CNN-Article on Peanut allergies

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 10:04am
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Quote:Peanut allergies are causing most of these deadly reactions, FAAN's Anne Munoz-Furlong said.
The threat of a child dying from an allergic reaction can be terribly frightening to parents. Triggers can be found everywhere: a birthday party, a school lunch, an outing at a restaurant or a trip to a grocery store.
"I was paranoid beyond my wildest dreams," Yandrisevits said. "I wouldn't let people touch him. I wouldn't go to parties. I wouldn't go on play dates.
"But that's not the real world," she added.
She is teaching her son to adapt, especially now that he is a third-grader at a public school.
The family has developed emergency plans with Frankie's school and the faculty has been taught how to monitor symptoms and administer potentially life-saving epinephrine shots. Frankie is shielded from other kids during lunch and shares a table with a classmate who is allergic to fish.
Some American schools have banned peanuts and related substances, but that has led to criticism that kids' rights are being infringed.
Yandrisevits said she is against such bans.
"I'm trying to make him understand that there is going to be peanut butter in the world and there are going to be nuts, and you are going to have to be able to deal with that," she said.
WHAT A SURPRISE!! FAAN IS AT IT AGAIN!

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 12:23am
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I am not sure what your reaction is to? What is FAAN at again?

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 12:34am
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FAAN--Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network does not support bans of peanuts in schools, citing a "false sense of security" being created.
Also, FAAN is funded by the peanut industry and other manufacturers.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 12:54am
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But FAAN never said that in the article.
From the Article
"Some American schools have banned peanuts and related substances, but that has led to criticism that kids' rights are being infringed.
Yandrisevits said she is against such bans.
"I'm trying to make him understand that there is going to be peanut butter in the world and there are going to be nuts, and you are going to have to be able to deal with that," she said."
Ms. Yandrisevits said it, not FAAN.
Also, just because they get funding from the Peanut industry why is that a knock on them? Are they not going to look for a cure as hard because of this?
Still not really sure of either of your points on this?

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 1:01am
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FAAN does not have my child's medical records. Yet, when schools call and ask their recommendations they state they are against bans, they will even give a form to that effect stating it is what they feel should be put in place to prevent a false security. They are not looking out for my childs best interest. They are not familure with her situation. They have caused me countless hours with true experts stating that in our situation, FAAN is wrong! If you doubt this, call and they will tell you what is best for your child too. They will also question if you really know the severity of your situation. And they will do all this without a medical degree (the person I spoke with) and without even looking at her records.
I would rather have people with a sick child's best interest in mind set up policy (like a Doctor). NOT someone whose funding relies on peanut proliferation! I wish they would STOP presenting FAAN as speaking for me and other parents of ana PA children!!!!
Do I want a cure? WITH ALL MY HEART!!! Until then, I need areas the government requires my child to be in to be a safe and the least restrictive environment for her to be educated.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 1:12am
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But where does it say that in the article? That is my point, not if FAAN supports school bans or not. FAAN never says that, the person interviewed said that she does not support school bans.
There are two points made by FAAN;
About 2.2 million U.S. school-age children have food allergies and 1 out of 17 children under the age of 3 has a food allergy, according to the advocacy group Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN).
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Peanut allergies are causing most of these deadly reactions, FAAN's Anne Munoz-Furlong said.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 1:50am
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The mother says it in this article, but this is also FAAN's position, even though it is not stated in the article, and I think that's what Peanut Militia is referring to.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 3:49am
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Exactly, would FAAN print an interview with a parent who also didn't agree with their views??? Probably not....great for them to find a highly allergic child with parents who don't want a ban to further their stance.
My biggest thing about people saying kids with allergies need to learn to exist in a world of foods they are allergic to. Yes, I agree. BUT, school is the LAST place I'd want my son to have a reaction. Why? Because although I feel that his teachers and the nurse are very in tune with the allergies, I feel it is the one place where a reaction could be overlooked.
Look on the memory thread, so many deaths occur in the school setting....
Even recently, a classmate brought a reeces pb cup for a snack in my son's room. My son raised his hand, and the teacher told him to only answer the question she had posed. Since then, we had to change the way he communicates a problem with his allergy to his teacher.
Additionally, there are kids coughing sneezing, some sent to school when they aren't feeling good. Teachers almost seem to be immune to sick kids. KWIM???
Kids actually have a lot of freedom at school...they are sent to the media center, bathroom etc. sometimes unaccompanied.
I feel that by limiting the chance for an exposure at school is the best way to handle allergies while students are there.
Do metal detectors make a false sense of security? Do guns still find their way into courtrooms, schools despite the detector? yes. So why spend the money to install them? Because they are trying to minimize the risks...

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 4:07am
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I really don't want to get involved in a big debate right now, have 504 issues that really deserve my absolute attention right now. BUT...FAAN could interview me because I don't like bans either. I'm going to leave it at that, but I actually agreed with the article
JMHO [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 4:30am
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Maybe I missed it, but did FAAN write the article or a reporter from CNN?
You people talk about FAAN like they are the enemy. Why? Because the take money from the peanut industry or they dont agree with your views? For one, the peanut industry has a great steak in finding a cure, think about it, if there is a cure no one talks bad about them. If there is a cure think of how many more people buy peanut products. I know I would! They fund research so their bottom line will grow in the future. Its kind of like buy stock, pay now and hope it pays off in the end....
Think about it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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