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Banned milk, yogurt, chocolate, cheese, eggs: Are allergy-based food bans no longer reasonable?
National Post ^ | January 14, 2014 | Jen Gerson

Posted on 01/14/2014 5:33:32 PM PST by rickmichaels

An Ontario parent says the list of allergenic foods prohibited from his daughter’s Grade 1 class is so long that it has become almost impossible to make a nutritious lunch in the morning.

Fearing the risk of anaphylactic shock among one of its students, the Toronto-area school has made a list of prohibited snacks, including peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, sesame seeds, melon, avocado and all dairy products.

Tony Perfetto has taken to making jelly or margarine sandwiches for his seven-year-old daughter. “It’s just a little bit of jelly with two pieces of bread, for now. But how long before gluten is banned? Because everybody and their brother is allergic to that now,” he said.

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1 posted on 01/14/2014 5:33:32 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

At my grandson’s school they have 2 lunchrooms.
Regular grub and “allergy” free grub.

I doubt that will last long because somebody will want to be “mainstreamed” and start filing lawsuits.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 5:36:33 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: rickmichaels

This is ridiculous. Where did all these allergies come from?


3 posted on 01/14/2014 5:37:44 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene

Many allergies are thought to be the body’s immune system reacting to certain substances thinking the substances are invasions of the body. Most of it is treatable and the body can be trained to stop reacting to the products, even the dreaded peanut allergy.

http://kfor.com/2013/02/18/simple-cure-in-the-works-for-peanut-allergy/


4 posted on 01/14/2014 5:41:36 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Girlene

Some of them are caused by chemicals and additives in foods, and still others have genetic causes.

With regards to the genetic-causes, as breathtakingly politically-incorrect as it is to say: a lot of kids, who had these allergies in the past never survived long enough to have children of their own. Hence, over the past fifty years or so, we’ve been breeding these genes in to the population, and unless and until gene-based therapy is perfected, the rates of these particular allergies in the population will only continue to increase.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 5:43:25 PM PST by Kriggerel ("All great truths are hard and bitter, but lies... are sweeter than wild honey" (Ragnar Redbeard))
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To: Girlene

Most are bogus. This is being done by people interested only in controlling the lives of others.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 5:43:28 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Jonty30

Interesting.....thanks.

Re. the peanut allergies.....don’t the kids actually have to ingest it to have a reaction? I’m not sure why other kids aren’t allowed to eat peanuts.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 5:46:37 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene

Some folks claim being in the same airplane with a peanut will do them in. That’s why you get pretzels now...


8 posted on 01/14/2014 5:48:04 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: rickmichaels

Abolish school—problem solved.

Except for Islam, “school” is the longest-running, most successful hoax of all time.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 5:48:37 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Girlene

No. People with this allergy have been known to react violently against the smell of peanuts. It is a severe allergy.


10 posted on 01/14/2014 5:50:18 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Kriggerel
With regards to the genetic-causes, as breathtakingly politically-incorrect as it is to say: a lot of kids, who had these allergies in the past never survived long enough to have children of their own.

Don't know it that's true...but it was my first thought also.
11 posted on 01/14/2014 5:50:20 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene

No. Some people can be so allergic that contact can trigger the reaction.

Our school has separate lunch tables for those kids with the most severe allergies. I think that’s a reasonable accommodation. Prohibiting 98% of the school population from eating what they like (and is harmless to them) is not.


12 posted on 01/14/2014 5:50:55 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: rickmichaels

I remember when I was very young, a couple of times I drank water out of puddles on the sidewalk. I haven’t had the flu since!


13 posted on 01/14/2014 5:52:40 PM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: nascarnation

Wow. Haven’t flow in a while, so I hadn’t noticed that change.


14 posted on 01/14/2014 5:54:59 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Jonty30; nascarnation
People with this allergy have been known to react violently against the smell of peanuts. It is a severe allergy.

According to this article, Common Beliefs About Peanut Allergy: Fact or Fiction?that is overblown. The article says that peanut particles have to become airborne to have a severe reaction, not just smelling them. The article also explains why peanuts were removed from planes. Interesting.
15 posted on 01/14/2014 6:05:02 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: workerbee

Sounds reasonable to me.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 6:06:21 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: rickmichaels

Strange...All the time I was in school I never even heard of someone allergic to gluten, etc. Not one.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 6:06:38 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Girlene
This is ridiculous. Where did all these allergies come from?

Fear

Fear of illness and fear of death.

Because of our great medical system death has become rare and far removed from most people’s experience. In the past few people made it in to their teens without having experienced the death of a close relative up close and personal. Many if not most would experience the death of a relative in the home.

Today people are isolated from death. Death has been removed from the home and happens in hospitals, old age homes or hospice houses. Families often do not expose their children to the dying process that their relatives are experiencing for fear of traumatizing their children.

Death has become a far more scary unknown because of this isolation from death that our affluence has made possible.

The unfamiliarity with death combined with a new and more crippling lack of religious faith have made people pathologically fearful of anything that could cause illness and death. Because people no longer have faith in the protection of God or the truth of an afterlife they have an unreasonable fear of death and so will go to extraordinary lengths to isolate themselves from risk of illness or death.

This fear has become so endemic in our society that even the religious are becoming infected with this phobia.

Food allergies do exist but they are far more rare and most are far less dangerous than what would be required to justify these extreme measures.

18 posted on 01/14/2014 6:08:38 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: rickmichaels

What does dairy have to do with anything? It’s not like it can dust up like nuts (AND even that I question)


19 posted on 01/14/2014 6:16:15 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: Girlene

Most of them are undiagnosed and parents just say their kids have it, or whatever the new thing is, “just to be safe”.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 6:16:57 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: count-your-change

A lot of people never know it. Same with lactose. Lots of people have “stomach problems” or other digestive problems well into adulthood. It isn’t necessarily an allergy but a food intolerance that makes them suffer various symptoms that’s hard to pinpoint a reason. An Italian family I know has a daughter who hated pasta and pizza, said they made her sick (”what’sa matta witch you, your Italian!”) and it wasn’t until her late teens that they finally investigated and — voila — gluten. IMHO gluten is something that’s just now getting some attention, maybe from advancement in research? I don’t know. I do think lots (too many) people sort of “latch on” to whatever the new allergy du jour is, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of legitimate cases.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 6:18:34 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: rickmichaels
Are allergy-based food bans no longer reasonable?

They never were reasonable. People have allergies. If you do then keep things out of your mouth to which you are or may be allergic.

22 posted on 01/14/2014 6:20:07 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: rickmichaels

pretty soon they will sit in a circle and eat gluten-free crackers for “lunch”

how long before they just band these things at grocery stores?


23 posted on 01/14/2014 6:20:18 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Pontiac
I don't know...it does seem there are more people affected by food allergies. In this article, Skin, Food Allergies On The Rise In Kids it's claimed that the more affluent a family is, the higher incidence of food and respiratory allergies. Go figure.

Speaking of experiencing the death of a relative in your home.....it WAS more normal. At my great or great-great grandmother's death(not sure which it was)....the family had an official portrait of all her children with her in the death bed. (kinda icky if you ask me.)
24 posted on 01/14/2014 6:27:01 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene
I don't know...it does seem there are more people affected by food allergies

Well that may be true. Check out this article. The poor frequently have more parasites.

Parasites in Your Gut Actually Help Protect You From Allergies .

25 posted on 01/14/2014 6:36:44 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Girlene

My niece first developed an allergy to nuts when she was in her 20’s.

Can’t fly coach due to the possiblity of just being close to someone eating nuts


26 posted on 01/14/2014 6:37:36 PM PST by digger48
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To: Girlene

Genetically modified foods. It’s in everything now. 95% of US soy is now genetically modified - and soy has been added as a cheap filler to many foods. Try buying a can of tuna WITHOUT soy — it’s quite a challenge. The reason why it’s on my radar as Mr. Peel has an allergy to genetically modified soy.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 6:46:39 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Pontiac

Interesting....thanks.


28 posted on 01/14/2014 6:49:53 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene

...The article says that peanut particles have to become airborne to have a severe reaction, not just smelling them. ...


And exactly what are you smelling if you’re not smelling airborne peanut particles?


29 posted on 01/14/2014 7:33:00 PM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: rickmichaels

Believe anaphylactic shock is another way Mother Nature tells Mrs Jones to “Try again”.


30 posted on 01/14/2014 7:43:37 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?............................ Enforce the Bill of Rights............ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Girlene

This is ridiculous. Where did all these allergies come from?


Inadequate prenatal/preconceptional nutrition.....


31 posted on 01/14/2014 7:46:03 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?............................ Enforce the Bill of Rights............ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: count-your-change

That’s because the majority of people claiming gluten “allergies” today are full of it. The instance of people with real issues with gluten is much lower than the number of people who report that they think they are sensitive to it. It’s mostly a fad.


32 posted on 01/14/2014 9:09:13 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

I have a family member who has serious gluten reactions. Spent a month in the hospital before they determined the cause.....one sick fellow let me tell you. Lost allot of weight going through that ordeal.


33 posted on 01/14/2014 9:15:02 PM PST by caww
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To: Boogieman

I know a person who is a cook in an Italian restaurant. They offer gluten-free food. He calls the people who order it glutards. The reason is that they will order the gluten-free pasta with the breaded chicken or whatever. As you said, it is a fad that many have latched onto. Yes, there are folks who really cannot handle it, but....


34 posted on 01/14/2014 9:20:26 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: Boogieman

They’re largely a bunch of spoiled brats who have emulated celebrities and want to be catered to like they are celebs.


35 posted on 01/14/2014 10:24:47 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Boogieman

I tend to agree. What next? No more peanut ads on t.v. lest a picture cause a deadly reaction?


36 posted on 01/14/2014 11:38:06 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: rickmichaels

I remember in the 50s & 60s in the school lunch rooms all the sick & dead kids. Also all the other ones that were puking and pooping their selves. You all remember this don’t you?

It was an epidemic. I’m so glad that today we are able to recognize and avoid these horrors. SARC


37 posted on 01/14/2014 11:52:35 PM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Girlene
Young children are no longer allowed to come in contact with foreign bacteria and helpful microbes . Outside-in- the -dirt play is less commonplace and is detrimental to their ability to fend off allergies. 30 years ago you never heard of a child being allergic to peanut butter . Today it is in epidemic proportions.
38 posted on 01/15/2014 2:55:13 AM PST by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: chaosagent
And exactly what are you smelling if you’re not smelling airborne peanut particles?

You are smelling their scent.
39 posted on 01/15/2014 5:18:08 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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