Did anyone read the most recent FAAN newsletter? Their dietician tells parents not to worry about casual exposure to peanut proteins, citing that small and flawed study of 35 children done by Mt. Sinai. Why doesn't FAAN acknowledge that some people react to peanuts as an airborne allergen? I called their editor and explained that we had a cousin who died from anaphylaxis after opening and smelling a jar of peanut butter, yet they still seemed to doubt. Why is that?
On Jan 22, 2006
I remember reading (although I haven't verified this myself) that FAAN receives funding from the peanut growers industry, and this may in influence some of their positions. At the same time, I think most of the scientific community questions airborne allergies - I've read articles that reported airborne responses are due to intense dislike of the peanut smell, rather than an true allergic reaction. (I don't believe this myself, but it is hard to prove clinically).
On Jan 31, 2006
I don't agree with the FAAN! They say that you should not ban or restrict Peanut Butter products. However, since each anaphylactic reaction gets worse, instead of better. The school system would have to ban Peanut Butter products or you would have to remove your child from the environment that is not safe. I always say air on the side of caution.
Laura Duke [email]email@example.com[/email]
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On Feb 1, 2006
FAAN receives funding from Kraft Foods, which owns Planters Peanuts.
Me thinks the Fox is in charge of the Hen House!
On Feb 8, 2006
Did anyone notice that immediately after TNX-901 was shelved, FAAN was trying to get people to write to the drug companies and protest? Then, suddenly, the links to the companies was gone and they were running an article about how Xolair is better than TNX-901. I asked my husband's allergist (who we are switching to for our daughter) and she said NO WAY Xolair is better (doesn't bind to the proteins as well). Makes one wonder what happened. Donations from the drug companies in exchange for removal of the web links for complaints and the running of the pro-Xolair article??? Call me paranoid, but I thought the whole thing was REALLY weird. (Although I guess it's moot since Xolair has been stopped now, too).
On Feb 10, 2006
This is why I don't take FAAN's commitment to peanut allergy seriously. FAAN is fine if you're not peanut allergic, but otherwise, naaah.