Harper\'s article and NPR interview re: exaggeration of food allergies

Posted on: Sat, 01/05/2008 - 10:09am
Cookie's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

The risk of food-related allergies has been greatly overblown, according to journalist Meredith Broussard. Her article in the January 2008 issue of Harper

Posted on: Sat, 01/05/2008 - 11:57am
joyojoy's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/15/2007 - 08:00

I've posted the Harper's article at the following links:
[url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/Neomom/Food%20Allergy/GoneNuts1-1.jpg"]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/Neomom/Food%20Allergy/GoneNuts1-1.jpg[/url]
[url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/Neomom/Food%20Allergy/GoneNuts2.jpg"]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/Neomom/Food%20Allergy/GoneNuts2.jpg[/url]

Posted on: Sun, 01/06/2008 - 2:34am
eKatherine's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/27/2006 - 09:00

She is very confused about many things.

Posted on: Sun, 01/06/2008 - 10:43am
Momcat's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

I really love Dr. Sicherer's comment on this article and the
interview on WNYC:
[url="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2008/01/02/se...222#comment18204"]http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2008/01/02/se...222#comment18204[/url]
Quote:
My name is Scott Sicherer. I am a pediatric allergist and researcher(government and private funded) specializing in food allergy. I am co-author on most of the studies that Ms. Broussard 'quotes' in her Harper's article where she implies conspiracy and trivializes this significant medical problem. I am also a volunteer medical advisor to FAAN, an organization that she mocks but is, in my view, a non-profit that has clearly increased safety for those who suffer from this medical illness. I mention these points because by Ms. Broussard's reasoning these personal involvements would probably disqualify me from discussing food allergy (e.g., conspiracy to exaggerate). Apparently, NPR also sees some odd virtue in having a non-medical expert journalist be a spokesperson for health issues. I have never 'posted' to sites like this and I am a bit reluctant to draw any additional attention to Ms. Broussard's hurtful, confused and potentially dangerous comments, but I was obviously compelled to do so...It is easy to play 'debate team' with any topic but here it has become irresponsible and, indeed, potentially dangerous. I am glad to see so many listeners have spoken up on their disappointment and made important points that I will not reiterate. I would be pleased to provide actual evidence-based educational information about food allergy on this 'show'--but maybe that is too uninteresting for the media? I hope that is not the case.
I hope they take him up on his offer to be on the show. It would go a long way toward undoing the damage caused by this irresponsible piece of journalism.

Posted on: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 1:34pm
joyojoy's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/15/2007 - 08:00

Another allergist has come forward and written a wonderful rebuttal to the Harper's article:
[url="http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/3900/19063/comments/#c33387"]http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/3900/19063/comments/#c33387[/url]

Posted on: Sun, 01/13/2008 - 10:22am
Chris's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/12/1999 - 09:00

Dr. Hugh Sampson will be a guest on the show on Thursday, January 31 at 12:40 pm.
[url="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate"]http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate[/url]

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by krisztina Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:49pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by chicken Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:45pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by lexy Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:21am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:15am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:11am
Comments: 5
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:03am
Comments: 10
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:52am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 01/14/2020 - 1:03pm
Comments: 1

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

If children begin to eat many different foods at a young age, there is much more of a chance that by the time they are in school, they will eat...

Those with peanut allergies often find that they are unable to enjoy dessert since there's always the...

If you've ever tried to find...

For those with peanut allergies, baked goods present a serious risk. Many baked goods do not appear to contain peanuts, yet were baked in a...

Those who have peanut allergies know to avoid peanut butter cookies, of course – but what about other...

Which candy bars are safe for those with peanut allergies? Those without allergies are accustomed to...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

For those who have wondered whether airport x-ray machines negatively affect epinephrine auto-injectors, the folks at Food Allergy Research &...

Molecular allergy component testing identifies the specific food or environmental proteins triggering a person’s allergic reactions. Component...

An epinephrine auto-injector provides an emergency dose of epinephrine (adrenaline) to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Those who have...

Misunderstanding the significance of food allergy test results can lead to unnecessary anxiety and dietary changes. The three tests used most...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

Tree nuts and peanuts are distinctly different. An allergy to one does not guarantee an allergy to the other. Peanuts are considered legumes and...

Welcome to the complex world of being a Peanut Allergy Parent. Get ready to proofread food labels, get creative with meals, and constantly hold an...

Take control of your food allergies! Get results in ten days and change your life forever! If you are tempted to use a home testing kit...

What can you eat if you can't eat peanut butter? Fortunately for people with a peanut allergy, there...

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one out of five people in the U.S. has an allergy. Because there is a...

Eliminating peanut butter is the best way to handle a rash caused by this food

If your baby or toddler develops a rash caused by peanut...

Nearly all infants are fussy at times. But how do you know when your baby's crying means something wrong? Some babies are excessively fussy...

For those who don't have experience with peanut allergies, going 'peanut-free' often seems as easy as avoiding peanut butter sandwiches and bags...