Skip to comments.Banned — milk, yogurt, chocolate, cheese, eggs: Are allergy-based food bans no longer reasonable?
Posted on 01/14/2014 5:33:32 PM PST by rickmichaels
An Ontario parent says the list of allergenic foods prohibited from his daughters 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. Its 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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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.
This is ridiculous. Where did all these allergies come from?
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.
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.
Most are bogus. This is being done by people interested only in controlling the lives of others.
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.
Some folks claim being in the same airplane with a peanut will do them in. That’s why you get pretzels now...
Abolish school—problem solved.
Except for Islam, “school” is the longest-running, most successful hoax of all time.
No. People with this allergy have been known to react violently against the smell of peanuts. It is a severe allergy.
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.
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!
Wow. Haven’t flow in a while, so I hadn’t noticed that change.
Sounds reasonable to me.
Strange...All the time I was in school I never even heard of someone allergic to gluten, etc. Not one.
Fear of illness and fear of death.
Because of our great medical system death has become rare and far removed from most peoples 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.
What does dairy have to do with anything? It’s not like it can dust up like nuts (AND even that I question)
Most of them are undiagnosed and parents just say their kids have it, or whatever the new thing is, “just to be safe”.
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.
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.
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?
Well that may be true. Check out this article. The poor frequently have more parasites.
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
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.
...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?
Believe anaphylactic shock is another way Mother Nature tells Mrs Jones to “Try again”.
This is ridiculous. Where did all these allergies come from?
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.
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.
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....
They’re largely a bunch of spoiled brats who have emulated celebrities and want to be catered to like they are celebs.
I tend to agree. What next? No more peanut ads on t.v. lest a picture cause a deadly reaction?
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