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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 11:49pm
KayMarks's picture
Joined: 01/10/2000 - 09:00

pI found this and thought it was great. It's an article on food allergies and talks about Robert Kennedy's son- who has a life threatnening peanut allergy. It went on to talk about all food allergies and the problems we encounter with bad labelling. At the very end, they have a "postcard" that you can send to the FDA asking for better help in labeling. Since the FDA just came out with their disturbing study, I think it would be great to send them this. [url=""][/url] Take care/p

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 12:53am
KristinaMarie's picture
Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

Kay Marks,
Thanks for the link. I went to the sight and e-mailed my 'postcard' to the FDA. If we could get all of the estimated 1.6 million Americans to send off the request to the FDA they just may listen and demand more stringent labeling standards. It takes a mere one-thousandth of a peanut to trigger a reaction. Between 100 and 150 U.S. residents die as a result of a reaction to peanuts each year.
Some researchers say the magic number is 3 years of age. Meaning delay exposure to peanuts until that age when their immune system is more mature. I don't know if that would have helped my son but I sure would have done my best to avoid exposure had I know this 11 years ago!
Thanks again for the link.
Kristina Marie

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 12:57am
hbsmom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Wow, thanks for the post. I have searched and searched for something talking about the Kennedy's child. My mom had seen something and I really wanted to find more info. and thanks to you here it is.
Thankfully there seems to be a rush of peanut stories lately. Our local news ran a small (actually VERY small) segment last night. Hopefully there will be more press; it can only help in understanding.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 1:00am
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

KayMark; great link and if you didn't already, I would post this on the *new* Take Action Forum so others on this board can send the postcard.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 1:15am
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

PLEASE repost this as a new thread in the "TAKE ACTION: forum (with a heading asking us to email the FDA the easy way), the postcard is so easy to send and I'm sure many more people may see in there.
This was a great find!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 1:17am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Boy if I wasn't depressed before I read that article I am now. It makes our lives seem so grim. Joey Murphy lived in the town I grew up in, the one next to where I live now. I have never been able to get any clear answers on what happened to him. I have the same ped. as he had but the doctor can't answer many of my questions because it would be unprofessional. I did hear that the boy was never tested for allergies. I'm not sure if that's true or not because his father was a doctor and his mother a nurse. When I pass the field where it happened, I hyperventalate.
I did send in the post card.
[This message has been edited by Heather (edited April 04, 2001).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 1:51am
Beth's picture
Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

Wow, this is great! Thank you for the post card site. I have sent this to everyone in my address book, and asked them to send it to everyone they know, too.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 4:14am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

This is a great article! I am so happy that food allergies are being talked about so much lately. I sent the postcard and I'm emailing the link to all my family so they can send it, too. Thanks for posting this!

Posted on: Fri, 04/06/2001 - 11:57pm
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

For those of you who are Canadians there is a Canadian edition of this newsletter. The article topics are the same but there is Canadian content in terms of examples and statistics instead of U.S. information. There is no link to the Canadian text online. Call your local public library to see if they have Nutrition Action--Canadian edition or ask them to get you a copy by inter-library loan [a free service except for a photocopy charge] of Food Allergies by David Schardt in Nutrition Action Healthletter, April 2001 (Canadian edition) pp 10-13.

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