In 2002 I had a life-changing experience: I began to have dramatic allergic reactions to certain foods. My story is a long one, so I'll cut to the chase - I cannot eat eggs or dairy. But even if I could consume these foods without reaction, I wouldn't. Nor do I eat meat and I limit my intake of processed foods.
Author and healthy food advocate, Robyn O'Brien knows where I'm coming from. As a toddler, her daughter nearly died from an allergic reaction to eggs. From that harrowing moment on, Robyn began to investigate what exactly is in our food and her findings are not good.
Robyn's book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It (Broadway Books, 2009), details her research into the U.S. food industry and the relationship between the manipulation of our food and the increase of chronic conditions and diseases. Among other things, she discusses genetically modified foods, the health effects of food colorings and high-fructose corn syrup (BTW, both are banned in Europe), and the dangers of soy in infant formula. Her work has won accolades from Erin Brockovich, Robert Kennedy Jr., Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Nell Newman. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and ABC Money Matters. Robyn holds an MBA from Rice University and is founder of http://www.allergykids.com/
Meet Robyn and hear what she has to say in person on Thursday, June 4th at Book Passage Bookstore, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7PM.