Why are there so many with PA?

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 1:14am
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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?

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 3:35am
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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...

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 9:08am
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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.
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 9:31am
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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.

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2000 - 1:20pm
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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

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2000 - 5:35am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2000 - 6:27am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2000 - 9:08am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2000 - 12:28pm
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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]

Posted on: Fri, 09/08/2000 - 7:03am
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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

Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2000 - 3:49am
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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.

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