American peanut invasion in Canada

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By river on Sun, 02-16-03, 17:37

This is just unbelievable to me! There is a Peanut Bureau of Canada established in 2002. Okay, so no big deal, they want to sell more peanuts in Canada---EXCEPT for the fact that the board includes peanut allergy researcher Dr. Peter Vadas, Director, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, St. Michael's Hospital and Dr. Jane Salter, President, Anaphylaxis Canada.

This is an organization for the promotion of peanuts?----does anyone else see anything wrong with this picture?

Lord love us---is there anyone not for sale on this God forsaken planet?

[url="http://www.peanutbureau.ca/english/pressrelease.cfm?page=pr_pbc_launch"]http://www.peanutbureau.ca/english/pressrelease.cfm?page=pr_pbc_launch[/url]

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By darthcleo on Sun, 02-16-03, 18:16

ARGH! I looked everywhere on the website and there isn't a single iota of information about peanut allergies...

How unfair.

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By Kim canada on Sun, 02-16-03, 19:11

What a disgusting, biased website! I too checked it out and there was not one fact regarding any specifics about the significance and danger of peanut allergies. I would like to contact Jane Salter of Anaphylaxis Canada and Dr. Peter Vadas to learn of their purpose in being involved with this organization. Studies on this site mention that peanuts are 'heart healthy' and are a great food source for those with diabetes- these are the types of studies targeted for the sensationalistic media. Who exactly funded these studies-the Peanut Board? The only people who benefit from this group are the peanut farmers, dietitians and nutritionists selling the idea of how wonderful peanuts are.

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By Kim canada on Sun, 02-16-03, 19:13

Quote:Originally posted by Kim canada:
[b]What a disgusting, biased website! I too checked it out and there was not one fact regarding any specifics about the significance and danger of peanut allergies. I would like to contact Jane Salter of Anaphylaxis Canada and Dr. Peter Vadas to learn of their purpose in being involved with this organization. Studies on this site mention that peanuts are 'heart healthy' and are a great food source for those with diabetes- these are the types of studies targeted for the sensationalistic media. Who exactly funded these studies-the Peanut Board? The only people who benefit from this group are the peanut farmers, dietitians and nutritionists selling the idea of how 'wonderful' peanuts are. [/b]

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By cynde on Sun, 02-16-03, 21:13

Thanks for the link. I e-mailed them and offered to give them some information on peanut allergies since their website didn't have any, even though it said it did in the introduction. I'll let you know what I hear back (if I hear back)!

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By on Tue, 02-18-03, 14:52

river, just bloody lovely. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] Dr. Peter Vadas, who, what, two years ago ran around Toronto buying European chocolate to test it for peanuts and one of who I think is the most respected allergists in Canada re PA. Just bloody lovely. And Anaphylaxis Canada now as well.

cynde, I like what you did. I think I'll do the same as well.

I am extremely upset about this. Here's my reasoning why, which would be the same as anyone else's, probably. Do we need the head of Anaphylaxis Canada and one of our most respected allergists further promoting the peanut? Does the peanut not get promoted enough? I am serious. I got one of my magazines in the mail within the last couple of months (it would have been Chatelaine, Elle or Today's Parent) and it came with a little brochure re Kraft Peanut Butter with recipes. Nothing to bi*ch and moan about here anymore because it doesn't bug me anymore like it used to, but still. Peanuts and nuts are promoted constantly.

On the bulletin board at my children's school, there is a thing about healthy lunches. Well, of course, peanuts and nuts are mentioned. It does also have a note at the bottom that peanuts and nuts may not be a good idea if there are allergic children in the school.

My Breakfast for Learning program had stuff re peanuts.

Peanuts are promoted heavily enough as it is.
I shudder to think of the day when we have things as difficult as our American friends do. Peanuts are NOT a cash crop here. No one in Canada benefits from the growing of peanuts. The sale of, of course they do.

I'm ticked off. And I haven't even checked out your link yet. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]

Many thanks river for bringing this to our attention. I think we need to wake up and you continue to get us to do so.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By on Tue, 02-18-03, 15:05

I e-mailed the Peanut Bureau of Canada. I am pissed right off (pardon my language). I checked out the links section, and of course, no links provided to do with peanut allergies. I am going to e-mail Jane Salter of Anaphylaxis Canada. As far as Dr. Vadas, currently, as I sit here, I would like to wring his neck. Yes, he received funding for research from them. Just bloody lovely. Did he really need it that badly? And what will his research come up with? A non-allergy causing peanut? I am really really upset about this one, river.

So, Anaphylaxis Canada in bed with The Peanut Bureau, just like FAAN being in bed with whoever they are (you know the proper name, I don't [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] ).

Now, of course, if one settles down, and doesn't think negatively, one could think that possibly Anaphylaxis Canada's input and Dr. Vada's input at The Peanut Bureau of Canada would help people with peanut allergies and make people, who visit the site aware of peanut allergies. But no, not so, if you currently look at their website.
And deep down, probably not so. I'm pissed off. Sorry. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]

I'll e-mail Jane Salter when I settle down.
I am aghast.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By McKenziesMom on Tue, 02-18-03, 15:24

The one link - something about " For Peanut Lovers" DID have a whole section on allergies and anaphylaxis.

[This message has been edited by McKenziesMom (edited February 18, 2003).]

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By Cayley's Mom on Tue, 02-18-03, 15:46

I don't understand what you guys want to do about this. Ban peanuts? Ban peanut promotions? What? I find this thread disturbing, river, and furthermore, I find the FAAN 504's thread in the schools section disturbing as well. I am very confused about what you are asking in both threads.

Carolyn

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By erik on Tue, 02-18-03, 16:33

The following is posted on the peanut web site:

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"Health and allergy research
The United States peanut farmers and industry are committed to funding and supporting ongoing research and initiatives in the nutrition, health and allergy fields. The Peanut Bureau of Canada works to ensure Canadians receive this information on a timely basis.

At the launch event, Dr. Peter Vadas, Director, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at St. Michael's Hospital and Peanut Bureau of Canada Advisory Member, announced new research in the area of severe peanut allergies. Dr. Vadas and his research team found that deficiency of an enzyme involved in fat metabolism predisposed peanut allergic individuals to fatal allergic reactions. This finding identifies a previously unrecognized risk factor for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

"The U.S. peanut farmers and industry have provided several laboratories in the United States and Canada, including ours, with much needed funding to conduct research in the area of peanut allergy, which affect about 1% of the Canadian population," said Dr. Vadas. "This funding will allow us to work more rapidly towards a cure for peanut allergy, and our research findings move us one step closer to that goal."
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I think that Dr. Vadas is working hard to help PA individuals. His research sounds very promising, as if there is an enzyme deficiency that does result in the fatal allergic reactions, maybe his result will find a way to block this fatal response so that no one will ever die of peanut allegy in the future.

Consider the example of fish as well. I have read hundreds or articles and news stories and web sites that extoll the virtues of eating salmon. It lowers your blood cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attack. However, there are many people out there who could die from having a severe reaction to eating salmon. Would Dr. Vadas be attacked if he joined the seafood industry advisory board?

And even if some of Dr Vadas money did come from the peanut industry, it shouldn't matter. If we reject this money, maybe a cure for PA may be delayed by an additional few years, and who wants that. The peanut industry wants a cure too, as then they will have even more potential customers to buy their products.

And several people have mentioned that there is no info about peanut allergies on the links from this website. I agree that they could add more links to the site, but there actually is some allergy info there (peanutbutterlovers.com):

"The Facts About Food Allergies

A food allergy is an immune system response to an otherwise harmless food or food component, usually a protein. The body reacts by flooding the system with histamines and other chemicals to fight off what is perceived as an invader in the body. A reaction to a food that does not involve the immune system is called a food intolerance or sensitivity (for example: lactose intolerance).

Food allergies are rare. Between 1 and 2% of American adults have a food allergy, according to food allergy experts. These can be caused by more than 170 foods. The most common and severe food allergies are caused by milk, eggs, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.

Experts estimate that as many as 5 to 8% of American children may have a food allergy. The most common food allergies among children are milk and egg. Fortunately, children outgrow most food allergies. However, allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish usually are lifelong.

It is important to consult a board-certified allergist if you suspect you have a food allergy. Allergists can accurately diagnose the allergy and prescribe medication for its treatment.

Most allergy sufferers experience fairly mild reactions to a food allergen. Symptoms can include varying degrees of hives, swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing and vomiting. A small number of food allergy sufferers are susceptible to severe and potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.

Anaphylaxis can constrict the airways in the lungs, severely lower blood pressure, and swell the tongue or throat, among other symptoms. Anaphylaxis is rare, but can be fatal if not treated immediately. It can be caused by foods, insect stings and medications.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 10 deaths in 1998 (the last year for which data is available) due to food allergies. In comparison, 46 people died in 1998 from hornet, wasp, or bee stings.

There is currently no treatment to prevent a food allergy reaction

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By ACBaay on Tue, 02-18-03, 17:12

I'm with Cayley's Mom. What is going on here and in the 504 thread? This reaction is very upsetting. How are the peanut farmers and the organization that represents them our "enemies"? Does that mean that Dairy Farmers, Egg Farmers, Shellfish Fishermen and their representative organizations are also our "enemies"? It is the immune system of our child or ourselves that is inappropriately reacting to these substances. Severe allergies are on the rise worldwide not only to peanut, but to whatever is a common protein in the culture. If we lived in, for instance, China, we might have allergies to rice; in Italy, we may have shellfish allergies. It is not only the peanut.

If these farmers and organizations want to help fund research to find a cure for these allergies, what is wrong with that? And, how does their donations somehow alter the behavior of respected doctors, researchers, or FAAN?

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By erik on Tue, 02-18-03, 17:30

Quote:Originally posted by Kim canada:
[b] Studies on this site mention that peanuts are 'heart healthy' and are a great food source for those with diabetes- Who exactly funded these studies-the Peanut Board? The only people who benefit from this group are the peanut farmers, dietitians and nutritionists selling the idea of how wonderful peanuts are. [/b]

Hi Kim,

The research to show that women who consume nut and peanut products have a lower risk of developing diabetes was funded by grants DK58845 and CA87969 from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The conclusions of the study were "Our findings suggest potential benefits of higher nut and peanut butter consumption in lowering risk of type 2 diabetes in women. To avoid increasing caloric intake, regular nut consumption can be recommended as a replacement for consumption of refined grain products or red or processed meats."

This study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Vol 288 No 20 on November 27, 2002.

The link to this is at:

[url="http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n20/abs/joc20965.html"]http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n20/abs/joc20965.html[/url]

Even though we have a PA allergy, my belief is that if peanuts and nuts are beneficial to other members of society than it is good that this information be published.

I don't think it is only the peanut farmers, dieticians and nutritionists who benefit from this information - I believe the general public benefits from the additional knowledge.

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By cynde on Tue, 02-18-03, 17:58

I did go back and look at the link to peanutbutterlovers.com. It still bothers me that the allergy information is not on their actual website, when they mention it in the intro to the website.

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By on Tue, 02-18-03, 20:02

Cayley's Mom, I agree with you. There are two ways to look at this. One may be perceived as negatively (river's and mine) and one may be perceived as positively.

I'm simply skeptical about associations between Anaphylaxis Canada and a highly respected allergist with the Peanut Board of Canada. Just as I am skeptical about FAAN and their associations and who they receive funding from.

Yes, I was mad earlier to-day. I've calmed down now.

I'm skeptical, that's what I'm feeling. Really, in actuality, saying that certainly these associations don't give me further hope.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By on Wed, 02-19-03, 14:54

cynde, did you get a response from The Peanut Bureau of Canada yet? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

I haven't. I'll post it when I do.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By river on Wed, 02-19-03, 15:09

The National Peanut Board and now the Peanut Bureau of Canada only exist for one reason:

PEANUT ALLERGIES

Peanut allergies affect the profit margins. Their only interest is to increase profit. If they do this by helping to create a cure---they will. If they do this by suppressing research and knowledge that they imagine will be harmful to profit---they will. That's what they do and that's what they were created to do.

I don't expect people who make their living researching and supporting PA people to also be working to promote the increased consumption of peanuts. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!

I like you Carolyn and anyone who watchs Star Trek must be ok---but don't simplify the complexity of this situation by statements like, "I don't understand what you guys want to do about this. Ban peanuts?" If you are going to resort to assuming statements like this, at least make sure the NPB pays you---don't give it away for free girl---nobody else seems to. No, this is not about a hell of a lot more than just marketing a product.

But to answer your question, What do I want? I want an open honest discussion about peanut allergies. How bad is it really? What as a society do we need to do about this real crisis? How many children are affected? What exactly is happening to our kids? How do we keep them safe?

I want to know without a doubt that those claiming to support PA children---really do.

And I don't want any sons-of-a-bitches, (or descendants of slave owners), manipulating the truth, controlling the media, suppressing research, 'paying' people directly or indirectly to set health and social policies, and buying their own profit friendly reality.

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By Cayley's Mom on Wed, 02-19-03, 15:24

Holy cow river! Just a gentle reminder that you seem to be descending into "If we eat peanuts, then the terrorists win". Yikes!

My dh and I ate peanuts every single night before Cayley was diagnosed, because of their well-documented health benefits. We measured out a quarter of a cup each (so we wouldn't gain weight!) and nibbled on them to keep our tickers healthy. The health benefits of peanuts to the general population outweigh the relatively minute number of PAs. *Preventing* heart attacks and strokes is the name of the game - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sorry, but that's the way it is. If an agency wants to balance the "PA hysteria", that's fine with me. At least they're including info on PA (I have every confidence that this relatively new site isn't finished being built yet, hence the lack of comprehensive PA material, so far). You must understand that there is a LOT of misinformation out there on PA, you must! I do have confidence in Jane Salter to represent us - she's respected in her field and not out on the fringes like some food allergy "experts". One advocate that I've come across for milk allergy angrily postulates that there is blood and pus in every cup of milk - therefore NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND should be drinking milk. That's the kind of "ban peanuts" - "we can't eat them so nobody should eat them" attitude I sometimes see here.

Obviously your idea of keeping our children safe and my idea are different. So be it. You rage against the machine. But where you foster anger against the "peanut" I want to foster understanding about the "peanut allergy". So don't mind me if I jump into threads like these now and again.

Respectfully disagreeing,

Carolyn

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By cynde on Wed, 02-19-03, 15:47

I haven't heard a word from the illustrious peanut board yet. I'll let you know as soon as I do.

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By erik on Wed, 02-19-03, 15:50

Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b]I don't expect people who make their living researching and supporting PA people to also be working to promote the increased consumption of peanuts. [/b]

Hi River,

I believe that Dr. Peter Vadas, Director, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, St. Michael's Hospital and Dr. Jane Salter, President, Anaphylaxis Canada are not working to promote the increased consumption of peanuts.

As the web page states:

Quote:[b]Where would you go if you were looking for the latest news on peanuts? What if you could turn to one source for everything you needed, be it nutrition, health, allergy issues or recipes? In a nutshell

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By erik on Wed, 02-19-03, 19:39

Quote:Originally posted by cynde:
[b]It still bothers me that the allergy information is not on their actual website, when they mention it in the intro to the website. [/b]

Hi Cynde,

The information is on their website. In the October 2002 issue of the "In a Nutshell" newsletter of the Peanut Bureau of Canada (posted on their web site), there is a front page cover story dealing with "Peanuts in the classroom" which talks about peanut allergies and anaphylaxis including a link to the Anaphylaxis Canada web site.

[url="http://www.peanutbureau.ca/documents/US_Oct_02.pdf"]http://www.peanutbureau.ca/documents/US_Oct_02.pdf[/url]

The front page story in the June 2002 issue also talks about the latest in peanut allergy research.

Of course it would be nice if they had more information on their web site, but at least they have some information and have made an attempt rather than having no information at all.

Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b]I want to know without a doubt that those claiming to support PA children---really do. [/b]

I forgot to mention in my previous posting that Dr. Jane Salter is the mother of a 10 year old girl who is allergic to peanuts. I think that even though she is a member of the Peanut Bureau of Canada's advisory board, we can assume without a doubt that she does support PA children as her own daughter is allergic to peanuts.

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By Cayley's Mom on Wed, 02-19-03, 19:47

I agree Erik, about the reference to the descendants of slave owners. Wow! I thought we were kind of getting beyond that "sins of the father" mentality in this day and age. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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By cynde on Wed, 02-19-03, 20:04

If they are really claiming to be the one stop for all information, I think their should be an "Allergy" section that is easy to see at first glance. They really are hiding the information.

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By erik on Wed, 02-19-03, 20:14

Yes, I agree that it would be very helpful for them to have an "allergy" section on their main menu. This would be a good suggestion for us to make to them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By DebO on Wed, 02-19-03, 20:40

Well, I would consider this an example. Their newsletter talks of eating peanuts to lower the risk of diabetes in women, right? But nowhere does it mention that women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant or who are breastfeeding should avoid peanuts if there is a history of allergy in the family although this would probably be the generally accepted advice of the medical community......

Now the other newsletter that comes up about diabetes research talks about eating peanuts when trying to lose weight....again no mention that if you are breastfeeding, though you may not want to do this if there is a history of allergy in your families...

I think the information could be more balanced.

take care

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By Kim canada on Wed, 02-19-03, 21:23

Hello again

I am wondering to myself why I am actually responding to this forum; the whole purpose of this website is to provide useful information about nut allergies rather than argumentative postings.

The Canadian peanut board website does not provide sufficient information regarding anaphylaxis and peanut allergies; that is simply the truth. Hopefully they will make changes in the future to cater to those who want information on nut allergies.

Erik, thank you for responding to my posting regarding who funded the research on the link between peanut consumption and diabetes. It is imperative to ask the question of who funded various research, as this has been seen in the past to direct findings to the benefit of supporting the study in question. This is the truth, and anyone in the field of science can tell you this is the case.

Just one more note. As for the claims that peanuts are heart healthy and a great source of nutrition for those with diabetes, this may be the case. However, to maintain a healthy heart and body, it is never the case that one food source alone can provide the benefit of maintaining health. Instead, it takes a balance of different foods, with differing levels of appropriate fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, etc. Our society demands singular cures or preventatives in the form of food or drug for the goal of preventing or curing illness/disease. However, the general population is slowly realizing that this usually does not work and instead the whole picture in terms of ones' entire diet or overall health should be looked at.

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By erik on Wed, 02-19-03, 22:01

Hi Kim,

Thank you for posting. I don't think we are being argumentative. I believe all of my postings are calm and polite and to the point so I am not arguing, but rather, stating my opinions. It is always good to have a friendly discussion.

I just found when I was initially reading this thread that I was reading so many things that I could not agree with such as:

- the implication that Dr. Vadas and Dr. Salter (who has a PA child) had sold out to the peanut industry ("is there anyone not for sale")

- the comment that there was not "a single iota of information about peanut allergies" on the site

- the point that no one in the general public would benefit from hearing about the diabetes research except for "peanut farmers, dietitians and nutritionists"

- the comment that peanut farmers are "descendants of slave owners"

etc.........

After reading this I could not sit by and not make any comments. Others had stated their opinions, so I had to state my opinions as well in what I hope was a polite, calm and friendly way.

And I agree that it would be foolish to consider peanuts as the sole method of reducing the risk of heart disease/diabetes/etc. VARIETY is the key! Salmon... olive oil/canola oil... red wine... whole grains/flax seed.. exercise... etc. It is a combination of everything that is beneficial.

That's why a miulti-vitamin pill a day is not a cure-all. It only contains the basic vitamins. You are missing all of the other beneficial nutrients that can be found in fruits, vegetables, etc.

However, the peanut council was just reporting on the study that involved peanuts. Just as the fish growers association would only report on studies involving eating salmon, and the chocolate companies would only report on studies involving the health benefits of chocolate, etc etc.

A good site for those to go to who want balanced information on nutrition is the Nutrition Action Newsletter / Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI):

[url="http://www.cspinet.org"]www.cspinet.org[/url]

I do hope that the Peanut Council will listen to our suggestions and incorporate more allergy information on their site. And Deb had a really good suggestion about the fact that it should be mentioned that pregnant women should stay away from peanut products. I noticed that this fact was not mentioned anywhere, and I searched other web sites as well (WebMD, etc) that had reported on this study. It seems everyone missed this point (except Deb) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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By nancy023 on Wed, 02-19-03, 22:03

I did post anti-peanut board on the school 504 plan forum and was surprised at the vehemence of the opposition, but now I understand your view much better and partially agree with it.

The peanut board's funding of research is to be commended, whether self-serving or altruistic, but I do not believe they are looking out for the best interest of PA kids when they lobby public institutions such as schools or (in Canada) the medical community. Also, their lobbying to keep peanuts on airplanes has been very effective (and caused me many headaches).

As we have seen in the U.S. government, he who gives the most money often gets the most attention. How can I compete with that as a single citizen? I can't supplement the entire school's lunch program or sponsor the dinner meeting at the School Nurse's Convention.

I understand where River is coming from.

Respectfully, trying to get my point across.

Nancy
(I almost didn't post because I was afraid someone would try to describe what I looked like.)

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By erik on Wed, 02-19-03, 22:11

One note-

I am not defending the peanut board - I may disagree with 90% of their actions...

I was just stating my opinions regarding Dr Vadas, Dr Salter, the diabetes study, etc.

I don't want people here thinking I work for Planters!!!

(you all know I work for Nestle Canada already anyway)

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By nancy023 on Wed, 02-19-03, 22:44

O.K. Eric,

I'm picturing you as a large jar of Skippy with Mr. Potato Head white arms-- and dark, round glasses.

Couldn't resist.

Nancy

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By erik on Wed, 02-19-03, 22:53

Hi Nancy,

That's funny! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] hehe

Anyway, rather than the Skippy peanut butter man, I'd rather be the Stay-Puff marshmallow man! haha [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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By Cayley's Mom on Wed, 02-19-03, 23:22

Kim, surely you know the internet well enough by now to know that all is not always goodness and light... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Anyway, FAAN (who is partially funded by *GASP* the National Peanut Board) has an ad campaign advising *at risk* pregnant and nursing women to abstain from peanuts, just FYI. Hardly in the NPB's best interests, correct? Here's the link:

[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/sorbo.pdf"]http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/sorbo.pdf[/url]

You need Adobe Reader to view the ad.

My point about the peanut link to heart health, Kim, was to demonstrate the push toward preventative health measures. Surely you must realize that the Canadian universal health system will implode if society continues to abuse its collective health and then demands "Heal me!". If peanuts make you healthier (as well as olive oil, flax seed oil, fatty fish, etc.) then society needs to know about it. One last thing - peanuts are cheap. If one can't afford flax seed oil (it's expensive) then a few peanuts might be just the ticket to heart health. Salmon is no bargain either, for those on a fixed income. So, for that reason also, I am certainly not against peanut promotion. I am glad the "professionals" are on board to advise about allergies, but I (and certainly they) vehemently oppose the idea that they've sold out. If I was Jane Salter, with my PA daughter at my side, I would certainly laugh at the very notion.

Carolyn

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