No, you can't rely on anecdotal evidence for determining everything to do with your medical treatment. (Or, at least, it's not wise to do so.) But stories are great; they stick with you, and it's instructive and enlightening to hear how people dealing with the same conditions you are have handled them in the past. Lately, I've noticed some excellent personal stories about food allergies from bloggers:
- If You Offer It, They Will Come, musings about the economics and nuances of restaurant dining with multiple food restrictions;
- The Unfunny Files, a mother's account of her son's severe food allergies and asthma (via Allergizer); and
- Allergic Girl's notes on Cosmetic Allergies, one of the hidden hazards of tree nut allergies.