PA on the rise in Montreal school children -new Quebec study

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 7:50am
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Here is an English excerpt to the QFAA's study report announced today:

TWO MAJOR FOOD ALLERGY FIRSTS IN NORTH AMERICA
Groundbreaking results from a major study on the prevalence of peanut allergy
An innovation for the food industry

Montreal, March 18, 2003 - To celebrate the Journ

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 11:10am
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On the AQAA site, I saw an answer to Pierre Foglia from la Presse. Supposedly he wrote an article end of January, about a parent that was requesting something extraordinary for his/her kid.
Arachide > did you read that? I was out of the country at the time and missed it. According to the answer from AQAA the parent was requesting stuff that was beyond reasonable.
Everyone else, sorry, the link I have is only in French
[url="http://www.aqaa.qc.ca/foglia1.html"]http://www.aqaa.qc.ca/foglia1.html[/url]
and
[url="http://www.aqaa.qc.ca/foglia2.html"]http://www.aqaa.qc.ca/foglia2.html[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 11:12am
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BTW, the AQAA doesn't support a total ban on peanuts in local schools. No wonder school directors here have a skewed view of allergies...

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 11:26am
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BTW2 I found the Foglia article
[url="http://www.cyberpresse.ca/chroniqueurs/article/1,145,281,012003,188019.shtml"]http://www.cyberpresse.ca/chroniqueurs/article/1,145,281,012003,188019.shtml[/url]
I used to respect him, but not anymore. What an a**hole...

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 11:49pm
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Thanks for the Foglia article link!
Interesting take he has on how severely multiple-allergic kids should not be in school and how it is not their right to request certain foods to be removed from school.
I had read Mme Dufresne's response. Wishy-washy at best. She addressed the need for "prevention" training, but never discusses how all these measures can be applicable to very young children (who cannot be expected to look out for themselves -I'm talking pre-school and K-3 for eg).
Sheesh!!!!!

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 11:58pm
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Mme Dufresne compares the allergy to crossing the street. Parents will handle crossing a street for young children, then verify that the child knows what to check for, then will stand back and supervise, and eventually the child can cross the street on his own.
However, parents of young allergic kids are being asked to let their kids "cross the street" unsupervised at a very young age. Sending a child to first grade with a teacher that is not aware of what it means to be allergic is like asking a 6 year old to cross a busy boulevard with no supervision.
Too bad she doesn't push her comparison this far.

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