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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Check this out! Great New App to Alert YOU when you forgot your Epi pens!

Pure genius!  And passed along by my friend, esteemed allergy book author, Henry Ehrlich.  (Thank you, Henry!)

AND THANK YOU TO THE MAKERS OF THIS APP!

An app like that gives this almost college-parent just a bit more comfort about sending my teen off to college in a year's time.   (Scary to not be there to remind young adults to be sure they take their epi pens - everywhere!)   They do say college age kids are the ones who have the most encounters with accidental anaphylaxis.  Ugh.

So -- READ THIS LINK HERE!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Webinar to help explain what we need to know about FOOD ALLERGY TESTING: From KFA

Today on our sister Facebook group page someone asked "What's better skin test or blood test?" And a very astute member, author Henry Ehrlich, grumbled a bit in private to me that this was still a question people asked. To which I told him the truth: Hardly anyone knows as much about the current protocol about allergy testing as he does, and the reality is, most people reading this now are beginners to this entire topic so it's very important to make sure we not only keep ourselves informed of what today's standards are (for they DO change every so often) and that we also bring newer allergy parents up to speed with what the current school of thoughts are on basic things: Like ALLERGY TESTING:

He kindly provided me with this wonderful link to Kids With Food Allergies webinar on this topic and I highly encourage all of us to sit down with it and try to absorb it as best possible. Some of you know it already, some never heard any of it before and some of us are just a bit "rusty" with our facts.

And thank you author, Henry Ehrlich, for providing this to us all! :)



April 16, 2014 3:58 PM Kids With Food Allergies by Kids With Food Allergie
s online 2014 Champion Donor
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar on April 16, 2014 featuring guest speaker David Stukus, MD. Dr. Stukus reviewed the different types of food allergy tests and what they mean, explained false positives and predictive values as well as answered questions from the audience.

An attendee gave this review as the most valuable part of the webinar:
“I liked how you had a doctor that specialized in pediatric allergies because he did a great job of explaining terminology, tests and results, and misconceptions.”

The following is the video recording of the webinar and a list of resources to accompany the presentation.
This doctor seems very firm that "sensitization" does not mean "allergy."

It took me some time to figure out what he was getting at, so feel free to put it on hold, rewind, and take it all in because it really is alot to take in and try to understand if you are just now getting started with this.

And below is a very handy written explanation of :

What You Need to Know About Diagnostic Allergy Testing
by David Stukus, MD
Whenever I meet with families for the first time and ask the parents whether their child has any food allergies, I often hear the following reply: “I don't know, he/she's never been tested”. This always presents a wonderful opportunity to discuss the role of diagnostic testing for food allergies, as I'd like to do in this forum.

Before we go any further, I'd like to define some common terms that you may encounter when reading about or discussing food allergies:

Allergy – This is an immune response to a particular food. Symptoms should occur every time that food is ingested. These immune system changes fall into two categories: Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated and non-IgE-mediated.

Sensitization – This is the detection of specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) through skin prick or blood testing towards a specific food, but without the development of symptoms after that food is ingested. In other words, a positive allergy test result to a food that your child has eaten without any problems, or has never eaten.

IgE mediated hypersensitivity/allergy – Commonly referred to as “food allergy”, in which IgE antibody specific for a food is formed and attaches to the allergy cells throughout the body. Whenever that food is ingested, it causes immediate onset symptoms, usually within minutes or up to 3 hours after ingestion. Typical symptoms include hives, swelling, itchy/water nose and eyes, difficulty breathing/swallowing, vomiting, and can progress to loss of consciousness. Skin prick or blood specific IgE testing is very likely to be positive for that food.

Anaphylaxis – Rapid onset, progressive, severe symptoms involving more than one organ system that can occur with IgE mediated food allergy.

Non-IgE mediated reaction
– This is an immunologically mediated, typically delayed-onset reaction to a particular food. This is mediated by other parts of the immune system separate from IgE, specifically T-cells. These symptoms are not immediate in onset and can occur hours to days after ingestion. Anaphylaxis is not part of this response and most symptoms involve the gastrointestinal tract, with vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, or blood in the stool. Skin prick or blood specific IgE testing is negative.

Sensitivity or intolerance – This is a non-immunologic response to a certain food or foods. Symptoms occur when that food is consumed, but may be variable over time. This also most often includes gastrointestinal symptoms and does not include symptoms observed with IgE mediated reactions. Skin prick or blood specific IgE testing is negative.

When trying to determine whether a child has a food allergy, there are many steps involved. First, the most important part is taking a careful history of suspected foods, the timing and types of symptoms that occur, and any treatment that has been used to help make symptoms better. If the history is consistent with an IgE mediated allergy, then testing is often pursued. However, a good rule of thumb to remember is, if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food. Why is that? Because the best test is actual ingestion of the food. In regards to IgE mediated allergy, you're almost always going to know if a certain food makes your child sick, and there are no 'hidden' food allergies. In many circumstances, the history is more consistent with non-IgE mediated symptoms or intolerance and skin prick or specific IgE testing is not helpful, necessary, or indicated. This is the point when many families ask, “Why don't we just do the allergy tests to find out for sure?” If only it were so easy.

Before we discuss any further, I'd like to mention something that is very important to keep in mind when discussing food allergy testing. A positive test result for food allergy is not, in and of itself, diagnostic for food allergy. These tests are best utilized to help confirm a suspicious history for IgE mediated food allergies. They have high rates of falsely elevated and meaningless results and are not useful screening tools. Some commercial laboratories offer convenient “screening panels”, in which many different foods are included. These are rarely utilized by Allergists/Immunologists, but more commonly ordered by primary care providers. This often results in falsely elevated results, along with diagnostic confusion and unnecessary dietary elimination. Ultimately, your child may have food(s) removed from their diet for no reason other than a meaningless positive test result. This may then lead to anxiety, family hardship due to food avoidance, and potentially nutritional deficiencies.

There are 3 main ways to test for IgE mediated food allergy:


Skin Prick Testing (SPT):
This involves placing a drop of allergen onto the surface of the skin, and then pricking through it to introduce the allergen into the top layer of the skin. If specific IgE antibody towards that allergen is present and attached to the allergy cells, then an itchy bump and surrounding redness (wheal/flare) should develop within 15 minutes. These tests have a high negative predictive value (when a test yields a negative result, it is very likely to be correct), but a low positive predictive value (when a test yields a positive result, it is less likely to be correct) which can result in false positive test results. Thus, it is not a good screening tool but is a very reliable test to confirm a history that is consistent with an IgE mediated food allergy.

In order to get accurate results, all antihistamines should be discontinued for 5-7 days before testing. A common myth is that skin prick testing is not reliable in young infants and children. Actually, skin prick testing to foods is reliable at any age if you have a history of IgE mediated food allergy. Tests may be negative in young children when they are performed for other conditions such as non-IgE mediated formula or food intolerance.

TAKE NOTE: "Positive" results can be wrong; "negative" results are more likely correct.

Specific IgE (sIgE) Blood Testing (previously and commonly referred to as RAST or ImmunoCAP testing):
This test measures levels of specific IgE directed towards foods in the blood. The range, depending upon the laboratory techniques, can go from 0.10 kU/L to 100 kU/L. This also has a very high negative predictive value but a low positive predictive value. Mildly elevated results are often encountered, especially in children who have other types of allergic conditions such as eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. The predictive values for likelihood of an allergy being present differ with every food, but in general, the higher the level, the more likely that an IgE mediated allergy is present. This is also a very poor screening test due to the high rates of falsely elevated and meaningless results.

I've met many families whose children have been ‘screened for food allergies’ in the setting of eczema or other conditions and the report lists every food that was tested as being ‘high’, as their cutoff for reporting this is often set very low, at levels that are usually meaningless. This leads to diagnostic confusion and unnecessary dietary elimination. In addition, many laboratories will report an arbitrary class designation (a created value that is assigned to a result that has no meaning or scientific basis), along with the actual level of specific IgE obtained. This is of no clinical use and also does not help determine whether food allergy is present. It is also commonly misunderstood that higher blood test levels indicate increased ”severity”. Unfortunately there is no test that can determine severity. Individuals with higher blood (or skin) tests are at no more increased risk of anaphylaxis than someone with minimally positive tests.

TAKE NOTE: "Class Levels" are meaningless.

Physician Supervised Oral Food Challenge (commonly referred to as IOFC on KFA):This entails consumption of gradually increasing amounts of the suspected food allergen while being supervised by a physician, usually an Allergist. If no symptoms develop that are consistent with an IgE mediated food allergy (hives, swelling, anaphylaxis), then it makes the presence of IgE directed toward that food unlikely. This is often considered the gold standard for food allergy testing, and can be considered a good way to ‘rule out’ food allergy or determine if a previously diagnosed food allergy has gone away. This is time consuming as most challenges take 4-8 hours to complete but can be a very reliable test.

TAKE NOTE: The gold standard for diagnosing a food allergy is through a physician-supervised oral food challenge.


As you can see, performing diagnostic testing for food allergies can be very complicated and requires careful consideration about what tests to order and how to interpret them. There are very few indications to perform an extensive ‘screening panel’ for food allergies. However, obtaining a careful history of what specific foods cause symptoms and then using the type of symptoms can be a helpful guide to determine whether specific IgE testing is worth pursuing, or to go in a different direction.


Lastly, a word of caution regarding other commonly used techniques (often utilized by non-board certified Allergists/Immunologists) that you may encounter. Specific IgG blood testing for foods, muscle provocation testing, acupuncture, hair/urine analysis, and applied kinesiology are not validated, standardized, or FDA approved tests for the diagnosis of food allergy or food intolerance. Use of these tests is not recommended by the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, or supported by the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy, published in 2010 (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 126(6); supplement S1-56).


References

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy, published in 2010 (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 126(6); supplement S1-56).


Dr David StukusDr. Stukus is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Allergy/Immunology at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus Ohio. In addition to his interest in caring for families with food allergies and other allergic conditions, he also serves as Co-Director of the Specialty Asthma Clinic. He previously completed his pediatric residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is married with one 3 year old son, and a daughter due in November.

Last edited by KFA Medical Advisory Team September 30, 2012 6:22 PM

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Very moving testimony from Natalie Giorgi's mother in support for California's bill SB-1266



Here is a video clip from yesterday's vote in California State Legislature Session about the bill we have in place to provide stock epi pens for any student who should require it.


The SB1266 parts starts at about 1:18. ( I cropped to start right there for this blog post.)

Do try to listen to the moving, brave testimony of Natalie Giorgi's mother, (3:36) who lost her daughter to peanut allergy anaphylaxis only last July, and yet, here she is on her own birthday, offering her support for this bill so that no other children needing epinephrine would be lost as well. As she puts it "None of us have a child to spare." She's so strong to bring her voice to this so soon after such a tragedy. Also listen to the equally moving, compelling personal testimony of those who follow her. Their interesting, relevant personal histories also offer compelling reasons why this bill is needed as soon as possible. Parents would do well to have this video handy to review before having to meet with anyone who we want to request a change in their school or camps as once you hear it articulated with such clarity it will help you also present your case with clarity and courage, as well. How could it not?

Kudos to Senator Huff and coauthor: Senator Hill for the writing of and as well as the fine presentation of this bill.

Parents. Please note his language, the direct manner he presents solid facts about our growing food allergy crisis and why it requires much needed concern. We can all learn much from delivering new information to those who either have not heard it before or are resisting change.

Huff's ability to present the problems and data very unemotionally, yet factually solid while asking for something needed to protect children is precisely how we too need to present changes to keep our peanut allergic (food allergic) children safe from harm as well. Sometimes we freeze up, leave out important information, or worse included too much emotionally charged data that we alienate those who we are requesting support from. He is really a pro at articulating why it is vitally important for everyone to take sudden anaphylaxis seriously.

I advise all parents to have this clip is handy to have and share with any school or place that cares for children that is not comfortable having an epi pen on hand for emergencies. Really have them listen to the testimony of those present.


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See info below and click on link to read full disclosure and written presentation about this bill.

AMENDED IN SENATE MARCH 24, 2014
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION
SENATE BILL No. 1266
Introduced by Senator Huff
(Coauthor: Senator Hill)

February 21, 2014

An act to amend Section 49414 of the Education Code, relating to pupil health.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

SB 1266, as amended, Huff. Pupil health: epinephrine auto-injectors.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

10 THINGS MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIES WISH YOU KNEW by Rachel Rotter Coppola

10 Things Mothers of Children with Allergies Wish You Knew!

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to allergies. In the last few years, the amount of children born with allergies has increased significantly. Chances are you know or will know someone with allergies. As a mother to a child with over 25 different allergies who has reactions that range from mild, to severe, to life threatening, I have heard all kinds of craziness come out of friends, family, and even strangers mouths. The ignorant and often condescending statements can be frustrating and hurtful. I know it is not always easy to understand what my daughters allergies are or do, but please, don’t assume to know everything we have gone through or the struggles we face everyday to make life safe and normal. One of the most wonderful things is when someone takes the time to listen, be considerate and aware of my daughters allergies and the fight to keep her safe in everyday life.
Here are 10 Things That Mothers of Children with Allergies Wish You Knew.
1. I worry about my child’s allergies and constantly have fear for my child’s safety in the back of my mind.
2. I wish life were different, but I am doing my very best to make my child’s life awesome and normal.
3. It may not make sense to you. But Please, don’t think I am overreacting.
4. Food allergies can cause isolation for my child. Please, be considerate.
5. It is not just a mild tummy ache reaction. These reactions are violent and sometimes can be fatal.
6. Don’t tell me that my child will “Grow Out Of It!” I don’t know that, nor do I really have time to think that way right now.
7.  Yes. A tiny, little bit will hurt.
8. Please, make our lives easier by being aware that dropped food, wrappers, & uneaten-unattended food  is extremely dangerous.
9. This is NOT a dietary choice. It is MANDATORY.
10. It is not my fault. I am just a mom doing my best to protect my child from dangers around him. I am not trying to inconvenience you. I am doing my very best to keep my child safe.
When you take the time to be considerate of others in situations you are not familiar with or have never been in yourself, you can encourage and support other moms in ways you never imagined!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Zooey Magazine story about me and how having a child with peanut allergy changed everything




Thank you Asami Photography for shooting me for Zooey Magazine.

I am beyond honored (so, so excited) to have my story featured in next months edition of Zooey Magazine regarding how having a child with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts  changed everything as I knew it.

Juliet and I had a photo shoot today with the talented Asami Zenri, at our humble abode from under, as you can see right here, some very blue skies.

So, stay tuned for Zooey Magazine's feature on my story -- coming soon...

Petition to Establish a New York State law requiring food allergy training for restaurant and food establishment employees

If you live in NY State OR if peanut allergies and food allergies are important to you -- then please sign this Change.Org Petition:

Thank you so much -- Parents Of Kids With A Severe Peanut Allergy

Read the fine print below:

Petition by
Jean Reid
Lynbrook, NY

We feel this is important based on the sheer number of Americans with food allergies. Fifteen million Americans have food allergies, 6 million of these are children under the age of 18.

We ask that the responsibility of keeping food allergic patrons safe not solely rest on the food allergic patrons and their families. Restaurant and food establishment owners and managers should be sharing in this responsibility by making menu ingredients readily available, training the necessary staff about food allergies and cross contamination, and posting menu reminders about food allergy ingredients.

Two states, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, already have laws making food allergies a restaurants responsibility. We would like to see New York be the third state to do so.

According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. With this potentially life threatening allergy on the rise it is more important then ever to educate and involve all who are part of the restaurant and food industry.

Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year. In addition, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children under the age of 18. Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital setting.

Approximately half of all food allergy reactions happen outside of the home. It is vital for restaurants to better understand food allergies in order to decrease this number and
keep patrons healthy.

In this country many celebrations involve eating out or bakery cakes. This can make what should be a celebration very stressful for the food allergic patron. The food allergic patron may have told his/her server about their allergy, but was its seriousness understood, was the message relayed to the chef and others handling the meal? Does the kitchen staff understand cross-contamination? The food allergic patron is putting their life in the hands of a stranger, that most likely does not have any knowledge of food allergies or how to prepare such a meal.

Based on food allergy statistics in this country we feel a New York State law requiring food allergy training for restaurant and food establishment employees is necessary.



https://www.facebook.com/groups/POKWASPeanutAllergy/

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Petition to to include cross contamination warnings for the top 8 allergens on ALL of your privately labeled products.


    1. Caitlin Stivaletta
    2.  
    3. Petition by
      San Diego, CA

Dear Trader Joes,
Your company provides a place where many families who are concerned with preservatives, artificial ingredients, pesticides and GMOs can shop.  A growing part of that demographic include families with food allergies.  Please help support the movement for better knowledge of what is in our foods by standardizing your labeling practices to declare potential unintended ingredients with warnings for the top 8 allergens (milk, wheat, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish) on ALL of your privately labeled products.
  According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the hospital.  Many of those people are children.  In fact, between 1997 and 2011 the amount of children with food allergies increased by 50% (FARE).  No one knows why this is, but it is clear the problem is not going away anytime soon.  Many of those with food allergies face the potential for a life threatening reaction.  For this reason, knowledge that a food might unintentionally contain one of the top 8 allergens is essential.  Currently, there is no law requiring a manufacturer to label for unintended ingredients introduced to a food during manufacturing by cross contamination.  Some companies recognize the importance of our right as consumers to know what is, and/or might be in our foods and choose to include warning labels on their packaging.  Trader Joes has demonstrated an understanding of this need as many of your products have labels for cross contamination of the top 8 allergens.  Because there is no standard protocol in place, not all of your products have labels.  This leads to confusion for many of your customers, particularly those not accustomed to reading labels and shopping with special allergy needs in mind.
If you set a precedence for better food labeling standards by labeling for potential cross contamination of the top 8 allergens on ALL of your privately labeled products, other companies may follow suit.  These labels would include  "Made on Shared Equipment", "Made in a Facility With", "May Contain" or "Made in a (allergen/s) Free Facility" using the following guidelines...  
     "Made in a facility with (insert top 8 allergen/s)": This product is produced in a facility that also processes and/or packages said allergen/s in the facility.
     "Made on shared equipment with (insert top 8 allergen/s)": This product shares equipment with said allergen, but strict allergen controls and cleaning are used to minimize risk of cross contamination.
     "May Contain (insert top 8 allergen/s)": Despite our best efforts this product may contain trace amounts of said allergen or we do not employ measures to reduce the risk of cross contamination. 
     "Made in a (insert top 8 allergen/s) free facility": This product and its ingredients are processed in a facility that does not produce and/or package any of the said allergen/s.


Please help spread the awareness for the importance of knowing what is in our food.
To:
Trader Joes, Nutrition Specialist 
Standardize your labeling practices to declare potential unintended ingredients with cross contamination warnings for the top 8 allergens on ALL of your privately labeled products.
Sincerely,
[Your name]

IL bill to cut anaphylaxis training in IL -- SB 3310 is being heard today

ALSO Important for POKWASPA -- Peanut Allergy Parents to lend support to:

There is a bill up for vote TODAY in IL 

SB 3310 is being heard today...This afternoon!!  

This is bill is important and they are encouraging IL residents to call the Senators offices asap. 

Call Senator Willie Delgado at 217.782.5652 at his Senate office, and leave a message about food allergy parent opposition. 

This bill wants to make anaphylaxis training ONLY when new staff come in (?!) or when renewing licenses not every 2 years as it stands now -- WHICH IS THE ONLY SAFE OPTION.

If you care to support this anaphylaxis training bill act now.

Thanks,

POKWASPA

CAFA Petition to enlist support for SB 1266 to update California Educational Code 49414 to require California public schools to stock epinephrine

Become an advocate for clear and accurate food ingredient labels regarding top allergens



Become an advocate for clear and accurate food ingredient labels regarding top allergens




    1.  
    2. Petition by
      Commerce Township, MI













Petition link:

Become an advocate for clear and accurate food ingredient labels regarding top allergens


Create state law making all (CA) elementary schools peanut free!

Create state law making all (CA) elementary schools peanut free!
    1. Kimberly McCauley
    2.  
    3. Petition by
      Sacramento, CA


http://www.change.org/petitions/jerry-brown-create-state-law-making-all-elementary-schools-peanut-free

POKWASPA PEANUT ALLERGY RELATED ADVOCACY PAGE

POKWASPA MEMBERS PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FOR ACTIVISM 

1) Contact admins by email to obtain permission to post. 

2) Send petition requests to our email:

Parents.PeanutAllergy@Gmail.com, put "REQUEST TO POST" in subject line.

 3)  If it's POKWASPA approved we will post your emailed information here, link the petition BACK to our FB page, and redirect our FB members support back here.

Every petition will have it's own post on this blog. Each post contains it's own address link which can be reused as often as you wish elsewhere on the internet.

Thank you for reading.

POKWASPA

Saturday, November 23, 2013

One Food Allergy Mom's Plea to Take Fighting GMOs Seriously


Dear Facebook folks and blog lurkers,

Some of you know me well (too well), some vaguely, some barely, some have no idea who I am, doesn't matter -- I want to make sure you're listening to something important. 

-- GMO Legislation. 

I want you to read this piece called "Why You Should Care About GMO Legislation.

Why do I feel like David Brent in The Office right now? 
Have your eyes glazed over yet?   Finger itching to hit the "next" button? 

Okay, I get it, but before you go -- really remember this moment:  This moment when some random person on the internet told you that you really needed to pay close attention to the problem behind GMOs because it was going to affect your health and frankly, all life as we once knew it if we don't stop them now.  *I am not, however, the only one to note a connection between food allergies (which have risen 50% in the past decade!) and the intruction of GMOs to our food chain.

So, if you haven't moved on, thank you.  But, are you really listening, yet?

What I have to say is what I'm worried about and why.  It's long and it's opinionated, but if you have the time, I hope you'll read through it if only to start to understand why I'm very afraid of GMOs and why.


I realize we all have enough crap to worry about -- but this one? This one's really crucial, so hang in there with me for a sec. longer, okay?



This is something you need to know for YOUR health. Not mine, your health, not some twit you never met, but you and your kids.  And their kids.   And your beloved pet.  And your golf course.  And the place you want to visit on your next vacation.   EVERYTHING will ultimately be changed due to putting GMO's in our food chain.  Everything.  Down to the tiny little tree frog in the Amazon.  Everything is connected.  Everything is fragile.  Everything is being ruined by this particular subject, unless we, THAT WOULD BE YOU AND ME, do something strong to stop it.



Maybe I just happen to think it's important because I run a Facebook support group of about 3,600 parents who all have kids with food allergies, to peanuts, specifically --and one thing I noticed was that there's been a dramatic rise in the incidence of this fatal peanut allergy thing starting about the late 1990s. 

 And guess when the first GMO crops were introduced to USA? Same time.  Guess where? 

-- Well, apparently one of the first places Monsanto (They started it.  They own Round Up.) began it's intro of GMOs in the soy bean and cotton fields of Georgia. Georgia.  What other crops come from Georgia?...I can't put my finger on what else comes from there...


What crop was used to rotate those first GMO cotton crops in Georgia? Well, you guessed it, Peanuts come from Georgia.   Peanuts.  

GMOs were introduced at the same time as the numbers went up for this mysterious rise of food allergy related fatalities.   

But, we sit here scratching our heads waiting for someone else, who would this be?  Spiderman?  The FDA?  Well, no, they're not going to rush to fix this without being forced to do so, because that would mean they made a mistake.  So who will "prove it" before taking GMOs off the market?  Well, we are.   You and me and the others who stand with us, that's who.

How shall I explain this further?

You want to know how unprotected we are from damage from foods?  

Watch a peanut allergic person nearly die from a food allergy to see true vulnerability in action.   That's "vulnerable." 

And if there is even a remote chance that GMO's are even a tiny bit responsible for doing this to our kids?  Then what?  Then what?...


Scary image, but, in reality we really are what we eat.
Let me back track a bit, severe food allergy reactions are really not a typical "allergy" at all, if they are severe they literally suffocate in front of you, if they don't have a heart attack first.  

For instance in 1997, in the case of my kid's first peanut allergy reaction, her tiny body read the DNA of of the peanut to be a poison, one so evil the body requires goes into shock to get it out of it with an intensity so fierce the body almost implodes trying to get the DNA of the "food allergen" out of the body.  All cells begin to collapse, there is respiratory failure, sometimes, even cardiac arrest.  

My daughter went into all of the above from her peanut allergy.  This I witnessed first hand.  The paramedic told me she may not live, and later the hospital told that again...It all was happening in slow motion and until 1997 the first time anyone mentioned "peanut allergy" to was the 911 operator that day.  It was not in any of my "What To Expect Books" bought in 1996.  I know things have changed in the past decade.  I know it.  

My family was on the front end of a wave of something new and dangerous going on...Now people have heard of it, but 15 years ago?  I was alone with this thing. So, times have changed and I want to know why.   Trust me I've read through a lot of conspiracy reasons and theories...but the GMO thing?  This makes perfect sense to me.  More than any other theory I have ever heard.



I made it my life's work to find out why this is going on along with raising awareness that something new and scary is going on in our world regarding allergies.  Hopefully some of my work will help protect those with these allergies from any more harm, while preventing new cases from arising.  I can only hope.  

There are more severe allergies now in our population.  Look at the numbers.  Compare statistics.  Talk to people working in an ER.  Ask them if you don't believe me.  Debate me on the details if you want to, I don't care, I know what I see.   I know something different is happening.

Is it all GMO's fault?  I'll admit I can't offer proof of this, I'm just a mother who sees trends in things.  I'm a mom and I look at things trying to make sense of patterns in as objective a way as possible.  

No more deaths due to something that could be prevented is my motto, and I will use any vehicle I can to help others protect themselves and their loved ones, too.  But, perhaps author and visionary, Robyn O'Brien, can best explain the connection between GMOs and peanut allergies with far greater eloquence than I.

While there may be a host of reasons for the rise in peanut allergies, my humble opinion is that there must be some connection to introduction of GMOS in our food chain, even if it's just one part of a "cocktail" of bad things contributing to our sudden spike in lethal food allergies.  



Someone needs to show me the data that I'm wrong about this.  Where's the data that disproves my fear about this connection?  Want me to trust we are being properly protected from harm by our government?  Then, show me the data BEFORE you put it out there.   I want us to be more protective of our human life and this planet.  We have been so selfish.  So reckless.  So greedy.  It has to stop.

If there were ever a great reason for religious groups to jump on board with an issue it's this one.   God can't have wanted us to put robot dna in the garden of eden.  Not God's plan.  Sounds a lot more like the Serpent's plan, no?  I mean, think about it.  What would the Old Testament say about GMOs modifying the land of milk and honey??!

Eve's Pearapple from the Garden of Eden


Where are the creationists?!  I don't think God would want us to alter his plan, do you?  I'm not an expert on biblical teachings, but I'm pretty confident that God's going to be pretty ticked off about this one.  I don't  think any bible teachings are going to be able to say this was all part of God's plan, but I'm no expert on biblical teachings.

Note I didn't say one word about Mother Nature but I think it's safe to say we all know what Mother Earth has to say about GMOs.  

She's going to say "No way.  Bad idea.  Very, very bad idea."  Only, guess what?  Mother Earth?  She doesn't use words to communicate, she just makes sure we get her message in other, severe -- and entirely unforgettable ways.   

..I hope people are thinking about this could mean if we don't stop GMO's use immediately.
  
Oh, we humans are so flawed.  Greed makes us blind, but that's why we tried to create ways to keep us protected from the blindness of greed, it's called the FDA, but they dropped the ball on this one.

We need to go back and fix that error.   Now.   Without any delay.

Humans can make mistakes, but what makes humans less flawed is that we also have the ability to change our mind.  We also have the  ability to say "Okay, we made a bad choice.  Let's fix it."

GMO's bad idea.  Let's fix it.



Let's roll up our sleeves and start to fix the damage while it's still on a largely small scale.  

Not that losing a kid to a fatal food allergy that may very well have been caused by an overreactive immune system as a result of a Very Big Company selling GMO seeds will see this as a forgivable human mistake.  

And why even have GMO's to begin with  What were they thinking? -- Was it approved by the FDA as a cure for cancer?  Nope.  To cure global warming? To create world peace?  Nope, nope and nope.  GMOs were solely introduced into our food chain in order to financially benefit a company that makes pesticides?  

So big gamble with all of our health -- and the entire planet -- so that one very, very rich pesticide company enjoy a huge financial windfall.  Well, guess what?  Payback time.   (Any quiet whistleblowers who may want to share a drink with someone over at Vanity Fair or NYT?)

Well, I think Monsanto has some major financial restitution to attend to on a scale never before seen.  So, move over R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY.   

You can think I'm crazy, but just think about what I'm saying.  Educate yourself on what GMOs really are about, don't listen to me, do your own research.  

Think about it yourself and see why we need to make like Hawaii and Just Say No to GMO.

As it stands now, we've let one company profit greatly at the expense of our health while the rest of continue lose our shirts down here on Planet 99%.   And the tree frog in the amazon?  (probably first one on the GMO damage chopping block?)  He don't have no blog.  So, I speak up on his behalf, too, you know?


Okay -- so somehow the mistake's been made.  We let them do this already to our our bodies, all animals bodies, every living creature will inevitably be affected by this.  

In time, unchecked, it will effect all life.  Seeds travel in the wind.  People eating GMO food will change in ways we can't even predict.
The changes will mutate into the mitochondria of cells.  The potential horrific fallout from introducing GMOs into our agriculture, our food chain is beyond comprehension.

So, to wrap it up, some random jerk messed with dna in some science lab sold an experiment with GMO's to a pesticide company and they sold it to the FDA.  

And people wonder why some people have health issues revolving around an abnormal reaction to normally tolerated foods?   

We're the canaries in a coal mine.   Food allergies are the first tip of the iceberg that our bodies are going haywire to something new, something our bodies can't begin to process so it attacks a hidden poison in a formerly safe food in a crazy, mistaken attempt to keep something it perceives as "a poison" to our bodies.  This is what anaphylaxis is.  

And, by the way, to anyone who thinks food allergies are much ado about nothing (and you know who you are), well, anaphylaxis is what happens in a severe allergic reaction to a normally safe food.  And, by the way, to call anaphylaxis "just an allergic reaction" is kind-of like calling a tornado a slight breeze.

Well, this allergy thing?  It ain't going away -- It's dramatically on the rise, and this means it will soon touch everyone's life eventually.  I see the statistics. And, yes, I do think our having suddenly super overreactive immune systems are somehow connect to GMOs.   I do.

The timing is too obvious. 

Evolution helps us adapt to changes.  Something is causing our bodies to overreact to something it appears to have never encountered before.  Something we can "see" yet, but is there nonetheless.  Just look at the data.   It's always in the data.

No where on our evolutionary time-line has our species had such a dramatic spike, a rise in severe food allergies as has happened just in the past decade.  Clearly something is going on so that our bodies cannot process something in our food.   Something is being "read" by our bodies that makes "normal food" be seen as poison.  And while it's happened on a small scale since the dawn of time, the past 10 years have been off the charts.  So, you need to go back and compare statistics.  That's all I'm saying.  Look at the facts and statistics which show a sudden rise at certain times and compare what else in our food world changed then, too.

Think about it.   Just think about it.   How can this not be connected and not have dire consequences for more than just we wee humans?  Something suddenly can no longer process what we are putting in our bodies.  Why? GMOs. And they actually effect all life, not just us.





I can't prove this is the smoking gun, but do you really want to wait for that smoking gun before it's too late? Learn about GMO's for your own health. Learn about this and let's make Hawaii's choice OUR choice, too.