Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Institute for Public Health and Medicine

Ruchi Gupta, MD, authors a food allergy book for the general public

"The Food Allergy Experience: Real voices. Real disease. Real insights."

Authored by Ruchi S Gupta MD MPH
Authored with Denise Bunning
Illustrated by Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Food Allergy Experience book

October 5, 2012

A source of reliable information and sound advice to help parents, caregivers, friends, relatives, health care providers, and teachers better understand how food allergies impact all aspects of a child's life. Beyond statistics, The Food Allergy Experience provides tools for generating greater awareness that includes inspiring quotes, useful tips, and light-hearted comics, which put a positive and more realistic face on food allergies. The Food Allergy Experience also provides a comprehensive resource section with information about relevant organizations, a handy checklist, and a sample letter to inform people about a child's specific food allergy. As daunting as food allergies might seem, researchers are making breakthroughs every day as they search for cures. The author of the book is a pediatrician, a medical researcher, and the mother of a child with food allergy, and hopes to supply information and support to anyone seeking to help children with food allergies enjoy life and achieve their full potential through sharing The Food Allergy Experience.

About the author: Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, is an attending pediatrician at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, an associate professor at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and is director of the Center for Maternal and Child Health at Northwestern University's Institute for Healthcare Studies. Dr. Gupta's education includes an MD from the University of Louisville, an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, a pediatric residency at the University of Washington, and a research fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gupta is a mother of a child with food allergies and lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

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This book was a three year effort by over 25 contributors. 

The majority of the proceeds are being donated.

The book is available on the publishers site or amazon and both can be accessed through this website.

Media coverage:

09/07/2013 - Discovery Channel documentary "An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America"

05/01/2013 - Interview on NPR's On Point about food allergies in children

02/12/2013 - Interview on WGN-TV regarding "The Food Allergy Experience"

11/29/2012 - Dr. Gupta authors the CNN Opinion article, "How to ensure no schoolchild dies of an allergy attack"

10/24/2012 - "Ask the Expert: Ruchi Gupta, pediatrician and author of 'The Food Allergy Experience'"