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 Post subject: allergen warning?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:20 pm 

Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 10:49 am
Posts: 50
Location: Edmonton
I was talking to a woman yesterday at ds's preschool party. Her cousin has a peanut allergy and uses this faithfully. She told me that if the person with the allergy wears a metal necklace/bracelet ect and holds it over the food it will turn in a circle if it's unsafe and move in a straight line if it's safe. Just like the baby predictor thing with a ring/necklace over a womans hand.

Out of curiosity we tried it last night with some of ds's candy. I took off his bracelet and held it over a mars bar. Back and forth. Over an Oh henry, a very small circle (could be the weight of the bracelet made it harder to move). Then I tried some unlabled things we planned on throwing out anyway. Circle, smarties-back and forth. It was so bizarre. Not something I will trust but its neat to see the differences. I wonder what makes that work.

Has anyone heard of this before?? I'm still amazed.

ds 6: ana to peanuts and fish, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, many environmental
dd 12: reacted to pork rinds
dh: brazil nuts
me: shrimp, mangos, environmental

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:40 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 22, 2005 11:39 pm
Posts: 1141
Location: saskatchewan, canada
Her cousin has a peanut allergy and uses this faithfully.

:shock: :shock: :shock:

DD age 9 1/2 -peanuts, nuts,
DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:14 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
I think we all want to be able to predict what is safe and what is not. Perhaps before label laws this was the best that we could do.
I have no idea why it would work but then again people have done this to pregnant women for years to try to determine the ** of the child.
With a yes/no question it is bound to be right some of the time. With multiple allergies it gets more confusing. How does one phrase the question then?

I see it as harmless as long as:
1. They still read the labels.
2. No Epi-Pen/Twinject = no eating.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:10 am 

Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:03 pm
Posts: 180
Location: Montreal, QC
Nice to have, but I wouldn't trust it to keep my daughter safe. A little to esoteric for me.
I prefer reading confusing labels! ;)

Me - Kim - No allergies
DH Ben - 31 - Allergic to nuts and peanuts, lots of environmental allergies.
DD Anne - 4 - Asthma. Allergic to dairy, eggs, mustard, kiwi, peanuts, wheat and barley... for now...
DS Francois - 1 - No allergies so far...

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:13 am 

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:38 pm
Posts: 1643
Location: Toronto
I wonder what makes that work.

Subconscioiusly you move it. It's a natural thing to do. If the person doing it is blindfolded with no clue what they are holding the bracelet over it will not be as accurate. Parlour tricks -- not something I'd ever rely on in any way.

self: allergy to sesame seeds and peanuts
3 sons each with at least one of the following allergies: peniciilin, sulfa-based antibiotic, latex, insect bites/stings

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