The Urban Legend: Peanut Allergy

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    1. Due to the severe peanut allergy of a first grade girl, students of Edgewater Elementary are required to wash their hands before entering their classroom in the morning and after lunch. They were also told that they had to rinse out their mouths after each meal. The teachers surpervising the handwashing and mouthrinsing were required to wipe down the desks continuously with Clorox wipes. All peanut products are banned at the school and no outside food is allowed to be brought into school holiday parties. In addition, a peanut sniffing dog was brought in two weeks ago. Rumors that children’s mouths were being wiped with disinfectant were quickly dispelled.

    2. Parents, completely exasperated, have been protesting outside the school.


    3. District spokeswoman Nancy Wait of Volusia County Schools has said that the school is obligated to follow guidelines under the Federal Disabilities Act. “We have moved so far beyond isolating children with disabilities,” she says. “We are required to provide her with an education and to make accommodations for her disability,” she told ParentDish.

    4. the recent move by the school to enforce such a strict regimen have embittered parents who decided enough was enough and took to the streets outside the school in protest.

    5. No one wants any harm to come to this first grader. Through no fault of her own, she had acquired this food allergy. But what are the chances of peanut allergy death of actually occurring?

    6. 150-200 were the initial numbers that kept reoccurring in my research of food allergy deaths. But upon reading Meredith Broussard’s research in her article, “Food Allergy Deaths: Less Common Than You Think” in the Huffington Post, I discovered that the 150-200 death estimate comes from the media resource kit of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, a lobbying and educational group headed by a former marketing executive at Dey Pharmaceuticals. Dey Pharmaceuticals is the maker of the EpiPen adrenaline injector, a device that millions of food-allergic patients keep on hand in case of emergency.

    7. Data on food allergy deaths from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They’ve been tracking food allergy deaths since 1998, but this number isn’t publicly available in CDC databases because it is statistically insignificant. The CDC press office which revealed something very surprising. Eleven out of 2.5 million deaths were from food allergies in 2005, the last year for which this data is available. That’s eleven deaths from food allergies in total.

    a. More deaths had resulted from lawnmowing accidents. An estimated 90 -100 people die from bee stings (and this number is actually underreported due to mistaken diagnoses as heart attacks, sun strokes or other causes). But we don’t tell people not to mow their lawns or refrain from going outdoors.

    8. Using questionable data, and the 'crisis spin,' rules, regulations, requirements are added, what de Tocqueville called 'soft despotism,' and described as "“an immense, tutelary power, which takes sole charge of assuring their enjoyment and of watching over their fate” and aims to "relieve them entirely of the trouble of thinking and of the effort associated with living.” How? "... it covers its surface with a network of petty regulations—complicated, minute, and uniform..."

    9. And not to belittle the eleven people that die each year from food allergies, they are the ones that need to take the proper precautions, not the rest of the 311,046,781 people in this country.

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    I refuse to read that post to determine the point of the thread.
     
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    If I were the parent of a child with allergies that severe, I would home school them.

    No reason to ruin it for the rest of the kids.
     
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    See, that's what happens when you spend the whole night drinking.

    Radio guy got it....
     
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    I agree

    If the condition is that severe, the child should not be in public
     
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    He guessed.

    But now that the point is clear: If you have an alergy to peanuts, then don't eat anything at a public school, I agree.
     
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    I have a son with a severe peanut allergy, and this is total bullshit. He has been safe for the past ten years in public schools by not eating anything with peanuts in it.

    The Nanny State marches on....
     
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    Nah, I got IT.
     
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    The precautions they are taking it is like the peanut oils or whatever it is that causes the allergies are airborne?
    Is the even possible? WTH is going on there?
     
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    Did you see the quote from de Tocqueville in the OP?

    We have here one more offer by the statist-collectivists, an offer to protect us all from 'cradle to grave,' an attractive proposition to many...with, of course, the sub-plot, its 'for the children.'

    You may recall the following:

    'Hillary Clinton chose to kick off her presidential campaign by invoking images of -- what else? -- children. Her healthcare policy would target "millions of children whose families today cannot afford care." Not the families of the children. Hillary prefers to work directly with the children themselves rather than their parents.

    "We are talking about health care for children in need, which is about as safe an issue as there is," said Ken Sherrill, a political science professor at Hunter College.

    Safe for a candidate perhaps, but safe for the children and our nation it is not. In casting her questionable health care ideas as a measure “for the children,” Hillary is returning us to the darkest days of her husband’s administration, when a broad range of intrusive government measures were cynically couched as concern for children.'
    Hillary and the Politics of Children - HUMAN EVENTS


    In this incarnatlion, the 'village' comes equipped with epipens.
     

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