Skip to comments.Peanut-free football game Saturday at Northwestern
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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It seems to me they have peanut free zones at the Saints games. I know I have seen peanut free zones at school cafeterias.
I don’t think “peanut allergies” were invented until maybe 20 years ago.....
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.”
There are peanut bans and dopers think they will be able to light up wherever, whenever if it is “legalized”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next they’ll be touting ‘penis free’ games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Follow the thread, dude. Did anyone say anyone should get suspended for that?
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOL, who says I do make problems for anyone else? Knock knock, anyone home?
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!
Everything I know about peanut allergies, I learned on Wikipedia:
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.
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?
That may in fact be true.
It was so amazing. They went to a different doctor...and voila...no more allergies. All within a 6 month period.
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:
...along with about 8 billion other results for “peanut allergy misdiagnosis.”
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.
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.
“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.
No one was lactose intolerant back when we were all getting milk in school. 1950's
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?
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
Not stupid at all....just pointing out that this was unheard of until fairly recently.
My son’s friend has a peanut allergy. Is his anaphylactic shock and epipen invented?
Second hand peanut bans. It’s for the children.
Don’t you care about the children?
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.
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.
Since Minnesota is playing, it will also be football-free football.
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.
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.
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.
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.