Weekly Reader Cover Story on peanut allergy!

Posted on: Fri, 10/24/2003 - 6:00am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

My 3rd grader came home with her Weekly Reader magazine from school. The cover story is "Super Peanut: a special peanut may soon come to the rescue of more than one million Americans. Ordinary peanuts can make them sick." The article talks about food allergies, says about 100 people, mostly kids, die each year from PA. "Kids like Chris can have an allergic reaction from eeating just a tiny amount of peanuts or a food made with peanut oil. Even smelling or touching peanuts can make some kids sick." It lists the top 8 food allergens and talks about trying to create an allergy-free peanut.

Posted on: Fri, 10/24/2003 - 6:23am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thanks for sharing this. Can you be more specific as to which weekly reader this is?

Posted on: Fri, 10/24/2003 - 7:02am
kkeene's picture
Joined: 10/20/2003 - 09:00

I don't really understand why they want a safe peanut? Like the others will all be distroyed NOT I would never want someone the think it is safe. Sounds scary to me.

Posted on: Fri, 10/24/2003 - 11:28am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

It's for 3rd graders. It's Weekly Reader Edition 3, Issue 8 (10/17/03 issue).

Posted on: Sat, 10/25/2003 - 5:03pm
Kelseymom's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

Does anyone who has the Weekly Reader have a phone number or other contact information for them? I'd like to get a copy of that article. Thanks! Kelseymom

Posted on: Thu, 10/30/2003 - 6:49am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

My dd just brought this home yesterday. Somehow we seem to get a lot of things late, here on the West Coast. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
I wasn't thrilled with the article. For one thing: I did not appreciate that it started with mentioning that there are 8 deaths a year (I think it was 8), most of them children. No mention made of epi-pens, at all; since that wasn't the focus of the article, I guess. I asked my dd how she felt reading about the deaths. She indicated that she went around at P.E. clutching her chest, saying "I'm gonna die!" in a very dramatic (and silly) way. I'm sure the teacher was thrilled with her performance. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] It seems a rather insensitive way to discuss the issue of death. I hope it doesn't make her the object of ridicule, or anything like that. God forbid that anyone should now decide to test whether or not she would die...
I guess they really try to search for interesting topics for kids. I would have been happier with some explanation of the realities of living with a peanut allergy; rather than the focus being on developing an allergy free peanut. That just seems [b]way[/b] out there.
I will try to find a contact # of some sort. Right now dd has the magazine at school, but she will bring it home in the next few days.

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