airborn reactions - MythBusters

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 11:48am
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hi all,

I just had this crazy idea after reading some of the ignorant comments about they US Airways new policy to get rid of snack peanuts on their flights. (woo-hoo!) The ignorant comments were by the public on the news website.

Here goes - Mythbusters should do a show on peanut allergy. All medically supervised with adult PA volunteers who have reported airborne reactions. (I know...dangerous). Once and for all, do the testing/experiments on live adult PA's to show there is a risk and airborne reactions do happen. I bet Mythbusters could even rig one their cool homemade gadgets to be a "peanut dust sniffer" to detect peanut protein the air....hmmm...ideas are flowing!

Just this past week I had a small reaction (itchy eyes and coughing) when the gal at the desk next to mine, in my office, was eating (sneaking, actually sneaking) roasted peanuts from a can. I coughed and all that BEFORE I even really smelled them (I knew I smelled something...but at the time I had just eaten soybutter on grahams...) I was pissed, she was a witch, but the situation was resolved.

Anyway - I think it's time for Mythbusters!

Adrienne!

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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 12:06pm
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I would love to see that episode! Does the show accept ideas? It would be interesting to see what they cme up with.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 12:19pm
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i can't imagine who'd want to volunteer for this though....hope my girls never would; even as adults. too risky, imo.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 12:20pm
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if they could create a sensor or something to detect the peanut in the air....but not use real PA people, i would feel better about it.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 1:32pm
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What a great idea! They shoot it here in the Bay area and I used to work in the film industry so I will ask around and see if anyone knows anyone who works on the show and can walk an idea into the producers.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 3:24pm
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yes - they do accept ideas
- yeah, I know, who the heck would volunteer? Honestly though, I react from airborne peanut odor...I react like how I do to pollen - itchy throat, eyes, start to cough, stuffed up nose...I always remove myself before it gets any further. I actually, might have the guts to be a guinea pig --- given all safety precautions or something. I'm just so sick of people thinking you can't get an airborne reaction! An episode with my officemate just set me off this week. I was like, "Hello!!! Do you think I'm just making this up??" She went, "Maybe it's psychosomatic" and I was like, "Well...I started reacting before I smelled it, and I didn't smell it right off because I was eating soybutter..."
Very aggravating!
But yes, I would think that they could set up a situation or something inside a fake plane (pressurized and everything) with some sort of air filter detector device to detect the levels of peanut dust/peanut protein. Sounds very CSI :-) However, there is no way to really mimic what sets a PA person off when the exposure is skin, breathing it in, air/eyes, etc. That's the hard part.
The worse thing about this, is that if Mythbusters does it and can't detect any peanut protein in the air. Though, if you can smell something, it means there are "particles of that thing" in the air...it's not just """ether""" and non-existent.
Anyhoot - Maybe I'll send Mythbusters an email :-)
ADrienne
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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 9:35pm
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Yeah, that's it, my 2 year old had a psychosomatic reaction, vomitting all night after I baked salted peanut cookies (before we knew about his allergy).
I do think some people react psychologically to the smell (that just makes sense when you know something can make you sick and I think it's part of our natural defense system) but that doesn't mean airborne (protein) reactions aren't real too.
It never ceases to amaze me how defensive people can be and how unwilling they are to truly understand peanut allergies. I often search blogs for peanut allergy info (to see what experiences 'real people' are having with the allergy) and I find so many people ranting about not getting their peanuts on flights and not being able to bring peanut products to schools or church events. So much venom and for what? They're just peanuts!!!! What makes people so anxious to put a little legume before the safety of their friends, family, coworkers and school mates?

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 12:06pm
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I would love to see that episode! Does the show accept ideas? It would be interesting to see what they cme up with.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 12:19pm
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i can't imagine who'd want to volunteer for this though....hope my girls never would; even as adults. too risky, imo.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 12:20pm
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if they could create a sensor or something to detect the peanut in the air....but not use real PA people, i would feel better about it.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2006 - 1:32pm
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What a great idea! They shoot it here in the Bay area and I used to work in the film industry so I will ask around and see if anyone knows anyone who works on the show and can walk an idea into the producers.

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