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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:22 am 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 2044
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
I think your questions and concerns are totally valid - the problem is that no one really knows - including the specialists. That's why it's all so confusing and why studies are going on that fly in the face of current conventional wisdom. I suspect, like you, that there is not a "one size fits all" solution - but I think the issue is that right now it's not possible to tell what approach should be given on a person-by-person basis.

It will be interesting to see what comes of the study you linked to. My question is this: if all the kids in Africa, Southeast Asia and Israel are eating such vast quantities of peanuts and not becoming allergic, what is the true reason -- the true root cause -- behind that? Kids in N. America were also supposedly consuming vast quantities of peanuts (or at least peanut butter) before the "peanut allergy crisis" started. So you can't say that the fact that kids weren't consuming peanuts caused the initial problem. What is the difference that started some of our countries down the allergic path? (I'm just thinking out loud here... No one has to answer! ;) )

In Israel, where they consume large amounts of sesame seed, they have a big problem with sesame seed allergy. So are they going to start saying that kids in Israel should start consuming sesame seed at an even younger age? I'm sure they already start eating sesame seed at a very young age. As was the case with kids in N. America and peanut butter until just a few years ago.

For me personally (keeping in mind that I am a layperson and not a scientist), the study doesn' t make total sense, as it's only looking at what kids are consuming. What about the environment, pollution, vaccines, the kind of peanut product that is consumed in the early year (roasted vs. boiled peanuts), etc.? As I asked before, what exactly is it that differentiates Canada, the US and the UK from these other countries that are not having a peanut allergy crisis? (And has anyone looked at what food allergy crisis they are having, if any?)

Anyway, I do understand your frustration. The thought that a particular approach to allergy management might be making things worse rather than better is not appealing... I just don't know that anyone has the answers you are looking for right now - much as we wish we did!


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:15 am 

Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2005 11:21 am
Posts: 692
Location: Cobourg, ON
All of us understand how frustrating it is not to have all of the answers to allergies. The difficulty with early introduction with allergens is that each time they are consumed we are taking a gamble with our child's life. What if early exposure makes the allergy worse? Or with each exposure the reaction is stronger? I'll bet many of us have wondered about the wisdom of complete avoidance but when the alternative has the risk of an anaphylactic reaction well... for us the stakes are too high.

I also read that avoidance of more allergenic food in the first year is related to the young child's digestive system. In the first year, the system is more likely to allow undigested food protein to pass directly into the blood stream ("leaky digestive system"). As the child's system develops this is less likely to happen. I will have to look up this reference. OKay, I checked it - p. 103 Complete Kid's Allergy and Asthma Guide.
Hang in there.

13 year old daughter -- lives with life-threatening allergies to milk, tree nuts and peanuts; seasonal allergies (birch, maple, ragweed); pet allergies; asthma; and eczema
10 year old son - no allergies

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