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Nut allergies -- a Yuppie invention
Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/09/2009 | Joel Stein

Posted on 01/10/2009 9:19:49 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

Your kid doesn't have an allergy to nuts. Your kid has a parent who needs to feel special. Your kid also spends recess running and screaming, "No! Stop! Don't rub my head with peanut butter!"

Yes, a tiny number of kids have severe peanut allergies that cause anaphylactic shock, and all their teachers should be warned, handed EpiPens and given a really expensive gift at Christmas. But unless you're a character on "Heroes," genes don't mutate fast enough to have caused an 18% increase in childhood food allergies between 1997 and 2007. And genes certainly don't cause 25% of parents to believe that their kids have food allergies, when 4% do. Yuppiedom does.

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Parents may think they are doing their kids a favor by testing them and being hyper-vigilant about monitoring what they eat, but it's not cool to freak kids out. Only 20% of kids who get a positive allergy test result need treatment. And a 2003 study showed that kids who were told they were allergic to peanuts had more anxiety and felt more physically restricted than if they had diabetes. "It's anxiety-producing to imagine that having a snack in kindergarten could be deadly," Christakis said. Remember, this is a demographic so easily panicked that, equipped with only circles and dots, it invented an inoculation to cooties.

~snip some more~

So bring back nuts to schools. If parents need to panic about a food, at least go with seafood allergies. Those fish sticks are disgusting.

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Nuts, anyone?

1 posted on 01/10/2009 9:19:50 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

No thank you. I’m allergic to Yuppie Nuts.


2 posted on 01/10/2009 9:22:17 AM PST by This Just In (Support Christian Homeschoolers)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Aw nuts.


3 posted on 01/10/2009 9:22:29 AM PST by null and void ("Sure, first there's the Ooooos and Ahhhhhs, then there's the running and the screaming.")
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To: This Just In
Yuppie Nuts.

I didn't know they had them. :)

4 posted on 01/10/2009 9:23:46 AM PST by Free State Four
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To: Responsibility2nd
FRom last month....

Warning of nut allergy 'hysteria.' Measures to protect children increasingly absurd

BBC ^ December 10, 2008

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2008 1:27:20 PM by billorites

A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected the 10-year-old passengers.

Such extreme steps to reduce exposure to nuts are not isolated and are fuelling fear and anxiety, reports the British Medical Journal Online.

A UK allergy expert said a similar "epidemic" was present in Britain.

Professor Nicolas Christakis, a professor of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School, told the BMJ there was "a gross over-reaction to the magnitude of the threat" posed by food allergies, and particularly nut allergies.

In the US, serious allergic reactions to foods cause just 2,000 of more than 30 million hospitalisations a year and comparatively few deaths - 150 a year from all food allergies combined.

In the UK there are around 10 deaths each year from food allergies.

Professor Christakis said the issue was not whether nut allergies existed or whether they could occasionally be serious. Nor was the issue whether reasonable preventative steps should be made for the few children who had documented serious allergies, he argued.

"The issue is what accounts for the extreme responses to nut allergies."

He said the number of US schools declaring themselves to be entirely "nut free" - banning staples like peanut butter, homemade baked goods and any foods without detailed ingredient labels - was rising, despite clear evidence that such restrictions were unnecessary.

"School entrances have signs admonishing visitors to wash their hands before entry to avoid [nut] contamination."

He said these responses were extreme and had many of the hallmarks of mass psychogenic illness (MPI), previously known as epidemic hysteria.

Often seen occurring in small towns, schools and other institutions, outbreaks of MPI involve healthy people in a flow of anxiety, most often triggered by a fear of contamination.

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5 posted on 01/10/2009 9:24:10 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
And genes certainly don't cause 25% of parents to believe that their kids have food allergies, when 4% do. Yuppiedom does.

very true, but those that have nut and foold allergies can really get sick. As a matter of fact the 21% of frauds are who are causing the scoffing for the 4% that are truly allergic....

6 posted on 01/10/2009 9:25:15 AM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes. The parents are the nuts.


7 posted on 01/10/2009 9:26:24 AM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

this article would make sense if genes were solely responsible for allergy. but it is a little more complicated than that. hygiene, age of exposure, gut flora, antibiotic exposure, all probably play a role. allergies are increasing. but skin testing, and RAST testing are probably over sensitive.


8 posted on 01/10/2009 9:26:40 AM PST by brannon (we are all dying; some of us faster than others)
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To: Free State Four

“I didn’t know they had them. :)”

Yuppie Nuts are quite popular in certain areas of the country. I do believe Berkeley is where they’re produced, as well as all public education institutions. :^)


9 posted on 01/10/2009 9:27:23 AM PST by This Just In (Support Christian Homeschoolers)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think I see mine there on the upper left....the shriveled ones.


10 posted on 01/10/2009 9:29:02 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Responsibility2nd

The assault on peanuts was just the beginning of politically correct food nazis.

Today they go after transfats, corn syrup, and everything else.

These are the same people who go after smokers, cologne/perfume users and anything that looks, smells or feel uncomfortable.


11 posted on 01/10/2009 9:29:20 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
genes don't mutate fast enough to have caused an 18% increase in childhood food allergies between 1997 and 2007

Or a 500% increase since the seventies when I was in elementary school.

12 posted on 01/10/2009 9:29:31 AM PST by Malsua
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To: Responsibility2nd
When I was a kid (I'm 43 now), I don't recall one of my classmates declaring to be allergic to nuts... if a kid forgot his/her lunch the S.O.P. was a peanut butter sandwich and a 1/2 pt. milk.

I guess that's not done anymore.

13 posted on 01/10/2009 9:29:56 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m allergic to yuppies, yippies, hippies, guppies, and muppets. Especially elmo.


14 posted on 01/10/2009 9:31:26 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Responsibility2nd
these responses were extreme and had many of the hallmarks of mass psychogenic illness (MPI), previously known as epidemic hysteria.

What a coincidence.

I believe I saw something like that on November 4.

15 posted on 01/10/2009 9:36:38 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: DogBarkTree

Thank you for posting this. You’re quite right...Peanuts are related to “peas”.


16 posted on 01/10/2009 9:38:07 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I like fish sticks.


17 posted on 01/10/2009 9:38:59 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Responsibility2nd
Maybe the rise in allergies is due to the rise in awareness as opposed to hysteria.

Although I DO agree about the mass hysteria about the peanuts (It's a peanut - hit the floor!), as a family with food allergies that nearly killed my child - allergy to wheat, misdiagnosed as ulcers, and therefore fed more wheat... I can truly feel the pain!!!!

I think we as a society are becoming more aware of the allergens and are diagnosing them. As a child I was told I just had a nervous stomach because I didn't like school - "now drink your milk or you can't go to recess"...to finding out as an adult my severe stomach pain was caused because of milk allergy/lactose intolerance.

People who have not been there should not judge - severe allergies are real!

18 posted on 01/10/2009 9:39:08 AM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: Gaffer

You said your best one is the size of a pea, but the other one is a little bitty thing?


19 posted on 01/10/2009 9:39:21 AM PST by csmusaret (Congress hasn't got anything right since they declared war on Japan.)
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I am a little confused? I thought California liberals liked ‘nuts’. Wasn’t that what Prop 8 was all about?


20 posted on 01/10/2009 9:39:30 AM PST by WaterBoard (Somewhere a Village is Missing it's Socialist.)
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To: mamelukesabre
Man. That list sound like 98% of the goobers in Washington DC/

What about Barack Omuppet?

Are you allergic to him?

21 posted on 01/10/2009 9:39:47 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
Food allergies are real. However, I do believe that it's been blown out of proportion.

I have sensitivity to various things, but none of them are life-threatening. It's more of a quality of life thing: if I drink this, I get a headache or a runny nose. If I eat that, I'll have some digestive issues. And it's not absolute: I can tolerate small to moderate amounts, but too much will overload my system. The threshold varies according to how I'm doing overall.

I think the allergies have always been there, and the prevalence hasn't changed much. What has changed is the medical profession's ability to recognize the potential and test for it. Then predictably, some people overreact.

22 posted on 01/10/2009 9:40:08 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: csmusaret

No no no.....look like a couple of half pecans, I guess.....just a joke..


23 posted on 01/10/2009 9:40:31 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Responsibility2nd

I love those things. However, for three million Americans, the allergy is a pretty serious issue. Granted, that’s one percent of the population.


24 posted on 01/10/2009 9:42:19 AM PST by mysterio
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To: CindyDawg

I do too. I wonder what they’re made of?

Mrs. R2 will NOT eat any fish. Not fried, nor broiled, nor baked, nor nothing. No shrimp, no oysters, no clam chowder...

If it has anything to do with fish - forget it. Ain’t gonna eat it.

But she will eat fish sticks.

Which brings me back to the question.... I wonder what they’re made of.


25 posted on 01/10/2009 9:43:47 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: CindyDawg
I like fish sticks.

You mean sea kitten sticks?

26 posted on 01/10/2009 9:43:49 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Just wait until they discover 18% of the population is allergic to second hand medical marijuana smoke, leaves and roaches. Heads will explode.


27 posted on 01/10/2009 9:44:42 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Responsibility2nd

Step 1. Catch fish.

Step 2. Remove sticks.

Step 3. Cook and eat.


28 posted on 01/10/2009 9:46:06 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Flycatcher

Oh yeah. I forgot.


29 posted on 01/10/2009 9:46:17 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg
I like fish sticks.

Mmmmm...fish sticks!

Next thing you know those will be banned too due to fish allergies or PETA.

Aren't they calling fish, sea kittens these days. Then it would be cat fish sticks - LOL...now I'm getting hungry...time for lunch!

I think I'll have a big peanut butter sandwich on some gluten free bread with a tall glass of lactose free milk! (Hey - at least I am not allergic to peanuts!)

30 posted on 01/10/2009 9:47:01 AM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I agree with this article on several levels. First of all, telling kids that they are allergic to something only exaggerates the reactions. Second allergy testing is not exactly fool proof, some sensitive people react to their own histamine, rendering the tests useless. For instance, I can write my name on the inside of my arm with my finger nail and raise a red welt.

Then there’s this anecdotal story:

When my kid’s were young, and I was teaching Bible school, I greeted a young mother at the door, as she dropped off her daughter, and laughingly said to her, “Oh, I see that you’ve been swimming.” When she came back to pick up her daughter, the woman asked how I knew that she had been swimming. I said because you have the rash around your eyes from the latex goggles. She was astonished because she worked for the local allergy specialist who had been treating the swimmers and yet he could not identify her allergy with all his testing. He told her that she was allergic to nail polish and must have been rubbing her eyes.


31 posted on 01/10/2009 9:47:18 AM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Some things it’s best not to wonder about:’) I like fried fish sticks with mac and cheese.


32 posted on 01/10/2009 9:47:30 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Responsibility2nd

Nuts! Hot nuts!
Anybody here wanna buy my nuts?
Selling nuts, hot nuts
I’ve got nuts for sale
Now you see that man all dressed in black
His nuts is so hot he keep ‘em in a sack
He’s got nuts, hot nuts,
You buy ‘em from the peanut man


33 posted on 01/10/2009 9:48:31 AM PST by razorback-bert (Save the planet...it is the only known one with beer!)
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To: HomeschoolMomma

Cat fish sticks...I like that lol


34 posted on 01/10/2009 9:49:50 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Responsibility2nd

Aw Nuts!

The FR link in post # 5 is off its nut.

The BBC link is ok but click here to see the FR thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2152312/posts


35 posted on 01/10/2009 9:50:03 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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Barack Omuppet!!!! I love it!!!

That's the first time I heard that one!

And yes, I too am severely allegic to him! Every time I am exposed to him my skin starts to crawl, my brain feels like it is going to explode and I get the urge to vomit!

36 posted on 01/10/2009 9:51:54 AM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yum.

37 posted on 01/10/2009 9:52:55 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Trajan88
When I was a kid (I'm 43 now), I don't recall one of my classmates declaring to be allergic to nuts... if a kid forgot his/her lunch the S.O.P. was a peanut butter sandwich and a 1/2 pt. milk.

Where did you go to school?! Where I went to school (GA, in the 1960's,) if a kid forgot his lunch, the S.O.P. was... forcing him to sit there and watch the other kids eat their lunches.

((Those nuns were really mean!))

Regards,

38 posted on 01/10/2009 9:53:02 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: Responsibility2nd
Which brings me back to the question.... I wonder what they’re made of.

Soylent Green.

39 posted on 01/10/2009 9:53:27 AM PST by hc87
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To: Responsibility2nd
A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected the 10-year-old passengers.

A Baby Ruth in a swimming pool gets the same reaction.
40 posted on 01/10/2009 10:01:45 AM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Trajan88
I don't recall one of my classmates declaring to be allergic to nuts...

It's a good thing nobody did because we'd know exactly how to make him miserable.
41 posted on 01/10/2009 10:01:49 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: hc87
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_9yqV-mpGM

It explains it right here!

42 posted on 01/10/2009 10:03:38 AM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: martin_fierro

What the....

lolol

I had to right click that image just to know what the heck it was!

Just so you know. I always buy the extra crunchy Jif. Nothing less will do!


43 posted on 01/10/2009 10:04:25 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
I was diagnosed with a nut allergy in my 30”s. I used to eat the crap out of PB&J. Why I developed the allergy we have no idea. The onset was very subtle and took years. I was told by the doctor that repeated exposure would make the allergy worse. I made the adjustment in my diet to avoid nuts. For over 15 years I have been illness free.
I can tell if I eat something cooked in peanut oil because my mouth swells up. Worse exposure causes hives. I believe consumers should be made aware if a restaurant uses peanut oil. I also watch carefully menu items like salads etc because they sometimes have nuts.

Say what you want about nut allergies being a yuppie problem.
Medicine has come a long way in the science of allergy research, discovering common chemical compounds, natural and man made that do build up toxicity's in some people for reasons unknown.
But I do think people over react to everything that might harm a child. Those kind of nuts we should all avoid.

44 posted on 01/10/2009 10:04:37 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (Since when is paying more, but getting less, considered Patriotic?)
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To: HomeschoolMomma

They’re real all right, and from my own experiences, including anaphylactic shock, I wouldn’t wish them on anyone


45 posted on 01/10/2009 10:05:02 AM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: hc87

No... I disagree.

SPAM is made of Soylent Green.

I ate some Spam once. I am convinced of it.


46 posted on 01/10/2009 10:05:50 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

I grew up in schools where many kids stored their PB&J sandwiches in their desks in the classrooms then ate them sitting together in the cafeteria. I have flown on about 1,500 airline flights when the majority of flights they handed out nuts for snacks to everybody and those were usually peanuts. I have NEVER seen anyone go into any kind of nut-related alergic reaction in school or on airplanes.


47 posted on 01/10/2009 10:09:22 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Responsibility2nd

I like SPAM too. Never heard of a spam allergy! I think that is a “safe” food! Great fried with a little butter on a sandwich...can you tell its lunchtime!


48 posted on 01/10/2009 10:13:44 AM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Actually there is a problem here. Allergies are not a question of “no exposure or you are going to die”, except in extreme cases. A great many people have allergies so mild they aren’t even aware of them.

An excellent, yet odd case is celery. Celery is a very potent and odoriferous herb, that to most animals is about as strong as onion and garlic. But people, through some odd species quirk, can’t smell most of its odor.

Many people have a mild allergy to celery, getting just a mild throat irritation that quickly passes. However, it was discovered that some long distance runners, who after becoming very pumped up, would chomp down on a stick of celery and pass out with anaphylactic shock. The very simple solution was “don’t do that.”

But allergies can also change over time. If you have a mild allergy to some food, and eat a horse dose of it, or smaller amounts for a long time, it may increase your sensitivity to them. Conversely, if you have a more severe reaction to them, abstaining for a long time might reduce the allergic response somewhat.

A good example of this is severe “hay fever”, which is most likely due to a particular kind of tree pollen for a particular person. The very best treatment is to go somewhere without that pollen for a few weeks. But that is also mitigated because tree pollen cycles don’t usually last very long, so would be much diminished by the time you returned, anyway.

Importantly, allergies used to be defined by the allergen, but in truth they should be defined also by the individual response. Even though allergies are a reaction to particular organic proteins, people are able to have an allergic response to inorganic substances as well. So while technically they aren’t “allergic” to something, chlorine for example, their body still has an allergic response.


49 posted on 01/10/2009 10:14:13 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: HomeschoolMomma
Back in the good old days we who have the inherited problems with lactose and/or wheat would have been lucky to have been considered "a separate creation" ~ that way they'd not been plying us with grape juice and raisins (which also have chemicals that cause us problems). (And they'd definitely not been forcing us to Communion.)

A recent study in Finland reported that the genetic problem with wheat extends to at least 3.5% of the population in that country who have the genes for it (and there are now 11 different genes that can cause it). However, the problem with wheat usually only affects about 1.2% of infants and children.

Fortunately it's not really an allergy. Instead, our T-cells are already pre-programmed by the genome to treat wheat as a deadly poison. It's not, of course, but the genome doesn't know that. Lactose intolerance isn't an allergy either ~ it's just normal. Adults up until about 10,000 years ago had a full set of genes that enabled folks to handle milk up until they were 6 years old or so, and then they shut down lactase production. Normal adults can't handle milk, but mutants can (how's that for spin).

In the US, about 5% of whites, 25% of African Americans and virtually 100% of Asian Americans cannot digest lactose without the aid of lactase pills.With 7% of all Americans having some degree of trouble with milk, and another 3.5% having some degree of trouble with wheat, you have a nice chunk of the market (10.5%) that will NOT BUY products containing milk or wheat, or both.

Those of you with either problem know how terribly many things like that are sold in modern grocerystores. Even sodapop has wheat additives (called "modified food starch") ~ I'm down to one brand in one flavor because of that.

I'm starting a campaign to force "truth in labeling" on cornbread so that it only has corn in it, and Rice Krispies have only rice! And what's this problem with so many cooks who ruin perfectly good chili by putting in flour when there's so much cornstarch available.

BTW, there's another 40%+ of the population who have a fish allergy to one degree or the other. A few of them really get sick. Most don't.

50 posted on 01/10/2009 10:16:43 AM PST by muawiyah
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