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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:33 pm 

Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:48 pm
Posts: 614
Location: Ontario, Canada / Cambridge, UK
A York Region mother is fighting to have oak trees removed near her child’s school, fearing that acorns could pose a deadly threat to students with severe allergies.

Read the rest of the story here: ... her-claims

Another article here: ... tID=609964

What do people think? The house where my son lives with his father has an oak tree in the front yard. At this time of the year there are tons of acorns on the ground. My son has lived there all of his life and since he was diagnosed at age 2, he has never been tempted to pick up an acorn and eat it.

I think that education, not isolation, is the best policy here.

16-year-old son: peanuts, nuts, raw egg whites, asthmatic
Self: allergic rhinitis, fragrance/chemical sensitivities, oral allergy syndrome

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:23 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
Sounds like a loving mother in the midst of full blown anxiety! Her child is a teenager and the school has a plan for picking up the fallen acorns. Granted, it may have taken this for them to get the plan...

Good intentions, gone off the deep end.

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

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:51 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:04 am
Posts: 101
Acorns are not listed "of concern" by Health Canada:

The tree nuts of concern are almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts (filberts), macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts (pignolias), pistachio nuts and walnuts. Peanuts are part of the legume family and are not considered a tree nut. ... ix-eng.php

myself: seasonal allergies, chemical sensitivities
son 2007: allergic to sesame and raw eggs
daughter 2009: no allergies
daughter 2011: severe eczema, no allergies

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:12 pm 
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Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:39 pm
Posts: 2987
Location: Toronto
I think this is really bad news - newspapers and other media are picking up on it with all the cute catchphrases like "nutty". The Globe and Mail has now even felt the need to do an editorial: ... le5271113/

I fear that "oak trees" will start cropping up as a comeback when parents seeks reasonable accommodations in their kids' schools. It is too extreme and it's really unfortunate that one person's view is held out as if it represents that majority in this community.

From the chat so far on AL's Facebook page, that's clearly not the case.

This story is really not good news for this community's credibility.

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:44 am 

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:23 pm
Posts: 1070
Location: Kingston
A response to acorn-free :

Teach children the skills to cope with allergies:

Letter-writer Matt Cousineau grew up with fatal nut (and sesame seed, and fish) allergies and no Epi-pen ... id=7556365


PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:26 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:26 pm
Posts: 526
I found this one a while back when someone suggested a craft using pine cones. It covers acorns as well. As long as the nut hasn't been cracked open, touching a pine cone or acorn should be okay. ... econes.pdf

We don't permit them in our house, but I'm not going to ask the City to chop down all the oak trees on my street. (They are all oak trees.) I think there's more threat touching the local post box than having acorns on the sidewalk.

anaphylaxis to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, sorghum; asthmatic, dairy intolerant, vegan
other family members allergic to to dairy, egg, peanut, peach, sesame, environmentals

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