Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Source of All Goodness...

Amid Protest, Florida School Stands Behind Tough New Peanut Allergy Regulations

...I went to school.  For 16 years.  I don't remember any kids not being able to eat peanuts.  I remember I did want to buy the school lunch when it read "...and peanut butter pie."  I remember alot of kids eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I remember choosy mom's choosing Jif.

This whole peanut allergy thing sounds made up.  Until you talk to somebody who thinks their child may die if they smell peanuts. 

How did this come about?  Is there a conspiracy to be uncovered in the legume industry?

I don't know.  I will admit, that until I am physically effected by something, I usually have doubts...even though I have a very low pain threshold.  I have a low tolerance for pain.  I won't tolerate it.  Especially when other people are whining on and on about it.

But you anti-peanutites...I really have doubts.  Not that people are allergic to peanuts, but how many are, and how severe each case is.

Are the dangers of childhood food allergy exaggerated?

"The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (who, by-the-way make money off of allergies - I'm just sayin'...) estimates that peanut allergy is the most common cause of food-related death. However, there is an increasing body of medical opinion that, while there definitely are food sensitivities, the dramatic uptick in frequency of nut allergies and more particularly the measures taken in response to the threat show elements of mass psychogenic illness, hysterical reactions grossly out of proportion to the level of danger: "Dr. Christakis points out that about 3.3 million Americans are allergic to nuts, and even more — 6.9 million — are allergic to seafood. But of 30 million hospitalizations each year, just 2,000 are due to food allergies, and about 150 people die annually from serious allergic food reactions. That’s the same number of people killed by bee stings and lightning strikes combined. About 10,000 children are hospitalized annually with traumatic brain injuries from sports, 2,000 children drown each year, and about 1,300 die in gun accidents, he writes." Media sensationalism has also been blamed."

Leave it to the MSM to try and thwart the people's access to the Source of All Goodness....peanut butter.

George Washington Carver


Mrs. K said...

Very interesting. Love my almond butter too.

LL said...

If there was no peanut butter, I think my generation would have starved as children.