A BOOK REVIEW

Allergic to Life by Kathryn C. Treat

I have a special interest in reading Kathryn’s story because of my own struggles with health issues. And so when I met her on twitter and read her biography I immediately connected to it, and had to buy the book out of curiosity.

I finished reading Allergic to Life on December 14, 2013, and it was drama from beginning to end. I kept wondering how you kept the presence of mind to write all this stuff down.  It was amazing to me because you went through so many life-threatening reactions to your environment. The average person would not have had that in their mind to do.

The only time I did start to write my own journal was after the doctor told me to start writing down everything that I was eating so we could figure out what was wrong.

I could relate to all of your issues and to some degree the way  your body reacted. Any allergic reaction can be serious if you cannot find a treatment to stop it.

You took us step by step through the start of your reactions right through to the end point and the medications you had to use to stop them.  I felt like you were taking me through it with you, because you described it so vividly. I got angry with the bad doctors you had to endure and felt relief that you found some sensible doctors who could take care of you. That’s because I’ve done that too. It’s scary when the medical establishment becomes the culprit in your life struggle to survive. I personally feel that the medical field needs to be overhauled.

Anybody that has been through a little bit of what you have endured can relate to some degree your story and pain. I couldn’t stop reading and was able to cover so much ground. The chapters are easy to get through and your writing style was simple and to-the-point. That made it relaxing to read while you took us on a wild ride of a lifetime.

I was especially glad that you found a doctor who started you on probiotic supplements to put back the good bacteria and help your immune system get stronger. That is exactly what saved me in my own situation. I am on Ortho Biotics, vitamin supplements and minerals. I take them religiously every day. I can no longer tolerate regular drugs because I get every side effect coming and going. I recently developed an abscess on my tooth and tried penicillin because I was so afraid of antibiotics. With the Ortho Biotic supplement I was able to tolerate the penicillin.

Kudos that you finally won your settlement in court for all the horrendous medical bills you incurred just trying to stay alive. I’m glad you didn’t let the system pull one over on you because red tape is the norm. You kept good records and that puts you one step ahead every single time. You are a fighter and only fighters win.

Thank you for sharing your plight with us. That’s the only way people will get educated to what is happening in our environment.

I recommend this book to anybody who wants to become knowledgeable about the medical system in this country and the dangers lurking at every turn.

Memorial page

May She Rest in Peace!

Twitter: @sharrislaughter

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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20 Responses to A BOOK REVIEW

  1. What a wonderful review, Shirley! I’m looking forward to reading this as well. I’m certain I haven’t gone through the degree of suffering outlined in this book, but I do have severe allergies (was told I’m in the upper 5% globally). I suspect there are things in my own house I’m allergic to because I’m always worse when home. (Yes I keep a very clean house…always eliminating dust since dust mites are one of my worse allergens.) Kathryn, I know you’ve been through a lot, and I’m very sorry about this…but my sense is that you and your book will end up helping many, many people. My best to you both. 🙂

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    • Thank you Danica. It is truly amazing how many have severe allergies and sensitivities. And we are just the “tip of the iceberg”. As more and more chemicals are being introduced into our world, there will be many many more of us.

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      • Shirley L. Slaughter says:

        Kathryn, now that I’m reading this review again, I hope I didn’t spill too much of the story. Since forming our book club I have become more conscious of that and don’t want to give away too much before people get a chance to buy the book.

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    • Shirley L. Slaughter says:

      Yes Danica I did this way before we started Rave Reviews. I wanted Kathryn to know how much her book meant to me and to show her some support. And then Rave Reviews came alone. So the timing was not in sync.When Kathryn’s book comes up for review I will be ready to comment. Allergic to Life is a good read.

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  2. Becca Chopra says:

    I too have suffered from environmental sensitivities after being poisoned by pesticides – and only natural healing approaches have helped me. I look forward to reading Kathryn’s book and reviewing it as well on Becca’s Inspirational Book Blog.
    Thanks,
    Becca Chopra, author of Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life (which will be free on Amazon Kindle as a Christmas gift from 12/24-26). Happy Holidays and good health to all.

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    • Shirley L. Slaughter says:

      Becca, your comment leads me to the conclusion that we all need to crusade against pesticides (I eat organic vegetables & fruits) and processed meats because ingesting these foods are detrimental to our overall health as a human race. Kathryn’s case was extreme but we are all paying a price one way or another by what we eat and breathe. Thanks Becca for sharing your story with us..

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    • Becca – I am now following you.

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      • Shirley L. Slaughter says:

        Thanks Becca, its nice having you aboard. I just posted a new blog on the subject of health. Welcome aboard.

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      • I just read it and it is a wonderful story about your health Shirley.

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      • Shirley L. Slaughter says:

        OOps my mistake. Between the comments and replying by email I goofed on Kathryn’s reply to Becca and thought she was talking to me.

        How crazy is that?

        On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM, Shirley Slaughter wrote:

        > Thanks Becca, its nice having you aboard. I just posted a new blog on the > subject of health. Welcome aboard. > > > On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 4:21 PM, Motorcitywriter <

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  3. jsherwin2013 says:

    Thanks for the great review of Kathryn’s book. I know her story to be true, and I endorse her positive approach to just keep going on. She is a courageous woman! Jennie

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  4. Great review! Shared on FB & Twitter.

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  5. Reblogged this on allergictolifemybattle and commented:
    I met Shirley through a mutual connection on Twitter and we soon discovered that we have a lot in common. I am thankful that she took the time to read my story and write a review.

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  6. Shirley – Thank you so much for a wonderful review. Our conversations have given us a type of sisterhood not many can understand.

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