Thursday, August 31, 2006

One More Thing I Don't Understand

Peanut butter allergies. I don't get it. When I was a kid we all inhaled the stuff. PB&J sandwiches were household and school cafeteria staples. Reese's Peanut Butter cups were enjoyed by everyone big enough to open the familiar orange packet.

Now we have zillions of kids with peanut butter allergies. Kids that die from eating it. Kids that die or go into shock from even being NEAR people who have eaten it recently. This is beyond any kind of allergy I know of. And suddenly LOTS of kids have it.

And celliac disease -- gluten intolerance. Same story -- zillions of kids with it.

There seem to be lots of conditions rampant among children now that were not 50 or even 20 years ago. What changed???


Blogger The Harbour of Ourselves said...

neither do i, am sure someone somewhere has some theory...sadly i am impotent when it comes to answers

good question though

6:22 AM  
Blogger samtzmom said...

One possible theory I've heard is the overuse of antibiotics since the 1960's which play with the immune system of susceptible kids and cause something to tip the balance. There is a theory of the cause of autism surrounding this as well. It is truly very disturbing...

P.S. Welcome home ;c)

6:34 AM  
Blogger Songbird said...

We have a dog whose ears bloom with yeast whenever she has a food or treat that contains corn (major component of most or all inexpensive dog foods). I've heard a supposition that genetic engineering of crops may have something to do with this. We strive to "improve" things but end up making them bad in another way.
Here some of the elementary schools are "peanut free!"

9:31 AM  

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