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February 1974

A Parent's Guide to Children's Allergies.

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Evanston, Ill

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(2):320. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320140158024

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The book is replete with faddistic and unproved concepts, bad advice to parents that includes self-treatment, and inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Limitation of reviewing space allows the mention of only a few typical examples. Chocolate and corn, contrary to the author's claims, are not frequent causes of hives. A blanket ban on the use of bread, rolls, crackers and fresh fruits for all allergic children is a terrible injustice. Yet in another part of the chapter on the meal planning for the allergic child, the author lists one fruit or some fruit juice for breakfast. There is no need to prohibit the use of fish oils or vegetable oils since it has been definitely established that they are not allergenic. In citing the percentage of molds in one area, he lists Alternaria (80%), Hormodendrum (76%), Penicillium (67%), and Aspergillus (24%), a total of 247% without counting other molds!

For hay-fever diagnosis,

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