Anyone see today\'s (7/10/03) CNN story on PA?

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 3:47am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

...broadcasted around 11:30 central time today. They said there were "7 new studies" on peanut allergy. One of the findings they reported was that "peanut free" tables weren't necessary and showed a school cafeteria...

Did anyone else see this?

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:17am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
[b] One of the findings they reported was that "peanut free" tables weren't necessary and showed a school cafeteria...
Good. I'm not requesting a "Peanut Free" table. Did they mention "Reduce the Risk" tables?

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:28am
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Joined: 02/20/2003 - 09:00

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Not the type of article we need. I can envision all sorts of educators, parents, etc. pointing to this and saying, "You don't have to worry so much about this. My little Jimmy can bring in all the PB he wants." Of course, this story won't point out the scientific details published in the journal that might support us. This is another case of the lay-media butchering a scientific story!
What's with the guy who has had 15 reactions and 5 trips to the emergency room? His last near death experience was after eating a salad he didn't know had peanuts on it. Didn't he check? No mention of an Epipen either. Doesn't sound like somebody who respects his allergy. Maybe I'm wrong...
Be sure you all keep that liquid charcoal around. That might work great as long as you realize you ate peanuts immediately after swallowing them. My guess is most reactions are from cross-contamination or instances where nobody realized they ate peanuts. I also hear the calls of, "All you need is some liquid charcoal. You don't need that Epipen."
Great article...Okay, I'll step down from the sarcasm horse.

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:29am
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

Here is the link.
Love this site

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:32am
abers's picture
Joined: 10/11/2001 - 09:00

I agree this is NOT a good article. There is no quote from FAAN which already has me suspicious... and I can't believe they don't even mention Epi-pens! (I've never heard of the charcoal thing, perhaps it's true, but THE thing that people need to know is that the Epi is crucial.)
Also, the thing about peanutbutter sends the wrong message. Who cares if it doesn't cause contact or inhalation reactions... it almost killed my son when he ate some, and we're not going to have it around the house when he's so young and can't understand! The article totally misses the nuances of dealing with the allergy in very young children.
I like that they mentioned the danger of peanuts on airplanes...but to say that peanutbutter does not have to be worried about is just ridiculous.
This reporter did NOT do a good job, unfortunately... I just hope not too many people read it.
[This message has been edited by abers (edited July 10, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:34am
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

I pretty much thought the same thing that you did.
Love this site

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:39am
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choguy, I'm with you on this one! I'm extremely angry and hoping that no one sees the stupid story/article.
One of my friend's children just had a reaction by standing not even right beside a person eating a pb sandwich.
I could pick apart the whole article, but I am just so angry [img][/img] In the mean-time, I am off to go to the store but I won't be buying liquid charcoal while I'm out!
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:49am
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Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

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Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 4:55am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

I've never read such a load of trash! It's like going back to 1990.
Make sure to email and let them know what you think.

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 5:00am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Guess I'll be raising some hackles here but I don't understand all the anger.
I'd actually like to find out if liquid charcoal could actually prevent a reaction from getting worse. If it will - yes I will buy it and carry it around.
Imagine you (or your child) has had a reaction - gone to hospital - get released - go home. What about those secondary reactions (sorry - mushy brain won't release the name I want). If swallowing liquid charcoal would absorb the remaining peanut protein and make you or your child safe [b]what's the problem[/b]?
I am not saying eliminate the epi, or anything ridiculous like that, but since getting my epi pen I still carry antihistamine. Why can't I have all three? And yet, I would still avoid peanuts too.
This sounds like a better option then making someone vomit up the remaining peanut product. (Something Peg definitely opposes because of her son going through a whole second reaction after doing that.)
Anyone know how I can find out if this would actually work?

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 5:04am
Anne Parrish's picture
Joined: 01/06/2000 - 09:00

I agree that it is an article/study that could likely be used to dismiss some PA child's requests for a peanut free table, but the part about the charcoal sounds like it was just poorly written... here is the exact quote:
"After you've eaten the peanut and you have an allergic reaction, you still have peanut in your stomach," explained Dr. Donald Leung, editor of the journal. "And so rather than allow further peanut to be absorbed and have an even more severe reaction ... drinking the charcoal will prevent the further triggering of increased symptoms."
This sounds to me like the 'allergic reaction' was treated by an Epi, Benadryl, or whatever & the charcoal is to prevent that bi-phasic (?) reaction that is not-uncommon. Don't you guys think so? It is too bad that they didn't do a better job getting the real facts across.
P.S. Oops, I was just repeating a similar view posted simultaneously... Sorry, you guys!
[This message has been edited by Anne Parrish (edited July 10, 2003).]



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