Do You Believe \"The Peanut Industry\" Wants a PA Cure?

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 4:20am
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There has been much discussion on this board about FAAN's affiliation with people in the peanut industry and now The Peanut Bureau of
Canada and how they are affiliated with the head of Anaphylaxis Canada and one of our best known peanut allergy allergists. The discussion, has become, at times, quite heated.

However, bottom line, do you truly believe "the peanut industry" wants a cure for PA?

As a Mom of a PA child, I would just as soon all peanut crops died and somehow never managed to exist again.

As a logical thinking person (which I can be on rare occasion [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ), I do believe that it would be in the best financial interests of "the peanut industry" to help find a cure for PA.

Yes, I truly believe "the peanut industry" wants a PA cure.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 4:24am
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Hi Cindy...
The discussion has become "quite heated"? Well, I hope my posts have come across as calm and logical.. hehe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Yes, I believe the peanut industry wants a cure. If there is a cure, they could sell a lot more peanuts and be much more successful and make more money and not have to worry about people dying.
If PA continues to become more common, and more and more people are affected, who will they sell peanuts to?

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 4:30am
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I, too, believe they want a cure. This allergy is probably the worst thing that could happen to their business. My husband actually sat next to a woman on an airplane whose father was a peanut farmer. She said that the peanut allergy has made things very difficult for them. So, if even for their own selfish reasons, I think they REALLY want to find a cure.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 4:35am
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Why wouldn't they want a cure? Of course they want a cure! Ya want some heat, baby, I'm your poster, lol! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Carolyn

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 4:48am
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Yes, I think it's in their best interest to find a cure.
As far as a generic new crop of peanuts that are safe for the world to consume because they don't cause allergic reactions,
I just don't think that can be safely done.
How can the world ensure this is the safe peanut product were consuming and not the "old" one that allergic people reacted to.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 4:49am
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Okay, so you can call me Idiot Woman anytime now :rolleyes:
I raised this question basically because of the thread running re The Peanut Bureau of Canada and other discussion of late (and before) on the board here.
What I didn't do was check out the peanut invasion thread before I posted the question to see if there were any further replies since I last read it.
There have been.
Here is river's comment from that thread:-
Peanut allergies affect the profit margins. Their only interest is to increase
profit. If they do this by helping to create a cure---they will. If they do this
by suppressing research and knowledge that they imagine will be harmful
to profit---they will. That's what they do and that's what they were created
to do.
Now, in reading river's comment, factor that into how you feel or reply, if you care to.
What I did find disturbing about her post is this comment, in particular:-
If they do this
by suppressing research and knowledge that they imagine will be harmful
to profit---they will.
Could it be possible? Could they suppress research and knowledge?
I don't know anything about the tobacco industry at all. I know that I contribute to them financially each day of my life. I don't know if there are tobacco companies that contribute financially to research in areas where smokers are at higher risk simply because they smoke - i.e., lung cancer would be the most obvious to me.
Would I think that the tobacco industry *could* potentially "suppress research and information"?
Yes, I do. As ads on television show, tobacco companies tell us that second hand smoke bothers people. It doesn't simply bother people. It can KILL them.
I believe the tobacco industry is big enough and powerful enough to have the power to "suppress research and information".
So, given what river posted in the peanut invasion thread, and considering what I think is a large peanut industry (I'm not sure in terms of comparable to the tobacco industry except there are lot more people that eat pb than there are smokers), I appreciated that way to think or re-look at my answer.
Now, again, I'm not sure. [img]/peanut/boards/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]
To me, it was such a profound post that I really do have to re-think things and post again. Leave it to me to be wishy-washy. However, I hadn't thought about their ability to "suppress research and information".
Best wishes! [img]/peanut/boards/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]
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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited February 19, 2003).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 5:15am
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Okay, I've had time to absorb the information and have thought about it. It still doesn't alter my original response in this thread.
Why? What research and information would the peanut industry suppress that would be beneficial to PA parents that was detrimental to them? I can't see that. Anything that would benefit us, as PA parents, would surely
benefit the peanut industry and therefore, they would have no need to suppress research and education.
The only thing I can think of in terms of research that they *may* want to suppress is that there is no cure coming and they really don't want to face the fact. However, that's detrimental to us and detrimental to them.
So, my original thoughts stand.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 8:53am
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Cure? I'm not even sure I want a cure. You know what they're trying to do to get around the allergy problem? They're trying to come up with a peanut that wouldn't have the allergy trigger. Well, that's an GMO (genetically modified organism ) I don't want ANY GMO in my system, or that of my family. Right now, it's already impossible to do, but that doesn't stop me from avoiding any type of food that's been tampered with.
And what if they come up with a GM-peanut? Well, we'd probably lose the warnings (may contain peanuts) because there would be no allergy in it. But you'd still be eating GMO.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 9:04am
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darthcleo - I don't think that's the only angle the researchers are working from. An allergen-free peanut certainly doesn't help someone with an anaphylactic shellfish allergy, for example. I believe there will be DNA-based research to nip the whole "immune system attacks benign food" in the bud. Otherwise, what would be the point?
But, as an aside, it is my understanding that genetically modified food occurs in nature as well as the lab. If a plant gets attacked enough times by a certain insect, it either develops an insecticide or the insect and the plant develop a symbiotic relationship (the plant starts to secrete food for the insect and the insect eats other bugs that attack the plant). So I don't share your reservations on GM food - so far.
Carolyn

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 9:14am
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Yes, I think they want a cure.
Cindy, did you accidentally hit the "no smiley" button? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 9:23am
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Yes, I believe "the peanut industry" wants a PA cure! Maybe their reasons are not solely altruistic, but I can think of no reason why they would not. I don't know anybody in the industry, but my belief is that they are just regular people who do that for a living. I would think that they would be deeply concerned that their product would cause harm to another individual. Am I way off base?
Andrea

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