Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories
Author: Alcoholics Anonymous
It's more than a book. It's a way of life.
Alcoholics Anonymous-the Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide.
First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease.
Personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship.
Key features and benefits
· the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery
· contains full, original text describing AA program
· personal stories
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all.
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication. Being mostly business or professional folk, we could not well carry on our occupations in such an event. We would like it understood that our alcoholic work is an avocation.
When writing or speaking publicly about alcoholism, we urge each of our Fellowship to omit his personal name, designating himself instead as "a member of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Very earnestly we ask the pressalso, to observe this request, for otherwise we shall be greatly handicapped. We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word. There are no fees or dues whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.
We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly form those who have commenced work with other alcoholics. We should like to be helpful to such cases. Inquiry by scientific, medical, and religious societies will be welcomed.
Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies
Author: Scott H Sicherer
For children with food allergies, eating -- one of the basic functions of life -- can be a nightmare. Children who suffer or become dangerously ill after eating peanuts, seafood, milk, eggs, wheat, or a host of other foods require constant vigilance from caring, concerned parents, teachers, and friends.
In this empathetic and comprehensive guide, Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a specialist in pediatric food allergies, gives parents the information they need to manage their children's health and quality of life. He describes why children develop food allergy, the symptoms of food allergy (affecting the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, and the respiratory system), and the role of food allergy in behavioral problems and developmental disabilities. Parents will learn how to recognize emergency situations, how to get the most out of a visit with an allergist, what allergy test results mean, and how to protect their children -- at home, at school, at summer camp, and in restaurants.
Informative, compassionate, and practical, this guide will be indispensable for parents, physicians, school nurses, teachers, and everyone else who cares for children with food allergies.
Barring creating their own line of allergen-free food and placing their children in a plastic bubble, what are parents to do to keep their children safe from potentially fatal reactions to food? A specialist in pediatric food allergies, Sicherer (pediatrics, Mount Sinai Sch. of Medicine; The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook) has put together in one welcomed source the wisdom of his many years of experience and the latest research from his own and others' clinical studies. Approachable and straightforward, his book provides parents with practical advice for managing a child's environment at home, at school, or out in the world at large. In Part 2, "Diagnosing a Food Allergy," the practice of taking a detailed medical history is espoused and case studies serve to bring the issue home. An action plan for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening type of allergic reaction, as well as a chapter on food allergy resources are included. Another excellent book on this topic Lisa Cipriano Collins's Caring for Your Child with Severe Food Allergies imparts similar practical and compassionate information, but Sicherer's approach is much more research-based. Highly recommended for public and consumer health libraries. Beth Hill, Univ. of Idaho Lib., Moscow Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.