What is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity? Why do some schools have peanut-free zones? What is Celiac disease? Are some people sensitive to food dyes? Join in on a discussion of food issues with an allergy expert as well as real people who live with food sensitivities and life-threatening food allergies every day. Learn the steps you can take whether you have an allergy, work with food, or know someone with an allergy. A little knowledge can prevent some big problems.
Run time: 26 minutes
Audience: Grade 6- Adult
Teaching Materials Online
"Covering a variety of allergens, this program offers advice on coping with a food allergy (as well as being courteous to those who are especially sensitive), featuring comments both from doctors and real people with food concerns. Explaining how sufferers produce IgE antibodies against certain foods, Food Allergies details symptons and reactions (such as itching hives, difficulty breathing, and stomach issues that can affect vitamins for days), while also detailing common triggers, such as nuts, milk, wheat, and shellfish. Other topics covered include celiac disease and lactose intolerance; methods doctors use for testing actual allergies vs. sensitivities; and ways to avoid reactions (including carefully reading labels, asking the right questions about food prep out of your control, and keeping a detailed food diary for your physician). Recommended" ★★★
--Video Librarian, Jan 2013
Ideal for both young adult and adult viewers, Food Allergies (26 min.) is an educational DVD that teaches viewers the vital basics, from the difference between food allergy and food sensitivity, to why some schools are strict about keeping peanuts out of certain zones, to what celiac disease is and how it affects people who have it, harmful effects that food dyes can have on some people, and much more. Testimony from an allergy expert as well as people who live with food allergies every day add a human element to this real and potentially life-threatening issue. Printable teaching materials are available online to complement this invaluable resource. Also highly recommended for both school and public library DVD collections is "54321 + 8 Countdown To Your Health" ($79.95, 24 min.) a program designed to teach viewers in grade 6 and up about healthy daily habits: 5 servings of fruits & veggies, 4 glasses of water, 3 good laughs, 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour physical activity, 8 hours or more sleep.
--The Midwest Book Review, Oct 2012