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Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2000 - 9:29am
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pI think it would be interesting if everyone with a peanut allergy (or any allergy for that fact) were to answer a series of questions about their life. (For example, alot of parents have mentioned that their child also has/or has had eczema.) (Our appointment with the allergist for my son isn't until the end of July so I don't know if they already do this.) Does anyone know if there have been studies done regarding peanut allergies? If so, are the results/findings on the internet? I'm just curious if there is something in common./p
pLatymom--It's funny you said something about "The Insider". I was thinking the exact same thing./p

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2000 - 2:29pm
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pI saw a report on 60 minutes in 1994 in late summer On a vaccinations causing side effects resulting in mental retardation and death. I believe the concern was MMR shot and not the polio. The report was scary to see that is why I remember when I saw it./p

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2000 - 5:23am
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pe-mom,br /
My PA son never had excema...he did have cradle cap for a long time though (not sure if it is related). Anyway, I know that they are trying to link some kids with autism to the MMR shot. It seems to be that way with my aunt's son. He did not have autism until a month after his MMR shot and that is what three doctors have told her probably caused it. I also read about this in a book./p

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2000 - 10:38am
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Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

pjrizos, I believe that report was talking about the DPT shot, the pertussis component in particular. The DTaP, with the acellular pertussis, seems to be much safer./p

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2000 - 10:52am
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pJrizosbr /
You can find this information on webmd.com under mmr search.br /
p[This message has been edited by Nancy B (edited June 25, 2000).]/p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 12:15am
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pe-mom:br /
The shots that I have heard of with problems are DPT, MMR, live Polio (I had to ask that it not be given to my infant son 2 years ago), and hep B./p
pI am at work right now and most of my information is at home. I will check it tonight./p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 3:08am
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Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

pOn the general subject of the relationship between allergies and vaccinations: I don't see it as a legitimate connection, except in the case of egg allergies, since some viruses for vaccines are grown in eggs. Of course, my daughter tested positive to an egg white allergy, and she never had any sort of a reaction to either her vaccinations or to eating eggs, so take that connection however you want. I don't see how vaccinations could be related to peanut allergies, particularly since the incredible growth in the number of children with peanut allergies has happened only in the last 15 years or so and children have been routinely vaccinated for far longer than that! The rise in peanut allergies I'm sure has much more to do with early exposure, either invitro, through breastfeeding, or as an additive to common foods. My mother ate lots of peanut butter while pregnant with me and while breastfeeding me, I received every vaccine available 30 years ago, but I'm not PA. I ate almost no peanut products while pregnant or breastfeeding for a year, my daughter received all the vaccines available, but she is PA. Who knows why? Not me./p
pMy daughter has received all vaccinations that have been offered, with the exception of the rotavirus vaccine. A week after we turned that one down, it was taken off the market by the CDC anyway! It seems to me that the memories of people are quite short. Americans just don't really remember a time when these diseases that we vaccinate against were so common. The diseases were brutal and all too often deadly. In my opinion, choosing not to vaccinate is folly. There are occasional side effects of vaccination. There are even cases where these side effects are horrible, but these cases are extremely rare. The diseases themselves are always horrible./p
pI think there is a danger of lumping antibiotic use together with vaccinations. Antibiotics fight bacterial infections; vaccinations fight virues. Antiobiotics work throughout your system and pretty much kill all the bacteria in you, good or bad. Overuse and misuse (i.e. not finishing a complete course) of antiobiotics seems to be building the immunity of bacteria to currently available antiobiotics, causing infections that were once pretty easy to fight to be more common and hard to kill off. Vaccinations build immunity to particular viruses. You can get the same bacterial infection over and over again, regardless of how many times you've taken antiobiotics. Once you've had a particular virus, however, that's it--you don't get the same virus again (again, except in rare instances where your immune system didn't build up a complete immunity). Bacteria in your system can be killed off by antiobiotics; viruses can't and need to just run their course until your immune system fights them off for good. We avoid antibacterial soaps and overuse of antibiotics, but we always vaccinate./p
pI also think it's silly to claim that because Americans are so clean, we are actually making ourselves sicker. Sicker than what? Certainly not sicker than we used to be as a general population. Americans are remarkably healthy now. Take a look at some third-world countries that AREN'T clean and where horrible diseases are rampant, and then tell me if you think our cleanliness is not a virtue. I also don't buy the claim that our cleanliness and immunity to all sorts of diseases makes allergies more common. How do we know that we're not just much better about identifying and treating allergies now than we were 40 or 50 years ago? Maybe there are just as many children with allergies now as there were when our parents were growing up, but because our children don't have to deal with polio and German measles, we have time to worry about allergies now? Maybe the decline in childhood deaths has something to do with the fact that now we can get quick and effective treatment when children have a deadly allergic reaction so something, and in the past, they'd just be dead with no explanations?/p
pWhew! I didn't mean to go on so long! I've just been thinking about these issues quite a bit as I struggle to figure out why my child was picked out to have a peanut allergy and other kids weren't. I want to assign blame, but I can't find anything to blame. I take some comfort in the fact that knowledge of food allergies is increasing and my daughter is in a better position to live a long and healthy life than someone in her place 50 years ago. And I thank Jonas Salk and all who came before and after him in developing vaccines that make it possible for my daughter to avoid other potentially horrible, deadly conditions./p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 6:28am
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pDear Sarah,br /
I agree with you that there is a need to protect our kids through vacination.I do however have a query about antibiotics.My son has multible foodallergies,enzema,asthma and my other three kids have very mild allergies.Throughout his pregnancy I was on constant antibiotics for kidney infectons.From birth he never tolerated soya nor milk and had frequent ear infections and chest infections.This meant one antiobiotic after another.Since he has all dairy products,egg,peanut taken out of his diet he has never needed an antiobiotic.I believe that there is a genetic aspect to the cause of our allergies and that overuse of antiobiotics does little to help.When the rest of my kids are suffering from colds etc, the allergy guy is fighting fit.br /
I did however remark that after we removed the foods from his diet the subsequent accidental exposures resulted in worse reactions.Milk used to give him a rash now contact causes swelling.It is a real minefield.br /
The one thing I have remarked about him is his wonderful personality.He has had me terrified to tears and then bent laughing./p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 12:10pm
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Joined: 06/18/2000 - 09:00

pIn regards to the comments about chicken pox vaccine...My son (who is PA and dairy, egg, and wheat)also suffers from eczema although it is better now than when very young. My sister's son has severe eczema and her allergist told her NOT to get the vaccine for chicken pox as it might aggravate the eczema...go figure!! /p
pIn regards to the comment about anibiotics and PA My son has never been on antibiotics (he is 17 mos. old) and yet he has all these allergies.br /
Just adding to the information...hope it helps! tkiaml/p

Posted on: Fri, 06/30/2000 - 1:02pm
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Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

pI also have read recently that the more industrialized a nation the more cases of allergies...but it is believed to occur more as a result of the envir. pollut. Besides the pollut. from industry, the amount of consumer pollut., as well. There are record numbers of autos. on the road today! When I was in high school, very few kids had access to a car. Now every kid gets a car when he turns 16! Exposure to indoor allergens/pollut. is also linked to weaken immune systems. In the past (and in less industr. nations) more time was/is spent outdoors, hence, less exposure to dust mites indoor pollut. (you know from that new carpet or new house, etc.). Poor ventilation in new homes due to windows/doors being too air tight is now a concern. We live in an older house with drafty windows and the ped. said this was a good thing! Please immunize your children! There is already an increase in some illnesses (whooping cough, T.B.) being attributed to lack of immunizations./p



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