Sifting through the Maze of Allergy Info: "Is This Your Child?"
Posted Apr 14 2012 8:47pm
I've done several posts on frequently asked questions on allergies, Part I, II and III in the last few days. Now I am going to move on to one resource that will help you sort through the maze of allergy information. The reference is a book titled "Is This Your Child?" by Dr. Doris Rapp, M.D. Dr. Rapp spent her early years as a regular, mainstream allergist. Eventually, she expanded her training and experience and then went and became board certified in pediatrics and environmental medicine - making her board certified in three medical fields. She has been a physician for over 50 years, so she has the medical credentials and the experience to write a compelling resource to help people sort out the facts in allergy. Self-disclosure, Dr. Doris Rapp is a friend of mine so I do have some bias although I thought her book was every bit as good before I became friends with her!
Here is a picture of the book:
There are many reasons why I recommend this book to consumers, the first of which it is written by an authority whose experience and training trumps most physician. The book is pretty easy to read in that Dr. Rapp does not speak above the understanding of the average person - so it's the perfect book for lay people. While the book is pretty long - it is well indexed so you can look up just the symptoms or issues that you or your child is experiencing. I also have to say that I love the pictures on the back cover - just because they are helpful!
One of the other reasons that I continue to recommend this book and other books by Dr. Doris Rapp is because in the last 10 years - no one who got the book (on my recommendation) ever came back and said that it was not helpful or immensely helpful! In fact, one memorable mother was able to solve one of her child's issues in a matter of a few days with the help of this particular book! In other words, I continue to get excellent feedback from those people who got the book - most from the public library by the way! That is another reason that I love this book - it is in almost every public library in the USA! How cool is that!
This book was on the NY Times Best Sellers list and Dr. Rapp was on network TV shows when it came out. In my humble opinion, this is already a classic book in the field of allergy - one book that will just not go away because it has so much information and value. I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on this book!