PA Article in Toronto Star

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When Peanuts Become Poison - Here is a link to a PA article written by a woman whose daughter was diagnosed at 18 months, and is now 20 yrs. old and in university. Excellent article, written by a woman who has been through a lot, right down to the mad dash to call 911 after the EpiPen was left at home (the daughter reacted to pn. residue on a piece of lettuce at a restaurant). [url="http://www.thestar.com/thestar/editorial/health/20001103LFE04_LI-PEANUT3.html"]www.thestar.com/thestar/editorial/health/20001103LFE04_LI-PEANUT3.html[/url]

[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited November 06, 2000).]

On Nov 6, 2000

Thanks for sharing the article with us. It is powerful and very moving.

On Nov 6, 2000

Cayley's Mom, thanks! It's my favourite Toronto newspaper and I'll have to check it out. When I first moved "up here" from Toronto, I was getting the Saturday and Sunday Stars delivered. I do miss them. It might even be good for my package of information for Parents' Night. I'll check out your link after the kids go to bed (and Family Law is over). Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Nov 6, 2000

Cayley's Mom, this article was wonderful! I took the liberty of posting it under Main Discussion, just forwarding people here in case they miss it (I know you're swamped). When I finished reading it, I was shaking and crying. I e-mailed it to every PA parent I'm in contact with by e-mail and also to every friend that knows Jesse and might find it of interest, oh, and his Grandmother too (my Mom, not the MIL! LOL!). I thought it was a wonderful article, especially because it showed how quickly a reaction could occur and how easily! I also plan to now include it in the information I provide for the booth on Parents Night as it was well written and fairly concise. Thanks so much! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited November 06, 2000).]

On Nov 7, 2000

Thanks for informing me of this great article. It was so well written and can be used as a good teaching tool. My eyes were definitely filling with tears by the end.

On Nov 11, 2000

I'm so upset, as of the time of this posting, the link to this article is no longer current so you cannot access the article! I'm really hoping that everyone I e-mailed it to, opened their e-mails when I originally sent it out, as soon as I saw Cayley's Mom's post. Also, I had been hoping to print it off for the school parents' night presentation I'm organizing "parent friendly" information for. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Nov 12, 2000

If you go directly to the site of the newspaper [url="http://www.thestar.com"]www.thestar.com[/url] and type in the search, peanuts become poison, it brings you to the article. Great article; I'm glad I got to read it before it made it to their archives which would have cost $ to read it!

On Nov 12, 2000

I would love to read this article if any body has it please email it to me. I went to the website and tried to bring it up but I guess i'm too late. I will have to try at the library otherwise. Also there was a response to it written on NOv 9--I'd like to read that too....Thanks...Carolyn

On Nov 12, 2000

Diane, thank-you! And, thank-you for providing the link. I really wanted a copy of this article for both my PA file at home and also for the parents' night presentation on Wednesday. I thought it was simply wonderful. As I had noted above, when I first found it, thanks to Cayley's Mom, I e-mailed every PA parent I knew and every person that knows my son that I thought might be interested in reading it. I really thought it was wonderful. Thanks again! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Nov 13, 2000

care; Read my above post. The link still works and you can find the story using the search which is directly on the newspaper website.

On Nov 13, 2000

I just read the article for the first time. Boy did it really make an impact. it brought tears to my eyes.

Someone said there was a response to it. Does anyone know how to find it?

Linda

On Nov 13, 2000

rilira - I couldn't find the response on the Toronto Star website anywhere. I will ask around to see if someone has a copy of the Nov. 9th edition (before it ends up in the recycling!) and post the response if I find it.

Some of you don't like to read these negative responses, gets the blood pressure up and such, and I don't blame you - it's upsetting when people don't get it.

I will forewarn that my post will include this woman's negative view, and "read at own risk", that is, if I ever find the darn thing! Take care, all. Carolyn

On Nov 13, 2000

This time I was able to read the article but cannot find the reply---I want to read it so that I can retaliate!!!

On Nov 15, 2000

I went to the library today with my son and looked up the article and the reply. I won't write out the whole thing just the main parts. The headline was "Banning peanuts unfair" "While my heart goes out to Joan and her daughter, I would like to present another viewpoint. I have a child who doesn't eat lunch except for PB sandwiches. I have tried everything to provide a protein intake during the school day. I love PB as a solution and so does my son. I have abided by the schools directives but resent it. Yes someone with an allergy could die, so why expose them to the dangerous luncheon environment in the first place?" (Not every parent will read ingredients like a parent of a PA kid) " In my opinion the Guenthers are fighting a loosing battle. I feel children with PA should be segregated for the lunch period in a truly peanut-free environment." OK so that was most of it---watch for my reply in the Toronto Star!

On Nov 15, 2000

Way to go, care! I asked everyone around here if they had last week's copy, and no one did, but I never even thought of going to the library - good thinking!

I noticed the "speak out" feature is missing from the Toronto Star website all of a sudden - it was there when Cindy replied to the article last week. I also read another PA parent's grateful response to the article, but I can't seem to find anyplace on the website to respond to anything now.

Are you going to write to the paper? If so, please post your letter, so we can read it here, because I doubt we'll find it on the website - thanks care! Carolyn

On Nov 18, 2000

I can't seem to access this Article. If anyone has it, please e-mail it to me. Thanks

On Nov 18, 2000

Caterina - I'm emailing you the article. It is still accessible on the website - just enter peanuts into the search area to the right of the screen, on the website, and the article "Peanuts become poison" comes up.

On Nov 19, 2000

Here is my reply.......

Linda Tarabelli suggested that in order to preserve the life of a peanut allergenic child, that child should be segregated from the rest of the school population at lunch time in a peanut-free room. These children often have to deal with torments from their peers because of their allergy ( it's hard to believe but children will threaten others with peanut butter to see what will happen!) and to seperate them is only likely to make them feel more alienated from their peers. I personally and I'm sure many others who have children who are anaphylactic to peanuts and other foods would like to see some educational articles in the Toronto Star. The article "When peanuts become poison" was a start but there is so much more that people need to know. For example a minute trace of peanut residue left on a desk or a toy can trigger a reaction, some children are airborne sensitive and children and adults do die from this allergy. My son has only recently been diagnosed with this allergy and has yet to start school but I have already started worrying about it. Children are only at school for 6.5 hours why is it considered such a sacrifice to eliminate peanut butter for that short amount of time. What are we teaching children when we cannot show them how to care and support others. What if it was your child....?

On Nov 19, 2000

Wow, what an article. Thanks for telling us about it. Andy

On Nov 23, 2000

Care, what a wonderful response to that "other" letter (you can all substitute whatever word you would like in place of the "other"). I can't even deal with what the other person wrote. I simply cannot. Please Care, let us know if the letter gets published in The Star.

I especially liked your point about the duration children are at school. I, for the life of me, and actually literally for the life of my son, cannot understand why some people insist that their children cannot live without this bloody product for such a short period of time. It boggles my mind. And, if you look at the Safe Snack and Lunch List that I typed out somewhere here, which the school has provided to the parents in Jesse's "peanut free" classroom, it's not like that aren't really good alternatives for protein mentioned/available.

I really like what my son's principal said she was going to say if she had any complaints re the "peanut free" classroom -

How would you feel if you knew your child saw another child die in front of them?

What message are you giving your child when you are telling them that a food product they are consuming, want to consume, is more important than another child's life?

Also, I e-mailed The Star and asked them for a copy of the article and they sent me one really quickly.

No, there are two arguments that in particular bother me that are uttered by non-PA parents when complaining about this. First is the one this parent had, that it is the only protein her child will eat. The second is that low income = pb sandwich. Neither of them will ever wash with me. If you are so concerned about your child having their pb protein, feed it to them for breakfast, feed it to them for dinner, feed it to them for their bed-time snack, I don't give a toss, we're simply asking and not even, for the most part, en masse, to not feed it to them at lunch time!

You know what? I came in simply to post that I had e-mailed The Star and got a response really quickly and I know this is now a ranting post, but I could not restrain myself after reading what I read since the last time I was in this thread. Care, your letter was great! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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