10 March 2011

Food Allergies Can Be DEADLY- Make A DIFFERENCE During Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) is coming May 8-14, 2011. There are many things each of us can do to promote awareness of food allergies. Click on the link above to read all about it. 
You can also follow us on twitter http://www.twitter.com/PeanutBlog 

You can have an impact. Request a proclamation from your state governor. Texas is the only state so far to formally recognize FAAW this year. You can "Like" FAAN on Facebook. 
You could contact local media with this press release from FAAN.
There are lots of ideas on their website.  Below is their cute new video for FAAW.
Why is this important to me?
My son has a severe peanut allergy. The good news is he is being TREATED with success using oral immunotherapy. We began treatment in December 2010 and as of this week he is eating 12 peanuts a day. Click here to read an explanation. Also treated are Milk, Egg and Wheat allergies.

1 comment:

Ultimateoutcasts said...

Hi Julie,

I found you over on Blogher! I wanted share my experience with my son's allergic reaction to peanuts and my discovery to test them at an early age!

I had read that vaccinations contain nut components which could cause these strong auto-immune responses to the actual nuts.

So I wanted to test this theory on my son. I had his shots administered separately so that I could see changes in his body. The only change of note was with the polio shot and peanuts.

Here is my story:

The polio vaccine was first administered to my son at his 1 year appt. A couple of weeks prior, I placed a tiny bit of peanut butter to his lips to see if he was interested in it. He barely tasted it. There was no reaction or much interest in it. After about a minute or two I wiped it away.

A week after he had his polio shot I tried to get him to taste peanut butter again. Within seconds his top lip got swollen right where I put the peanut butter. He had not licked it to ingest any, thankfully. Seeing this reaction, I placed a dime sized amount on his leg and it inflamed the size of a quarter. It was unmistakable!

I did not bring him for additional polio shots. Five months later, I tested his skin again and no reaction. He doesn't seem to like the texture peanut butter or the taste of peanuts but they don't react with his skin nor has he had stomach or breathing reactions when nuts are in foods.

I am encouraging every parent out there to test your child's skin with peanut butter at an early age and during various stages of their lives (and perhaps during the vaccination stages). This discovery was a total fluke for me!

Have any of you have suspected vaccines are linked to your children's allergy?