The MI Free website has been neglected of late, with a lack of regular posts and some key pages in need of update, but I hope subscribers and long-standing readers will forgive me when they learn the reason — that I’ve been busy finishing my new book on metal allergies.
It’s called The Metal Allergy Guide: Successfully managing allergies to nickel, cobalt, chromium and other metals. My aim, when tackling the project, was to write an in-depth patient guide to the subject, which would help support people throughout their metal allergy ‘journey’ — from symptoms, and medical testing and diagnosis, to identifying triggers and sources of exposure, finding safe products and cosmetics and then, if needed, examining their food intake and diet, which can be a surprising source of heavy metal intake. I hope I’ve succeeded.
Nickel allergy (especially) has always struck me as one of those allergies which many in the community have too often felt doesn’t deserve much time or discussion — at least not in comparison to the ‘big’ guns such as food allergens, or fragrances, or preservatives, or PPD, or bee venom — perhaps simply because it is so common among atopic people and is considered or assumed by some to be easy to manage.
But I felt it did merit proper consideration. And the more I researched the subject the more I learned just how many conditions metal allergies can be associated with — from auto-immune conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome, through to irritable bowel syndrome and other dietary sensitivities or gastro-intestinal disorders. I learned to appreciate that it was complicated, not straightforward, and that it very much deserved attention as many struggle with its effects daily. I realised that a ‘deep dive’ into the subject could produce a book with detailed advice that could make a difference to many. It really is far more than just a matter of being careful with your jewellery.
And so, 45,000 words later, The Metal Allergy Guide is the result. Isothiazolinone preservatives do get a few mentions, but that’s not why I’m alerting MI Free readers to the book. The reason is that I know, thanks to all the correspondence I’ve had with you over the years, that many of you have metal allergies, and some of you struggle with them, especially when you have multiple other allergens to deal with, including dietary restrictions.
I hope if you do decide to order a copy, you find something of interest and use in the book. As ever, feedback is very welcome — as it is for the second edition of Living with Methylisothiazolinone Allergy, which is on my schedule for 2022.
The Metal Allergy Guide: Successfully managing allergies to nickel, cobalt, chromium and other metals is available in print / eBook formats from Amazon US ($12.99/$8.99), Amazon UK (£9.49/£6.59), and other Amazon sites.