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(Guardian)   Doctors confident of finding a cure for childhood peanut allergy. The cure is tentatively described as grabbing overprotective parents by the shoulders, shaking them, and telling them to quit being wusses   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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2010-02-21 04:29:53 PM  

BlippityBleep: There is a high degree of psychosomatic causes for all of these stupid shiat allergies. I'm not saying they don't naturally occur but there is an incredible degree of just crap. I swear 3 out of 4 people in the pacific northwest cry about gluten allergies. Go anywhere else in the US and it is a rare condition. It's laughable until you realize that pacific northwesterners have really drank the koolaid that long, then it's just sad.


Or possibly different areas of the country have different genetic backgrounds that are more common. But I mean- its totally the koolaid...

/PNW
//Several members of my family (also in the PNW) have celiac
 
2010-02-21 04:30:19 PM  

ace in your face: FijiGrad: I teach high school physics. There is one student that I have that has so many severe allergies that it is ridiculous. From our school nurse: "LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES TO PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, DAIRY, EGGS. NO FOOD IN CLASSROOM! If student feels she has been exposed, send her to the nurse's office immediately with an escort. She also carries an EPI-PEN in her waist pack which she may self administer in case of exposure." Her TWIN BROTHER is absolutely allergy free. Deal with that one.

You teach our children and you can't wrap your mind around fraternal twins? I weep for the future of America.


I think you should weep for your own reading comprehension. He/she obviously means that being twins they were raised with the same parents in the same environment, so it becomes difficult to further the argument that the girl's allergies are caused by those parents in said environment when her brother does not also have them.
 
2010-02-21 04:30:36 PM  

ace in your face: BlippityBleep: There is a high degree of psychosomatic causes for all of these stupid shiat allergies. I'm not saying they don't naturally occur but there is an incredible degree of just crap. I swear 3 out of 4 people in the pacific northwest cry about gluten allergies. Go anywhere else in the US and it is a rare condition. It's laughable until you realize that pacific northwesterners have really drank the koolaid that long, then it's just sad.

Or possibly different areas of the country have different genetic backgrounds that are more common. But I mean- its totally the koolaid...

/PNW
//Several members of my family (also in the PNW) have celiac


All of those college kids sure share the lots of the same genetic background.
 
2010-02-21 04:31:42 PM  
BlippityBleep:
Is there ANY evidence of this kind of thing happening further back than 30 years?


Don't really care, not what I'm referring to. Just pointing out that the environment in which they were brought up would be similar.
 
2010-02-21 04:31:48 PM  

FijiGrad: ace in your face: FijiGrad: I teach high school physics. There is one student that I have that has so many severe allergies that it is ridiculous. From our school nurse: "LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES TO PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, DAIRY, EGGS. NO FOOD IN CLASSROOM! If student feels she has been exposed, send her to the nurse's office immediately with an escort. She also carries an EPI-PEN in her waist pack which she may self administer in case of exposure." Her TWIN BROTHER is absolutely allergy free. Deal with that one.

To give you an idea of how serious her allergies are, once on a field trip, another student on the bus, several rows away from her began eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Her airway closed, the EpiPen was used to save her life, and all of the food on the bus was thrown out the window as it rolled down the highway at 60 mph. I can't imagine what the other cars around the bus thought about that sight.

You teach our children and you can't wrap your mind around fraternal twins? I weep for the future of America.

All I was referring to was that the environment in which they were brought up would be virtually identical. But I appreciate the attack nonetheless. Tell me, did your parents have any children that lived to reach maturity?


Allergies are not all environmental. As a scientist (of some sort) you should know that and not be amazed by it. Don't call me immature because you said something that proves why we pay our teachers to much for their sad little ed degrees.
 
2010-02-21 04:32:37 PM  
this thread was making me hungry for PB, so now I'm eating yummy crunchy PB with crackers.
 
2010-02-21 04:33:00 PM  

IonBeam2: I think it's because it used to be that kids with such profound allergies were allowed to just die.


Do you really think there has been such an advance in the last 20 years of medicine to make a material difference in this regard?

Perhaps the reason lies elsewhere.
 
2010-02-21 04:33:09 PM  
Perhaps we just didn't used to care so much when 1 year olds died?

/Only name them if they survive past 3
 
2010-02-21 04:33:46 PM  

sweetcakes: ace in your face: FijiGrad: I teach high school physics. There is one student that I have that has so many severe allergies that it is ridiculous. From our school nurse: "LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES TO PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, DAIRY, EGGS. NO FOOD IN CLASSROOM! If student feels she has been exposed, send her to the nurse's office immediately with an escort. She also carries an EPI-PEN in her waist pack which she may self administer in case of exposure." Her TWIN BROTHER is absolutely allergy free. Deal with that one.

You teach our children and you can't wrap your mind around fraternal twins? I weep for the future of America.

I think you should weep for your own reading comprehension. He/she obviously means that being twins they were raised with the same parents in the same environment, so it becomes difficult to further the argument that the girl's allergies are caused by those parents in said environment when her brother does not also have them.


Then TWIN BROTHER shouldn't have been capitalized.
 
2010-02-21 04:37:27 PM  

dahmers love zombie: Peanut allergies were basically nonexistent.


Peanut Allergies have risen up in sync with the addition of Genetically Modified Peanuts into our 'food stream'.

So, There's the cure.

Allergies from
GM Food(From Year 2000)
(new window)
"GM food items could pose possible
health risks because, amongst other
reasons, they may cause allergic
reactions."- EUROPEAN FEDERATION of BIOTECHNOLOGY

The real reasons are common knowledge.

/themoreyouknow
 
2010-02-21 04:40:09 PM  

ace in your face: sweetcakes: ace in your face: FijiGrad: I teach high school physics. There is one student that I have that has so many severe allergies that it is ridiculous. From our school nurse: "LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES TO PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, DAIRY, EGGS. NO FOOD IN CLASSROOM! If student feels she has been exposed, send her to the nurse's office immediately with an escort. She also carries an EPI-PEN in her waist pack which she may self administer in case of exposure." Her TWIN BROTHER is absolutely allergy free. Deal with that one.

You teach our children and you can't wrap your mind around fraternal twins? I weep for the future of America.

I think you should weep for your own reading comprehension. He/she obviously means that being twins they were raised with the same parents in the same environment, so it becomes difficult to further the argument that the girl's allergies are caused by those parents in said environment when her brother does not also have them.

Then TWIN BROTHER shouldn't have been capitalized.


Allow me to explain. Subject A and Subject B are raised in identical environments. Subject A develops severe allergies. Subject B does not. It follows that the environment, which was identical, cannot be blamed for the allergies. That was the point of my post. I totally agree with your statement that "Allergies are not all environmental." My post serves to illustrate that. Christ, I hope you were home schooled.
 
2010-02-21 04:40:39 PM  

dahmers love zombie: Y'know, here's the deal. I'm 44. I went through my childhood in the late 60s and 70s. Went to a lot of schools as my dad was transferred around by his company. Every single day from kindergarten to 9th grade, I took a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich to school for lunch. But this isn't about being OCD. It's about the fact that, through 13 grades, around 10 schools, thousands of kids, I never, not once, saw a kid blow up with a peanut reaction. Never had a single friend die. Never had a single classmate die. Never had a single classmate have to go running to the nurse's office with nasal polyps and a constricting trachea. No ambulances save for the rare broken bone from playing Smear the Queer at recess.

Peanut allergies were basically nonexistent. Until parents began sticking their kids in bubbles, taking them off the teat at the first opportunity (or not breastfeeding at all), sanitizing every single thing they touched, running for antibiotics at the barest sniffle, not letting them outside for fear of perverts, not letting them get dirty for fear of Bog knows what. Peanut allergies (and, for the most part, wheat, tree nut, corn, gluten, blah blah blah) are caused by our society's paranoias.

Parents, take a good hard look at yourselves. Your kids are the harvest of what you've sown.

/two kids
//wife breastfed the first one for 2.5 years, second one for 6 months (he weaned himself)
///no paranoia about dirt
////immunized for everything
//not allergic to anything


This. And props for the Smear the Queer reference from a 45-year old. We played it so much in our front yard the grass was all gone.
 
2010-02-21 04:41:40 PM  

img246.imageshack.us

It's part of the MASTER PLAN.

 
2010-02-21 04:43:08 PM  
newton

Peanut Allergies have risen up in sync with the addition of Genetically Modified Peanuts into our 'food stream'.

So, There's the cure.

Allergies from
GM Food(From Year 2000) (new window)
"GM food items could pose possible
health risks because, amongst other
reasons, they may cause allergic
reactions."- EUROPEAN FEDERATION of BIOTECHNOLOGY

The real reasons are common knowledge.


Interesting, so I assume there have been dozens, if not hundreds, of followup studies since 2000 adding more evidence to this. Oh wait.
 
2010-02-21 04:43:29 PM  

jaytkay: I know people with actual peanut allergies and people with imaginery ones.

We had catered food once, supposedly nut-free, that sent my brother-in-law to the emergency room. Later the caterer apologized, they mistakenly put nuts in the food.

I also met parents who keep peanuts away, thinking their kids are allergic. But they DO feed them peanut butter, that's "different". I kept my mouth shut, that is industrial-strength stupidity which cannot be countered.


i teach at a middle school where a couple of kids are lactose intolerant. i caught one at lunch one day with a chocolate milk on his tray, and sour cream on his taco salad. he said, "oh, my mom said that's okay, i just can't have white milk."
 
2010-02-21 04:44:28 PM  
The_Homeless_Guy: Breastfeeding does appear to help. There are growth factors in breast milk that give infants a unique intestinal flora (it goes away and becomes more like adults in both non-breast fed infants and when they are weened). Another factor in the "gut tract" hypothesis is delivery of the baby. Anyone who has witnessed a non c-section birth will note that they are fairly messy and that the baby pretty much ends up being inoculated with some bacteria from the mother.

Well, both our daughters were c-section as well. The first emergency, the second planned.
 
2010-02-21 04:47:28 PM  
While I know there are some kids that actually DO have severe allergies to peanuts, I've seen far more parents that treat their children as if they do.

Used to work in a "steak house" that had peanuts on the tables and floors, there was so much peanut dust in the air many of the workers carried eye drops. Parents would routinely ask if anything we served was cooked in peanut oil. Their kids were "allergic" to peanuts.

/Cool Story Bro
 
2010-02-21 04:47:41 PM  
FURTHER IS NOT THE SAME AS FARTHER!!!

get it straight people!!!
 
2010-02-21 04:48:52 PM  

dahmers love zombie: Y'know, here's the deal. I'm 44. I went through my childhood in the late 60s and 70s. Went to a lot of schools as my dad was transferred around by his company. Every single day from kindergarten to 9th grade, I took a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich to school for lunch. But this isn't about being OCD. It's about the fact that, through 13 grades, around 10 schools, thousands of kids, I never, not once, saw a kid blow up with a peanut reaction. Never had a single friend die. Never had a single classmate die. Never had a single classmate have to go running to the nurse's office with nasal polyps and a constricting trachea. No ambulances save for the rare broken bone from playing Smear the Queer at recess.

Peanut allergies were basically nonexistent. Until parents began sticking their kids in bubbles, taking them off the teat at the first opportunity (or not breastfeeding at all), sanitizing every single thing they touched, running for antibiotics at the barest sniffle, not letting them outside for fear of perverts, not letting them get dirty for fear of Bog knows what. Peanut allergies (and, for the most part, wheat, tree nut, corn, gluten, blah blah blah) are caused by our society's paranoias.

Parents, take a good hard look at yourselves. Your kids are the harvest of what you've sown.

/two kids
//wife breastfed the first one for 2.5 years, second one for 6 months (he weaned himself)
///no paranoia about dirt
////immunized for everything
//not allergic to anything


I agree. I don't know anyone with AIDS, but I hear all this crap about how pervasive it is. Well if it's so pervasive, why have I gone 27 years without experiencing it in my own life? Huh???

You know, now that I think about it, I've never met anyone from Scotland. And yet they keep putting the damn place on maps!

And don't even get me started on this so-called "Playstation 3" that I've heard so much about. Everyone I know has XBOX. Sounds like propaganda to me.

Dumbass.
 
2010-02-21 04:49:22 PM  
Sorry people, any kid still breast-feeding at 30 months ain't doing it because he needs it, he's doing because his wacko mother needs it.

/never heard such crap
 
2010-02-21 04:49:32 PM  

jigger: FURTHER IS NOT THE SAME AS FARTHER!!!

get it straight people!!!


lol I can haz grammer rephreshur?
 
2010-02-21 04:52:25 PM  

ace in your face: FijiGrad: ace in your face: FijiGrad: I teach high school physics. There is one student that I have that has so many severe allergies that it is ridiculous. From our school nurse: "LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES TO PEANUTS, TREE NUTS, DAIRY, EGGS. NO FOOD IN CLASSROOM! If student feels she has been exposed, send her to the nurse's office immediately with an escort. She also carries an EPI-PEN in her waist pack which she may self administer in case of exposure." Her TWIN BROTHER is absolutely allergy free. Deal with that one.

To give you an idea of how serious her allergies are, once on a field trip, another student on the bus, several rows away from her began eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Her airway closed, the EpiPen was used to save her life, and all of the food on the bus was thrown out the window as it rolled down the highway at 60 mph. I can't imagine what the other cars around the bus thought about that sight.

You teach our children and you can't wrap your mind around fraternal twins? I weep for the future of America.

All I was referring to was that the environment in which they were brought up would be virtually identical. But I appreciate the attack nonetheless. Tell me, did your parents have any children that lived to reach maturity?

Allergies are not all environmental. As a scientist (of some sort) you should know that and not be amazed by it. Don't call me immature because you said something that proves why we pay our teachers to much for their sad little ed degrees.


Fine, I'll call you immature then since you don't know how to back down and admit you were wrong in your presumption. The continued attack isn't doing your image any good either.
 
2010-02-21 04:59:14 PM  
I may only be a dentist, but I had to sit through med-school level biochemistry and immunology courses, so I'll chip in my thoughts.

It's really strange. There definitely are more cases of allergies today than 30 years, but the cause is still a mystery. I say that there is something affecting our immune responses, and it shows up in our kids most. I have rubbed elbows with the whole "amalgam is poison!" crowd; they think that anything you eat that wasn't grown in your own back yard will kill you. A group of people who have perverted and misapplied science I may never know. They take a pebble of truth and turn it into a boulder.

That said, allergies come about at any time for anyone. Your immune system interacts with every substance it gets near, and at some point what has been dealt with in a normal way suddenly becomes a major problem. Co-workers getting a latex allergy after 20 years of exposure is one example.

It's not something that can be controlled, but I am in favor of exposing kids to every bit of goo and yuck possible. Those that have allergies need to be accommodated.

/kids aged 5 and 4; no allergies
//I think I'm allergic to whining
 
2010-02-21 05:00:05 PM  

DrRatchet: BTW in the area of "young children not dying", we (the US) lag behind the Civilized World and Canada:

Must be all that socialized medicine/socialized medical insurance they have in civilized countries.

/yes, I know, not all died of peanuts. Some died due to lack of vaccination and emulating WWE performances.


Have Canada host 20 million undocumented immigrants with a documented breeding rate 200% the rate of any legally resident demographic, and then watch what happens to their national infant health stats.

Just a thought.
 
2010-02-21 05:02:00 PM  

LeFort III: I may only be a dentist...


3.bp.blogspot.com

/hot hot hot
 
2010-02-21 05:06:08 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: While I know there are some kids that actually DO have severe allergies to peanuts, I've seen far more parents that treat their children as if they do.


I gave my then 3 yr old son a boiled peanut. Thirty minutes later he regurgitated.His psycho mom, my now ex,says "he's allergic". Now at age 29, he has no idea how ANY nut taste.
 
2010-02-21 05:09:03 PM  
I remember high school biology. we had 3 petri dishes and were
assigned to expose them at 3 different locations around the
school. Then compare the amount of growth in the dishes after 2 weeks.

Least growth Boys lockeroom.
Medium growth Hall bathroom
Winner by far - School cafeteria lunch room

/nothin to do with peanut allergies
//just sayin
 
2010-02-21 05:18:35 PM  

hitchking: It might be worth noting that currently no one knows why allergies have become dramatically more prevalent in such a short period of time.


Oh, but I do! An over-active imagination!
 
2010-02-21 05:19:26 PM  
Cornelius Dribble:

+1, newsletter, etc
 
2010-02-21 05:20:13 PM  

LeFort III: I have rubbed elbows with the whole "amalgam is poison!" crowd; they think that anything you eat that wasn't grown in your own back yard will kill you. A group of people who have perverted and misapplied science I may never know. They take a pebble of truth and turn it into a boulder.


The idea that dental amalgam never, ever deteriorates and releases mercury was a silly and unscientific idea. You are probably referring to claims of amalgam causing all sorts of health problems. Those claims are pretty tenuous, but mercury level tests are pretty conclusive that it does leak into patients' systems. It also does get out into the environment. All things considered, it's not a good idea to be putting it in people's mouths.
 
2010-02-21 05:26:16 PM  
As an EMT, I'm here to tell you that peanut allergies are real, regardless of how they're brought on. They can cause a very real and very deadly anaphylactic reaction. I'm not sure that simply telling parents to start letting their kids eat dirt and to "stop being wusses" is the answer.
 
2010-02-21 05:27:03 PM  
I took the easy way out. I never had kids, and don't intend to do so in the future. Seeing as I'm pushing 40, I'd say my plan worked.

Another bonus: No heirs to inherit my debts, should I still have any when I kick the bucket.

Down side: Nobody to visit me when I get old. Boo hoo.
 
2010-02-21 05:33:29 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I took the easy way out. I never had kids, and don't intend to do so in the future. Seeing as I'm pushing 40, I'd say my plan worked.

Another bonus: No heirs to inherit my debts, should I still have any when I kick the bucket.

Down side: Nobody to visit me when I get old. Boo hoo.


Life is nothing but pain....
 
2010-02-21 05:34:06 PM  
I'm horribly allergic to cats. Did the school protect me by telling all the students they couldn't have a kitty named Mittens? Fark no. I just didn't rub a cat in my face. Pussy yes, but that's a different story.
 
2010-02-21 05:34:56 PM  

Crosshair: What you describe is basically the foundation of the "Hygiene Hypothesis".


Otherwise known as unintended consequences.
 
2010-02-21 05:36:30 PM  

Griswold: Now at age 29, he has no idea how ANY nut taste.


He sounds gay, so yes he has tasted nut.
 
2010-02-21 05:39:50 PM  
I blame bush

/got nuthin
 
2010-02-21 05:40:04 PM  

hitchking: It might be worth noting that currently no one knows why allergies have become dramatically more prevalent in such a short period of time.

Maybe the hygiene hypothesis is correct, but maybe not. Just a thought, before you go spoon-feeding human feces to your children.


Interestingly, it was keeping kids out of the dirt and away from other kids feces that led to the horrible polio epidemics of the 40's and 50's. Turns out the polio virus is found in soil, and produces a mild and probably unnoticed cold or flu-like illness if encountered by infants or toddlers as they play in an ordinary dirty environment. Only when contracted by older children does it cause the terrible paralysis and death that led to the development of the polio vaccines. (Intaglio description of polio, but you could look it up)

Although there are no doubt one or two kids out of a thousand who have severe anaphylactic reactions to peanuts, I'm willing to bet that all the rest are just like all those kids with "asthma"--they got a bit short of breath one time, and helicopter mommy decided her snowflake must have an inhaler and couldn't participate in PE.
 
2010-02-21 05:40:09 PM  

dahmers love zombie: Blatent stupidity.....


So... My son's lethal peanut allergy is because of the fact that I was super protective and didn't let him get exposed to anything?
Odd. I let my son get exposed to anything he felt like as long as it wasn't just downright disgusting such as crap or puke. He was allowed to play around and with other kids who were sick. He wasn't over sanitized, in fact he can only have a bath once every 2 days due to eczema. Nevermind that he was breast fed also and had all his immunizations as normal.

You're just downright dumb. Good luck with that.
 
2010-02-21 05:50:46 PM  
I want Thai food.
 
2010-02-21 05:51:20 PM  

aerojockey: Interesting, so I assume there have been dozens, if not hundreds, of followup studies since 2000 adding more evidence to this. Oh wait.


Depends who was in charge of that... and it was...

Margaret Miller - former chemical laboratory supervisor for Monsanto - now Deputy Director of Human Food Safety and Consultative Services, New Animal Drug Evaluation Office, Center for Veterinary Medicine in the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 5,6

Monsanto was required to submit a scientific report on rBGH to the FDA so the agency could determine the growth hormone's safety. Margaret Miller put the report together, and in 1989 shortly before she submitted the report, Miller left Monsanto to work for the FDA. Guess what her first job was? Strangely enough, to determine whether or not to approve the report she wrote for Monsanto... :)

Michael Taylor, former legal advisor to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s Bureau of Medical Devices and Bureau of Foods, later executive assistant to the Commissioner of the FDA - still later a partner at the law firm of King & Spaulding where he supervised a nine-lawyer group whose clients included Monsanto Agricultural Company - still later Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the United States Food and Drug Administration - and later with the law firm of King & Spaulding - now head of the Washington, D.C. office of Monsanto Corporation. 5,6

(Actually Michael is back at the FDA as of last year...)

July 8th 2009-
"In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the FDA announced that Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, had joined the agency as "senior advisor to the commissioner."

/nothing to see here- please move on
 
2010-02-21 05:51:50 PM  
www.mariononline.com
He's the guy who chopped up George Washington, right?
 
2010-02-21 05:54:39 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I took the easy way out. I never had kids, and don't intend to do so in the future. Seeing as I'm pushing 40, I'd say my plan worked.

Another bonus: No heirs to inherit my debts, should I still have any when I kick the bucket.

Down side: Nobody to visit me when I get old. Boo hoo.


Yeah, thats the only downside.

I'm not sure if I should pity you, or just forget about all the idiots that think that thats all kids do.
 
2010-02-21 06:05:38 PM  

Batman in the Operating Room: The whole "allergies are caused by overprotective parents" thing comes from the same intellectual cesspit as "vaccines cause autism" idea. It has no basis in fact, but is parroted by mundanes as truth.


7.3 Using the word "mundanes" was a nice touch.
 
2010-02-21 06:15:30 PM  
I question the criticism of parents about allergies on here...my wife and I are not clean freaks but have a normally-clean house. Our oldest son was born allegic to many things and was hospitalized at 3 months with an anaphylactic reaction milk. We later found out he was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree-nuts and shellfish. Neither my wife nor I are allergic to anything. Our younger son is also not allergic to anything. There is no history of peanut allergy in my wife's family or my family. I would love to hear an explanation as to how this happened.
 
2010-02-21 06:19:02 PM  
Esquire: I question the criticism of parents about allergies on here...my wife and I are not clean freaks but have a normally-clean house. Our oldest son was born allegic to many things and was hospitalized at 3 months with an anaphylactic reaction milk. We later found out he was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree-nuts and shellfish. Neither my wife nor I are allergic to anything. Our younger son is also not allergic to anything. There is no history of peanut allergy in my wife's family or my family. I would love to hear an explanation as to how this happened.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2010-02-21 06:22:48 PM  

1. Put snakes on plane: An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: 2.5 years? Thats farking creepy

2.5 years is pretty normal. Weird attitudes about breastfeeding on the other hand are creepy.


2.5 may be average worldwide. It's not even close to the average in the US.
People who have opinions about other people's breastfeeding opinions are creepy.
 
2010-02-21 06:36:16 PM  

BlippityBleep: Is there ANY evidence of this kind of thing happening further back than 30 years?


Gee, I don't know. Maybe you should do a little research, instead of throwing out claims phrased as questions.

When you do that research, don't overlook the reports of kids who "just swole up and died", for no reason that anyone tried to track down. Or the ones who "were always sickly", no matter how many PBJ's they were fed.
 
2010-02-21 06:36:24 PM  
I have two kids. I do not sanitize every square inch of what they touch. I purposely do not do that so that their immune systems develop properly and they are exposed to basic germs/bacteria so they can produce antibodies against them. Over-sanitization and overuse of antibiotics are what allow organisms that are usually non-pathogenic to begin causing infections. An example of that is the rise of nosocomial (hospital-aquired) infections such as MRSA. You used to be able to bring flowers to inpatients, but now some hospitals forbid it because it's causing psuedomonas infections.

That said, food allergies are a different animal. They are real, and although they are more prevalent than they used to be, blaming it on neat freak helicopter parenting is an incorrect use of WHARGARBL.

/no, not a doctor
//microbiologist
///slashies!
 
2010-02-21 07:11:29 PM  

Esquire: I question the criticism of parents about allergies on here...my wife and I are not clean freaks but have a normally-clean house. Our oldest son was born allegic to many things and was hospitalized at 3 months with an anaphylactic reaction milk. We later found out he was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree-nuts and shellfish. Neither my wife nor I are allergic to anything. Our younger son is also not allergic to anything. There is no history of peanut allergy in my wife's family or my family. I would love to hear an explanation as to how this happened.


We discovered my daughter was allergic at about 6 months, when I was going to try to switch her from breast milk to formula. She broke out in hives and swelled up. At one year old, we had her tested to see what she was allergic to. Eggs and dairy. They didn't test her for nuts or peanuts at that time because they didn't want to expose her to them. Neither my husband nor I have any food allergies, though we do have mild allergies to certain pollens, like a hell of a lot of people.

At age 5, we found out my daughter was allergic to peanuts and most tree nuts. She hasn't outgrown any of her allergies, is now seven years old, and has to carry an epi-pen. We had animals in the house, and I'm not a particularly overzealous housekeeper.

Idiots in these threads really piss me off, from the "parents cause their kids to be sick" farkwads to the "nobody is really allergic to anything" assholes to the "we should just let food allergic people die" pieces of shiat. Sorry, dickheads, but sometimes things happen that aren't anybody's fault, some people truly do have medically confirmed life-threatening food allergies, and people love their food-allergic children as much as other people love their non food-allergic children.

Yeah, I know, this is fark. That doesn't mean that the above-mentioned varieties of farkers aren't assholes.
 
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  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

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