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Peanut-free football game Saturday at Northwestern
Chicago Tribune ^ | October 15, 2013 | Lauren Zumbach

Posted on 10/15/2013 6:11:53 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

When the Northwestern Wildcats face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ryan Field in Evanston on Saturday, something will be missing: peanuts.

Northwestern University is hosting its first peanut-free football game to give fans with allergies a chance to focus on the game instead of worrying about negative reactions to the popular stadium snack, which can range from mild irritation to life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

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TOPICS: Food; Sports
KEYWORDS: allergies; football; ncaa; northwestern; nuts; peanuts
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I have heard of peanuts being removed on airplanes. Does anyone have or know someone who suffers from such allergies and is this event at a football game needed?
1 posted on 10/15/2013 6:11:53 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

It seems to me they have peanut free zones at the Saints games. I know I have seen peanut free zones at school cafeterias.


2 posted on 10/15/2013 6:16:17 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: ConservativeStatement

I don’t think “peanut allergies” were invented until maybe 20 years ago.....


3 posted on 10/15/2013 6:19:59 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ConservativeStatement; cripplecreek

As i was flying into Houston recently, the flight attendant came through the cabin with small packages of snacks, as is their custom.

As she reached the row I was seated in, she dutifully asked the gentleman seated next to me, “Peanuts?”, while offering the snack toward him.

Looking up from his crossword, he replied, “No thanks, I have one.”

Ba-dum-ching!


4 posted on 10/15/2013 6:20:31 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: ErnBatavia

There are peanut bans and dopers think they will be able to light up wherever, whenever if it is “legalized”.


5 posted on 10/15/2013 6:21:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My son is allergic to peanuts. The first time he ate peanut butter his face broke out in hives and swelled up. His allergy is bad but not nearly as bad as some have it. What I worry about at games is not so much people eating peanuts around him but the shells and dust all over the seats and ground. If his allergy were more severe I would not bring him to sporting events.


6 posted on 10/15/2013 6:21:48 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: ErnBatavia

Yes, put those words in quotes and say it was “invented”, sure. So the parents who have lost their children to this allergy are just inventing it? My son’s swollen face was just invented? If you want to claim that there is an overreaction, fine we can debate that, but don’t tell me it is “invented”. Stupid.


7 posted on 10/15/2013 6:24:58 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: ConservativeStatement
Are they going to steam clean the entire stadium to protect against peanut shells and other debris?
8 posted on 10/15/2013 6:26:36 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I know a couple with a child who has a severe peanut allergy. They request priority boarding on airplanes to get in first and wipe down the seat, in case anyone sitting in the seat prior was eating peanuts. The child also has a host of of other allergies, including diary and gluten as well, so they are super-vigilent about visiting other children’s homes, birthday parties, etc.... Parents carry an epipen at all times. I was around recently when the child had to be taken to the emergency room because she mistakenly ingested some dairy.

Interestingly, their view is that they would never request or expect to inconvenience anyone, especially an entire football stadium, for what is their family’s problem. They have developed a strict protocol of knowledge of their surroundings and food, and they manage to it. Others around them also are quite understanding - certainly when they visit, I make sure all peanuts are out of the house.


9 posted on 10/15/2013 6:28:07 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: ConservativeStatement

Removing peanuts because maybe 1 in 10,000 may have an allergic reaction. Maybe 1 in a million might die.

Good to know.

And beer? Which kills tens of thousands every year? I’m sure there’s not a drop of beer in the whole stadium.


10 posted on 10/15/2013 6:29:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t disagree with your reasoning when it comes to sports stadiums. Things like school classrooms, however, are a different story. It is very easy, and hardly an inconvenience at all, for a classroom to either be peanut free or to segregate a peanut free zone when there is an allergic child.


11 posted on 10/15/2013 6:34:06 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Responsibility2nd
Oh, and on Sat you're required to walk sideways because a FAT person may
be coming down the stairs. It's called sideways Saturday. You damn skinny people
may otherwise cause a FAT person to fall down the stairs. It's all your fault!
12 posted on 10/15/2013 6:35:58 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: PGR88

That is our family’s view as well. I hate even raising the issue unless I see a clear threat. Most of the others I know with allergic kids are the same way. This is why it is so frustrating when people say that parents are “just making it up” or “looking for attention” ... usually it is the exact opposite.


13 posted on 10/15/2013 6:37:39 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Responsibility2nd

I am allergic to beer, a sip would swell my throat shut, but it doesn’t bother me if everyone in the stadium is drinking it. I’m fine with peanuts.


14 posted on 10/15/2013 6:38:20 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: MaxMax

Actually, if I see an obese person who needs space, I do accommodate them. It is called decency and manners, and it is not much of an inconvenience to me.


15 posted on 10/15/2013 6:41:31 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: PGR88
I have quite a number of food and food chemical allergies/sensitivities and I feel like your friends. I don't like to dicuss my problems or inconvenience anyone else with them.
16 posted on 10/15/2013 6:43:15 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ConservativeStatement

Next they’ll be touting ‘penis free’ games.


17 posted on 10/15/2013 6:48:41 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: dinoparty
I certainly agree that food allergies are real and very serious.

That said, I think the point being made about "inventing" is that in the past (20 years ago?) food allergies were much more rare. When I was growing up none of my friends had a food allergy; pbj sandwiches were everywhere and no one cared. It was not too long ago that peanut packs were actually tossed around on SW Air flights. That is all gone now. Every gathering of children will likely have several with severe food allergies. I saw this imy son's scout troop, in our church, and in every school class or gathering my children were in.

What is the cause? No one seems to know. I think there may be a link to the cumulative effects of industrial food.

All this is to say that while those of us who do not have children with food allergies need to be aware of the danger to children who do, parents of the affected kids also need to be aware that this is a new situation that has come out of no where. Not to judge you, but I have experienced parents trying to get their kids into a church run day care and presenting a long list of demands that would be expensive and burdensome on everyone to implement. I felt we were being set up for a lawsuit.

18 posted on 10/15/2013 6:53:35 AM PDT by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)
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To: dinoparty

Statistically speaking, the vast majority of parents who claim their children have peanut allergies are making it up.

But no worries, I’m sure your special snowflake is different.


19 posted on 10/15/2013 6:55:03 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: dinoparty

Not so sure. When little Billy brings some peanuts from home to eat with his lunch and he gets suspended for bringing a banned substance - we will have yet another example of PC going too far and intruding into our lives.


20 posted on 10/15/2013 6:56:33 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I wonder what the root cause of this allergy really is?

Given the number of kids in my daughter’s school that are afflicted, if I look back to my school days we had one kid in our entire grade (maybe 200 kids) who was allergic to ragweed and had to be careful during gym in the Spring if we played outside.

I'm not downplaying it at all, just wondering how it became so pervasive that a football game would need to be adjusted to accommodate.

21 posted on 10/15/2013 6:57:25 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: flintsilver7

You are just making that up. What “vast majority” are you referring to, exactly? The ones who carry epipens everywhere and keep their kids home from birthday parties? What exactly do they get out of that? What’s in it for them?


22 posted on 10/15/2013 7:02:19 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Responsibility2nd

Follow the thread, dude. Did anyone say anyone should get suspended for that?


23 posted on 10/15/2013 7:03:15 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: ErnBatavia
Tidbits There is a correlation between soy milk and peanut allergies.

It's called a mass psychogenic illness...aka...It's all in your head dude.

2000 hospitalized a year. 150 children and adults die every year.

Penaut butter is a great healthy food with lots of protein. PB&J is the perfect sandwich for lunch along with a bowl of soup. Fills you up!! You won't need a snack.

And PB&J doesn't go well with chips.

24 posted on 10/15/2013 7:03:23 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: dinoparty

It’s very easy for your child to wear a mask which filters airborne particulates. I keep one handy for my own medical issues. I don’t make it everyone else’s problem.


25 posted on 10/15/2013 7:03:30 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Reagan Disciple

The most commonly accepted theory is that homes are so clean and relatively germ-free these days,the body’s immune system looks for something else to view as an enemy and attack, like peanut proteins.


26 posted on 10/15/2013 7:05:42 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Reagan Disciple

Part of the reason why I asked is not knowing the severity of the situation. Is sitting behind someone on an airplane the same as sitting behind someone in a football stadium? Shells tossed on the ground is a different matter from an airplane to a stadium, that was an interesting variable to the discussion.


27 posted on 10/15/2013 7:05:56 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: BykrBayb

LOL, who says I do make problems for anyone else? Knock knock, anyone home?


28 posted on 10/15/2013 7:06:42 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: Martin Tell

It’s because parents these days make their kids live in a virtual “plastic bubble”.

We are meant to play in dirt to be around germs, that’s how the immune system gets developed....Use It, or Lose It!


29 posted on 10/15/2013 7:08:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dinoparty

Everything I know about peanut allergies, I learned on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut_allergy

So its not much...but..

There has definitely been a rise in peanut allergies in recent years...or at least awareness and/or fear over it has risen. We have had peanuts on airplanes for half a century, without people boarding early to sanitize the seat, for example. That’s changed.

For a hundred years, schools served food cooked in peanut oil, gave out peanut butter cookies, sold peanut butter crackers in vending machines, and gave out PB&J if you forgot your lunch money. Not anymore. My kids’ school is a peanut free zone.

And for a hundred years, peanuts were staples of zoos, the circus, and ball games. That is rapidly going away.

So what happened? Why the sudden sensitivity to peanuts?

Well, according to the article, yes a very limited number of people risk anaphylaxis if they ingest peanuts. Makes sense, lots of people are allergic to a variety of things. So definitely, if you are allergic to peanuts, don’t eat them.

But Wiki also states that peanut residue or peanut dust most likely will not cause a deadly anaphylaxis. Instead, it could cause a rash.

Now I’ve seen tv shows where peanuts were rubbed on people who went into shock and died. Apparently, that is Hollywood fiction. Really what’s important is to not eat the peanuts.

My point? There is a reason people say things like ‘peanut allergies are made up’...and its because some people’s cognitive sensitivity to peanuts is way out of proportion with their body’s physical sensitivity. Now I wouldn’t go into a restaurant that has barrels of peanuts and shells all over the floor...but a stadium should be fine. Unless somebody is maliciously collecting peanut dust and blowing it into somebody’s face, there really is no danger (that any researcher can prove) of going into shock.

So have some Benadryl handy, and maybe even an epipen, but I wouldn’t avoid the ball game, circus, airplane ride, etc. And quite frankly, I don’t know why peanuts have been essentially banned in places like schools. I know the argument is that a kid could accidentally eat a peanut...but some people can die from seafood, and they still have fish day, I had a roommate go into shock from tomatoes...but those are still served, etc.


30 posted on 10/15/2013 7:09:17 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Seriously bro, I know logic may not have an affect on you, but do you really think that it was all in the head of my one-year-old son when his head puffed up after eating peanut butter for the first time? Really?


31 posted on 10/15/2013 7:09:34 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: dfwgator

That may in fact be true.


32 posted on 10/15/2013 7:11:20 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: flintsilver7
My friends grandson was allergic to peanuts.

It was so amazing. They went to a different doctor...and voila...no more allergies. All within a 6 month period.

33 posted on 10/15/2013 7:11:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: dinoparty

In my opinion, it’s a way for an otherwise unremarkable and uninteresting child to stand out. If you can’t be noticed for your abilities and what you can offer, then you can at least be noticed out of pity for being fragile.

But in any case, plese note:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/185263.php

...along with about 8 billion other results for “peanut allergy misdiagnosis.”


34 posted on 10/15/2013 7:11:35 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: dinoparty

Well obviously you don’t think it’s a problem for other parents to have to eliminate peanuts from their children’s school lunches, but maybe the other parents would consider that a problem.


35 posted on 10/15/2013 7:12:15 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Sacajaweau

I’ve babysat children with “life-threatening milk and peanut allergies” without being aware of it. Both loved the hell out of their PB&J and milk.


36 posted on 10/15/2013 7:12:44 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: dinoparty

“Follow the thread”?

YOU’RE the one who hijacked it to a classroom setting. I just followed the logic to a natural conclusion.

I’m sorry if you can’t follow logic.


37 posted on 10/15/2013 7:13:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: ErnBatavia
In lieu of Invented, the proper term is "mass psychogenic illness".

No one was lactose intolerant back when we were all getting milk in school. 1950's

38 posted on 10/15/2013 7:13:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Funny. Sure thus wasn’t your friend’s grandsons second cousin twice removed? Did you hear it from the waitress at the local diner who had heard it second hand from your friends dog?


39 posted on 10/15/2013 7:14:09 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: ConservativeStatement

Take me out of the ball game
take me out of the park
can’t buy me some peanuts and crakerjacks
I don’t care if I ever go back


40 posted on 10/15/2013 7:14:32 AM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: dinoparty

Not stupid at all....just pointing out that this was unheard of until fairly recently.


41 posted on 10/15/2013 7:14:49 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia

My son’s friend has a peanut allergy. Is his anaphylactic shock and epipen invented?


42 posted on 10/15/2013 7:15:49 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: All

Second hand peanut bans. It’s for the children.

Don’t you care about the children?


43 posted on 10/15/2013 7:16:41 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My wife has a severe peanut allergy. She had to be rushed to the hospital as a kid when after eating a sundae her throat swelled nearly shut. She has broken out in hives when I’ve kissed her many hours after eating peanuts. She starts to itch if she gets around an open jar of them. It can be quite scary.

That being said, she has never had an issue being in a plane or a stadium where someone seated more than five feet away had peanuts.


44 posted on 10/15/2013 7:16:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Thank you for your use of logic. It is stupid to say that the allergy is all in her head. It is reasonable to argue, however, that peanut bans in stadiums goes way too far. The subtlety is lost in some people apparently.


45 posted on 10/15/2013 7:19:51 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: ConservativeStatement

Since Minnesota is playing, it will also be football-free football.


46 posted on 10/15/2013 7:20:14 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (My PV2 is my hero.)
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To: ErnBatavia

I have a dog that is allergic to peanutbutter. It took a while for us to figure it out but I’m sure glad we did.

Within a few hours of eating it she would break out in bumps all over her body and sometimes areas would get so bad that it developed into sores. The bumps would cover her body and it looked like she had cottage cheese under her skin.

It’s disappointing because giving my dogs peanutbutter was such fun— it was always good for tears rolling belly laughs. I even quit making them banana-peanutbutter biscuits, too.


47 posted on 10/15/2013 7:33:03 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Never in my many, many years have I ever met anyone with peanut allergies. Not saying it’s not real because everyone is allergic to something but this sky is falling peanut thing is getting out of control.


48 posted on 10/15/2013 7:34:48 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: flintsilver7

So my one year old child caused his face to swell in order to get noticed? This is the kind of thing that makes no sense.


49 posted on 10/15/2013 7:38:42 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: dinoparty

No, but it’s far more likely that you, naturally protective of your own child, overestimated the severity of the reaction (if there was any). I say that because the most logical answer is that the mechanical properties of peanut butter coupled with the general inability of infants to do anything are far more likely to cause choking and red-faced swelling than an extremely rare life-threatening allergy.


50 posted on 10/15/2013 7:40:54 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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