Why Do You Think PA Has Increased?

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 4:34am
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Anonymous (not verified)

pI'm actually raising this question because of another topic - sheanuts. FAAN has no documented reactions to sheanuts. However, I'm wondering if it is because sheanuts are not prevalent in our food products yet./p
pI know that when I was in school (35 years ago), I didn't know any PA children. Now, I know from people posting on this board that there were PA children in the school system at the time I was./p
pWhy do YOU think PA has increased? Is it increased population and therefore more likelihood for the allergy to increase also?br /
Is it because we are more aware and because PA children are labeled as such that we know that there are "x" amount of PA children?br /
Or, has it increased outside of the increase in general population and our awareness?/p
pWhat do you think?/p
pBest wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 4:37am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I think the increase in PA is due to the increase in ALL allergies. I believe it has something to do with the environment and our immune systems breaking down. Then, whatever allergies we were pre-disposed to inherit, we are simply getting whereas if our bodies could withstand the toxic environment we live in and our immune systems weren't breaking down as a result of it, we wouldn't see such an increase in ALL allergies.
I think the increase in PA probably co-relates to the increase in all allergies among all people.
I have nothing to prove this though.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 4:46am
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Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

It has definitely increased. My brother's new girlfriend happens to be PA and she told me she was the only PA child when she was little. I myself never knew anyone with ANY food allergies. Didn't even know such a thing existed until it happened to my son. I personally subscribe to the theory that rise in allergies coincides with the rise in pesticides, preservatives, antiobiotics, etc. in our foods. I think the increased consumption of these has done something to our immune systems as a whole. I also think the increase in vaccines plays a role, too. I've mentioned before that I have a friend who is a public health major at Johns Hopkins and this is her theory. I ran it by my ped. and he said this theory is very plausable. I have to say, children with food allergies are everywhere I turn. I can't believe how many there are!

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 4:56am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Heather, you voiced my reason in a much better way. When I read your post it didn't sound as "off the wall" as my theory does, but it is, in fact, the same thing. Much better worded.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 8:46am
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Joined: 08/03/2000 - 09:00

I have heard that part of it is due to western civilization's obsession with hygiene. We are so clean that our immune systems don't have enough germs to fight so they start attacking our bodies. I guess I believe that. But I really think that PA is becoming more prevalent because peanut consumtion has increased dramatically. Just look at the grocery store shelf. PB is in practically everything -- chocolate bars, cookies, crackers, sauces, even rice cakes. At least in the US, it seems that peanuts are a national obsession. And then combine all that with environmental contaminations of pesticides, herbicides, formadehyde from manufactured goods (like new carpet), chemical cleaners, plastics containing bad forms of estrogen, fossil fuel exhaust, chlorine, growth hormones in meats and milk, electromagnetic fields, and the list goes on and on. No wonder we are so messed up. And then there are our stress levels, our tendencies to rush around and live such busy and overstimulating lifestyles. Wow! When you really think about it, it is amazing that there aren't more things to worry about other than allergies, cancer, heart disease, strokes, MS, etc.

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 6:10am
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Simply re-raising because I believe I just read somewhere (might have been here) that PA is on the increase again or has been steadily increasing so I thought this would be a good discussion topic with both old members looking at what they posted and seeing if they want to modify their opinions and new members adding to the mix.
I'll check my opinion later, fairly clear what it is, almost certain it hasn't changed, but who knows?
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 6:57am
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Joined: 07/02/2002 - 09:00

I am not convinced it is really on the rise as much as is reported.
My mom tells stories about families who had children who mysteriously died about the time they started eating solid foods.
I have met lots of people who talk about having eczema or hives all the time as a child but they were simply treated with antihistimines.
I suspect better diagnosis, more aware parents, less acceptance of mysterious illnesses.

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 12:36pm
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Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

I think that the peanut plant has been engineered and changed to make it resistant to problems. I don't think we have the same peanut that was growing twenty years ago. I think it has been crossed with some other strain of peanut plant or gene that is causing most of this problem.
I think the problem is in the peanut - not being too clean, not the immune system, and not over eating it. I could be wrong on all of this - But that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I know it sounds weird, but that's my two cents worth.
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 9:10pm
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Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

ABreitner, somewhere on this board there is reference to a study done by the AAAAI, 2000 that between 1984 and 1994 the number of PA cases doubled. I guess it could be that 1984 was when someone finally started paying attention to PA, but I'm not so sure.
In answer to your question Cindy, IMHO, I tend to agree with Sue. The human body is so complex that doctor still can explain things that happen (e.g. cancers, birth defects, food allergies). We put so many chemicals in our bodies, from pesticides to genetically modified foods (which are *everywhere* without public knowledge), I think that it is impossible for someone to say that something has no adverse effect on the body.
GMOs make me nervous. OK, a little off topic. But, I mean, when you change the molecular structure of plant X, it is no longer plant X. Just like if you were to change one fragment of your DNA, you would not be the same person...or you could be the same person with some huge problems. As a side note, I saw a TV special (either PBS or NOVA) on GMOs and a very large baby food company used GMOs in their infant baby food. Only within the past couple of years did they stop...and now that is one of their "selling points".

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 9:18pm
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Lauren's Mom, here's a strange question for you. Is it possible that our PA children were eating the GMO baby food and that's what happened? I know. Sounds totally off-the-wall.
Sue, I also like your theory as well. I see, after finally reading the thread that there wasn't much discussion at all. I wonder why.
No one should be afraid to voice their opinion.
I think I'm still sticking with my theory, but I have to say that I would add what Tricia's Mom wrote as well along with Sue's.
A combo of all three things. I know that I just read an article recently (again, I'm sorry, don't know where [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) that suggested allergies were increasing because of our obsession with germs. I'm going with the combo theory. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/05/2002 - 11:35pm
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Yes.. I think it is a combo theory... germs.. environmental toxins... genetics/heredity... massive increase in number of peanut products in the marketplace.. etc
In my case, it would not be due to eating GMO foods as those did not exist when I developed my allergy. We only had regular food back in the "old days".


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