Has anyone else written the Oprah Show?

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 8:44am
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pI just wrote to the Oprah Show - far stretch, I know, but who knows? Maybe if not me, then someone else from here may strike a chord with them. I discussed the difficulty in finding 'safe' foods, the always growing number of "may contain" labels, and the stresses of keeping our kids safe in school. No offense to any adults with PA here - I can only write about what I know, and I only know my own child's 'world'.br /
Some others here have mentioned writing to the show before, but I don't recall hearing much more about it. Anyone else try anything like this? Am I wishing or what???/p

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 10:09am
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I don't think Oprah would touch the topic. After her problems with the beef industry,I think she would be hesitant to bring up a subject that might harm another major industry. Anyone agree or disagree? I would love to see one of the talk shows do a story on it.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 12:10pm
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I don't think the issue is really the peanut industry - it's the lack of standard labeling practices that causes concern. Most reactions happen when a PA person eats something that was presumed safe, but was cross-contaminated by peanut products.
I don't think anyone has enough clout to tackle the giant peanut industry, especially since the new Prez is such a big fan of stuff! Like I said - it's the manufacturers that need to tighten up labeling policies to make them safer for people with allergies.
Any coverage from this angle would be fantastic - I'm sure [email]Chris@PeanutAllergy.com[/email] would agree! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 2:05pm
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I wrote the Oprah show just a couple of weeks ago. I was very emotional when I did so but hope I was clear enough to be understood. Because there was so much trouble with the beef industry it made me realize just what a powerful woman Oprah is. So many people have never heard of, and can't believe that, peanuts are life threatening to someone that is allergic to them. I get so frustrated when trying to explain my daughters allergy to someone new to the situation and I feel that Oprah could play such a key role in the education of food allergies. I know she can't change the world but if she helps one more person to be aware and helpful then she's done a great job.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 11:40pm
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I wrote Oprah the same day I wrote the newspaper to do an article. I had same thought "You never know where it might go".
I emailed to the Oprah show and have been waiting on a response?! I thought she might just be interested. Later, someone else said she had had a show on food allergies in general before.

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 12:07am
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I hope someone 'gets through' and maybe, at least, plants the idea in someone's head at the show. It's an emotional topic, so I thought it might interest someone there.
PattyR:
I agree that she won't touch the 'industry' part of it all, but I hold out a tiny bit of hope that the emotions that are part and parcel of PA will at least call attention to the subject!!!
My own personal thanks to everybody who has given it a shot!!!

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 7:32am
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I saw an Oprah show about a year ago when she had as a guest a doctor who among other things discussed the use of an epi-pen for an allergic reaction (i think he had an epi-pen with him). I can't remember if he specifically mentioned peanut allergy or just food allergies in general.

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 7:33am
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Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 7:35am
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Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 9:47am
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I wrote to the Oprah show about six months ago. About a month after that, I received a form type e-mail response stating something to the effect...we thank you for writing to the Oprah show, as you may know we get thousands of letters a week. We will contact you againg... or something like that. Never heard another thing about it.
I feel that based on her experience with the beef industry, she would not consider taking on the peanut industry in the states. From what I understand, the peanut lobby is very powerful and I believe they would not hesitate to take on even Oprah if challenged in any way!
Regards,
Katiee (Wade's mom)

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