Dr. Oz and "Peanut Prescription"

Posted on: Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:13am
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Did anyone else see the Dr. Oz segment today in which he literally throws at least 12 bags of peanuts into his audience today and gives out a "Peanut Prescription" to everyone to eat at least 20 peanuts a week? He never once mentioned peanut or nut allergies as a cautionary statement. How can we expect teachers, airline personnel, or non allergic friends and relatives to take our peanut or nut allergies seriously when even Dr. Oz just tells everyone they should eat peanuts for the health benefits? This really sets our efforts to spread awareness back by years!

Posted on: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:42pm
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I don't support tossing food, or any item, into the audience without warning. Dr Oz's methods certainly get people's attention. I would definitely be upset if someone tossed peanuts around my daughter.
However, part of building awareness and support is to recognize that while a particular food is harmful to a member of my family, it may still be a wholesome food. I cannot ask everyone to give up peanuts as part of their everyday lives, because of my child's allergy. When we ask someone to pack a non-PBJ lunch, or not to serve peanuts on the plane, we must recognize that they are giving something up. Granted, it is to preserve another's health, but we are asking for their support and engagement.
Each of the top eight allergen foods (assuming responsible farming) has nutrients needed for good nutrition. Eliminating one or more of them from my children's diet required making sure they received those nutrients elsewhere.
When my child is present, I ask that participants keep her safe by avoiding peanuts, but they do not have to maintain the lifestyle we do.

Posted on: Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:26am
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