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Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 7:07am
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pCindy, I listed the contacts at the end of the Today's Parent article above, in my post. The other contact was the Calgary Allergy Network, [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] which I have already seen posted several times./p

Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 7:19am
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pCayley's Mom, I was mostly interested in getting the name of the mother of a PA child who was running her own website. That isn't the Calgary site, is it? She was very easy going in her response to her child's PA, very different from the other parents in the article and had her own website. If it is [url="http://www.cadvision.com/allergy"]www.cadvision.com/allergy[/url] then I've already been in contact with her by e-mail, but I don't think it is the same person. Anyway, if you do find the article and it does have any additional information, that would be great to have added to this thread and others. Thanks./p
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Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 1:46pm
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pCindy, the person's name in the Today's Parent article is Nancy Wiebe who is indeed the co-founder of the Calgary Allergy Network. This is a direct quote from the article:/p
p"It's natural to want to protect your children," she (Nancy) says, "But for me it's a training issue - my daughter needs to learn to live in a world with peanuts. By the time she gets into junior high, she'll need those living skills. My goal is to get her completely comfortable with the precautions she has to take so that she can handle her allergy at an older age. Banning doesn't address that at all."/p
pThe article balances her view with one which supports a ban in schools:/p
pStewart Black, a Montreal father says, "I do believe that we should make elementary schools peanut-free. I'm aware that it might not be 100 percent, but we're talking about kids. As much as you drum it into them, accidents happen. When they're in the lower grades, they need help."/p
pWe must all keep in mind that we are in a position to constantly educate people about PA. This article was excellent because it was aimed at parents who do not have PA kids. Quotes from the article like, "Banning peanuts may sound rash..." are balanced with "but for a severely anaphylactic child... even tiny amounts can kill."./p
pThere are also 3 theories put forth as to why PA is so prevalent now. I am trying to find out from Today's Parent if there is a way to reprint this article on their website, [url="http://www.todaysparent.com"]www.todaysparent.com[/url] instead of me rewriting it piece by piece. I will definitely post any response on the media thread./p
pChris - is quoting from a magazine copyright infringement? I'm completely new at this internet stuff - please let me know. Thanks.br /
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Answer from [email]Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com[/email]/p
pYou should always request from the media if you can have permission etc. We often ask for permission to use and sometimes if they will not let us print it, we ask if they would post the info on the web on their web site so we can link to it. It is better to get permission to use if they will because sometimes they change what is on the web and we have to go through all the work of finding and requesting again etc./p
p[This message has been edited by Chris (edited August 21, 2000).]/p

Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2000 - 2:06pm
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pCayley's Mom, thanks so much from all readers for how much work you put into finding out all the information you could about this particular article and posting parts thereof. Okay, so I have been in touch with Nancy by e-mail so I don't have to worry if Today's Parent responds to my request for the contacts or not. And it is true, she does have her own website. You really spent a lot of time and energy working on this one thing in follow-up to an original post and that's really great! There was also the other child mentioned in there that took their own computer keyboard to school, etc. I remember the article well. It's not like I'm the person to thank people for posting or anything, but I know that when I've posted something and then got back to try to get more answers and posted them and gone back and got MORE answers and posted them, I've really appreciated it when someone has acknowledged what work I went to to do this.br /
Thanks again. Also, good links you posted, from the article, for Canadians, as well as others. I haven't checked, did you put the information anywhere else? Under Media, you could simply put something about check out my post under Canadians thread, instead of having to re-do the whole thing. That's what I've been doing lately. I know I really appreciated the information and I'm sure a great many others did, especially those who didn't see the article. Kudos!/p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2000 - 1:43am
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pHi folks:br /
When reading these articles in magazines, I hope you will remember that they are heavily edited, with a goal of putting the "spin" they want on the topic. I talked with the author for over an hour and only a few quotes got in the article. My views on managing severe food allergies cannot be summed up in a few sentences. Identifying and ranking the risks, managing the risks, teaching life skills, letting your child "have a life", raising awareness, are not small topics. Even the author was ticked at the title, as was I, which was put on by the editors. Dealing with the media can be positive, but after talking with them, the end result is totally out of your hands. Makes it scary.br /
RE: "Anaphylaxis in Childcare and Other Settings" article. Couldn't find it on the OMA site. Looks like they have reorganized. I have a copy on my site with updated contacts.br /
Cheers, N Wiebe/p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2000 - 5:18am
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pNancy, I know you probably don't have time, but I think it would be wonderful if you could post some of your "information" in the Comfort Zones thread. I remember very distinctly that your way of dealing with PA seemed drastically different than the other parents in the article, which is okay, andbr /
what makes different "comfort zones". I think people, especially with perhaps a more relaxed attitude should post in there so the rest of us can learn and maybe lighten up a little (I don't mean become lax). I know that MKRuby's post in that thread is very different from most other PA parents' but it's a very enlightening, empowering comfort zone. Just a thought. And by the way, I have been recommending your site to absolutely everyone who asks because I truly because your site is the one to go to first when searching out Canadian information. Even a M.P.P. for Ontario who is interested in a province wide policy re PA in schools has been referred there. I got the Prince Edward Island information by going through your site. It's wonderful work you're doing.br /
Best wishes./p
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Posted on: Sat, 07/22/2000 - 5:58am
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pI just re-checked the Ontario Medical Association site and it still has the information re peanut allergy and anaphylaxis under it's Health Policies click-on. These are the two information packages that I findbr /
really good for handing out to school people, etc. I'm sure they're not the only ones but they're the first ones that I really found and I've felt comfortable with them, so why change. Anyway, they can be found at [url="http://www.oma.org"]www.oma.org[/url] /p
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Posted on: Sat, 07/22/2000 - 6:07am
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pOntario, Canada - there is an opposition M.P.P. interested in Ontario Ministry of Education's policy (or lack thereof) re PA. If anyone can obtain their school board's policy re PA, he would have a look at it. If anyone is interested in this, please post here and I'll get back to you with his name and e-mail and address. I know I've just sent my school board's policy to him and have referred other Ontario people to do the same./p
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Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 12:42am
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pNewfoundland Labrador - Department of Education - see their policy re PA in schools under the Schools heading in a separate thread./p
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Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 2:43am
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pI have a friend who just moved here from Canada. She was a teacher there. She told me that in her school it was totally peanut free and everyones lunches were checked every morning. Plus the teachers were instructed on epipen use every year and at around the age of 11 all pa kids were assigned a "Buddy" which is another student who learns how to administer an epipen if a teacher was not right there.And they were required to wear their epipens in a fanny pack. The school my son is supposed to attend is trying to say no needles/drugs except for the school nurse. They say her office is next to the lunch room and that is good enough but I know that if the nurse calls in sick there is no replacement and teachers are not trained in epipen use due to liability. Why can Canada get it right but not the us?/p

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