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By ceross on Sat, 08-25-07, 02:16

This comment was from the comments section of the On Parenting blog on Washingtonpost.com

Quote:The reasons are simple, peanut allergies are very common and most reactions are very violent.

I've never heard peanut allergies were anything but exteremly rare. When I talked to my pediatrician about it for my sons she said they'd never had a kid in their practice so far who had a real peanut allergy, but to not give them peanut butter before age 2. She said it was an urban myth.

Posted by: | August 21, 2007 11:25 AM

Here's the link to the blog entry.

And for those discussing the Cupcake Queens in the schools forum, here's a comment to further illustrate exactly what you've been saying about the intractability of the cupcake celebrations:

We are a healthy snack family and always provide healthy snacks when it is our turn on the snack roster be that for school, soccer or Sunday School. However, the whole no cupcakes for birthdays is a bit much for me. Singing happy birthday around the carrots and dip is just plain odd. I think like everything else people get extreme and then the idea loses meaning.

Posted by: Howard | August 21, 2007 10:02 AM

[This message has been edited by ceross (edited August 24, 2007).]

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By gw_mom3 on Sat, 08-25-07, 03:10

Weird! Just because that particular practice doesn't have any allergic children, I can't imagine any doctor saying it's an 'urban myth'. I wonder if that poster heard wrong or maybe just heard what she wanted to hear.


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By ceross on Sat, 08-25-07, 03:19

I'm sure. It was one of the strangest things I've read. BTW, I'll warn folks here that there are comments further down in the link I provided that display the typical anti-peanut allergy vehemence seen in other blogs/forums. There were some posters that valiantly tried to set the record straight. I just thought I'd warn folks here because I know reading it made me a little blue. I knew that our society was becoming terribly self-centered before DD's diagnosis but reading posts like some on that blog just remind me how bad it has gotten; people (not all) have lost the sense of the "common good" and looking out for your fellow man. OK, I'll get off the soapbox now.

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By Mom2Ian on Sat, 08-25-07, 04:28

Wow!! Did anyone else read through that entire blog? If you

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By gw_mom3 on Sat, 08-25-07, 05:05

Quote:Originally posted by Mom2Ian:
[b]Wow!! Did anyone else read through that entire blog? If you

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By Corvallis Mom on Sat, 08-25-07, 05:16

Quote:Originally posted by gw_mom3:
[b] I think people like that usually post just to get people upset. In a perfect world, no one can be that stupid. lol.


....Or at least that the 'Darwinian evolution' they're so fond of (eventually) spouting suggests that people [i]that STOOOOPID[/i] shouldn't live to adulthood, in any case. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

[i]You, out of the gene pool.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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By ceross on Sat, 08-25-07, 05:36

Quote:Originally posted by Corvallis Mom:
[i]You, out of the gene pool.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] [/B]

I'll have to tuck that expression away for future use.

I thought I would share that initial post because I'd never heard of peanut allergy being an "urban myth".

I don't give that one poster who was taken to task much credence. He/she was clearly over the top. It's the other posts with feigned concern and subtle disbelief/push back about food allergies that concern me more. Those are the folks many of us encounter who are seemingly helpful but our worst enemies at the same time because "they know about food allergies." They're the ones difficult to educate like the mom at a party DD went to who thought it helpful to suggest that I could safely give DD the pizza when she overheard me telling DD that she would have to eat what we brought because I was not sure if the pizza was safe. She was so certain in her knowledge that pizza does not contain eggs (or peanut oil). I snippily put her in her place by citing several local pizza places that used egg in their dough. She's the type of person I worry about not the over the top, anonymous poster like the one on that blog. I generally think a person posts something like that for effect more than anything else.

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By onedayatatime on Sat, 08-25-07, 05:38

Over there at that blog...they need to be hit by our thread, what's it called?...the one with all the people, children and adults who have passed due to FA reactions.

That'll shut em up.


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By Jimmy's mom on Sat, 08-25-07, 11:59

Quote:Originally posted by ceross:
[b] Those are the folks many of us encounter who are seemingly helpful but our worst enemies at the same time because "they know about food allergies." [/b]

Just like Tom Cruise "knows about psychiatry." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]


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By saknjmom on Sat, 08-25-07, 12:55

call snopes or myth busters LOL
We can't let these idiots get to us. I'm sure they are posting for shock effect more than anything.

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By Sarahfran1 on Sat, 08-25-07, 13:02

I read this blog from time to time (although unfortunately missed it that day) and some of the comments are coming from regulars who live to be inflamatory. Doesn't matter what the topic is, they'll say something designed to rile people up. It's hard to know if they actually believe these things or not; I don't think they really do--they are too across-the-board irritating for it to be real.


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By on Sun, 08-26-07, 04:30

A few years ago, when I was a newbie here, I stayed up all night with one member (on computer) trying to educate or correct people on a discussion forum - a parenting one. After that night (the stress, hurt, pain of it), I don't read the things anymore.

I just don't.

When a Canadian parenting magazine on-line poll was running, also around the same time, I e-mailed the person about the poll (about peanuts in the schools) and she ended up asking me if I'd write an article for the on-line magazine. I did.

To me, personally, PA is stressful enough (at times, not always) that I can't let stuff in cyberspace bother me.

I refuse to use my time and energy with regard to PA (on the internet) anywhere but here.

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

There but for the Grace of God, go I.

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By HookwormIsHope on Mon, 05-09-11, 22:42

"urban myth"? That's really strange. I can't believe that any qualified doctor would say something like that...

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By PA Mommy on Sun, 05-15-11, 02:57

The world is full of ignorance. Ignorance and narcissism. Need proof? Turn on your TV. So when one of those ignorant narcissists wants to say something callous to show off their opinion, it isn't us that it affects. They're the ones so screwed up that they need to lash out at people they don't know and about an issue they don't know anything about. I feel sorry for them.

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By TornadicVLA on Thu, 06-02-11, 15:37

This is for everyone out there, I have a teenager (14 yrs) Who has a level 6 peanut allergy (The most severe) Although she has the most severe case doctors have seen in our area, we do not worry. In all of her years she has never had a reaction. We stay away from foods that have the global label "Made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts" or "Manufactured on equipment that processes foods containing peanuts and tree nuts." She does live a normal life and is involved in many extracurricular activities. We also travel quite frequently (I would recommend USA 3000, American, or United Airlines)

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