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Re: Increase in peanut allergy

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I was allergic to peanuts as a child ... I eventually grew out of it, which makes me suspicious of those professionals who claim "genetic heritage" as the sole determinant.

Kellie, I'm not sure why you think that "capitalism" as such is behind this rise in childhood peanut allergies, would you please elaborate? I suspect that consumption of shitty, pesticided, highly sugared (GM corn syrup) and possibly genetically engineered peanut butter (thank you Jimmy Carter) by pregnant women may have something to do with the rise in peanut-related allergies in their offspring, but I'm not sure.

I'll forward your request for information to others on the No Spray Coalition list. I recommend that you check with childhood allergy specialist Dr. Doris Rapp. I'm forwarding to her this email. I also recommend Mothering magazine, which has a fascinating interactive discussion board about these sorts of topics.

- Mitchel

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The increase in peanut allergy in children and increase in deaths strikes me as a result of capitalism. 
I am wondering, "why is this happening?"  So, I looked at regular articles about the subject and guess what they blame?  Nursing and vegetarianism!   (See below) 
  
My understanding is that a baby can live on mother's milk and very little else for the first year, perhaps vegetables in the later six months and after that a regular diet.  In fact, generally NOTHING through mother's milk causes allergy.  Quit the opposite, which is the introduction of regular foods, especially in the first six months or perhaps first year, can result in allergy.  After the first year the eating of nuts wouldn't explain the allergy to nuts.  However, I also read another article that blamed peanuts being in BABY LOTION as the cause of allergy, which could be because the child is under six months and puting anything other than water on the skin 'can' be a problem.  I wonder how GM could pay into this although I suspect the capitalists would be careful about peanuts at this point.  I just wanted to point out that I smell a tremendous rat in the increasing number of peanut deaths.  Anyone have any information?  
  
Kellie 
  
  
In the current study, skin prick tests were performed on 1,246 children. Of those, 3.3% (41 children) had a positive response to peanut, compared with a positive response rate of 1.1% in the 1989 study. Children who tested positive to peanut showed a high level of atopy, which is the genetic tendency to develop allergy and asthma symptoms. Half of them had a history of asthma, and nearly all of them had had eczema. Based on results from the questionnaire, there was also an increase in reported peanut allergy, from 0.5% to 1.0%. The evidence from both the skin prick tests and questionnaire shows a substantial increase in the number of children with peanut allergy. 
Researchers suggested several reasons for the increase: 
Consumption of peanuts by women during pregnancy. 
Infants exposed to peanut through breast milk, which may contain major peanut allergens. 
An increase in the number of families who become vegetarian or supplement their diet with vegetarian foods, often containing nuts, particularly peanuts. 
The evidence in the JACI study showed an increase in prevalence of the allergy in children in recent years, possibly due to increased exposure to peanut in early life, and lactating mothers should avoid eating peanut if there is a history of atopy in the immediate family.


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