dr. sears and food allergies

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/2004 - 10:58am
dmbb's picture
Joined: 10/12/2002 - 09:00

Here is a link with a discussion about food allergies from Dr. Sears:


Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 5:25am
ElleMo's picture
Joined: 06/19/2003 - 09:00

I am a BIG fan of Dr. Sears.
But I hate this article.
I hate lumping "allergy", "Intolerance", and "Food hypersensitivity" in the same category. My daughter's allergy is NOT the same as lactose intolerance. A lactose intolerant person can often have some dairy, has no serious problems with traces of diary and will not suddenly stop breathing because she drank some milk. Many can have diary if they take lactaid. Lactose intolerance may be painful, but not life threatening.
While he does mention life-threatening allergies, it is way down at the bottom of the article. Most of the practical advice is pretty ok, EXCEPT telling BFing moms to eliminate dairy. Why wouldn't he mention eliminating peanuts as well?
Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 11:10am
Scooby's picture
Joined: 04/09/2000 - 09:00

I was a fan on Dr. Sears, also. I agree, ElleMo, this article stinks.
Dr. Sears, you are no Dr. Sampson. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 12:36pm
dmbb's picture
Joined: 10/12/2002 - 09:00

This article bothered me as well. I wondered if I was being too sensitive. I don't like food sensitivies and food allergies being lumped together either. I don't like the comments that some people can eat peanuts with only minor reactions. And I also don't like that peanuts are just lumped in with other food allergens. I felt like the allergy section in The Baby Book were just as bad.

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 12:46pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by dmbb:
[b]I don't like the comments that some people can eat peanuts with only minor reactions. [/b]
have you ever come across a parent/person who states the same and also states their child/themselves has/have a "peanut allergy"?
Did the article define: "minor reaction"?
I mean, did it mention "potential reaction"?
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form.

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/2004 - 9:56pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

well, momma bear, at least we know the source of such misinformation!!!
this is one of the most appalling articles I have ever read on allergy.
For a start that comment on a parent taking a wheezing child to hospital after a eating a small amount of peanut , points to a complete lack of understanding between true food allergy and intolerance.
Is this man even aware that you can have a anaphylaxis without being asthmatic?
The list of symptoms did miss out a few things..........such as lowering blood pressure , collapse and unconsiousness and death.
Who is this man? what planet does he come from? planet quack?
[This message has been edited by williamsmummy (edited March 17, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 4:32am
ABreitner's picture
Joined: 07/02/2002 - 09:00

I like Dr. Greene much better then Dr. Sears.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 5:25am
Klutzi's picture
Joined: 03/10/2002 - 09:00

I too was disappointed in Dr. Sears view on food allergies. I just emailed him about it at the following email address:
Maybe if we all wrote him, maybe he would think about rewriting the section on food allergies...
Mom to DD, Jamie, 3, PA & TNA
& to DS, David, 11 months, unknown

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 8:01am
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Joined: 07/10/2001 - 09:00


Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 1:14pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

well I might be wrong but I think the issue is that people already don't believe us that this allergy is so serious and articles like this seem to back that up. If my MIL saw this article she'd say "see it isn't as bad as you keep saying it is".

Posted on: Sat, 03/20/2004 - 12:26am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

I don't think it was a "bad" article, but I do think he does an injustice by not making a brighter distinction between life-threatening allergies and intolerances. And to specifically say he was lumping them together for discussion purposes might make people think that there is little difference between food allergies that can kill, and intolerances that can upset your stomach or intestines. And he does make it sound like you can be slightly allergic, which also can undercut our education efforts.
So, not bad exactly, but not the best article for education of the public.


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