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School board bans treats
kxmb.com ^ | 08/30/07 | AP

Posted on 08/30/2007 6:42:03 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

BRANDON, S.D. (AP) Mom's brownies and other homemade goodies have been banned from grade schools in the Brandon-Valley School District.

The ban is intended to protect kids who are allergic to nuts.

The "no shared treats" policy means no more suckers, cookies or even apples. And it means shared treats will not be allowed at Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's parties in grade-school classrooms.

School district officials say the ban will be strictly enforced.

Although the district no longer allows shared treats in elementary schools, students may bring their own snacks from home.

The ban does not apply to Brand Valley middle school and high school classes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allergies; ban; foodpolice; nannystate; schoolboard; treats
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1 posted on 08/30/2007 6:42:04 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3
The ban is intended to protect kids who are allergic to nuts.

Nuts? The "nuts" are the people who imposed this ban.

2 posted on 08/30/2007 6:44:19 AM PDT by jdm
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To: TornadoAlley3

How did we survive childhood?


3 posted on 08/30/2007 6:44:27 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: JZelle

We weren’t kids in the 00s, thankfully.


4 posted on 08/30/2007 6:45:43 AM PDT by jdm
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To: JZelle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEBia1Wmdsk


5 posted on 08/30/2007 6:48:46 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.”)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Has this "nut allergy" been around for a long time, or is this a recent medical phenomenon?

I don't remember any kid being allergic to peanut butter when I was a kid - or at least I don't remember hearing about schools banning it to cater to one kid.

6 posted on 08/30/2007 6:51:42 AM PDT by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: jdm

*sigh*
And one more piece of my childhood dies.


7 posted on 08/30/2007 6:56:21 AM PDT by Rinnwald ( Master of Triple-tap Double-action-fu)
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To: Rinnwald

Chinese School has just begun
No more laughing
No more fun
If you show your teeth or tongue
You must pay a penalty


8 posted on 08/30/2007 6:58:06 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Why not just say “no nuts” in the treats you send to school?


9 posted on 08/30/2007 7:01:24 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: jdm

Bangor High School bans peanuts
August 29, 2007

BANGOR, Maine —Bangor High School is going all out to keep peanuts off school property to protect a freshman student with a severe food allergy.

The cafeteria staff is ridding the kitchen and lunchroom of any traces of peanuts, peanut butter or other foods that might trigger a potentially fatal reaction in the unnamed student. School vending machines have been emptied of snacks with nuts, including granola bars and bags of peanuts.

The school last week sent a letter home to parents asking that they refrain from packing peanuts or other nuts or nut products in their children’s lunches. The letter also asked parents to make sure their children wash their faces and hands thoroughly before coming to school if they’ve had contact with nuts in the morning.

“We’re taking every precaution we can,” Principal Norris Nickerson said.

Student allergies to peanuts and other foods have affected schools in many Maine communities in recent years.

Public schools are required by law to make “reasonable accommodations and adjustments” for all students, according to Murray Shulman, director of pupil services for the city of Bangor.

While some people may question the need to adhere to ban on peanuts, Shulman said, “the vast majority of parents understand that (allergies) are life-threatening circumstances, and they cooperate.”


Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com


10 posted on 08/30/2007 7:01:35 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.”)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Not surprising. I knew a woman in CT who successfully petitioned her son's school to cancel their annual Bake Sale because of the kid's peanut allergy. Her reasoning was that, because of his allergy it was too dangerous for him to participate, and it wouldn't be fair for her son to be left out of such an event.

The world has gone completely nutz (pun)...
11 posted on 08/30/2007 7:02:45 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson 2008. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter 2008 (VP) Lifetime ACU Rating: 92)
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To: keepitreal

Why not let those who have the allergy take personal responsibility for their own safety?

This is getting the “village” to protect a person from making a bad choice, and thereby relieving them of personal responsibility.

The mindset of those on the board is truly scary.

Welcome to cultural marxism. It WILL get worse.


12 posted on 08/30/2007 7:04:48 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Meanwhile a thousand mothers are doing a celebration because their kids won't be telling them at 6 AM "Mooooommyyyy, I'm supposed to bring cookies to school today."
13 posted on 08/30/2007 7:07:42 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: keepitreal

I prefer, “No nuts allowed in schools!”...oh...nevermind. Thanks to the administration that would never work.


14 posted on 08/30/2007 7:13:42 AM PDT by CarolinaPeach
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To: Al Gator
Why not let those who have the allergy take personal responsibility for their own safety?

By what...not attending school? While not speaking to the specifics of this situation, peanut allergies are probably the most serious type of allergy and can be fatal. A reaction can be triggered by simply inhaling peanut dust or even touching someone who has handled nuts.

I recognize that these people are exposed on a daily basis, but it is especially problematic at elementary schools, where children are often in very close contact with others. Seriously, what would you have a person do who has a serious peanut allergy? Come to school in a bubble?

15 posted on 08/30/2007 7:14:04 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Al Gator

These parents learned all about the “village” and how great it is at.... the public school. The school system itself is socialist. That is where all this nonsense comes from. These parents have learned their lessons well. Until this socialist edifice is rejected by the people of this country, things will not change.


16 posted on 08/30/2007 7:17:31 AM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: Publius Valerius
By what...not attending school?

By... not... eating... food... laden... with... nuts.

Is it really that difficult a conept to understand? Is it that traumatic for one child to monitor his own intake that thousands of others must be denied simple pleasures in life?

You know, there are high school nerds out there who aren't getting any sex. Maybe we should make it illegal for anyone under 25 to have sex so that they do not feel left out.

17 posted on 08/30/2007 7:19:25 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: TornadoAlley3; Gabz

Nanny State Ping!

I’m evening things out. I’m taking two dozen vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, dipped in coconut or nuts into work today.

It’s true for now; Grown Ups really CAN eat whatever they want versus kids who are under the thumb of their parents and the socialists at school!

When cupcakes are outlawed, only Outlaws will bake cupcakes! :)


18 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:07 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: SaveTheChief

You know.....I don’t know what happened to this country’s population because you’re right....all of a sudden half the country’s allergic to nuts...go to hell.

I mean nuts are the first foodstuffs. Most all animals eat nuts.

Way I figger, humans allergic to nuts are candidates for Darwin’s law. Come on......nuts make your bowels move, they are the most prevalent food on the planet.....

Nuts. Man I love nuts. My favorite are walnuts. Love pecans. Macadamia right up there.

Peanuts...not so much. But they really legumes and like cashews, I’m not so much into crunchy legumes. Plus peanuts remind me too much of Jimmy Carter.


19 posted on 08/30/2007 7:23:49 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: Publius Valerius

I just can’t understand your thinking.

What you want to do is turn the world upside down for the sake of one child.

I KNOW people with peanut allergies. They take care of themselves just fine. The scenario you paint is extremely extreme and a complete red herring.

If I know I have an ailment, I take care of myself. I don’t demand that everyone else be put through a wringer for my sake.

This nonsense of re-arranging the whole environment to satisfy the whining of ONE KID is stupidity in the purest form.


20 posted on 08/30/2007 7:24:35 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Publius Valerius

And one more thing, if this ONE KID is so terribly allergic, he should be in a SPECIAL SCHOOL.

I mean hey, who is to say this ONE KID doesn’t run into some peanut smoke from a neighboring house on the way to or from school?

Oh, I see, we just force everyone on his route to give up all nuts to accomodate him.

This is insane.


21 posted on 08/30/2007 7:29:17 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
This has already happened in my district. We can send gift bags with things like Pencils & Erasers in them for birthdays, but no snacks.

Also....you're not gonna believe this....as I was taking my 6th grader to orientation this year in the parking lot we were talking about the cafeteria. She told me about "no nut" zones that they had actually set up in the lunch room. I'm a bit surprised as to how far this has gone. I just don't remember people just dropping dead in elementary school when we had PB&J in our lunch boxes. I can't say that I'm all up in arms about it, just a little confused.
22 posted on 08/30/2007 7:41:01 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Al Gator

>>And one more thing, if this ONE KID is so terribly allergic, he should be in a SPECIAL SCHOOL.<<

I know of children who are terribly allergic.
The parent’s go through h@ll connected with it.

Yet, when I suggested, right here on FR that those children should be homeschooled, I got grief.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if my child were in such danger that inhailing peanut smell could endanger his/her life, NO WAY would I trust that every third grader made him/herself a nut free lunch.

I don’t really care what the other parents do. I care about my own kids and would NEVER trust that the “nut free” rule is 100% enforced.


23 posted on 08/30/2007 7:49:48 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: Publius Valerius

Homeschool.


24 posted on 08/30/2007 7:52:28 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: Publius Valerius
Well, my child is highly allergic to bee stings, I say we ban recess and all outdoor activities at school. Makes sense doesn’t it?
25 posted on 08/30/2007 7:53:18 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.”)
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To: Fishtalk
all of a sudden half the country’s allergic to nuts

I guess the future of peanuts at Major League Baseball games (and NFL) is in jeopardy. We just drop our shells on the ground and, especially here in Cleveland, the wind takes the particles wherever they decide to go. Pro sports has some pretty deep pockets too...lot's of liability risks. I wonder which league will be sued first for selling peanuts at their games.
26 posted on 08/30/2007 7:54:30 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

I apologize in advance for turning lots into a contraction.


27 posted on 08/30/2007 7:56:26 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

>>This has already happened in my district. We can send gift bags with things like Pencils & Erasers in them for birthdays, but no snacks.<<

Actually, I like this idea and already do it with my girls. They are not in school but take gift bags to Slovak Dance, Polish Dance, CCD and GS for their birthdays. They have fun making them up from dollar store goodies.

Take a class of 30 children, mix in holidays, 100th day of school, fundraiser parties, every birthday and what do we have? Sugary snacks almost every day. And don’t forget those juice boxes!

No wonder kids are getting fat.

Oh and remember, no gym, no tag on the playground.


28 posted on 08/30/2007 7:58:00 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: TornadoAlley3
I've often thought the proof that we have officially gone over the edge would be a National Walk for Food Allergies. (" WHO? Who won't wear the Food Allergy Awareness Ribbon????")

I'm not laughing now. This weekend in Houston, there is the first National Walk for Food Allergies. *chuckle...sigh*

29 posted on 08/30/2007 8:01:08 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Although the district no longer allows shared treats in elementary schools, students may bring their own snacks from home.

It won't be long before that's changed.

30 posted on 08/30/2007 8:01:09 AM PDT by mtg
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To: Al Gator
Why not let those who have the allergy take personal responsibility for their own safety?

Depends on the severity of the allergy. Some kids are so allergic, they can even have a reaction if they smell nuts or get 'nut dust' anywhere near them. And the allergic reactions can be quick and deadly.

This does seem to be a recent phenomena. I never heard of such things when my kids were in school. I do wonder how much our "sterilize everything/protect the kids from everything" culture has contributed to the seeming increase in the number of kids suffering from allergies.

31 posted on 08/30/2007 8:04:47 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

My girls are highly allergic to mosquito bites. My younger daughter nearly lost her leg to three bites. I’m not kidding.

I am an awful mother. I spray them all over with DEET. *Oh the HORROR!*

Homeschooling is so much easier than trusting that some teacher is going to remember to spray them before they go out on the playground.


32 posted on 08/30/2007 8:05:35 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: netmilsmom
As I think about it, I don't really remember and abundance of treats of any kind for birthdays. I remember them for holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and especially Valentines Day but not really for birthdays.

You know what they did...I remember now...the teacher would actually spank the child once for each year he was old. Then give him a "pinch to grow an inch". Oh man, I think I must have been suppressing those memories.
33 posted on 08/30/2007 8:06:42 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: MEGoody
I do wonder how much our "sterilize everything/protect the kids from everything" culture has contributed to the seeming increase in the number of kids suffering from allergies.

Hence, my justification for the enforcement of the "5 second rule" with my kids. You know what that is right, or is it just a local thing?
34 posted on 08/30/2007 8:08:56 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

>> Oh man, I think I must have been suppressing those memories.<<

LOL!
I went to Catholic school. I’m suppressing a lot too!


35 posted on 08/30/2007 8:11:16 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: Publius Valerius

This is ridiculous. Everyone suffers because of a few children.

My kids’ school has done it right. The kids are asked to bring non-nut in-class snacks, which is easily done, and there is a peanut free table in the cafeteria at lunch.


36 posted on 08/30/2007 8:11:26 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: mmichaels1970

We had a five second rule until we got a puppy.
Now if it’s on the floor for five seconds, the dog is sleeping.


37 posted on 08/30/2007 8:12:30 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: MEGoody
I do wonder how much our "sterilize everything/protect the kids from everything" culture has contributed to the seeming increase in the number of kids suffering from allergies.

That has been my contention for years.

It seems to me kids who are living in "sterilized" environments tend to be the sickliest. Those that are allowed to just be kids, meaning playing, getting dirty, having pets, etc., tend to be less prone to allergies and other illnesses.

38 posted on 08/30/2007 8:14:17 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Teacher317
By... not... eating... food... laden... with... nuts.

A brilliant solution except for the fact that deadly reactions to peanuts can occur in folks who haven't eaten food with peanuts. Again, even simple contact with other people who have eaten peanuts can produce deadly allergic reactions.

Care to try again, this time without the sarcasm?

39 posted on 08/30/2007 8:14:53 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: TornadoAlley3

Fighting the nanny state should be a requirement of all 2008 candidates.


40 posted on 08/30/2007 8:16:07 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Al Gator
If I know I have an ailment, I take care of myself. I don’t demand that everyone else be put through a wringer for my sake.

Do you expect the same of a four or five year old? Well, of course: surely they have the competence and judgment as you in ensuring their safety around potentially deadly items. I mean, what child eats things that he isn't supposed to?

The scenario you paint is extremely extreme and a complete red herring.

Although you may say so, the fact of the matter is that peanut allergies account for the vast, vast majority of allergy deaths each year.

41 posted on 08/30/2007 8:19:03 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: MEGoody
“Depends on the severity of the allergy. Some kids are so allergic, they can even have a reaction if they smell nuts or get ‘nut dust’ anywhere near them. And the allergic reactions can be quick and deadly.”

Again, if the person is this seriously impaired, they shouldn’t be walking the streets let alone going to a PUBLIC school. And I would think someone with this type of allergy would KNOW they had it. A person so afflicted should be in a special setting until they can be treated or cured, and not running around in the general population expecting everyone else to look out for them.

42 posted on 08/30/2007 8:20:07 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Publius Valerius

If the kid is that ill, his parents should NOT send him to a PUBLIC school.

This is rediculous. I have an illness, so, everyone else should have to change their lives for me.

Stupidity.


43 posted on 08/30/2007 8:22:46 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Well, my child is highly allergic to bee stings, I say we ban recess and all outdoor activities at school. Makes sense doesn’t it?

I would hope that we wouldn't be required to discuss such a simple-minded analogy. But fine. What does other children's outdoor activities have to do with your child's bee allergy? The answer is nothing; other children can play outside without creating a potentially deadly threat to your child.

Other children bringing peanut snacks to school, however, can trigger a potentially deadly reaction in a fellow student, regardless of the precautions that he may take to avoid the peanuts, even assuming that the child has the mental capacity to understand that he should avoid peanuts.

44 posted on 08/30/2007 8:24:50 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Politicalmom
The kids are asked to bring non-nut in-class snacks

Perhaps a reasonable solution depending on the severity of the allergies of the particular students. It is worth noting, however, that many foods that do not contain peanuts are processed in the same machines that also handle peanuts. These "non-peanut" snacks can be equally dangerous.

Look, I'm not saying that this should be uniform policy; in fact, it probably should be extremely limited in its application. But depending on the severity of a child's allergy, I'm just saying that this isn't necessarily overreacting.

And, as a final reminder to everyone, peanuts are not nuts.

45 posted on 08/30/2007 8:28:43 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: TornadoAlley3

Madness!

Both my husband and daughter have nut allergies and they took responsibility for their ownselves when they were in school or on any other situations.

For those kids who are being ‘protected’ in those schools —— what about when they are in life situations, like college, offices, sport crowds, on a crowded bus or just walking down a street? How about eating in a restaurant or even take out restaurants? And NEVER go into a supermarket!!!!!

Yes it seems to be more prevalent now than years ago, but how about finding the cause. Use of plastics? The wrong additive mix? Chemicals in food?


46 posted on 08/30/2007 8:28:55 AM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: Al Gator
If the kid is that ill, his parents should NOT send him to a PUBLIC school.

For better or for worse, most states are required to educate children. Still waiting for a solution. Anyone?

47 posted on 08/30/2007 8:30:20 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: TornadoAlley3

OR

is this class envy excuses...

Perhaps some busy body does not like the notion of someone being able to share with others. Sharing must come from the government.


48 posted on 08/30/2007 8:33:29 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Publius Valerius
Although you may say so, the fact of the matter is that peanut allergies account for the vast, vast majority of allergy deaths each year.

I'm not trying to argue or cause pain in someone who may have to deal with this, but I found this in the New England Journal of Medicine:

Background: Peanut-induced anaphylaxis is an IgE-mediated condition that is estimated to affect 1.5 million people and cause 50 to 100 deaths per year in the United States

I know that with children one death is too many, but 50 to 100 out of 300 million people still seems pretty rare. I admit I may not be seeing the whole picture though.
49 posted on 08/30/2007 8:37:31 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Publius Valerius
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, Penicillin is a common cause of drug allergy. Anaphylactic reactions to penicillin cause 400 deaths.
and
It is estimated that more than 150 people die annually from anaphylaxis to food.

Your point about not expecting good judgement from a four or five year old is taken though.
50 posted on 08/30/2007 8:47:17 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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