money and the time for anyone who suffers, or has a family member who suffer, from Eczema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sue on 22 Feb. 2013
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This is an excellent book. Very readable for non medics. Lot's of great information for allergy sufferers and not.I have recommended it to many people including me Naturopathic doctor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JD - Michigan on 1 Sept. 2013
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I found this book very informative and insightful. Passed it on to a friend whose child has suffered with severe eczema almost since birth, who has found no significant relief in the routine medications and treatments. Certainly wish the treatment the Jennifer used was readily available. For now, my friend will have to experiment with eliminating food allergens, making diet adjustments and hopefully, find an open minded doctor to work with soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Sheila Giblin, s.m.giblin on 23 Mar. 2013
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I would recommend this book to all allergy suffers, this lady has personal experience of these problems.I am trying some of her recommendations.
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This book is written by a nursing sister who suffered from severe eczema apparently caused by food intolerances. Whilst her case is extreme, she suggests that other people's eczema may also be linked to food intolerances. Worth reading if you suffer from severe eczema that hasn't responded to lifestyle changes ( healthy diet, stress management etc.)and conventional treatments. However, I would urge you to take advice from your GP, or a dietician, before following any of the dietary changes outlined in this book.
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