The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What's Causing It and How to Stop It (Paperback)

The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What's Causing It and How to Stop It By Heather Fraser, Janet Levatin (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Heather Fraser, Janet Levatin (Foreword by)


Why is the peanut allergy an epidemic that only seems to be found in Western cultures? Over four million people in the United States alone are affected by peanut allergies, while there are no reported cases in India, a country where peanuts are the primary ingredient in many baby food products. Where did this allergy come from, and does medicine play any kind of role in the phenomenon? After her own child had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter, historian Heather Fraser decided to discover the answers to these questions.

In The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, Fraser delves into the history of this allergy, trying to understand why it largely develops in children and studying its relationship with social, medical, political, and economic factors. In an international overview of the subject, she compares the epidemic in the United States to sixteen other geographical locations, finding that in addition to the United States, in countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia, and Sweden there is a one in fifty chance that a child, especially a male, will develop a peanut allergy. Fraser also highlights alternative medicines and explores issues of vaccine safety and other food allergies, making his book a must-read for every parent, teacher, and health professional.

About the Author

Heather Fraser, MA, BA, BEd, is a natural health practitioner, writer, and founder of Bio-physical Resonance based in Toronto, Canada. In 1995, her one-year-old son reacted violently with anaphylaxis to a taste of peanut butter. Visit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616082734
ISBN-10: 1616082739
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: June 1st, 2011
Pages: 208
Language: English