Why are there so many with PA?


I personally have heard of at least 10 people with PA in my small community. Three on my block! (My next door neighbor also has a child with PA, so does my neighbor at the end of my block!) What's going on here? My sister's best friend just had a baby last year and her child is also PA! Maybe together we can try to figure this out. Why, in some areas, are there less with the allergy, and in other areas there are so many? Is there a common thread? Perhaps I am a little too optimistic, but we just might be able to help the researchers solve this mystery! Maybe we can create a survey that will help us. What do you think?

On Aug 31, 2000

I've wondered this myself. Seems heredity doesn't cover most of these cases. It would be interesting to see if concentrations of PA appear where concentartions of industry are.

I don't believe you can contaminate an environment with pollutants over decades and not expect to see an impact on human physiology. There was a study done a few years ago somewhere on or near the St-Lawrence Seaway where biologists captured deformed frogs. The deformities ranged from missing to extra limbs and even 2 heads on the same creature! Tap water anyone?

Shall we even discuss the genetic manipulation of foods, the additives, etc? Even if we all moved onto farms and produced all our own foods without pesticides etc., the polluted air and/or soil would make the effort moot.

Human immune systems are shortcircuiting for a reason...

On Aug 31, 2000

I agree. I also think that we all live in kind of an unnatural environment, with electromagnetci fields all over, exposure to formaldehyde gasses, not to mention other chemical toxins, etc. And I think that we rely so much more on convenience foods that have all kinds of preservatives. Also, peanuts are becoming more and more a staple food or at least an ingredient in so many of the foods that people eat.

But also, we are so obsessed with cleanliness -- daily showers, antibacterial soaps, germ-killing cleaners, etc. It's not just peanut allergies that are becoming more prevalent, but also asthma, allergies in general. And more people are surviving childhood, whereas (as harsh as it may seem) back in the days of my great-grandmother, and even my grandma, it was very common for the more sickly children to die before maturity. I guess that was a form of natural selection. Now we have such great medical advances where those sickly children survive and perhaps pass down their genetic tendencies to sickness.

But I'm NOT saying that we should go back to the days of my grandparents! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

But that's just MHO.


On Aug 31, 2000

I love this thread! It really gets you thinking, doesn't it? The thoughts shared so far are great. I don't have an answer, but am so interested in Tina's area. I've never heard of that much of a concentration of pa kids! Where we live, my son seems to be like an alien! No one else I know has a child with pa, no one else at school (preschool and grade school), church, etc. I think the environment is just plain going down hill and so many more problems will show up. I am anxious to hear other opinions! I also just read an article about immunizations (pertussis in particular in the old dtp shot) making children possibly more susceptible to immune system problems. I guess there will be repercussions to irradicating deadly diseases.

On Sep 5, 2000

Lisa M Could you tell me where you read the article on the dpt shot etc. My son has PA and just diagnosed type 1 diabetes(autoimmune disorder). We are in a research program to learn why he got diabetes and they want copies of his shot record because some doctors believe that there is a link between Hep B shot and diabetes. Carol

On Sep 6, 2000

Carol, I have been sitting here racking my brain trying to remember where I read that article. It may have been in the waiting room at my son's speech therapy where they have a stack of magazines. I am not sure. Maybe when I quit thinking so hard, it will come to me. Sorry, Lisa

On Sep 6, 2000

I just read an article on the same topic last weekend at my mom's house. I can't remember the name of the magazine but I know it was recent and it had Kelly Preston and her new baby girl on the front cover. Does that refresh anyone's memory?? Sorry I can't remember the name--I'm sure it was probably Redbook or Family Circle or one of those kind. Deanna

On Sep 6, 2000

Deanna, I had that magazine so it could be from that!! I think it was like Redbook or something. I don't think I still have it. Good memory! LIsa

On Sep 6, 2000

Carol and Lisa--I found the article. It was in Redbook--September 2000. Here is one quote from a doctor that you might be interested in, Carol. He's referring to the problems with DTP. . ."Endotoxin is the most notorious fever-causing agent in the world and can interfere with clotting and cause bleeding in the brain, cause seizures and permanent brain damage, and trigger auto-immune problems," explains Mark Geier, M.D. If you want me to scan this article and send it to you just let me know. Good luck to you and your son. Deanna [email]bann23@gateway.net[/email]

On Sep 8, 2000

Carol- It must be very overwhelming to have a child with both PA and diabetes. I have diabetes and my 4 year old daughter is PA. Her allergist said he's never heard of a link between PA and diabetes. I'm wondering if any of your doctors have indicated that there may be a propensity for diabetes if you have severe food allergy? Lynn

On Sep 10, 2000

Hi. There are threads about this already, but I really do believe that if our available reading material during pregnancy (beacause we all read and want to do/eat what is right for our babes)started making us aware that if you come from a family with a history of allergies (and this includes bee stings and environmental allergies, ie, not only food allergies) peanut butter might not be the best food out there to be eating 24/7 to get the *protein* intake you need during pregnancy, or during breastfeeding. (Like I did) Makes me furious.

On Sep 11, 2000

Carol, I was up with insomnia last night and caught part of a story aired on CBS between 4:30-5:00 am. It was about parents that started a vaccination awareness group after their son suffered severe brain damage after his 2nd DTP shot. They went on to mention that there are studies that have shown since all the immunizations have been given routinely that asthma has increased 100%, juvenile diabetes 200% and autism (I didn't get the amount of increase). They hadn't proven anything yet but were looking into it. I was drowsy and wish I remembered the names of people or groups they featured.

On Sep 14, 2000

Hello! I'm new to the site and don't have a PA child yet (here's praying I never have one). However, I am very sensitive to the need for more PA awareness in the general public. Through my research during each of my pregnencies (5 so far), I have found an increasing amount of studies that link infant allergies to what the mother has eaten during pregnancy and nursing. This can also be extended to foods and formulas introduced at infancy. Many of these allergies are outgrown and not noticed after a few years (and then forgotten), however, many of them become increasingly serious (such as strawberries, eggs, and peanuts). Couple this with heredity for sensitivity to foods, and the chances of having an allergy increase. Just something to think about.

On Sep 14, 2000

In early 1987, I saw a nutritionist about what to eat to have a healthy baby and to keep my weight gain manageable. She recommended peanut butter as a good source of protein. Since I loved it, I ate it often. I also ate it while nursing for 19 months.

My son was born with the allergy to peanuts, as it turns out. He was a miserably sick baby and I consulted an allergist when he was six months old. The allergist and his pediatrician told me that my diet was not making him sick and that breast milk would be best for him with all of his allergies. I was told to eat normally.

Now I know better. If I could do one thing in my life over, eating that peanut butter would be it.

On Sep 15, 2000

Someone I work with has a two year old that was just diagnosed PA the day before yesterday. That now makes two of us here at the company with PA children, a third woman who had a PA child recently left for another job. We work in a medium sized company so to me, that's a lot of PA among a relatively small number of people. What's going on here?!

On Sep 19, 2000

I've been wondering about the high numbers too. This was unheard of when i was a child. Here's a question: do any of you have/know of a PA child who does NOT drink municipality water? In other words, a private well water baby? I'm curious....

On Sep 20, 2000

Heidi, My son has always drank bottled water that we buy at the store. I do not trust our water here...it smells awful.

On Sep 21, 2000

Hi~I found this article on the net in a nurses magazine. This doctor from a children's hospital in Florida tells allergic pregnant women to avoid all the top allergic foods in their pregnancy and while breast-feeding. He goes on to say that children should never be give peanut butter before they are 2 yrs. old. He also stresses environmental irritants. It is a very interesting article. I'll see if I could post the link. [url="http://www.advancefornurses.com/pastarticles/aug28_00cover.html"]http://www.advancefornurses.com/pastarticles/aug28_00cover.html[/url]

If it doesn't work it is in [url="http://www.advancesfornurses.com"]www.advancesfornurses.com[/url] in the August 28 issue.

On Sep 21, 2000

Hooray for that doctor! Unfortunately, he is in the minority. People get themselves in a tizzy if a woman dares to have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee while pregnant, but o.b.s are practically pushing peanut butter down our throats. I don't know how many times I read not to give babies eggs or honey until they are a year old, but I never read anything about peanut butter except that tired old warning to spread it thin so the baby doesn't choke. Why can't the medical profession get it together enough to warn women about peanuts? It makes me mad that coffee is such a big no-no while peanuts are actually promoted by the pregnancy books.

On Sep 21, 2000

In my case, I know it's genetic. Until recently, the medical community has said specific allergies are not inherited, only the tendency to have allergies. Lately though I've been hearing about research that says PA can be passed on. I am severly PA. We have maintained a peanut free household forever, I avoided most common allergens while pregnant, I breastfed my son for 11 months and my daughter for 22 months, I waited to introduce solids, etc. We found out Logan was PA last fall and this week we also found out Lauren is PA. As far as I know, neither child was EVER exposed to peanuts or peanut products yet they both had positive skin tests.


On Sep 21, 2000

Rebekah; In my case I know it's both genetic as well as my diet while pregnant and nursing. My husband has an allergic history to environmental irritants and some foods as a kid. I don't have any allergies but ate PB every day while pregnant and nursing. My first 3 kids don't have food allergies. My last one does. I was not eating meat with my last one and taking care of 3 others at the time, PB was a quick protein food for me. I hear you...Sandra Y...what's all the hype about coffee when there is so much at stake with eating PB. My OB-Gyn just nodded his head in approval when I said that I was eating PB for protein. And this was only 3 1/2 years ago! When ARE they going to GET IT!

On Sep 21, 2000

Here's an interesting web-site that the government has from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Maybe they could shed some light on this question of why there seems to be more and more PA kids. [url="http://nprl.usda.gov/default.htm"]http://nprl.usda.gov/default.htm[/url]

On Sep 22, 2000

We may not know what weird environmental factors are coming into play with allergies, but from a statistical point of view, there are always going to be places that have more of something (in this case, pa) and other places that have less. Just by chance, some have to be below average, others above. Unfortunately, there doesn't necessarily have to be a good reason.

[This message has been edited by lcyphers (edited September 22, 2000).]

On Mar 25, 2003