Monday, April 15th: Report on NBC news?

Posted on: Fri, 04/12/2002 - 12:04pm
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pDid anyone see a promo that NBC news is doing a story on food/peanut allergies? My husband says that they are doing a story on NBC news on Monday, April 15th./p
pGail/p

Posted on: Sat, 04/13/2002 - 4:39am
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What time would this be - 7 or 11? We would certainly like to see it.
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 2:05am
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It airs 6:30-7:00 p.m. ET.

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 9:47am
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argh!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] I forgot to watch it. I was thinking about it all weekend, then we didn't even turn the tv on this afternoon. I looked on the website, but they only have a short story about it. Not in-depth at all. If anyone watched and cares to fill me in, please do. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Thanks
Gale

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 9:48am
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This news segment really left me feeling numb. I had read that an estimated 20% of p.a. children may outgrow their allergy if they have "no" peanut exposure for at least five years and were only mildly to moderately allergic as a toddler. This news segment claims that 20% may outgrow this allergy if they have a reaction by the time they are 5 - 7 years old. Like repeated exposure is a good thing. Trains the body how to react and accept peanuts. Then showed them giving peanut butter to a child that almost died from a reaction at daycare. The child within minutes became ill (even asked them not to make him do this...heartbreaking to watch)...and the doc. had to step in and get the reaction under control. It bothered me that they didn't mention airborne/casual contact exposure. They made it sound like all you have to do is have the child start with sniffing a jar then work up to eating it. There was no mention of the anti-Ige shots and clinial trials. I haven't been keeping up with the latest research. What did you think of this segment?

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 10:16am
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If you missed watching it, you can read it:
[url="http://www.msnbc.com/news/739112.asp?0si=-"]http://www.msnbc.com/news/739112.asp?0si=-[/url]
To me it seems an ignorant and half-baked report. Concluding that the child is not as allergic as before is questionable. Anyone who checks out this site knows that the rule of thumb is that REACTIONS ARE NOT PREDICTABLE. Also that the number of past exposures and the time frame in which they happen tend to increase the severity of the reaction.
Well, at least they are beginning to talk about it somewhat reasonably in the U.S. I guess that's progress.

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 10:52am
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I ALSO WATCHED THIS REPORT TONITE... I FELT SO BAD FOR THAT POOR CHILD WHEN HE STARTED CRYING THAT HE DIDNT WANT TO EAT IT. DO WE ALL HAVE TO DO THAT IF GOD WILLING WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CHECK TO SEE IF THEY HAVE OUTGROWN IT .. I ALSO FELT THAT THEY DID NOT STRESS ENOUGH OF HOW INVOLVED THE ALLERGY CAN AND DOES GO. I RECENTLY WROTE TO THE VIEW WITH BARBARA WALTERS ASKING THEM TO DO A SEGMENT ON THIS... SO FAR NO RESPONSE BUT WILL KEEP TRYING KATHY ANN

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 12:24pm
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I wasn't too impressed with the segment. It was VERY short and definitely did not stress how complicated this allergy is. However, on a more positive note - even this short of a segment at least puts it in front of people's eyes and ears. Hopefully, there are at least a few people out there who will be more sensitive to those with this allergy now that they watched this segment.

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 1:49pm
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I am glad that peanut allergy is getting air time, but I am so upset that it seems to have been presented with the attitude that a little desensitization is in order. I missed the program, but I think I am glad I did- it is not easy to explain the complicated nature of this allergy and I can just hear the questions now about "why can't you just expose him to peanut butter so he can outgrow it?!". Really, how many of us knew the intricate details of this allergy until we were forcibly immersed into this world? How can we expect others to understand the complexities of it if they don't have to deal with it on an daily basis? Will well-meaning but ignorant teachers/parents/family members think that all our hullabaloo about staying peanut-free is just neurosis?! This kind of "news" I can do without!

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 6:27pm
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I read the link that River provided, and it was far too short IMO. One thing I need to ask - did they mention that you should NEVER TRY THIS WITHOUT MEDICAL SUPERVISION???? I know nobody on this site ever would, but what about the uneducated? I hope they did, as it was very irresponsible journalism if not.

Posted on: Tue, 04/16/2002 - 2:12am
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Gwen,
You have a good question. I don't remember them saying anything about not doing the test yourself. The report just didn't seem to treat the allergy as seriously as I would have liked.
I wasn't very happy with what they showed so in my frustration I sent the following - emotional - e-mail.
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Subj: April 15 - allergy report on NBC Nightly News
Date: 4/15/2002 7:53:05 PM US Mountain Standard Time
To: [email]Nightly@NBC.com[/email]
We are the parents of a little girl that is DEATHLY allergic to peanut products! We had hoped that the network was going to inform the public on how serious the peanut allergy is. This news report on food allergies -- especially the peanut issue was so misleading and disappointing for us.
Sue and Armando
Tucson, Arizona
Our questions to Robert Bazell:
What on earth does -- "Not as badly as before" mean? Who on earth told you that? How was this determined? Was it because the little boy did not go into a coma right there? How was it proven that the next time the little guy eats a peanut product he won't have an anaphylactic reaction? What was "Not as badly as before" based on? So, how bad is his allergy now? Is the little boy now Guaranteed to only get a rash instead of death? What on earth does, "Not as badly as before" mean?
The peanut allergy is deadly, unpredictable, inconsistent, and rarely goes away. Where did you get your information that the peanut allergy "often goes away"?
Where did this,

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