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Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 3:37am
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This has been interesting to read over. My son doesn't necessarily fit in to the trend of stats listed in this post...
He is almost 3 years old; 35 pounds and half Spanish and half Black. He DOES have really long eyelashes.
I agree that more money, time and energy must be spent in sorting all of this stuff out.

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 11:46am
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This is very interesting...both my husband and I have alot of Irish/Scottish ancestry, mine is mixed with Cherokee and his is mixed with German...I am 5'2 amd could have Petite Mom Syndrome if I could lose a "few" lbs...My Husband is 6'1, his mother and brothers are very tall...(one brother is 6'4)...I have several allergies, my husband has none.
My non-PA son looks as if he could be Irish...He has dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes, on the short side, lanky, and VERY fair skin, very easily sunburned...he is also very academically gifted...he has some moderate enviromental allergies
my PA DD (who also has asthma) has light brown hair, hazel eyes, and medium skin...she is also gifted, but more artisticly than academically...She is also very tall for her age...Both have very long lashes...
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Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 12:02pm
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I had an african american co-worker who was asthmatic and allergic to peanuts.
My child is half caucasian - scotch/english and half european jewish. My husband has a brother and I have a sister who get itchy when they eat oranges -brother gets a rash. My sister has eczema. But no one has had severe food allergies on either side and neither of us is particularly allergic.

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 2:36am
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Quote:Originally posted by jh5000:
[b]I've often thought about this as well - this doesn't speak to ethnicity, but we went to a food allergy support group picnic recently and my husband made the comment, "It looks like peanut allergy is carried on the 'petite mom' gene". And he's right - 95% of the moms there were short and small-framed.
Another thing I've noticed is a lot of p.a. kids and/or their parents have fair skin, and many are redheads, myself included.
Anyone else made similar observations?[/b]
Well, I'm 5'11" here but both my kids are extremely fair-skinned.
Barb

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 2:38am
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Quote:Originally posted by Concerned Mom:
[b]I find this thread VERY interesting! Our son is 3 1/2 years old and PA. I am of Hungarian descent with brown hair and hazel eyes. My only allergy is to house dust. My husband however is of Irish descent, very fair, blue eyes and red hair. Everyone comments on how our son looks just like his dad (very fair). He also has extremely long eyelashes (which neither his father or I have!) Since finding out about our son's PA, we have also learned that at least 4 relatives on my husband's side also have PA. I think we may be on to something with the Irish background commonality! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
Both my kids are born and raised in Ireland and while I'm American (back to the Mayflower) their father is 100% Irish. PA is very common in UK in particular where the rate is 1 in 100 now I believe.
And both boys have the most incredibly long eyelashes. People always comment on them.
Barb
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Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 2:47am
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Can I ask if we have any posters who are of African or Caribbean descent? I ask this because I saw an interesting documentary a few years ago that said theat allergic conditions basically didn't exist in African countries. The theory was that in western societies we have over-cleansed and sterilized our environment so that our immune system isn't "exercised" as it should be, i.e. never exposed to dirt (in the literal sense). The show went on to hypothesize that there might actually be some sort of bacteria (I think it was bacteria though it could have been fungii, it was a few years ago) in African soil (large portions of it) that acted as a sort of vaccine against allergic conditions.
Plus there is a higher degree of general disease in African countries and the immune systems of the population are given a thorough work out.
I wish I could remember the details of this show. It was very interesting. I even considered moving!
Barb

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 11:53am
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Well so much for the petite mom theory. I am 5'8", husband is 6'8".
BUT my child is fair and has red highlights in his fair hair.
jewish/scotch/english PA kid
birth environment -- not overly neat or clean

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 11:56pm
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I am 5' and very petite, blonde hair, blue eyes. DH is 6'4 dark hair & eyes. Our DS who is 8 is already about 55" tall, has dirty blonde hair, hazel eyes.
I come from German, Irish, Some Cherokee Indian. DH comes from English, Cherokee Indian.
This thread is very interesting.
When DS was born, our house was somewhat under remodeling, it was clean, but could be dusty at times.

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 11:59pm
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I am 5', very petite, blue eyes, blonde hair and come from German, Irish, Cherokee Indian decendants.
DH is 6'4", Dark hair and eyes from English, Irish, Cherokee Indian Decendants.
DS is 8 and is already about 55" tall with dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes.
There is a town nearby called Fort Lee and there is a huge Asian population there. Apparently, the food allergies are very common in this area?

Posted on: Sun, 10/01/2006 - 10:01am
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Quote:Originally posted by barb1123:
[b]Can I ask if we have any posters who are of African or Caribbean descent? I ask this because I saw an interesting documentary a few years ago that said theat allergic conditions basically didn't exist in African countries. The theory was that in western societies we have over-cleansed and sterilized our environment so that our immune system isn't "exercised" as it should be, i.e. never exposed to dirt (in the literal sense). The show went on to hypothesize that there might actually be some sort of bacteria (I think it was bacteria though it could have been fungii, it was a few years ago) in African soil (large portions of it) that acted as a sort of vaccine against allergic conditions.
Plus there is a higher degree of general disease in African countries and the immune systems of the population are given a thorough work out.
I wish I could remember the details of this show. It was very interesting. I even considered moving!
Barb[/b]
I have two PA/TNA coworkers - one from the Dominican Republic, the other from El Salvador.
Amy
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