Fear of Food: the hidden toll of allergies

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - In its new Spring issue, Allergic Living
magazine investigates the hushed secret of life with food allergies: the "fear
of food" that often follows a serious allergic reaction.
    The magazine discovers such aversion is a common after-effect of
anaphylaxis, the life-threatening form of allergic reaction. So powerful are
these reactions, that some people become afraid of eating even the foods that
are perfectly 'safe' for them.
    According to one expert, these fears are symptoms of post-traumatic
stress, a condition more commonly associated with combat and car crashes.
Jennifer Van Evra, the writer-broadcaster who wrote this article, even finds
the extreme example of a mother was so afraid her teenager would die of an
allergic reaction that she reduced his diet to six foods. By 14, he was
severely malnourished.
    Her investigation does have a silver lining, however: therapy and coping
strategies for such anxieties can be highly effective.

    Also in Allergic Living:

    -  Trees that make you sneeze.
    -  The crisis in asthma control.
    -  The study to make peanut allergy 'go away'.

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For further information: Gwen Smith - (416) 760-8381,

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