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post #81 of 87
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Originally Posted by lrj85 View Post

Saying all peanut butter across the board contains mold is ridiculous. I would really encourage you to post any study saying that is the reason for the allergy or that all peanut butter is contaminated. It really sounds as if your are masquerading your opinion as fact. You can easily make your own peanut butter at home I have. However following that contamination logic spinach and lettuce have frequently been contaminated by various bacteria should we stop eating those? No of course not
Go to mercola.com and put it in his search engine, he has many articles on it! Why do you think so many are allergic and just within the last decade or so? I'm not just making stuff up l have no reason or benefit in it!
post #82 of 87
Scientists have not found one cause to attribute the allergies. However peanut butter has been around a long time if ALL peanut butter has mold why wouldn't the mold affected allergy rates a hundred or so years ago when food quality was much less? The argument just doesn't hold water. I have seen studies that support too early introduction of highly processed foods to children as a reason for the increased allergy rate. These are all conjecture. Again the only way to keep a highly allergic child safe is to teach that child personal responsibility. It's not about fair it's about having common sense.
post #83 of 87
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Originally Posted by apeydef View Post
 
 Why do you think so many are allergic and just within the last decade or so?

 I have heard of the mold theory.  However, other developed countries are experiencing a similar worsening trend with other foods, namely sesame which is not so predominant here.  In Israel, it is now the #2 cause of anaphylaxis.  We are seeing a rise in the severity of allergies in developed countries across the board.  

post #84 of 87

All this talk of mold is giving me a craving for a blue cheese and peanut butter sandwich.  Yummy!

post #85 of 87
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Originally Posted by Peony View Post
 

I see both sides of this. While not a nut allergy, we struggled with years with DD2 and a severely decreased immune system. Until she ended up on 4 different prescription meds that has made life better, it was a constant struggle. The child near her with a sniffle would lead DD2 in the ER two days later. I was constantly telling people to stay away from us and questioning everyone that came within a foot radius. It was exhausting. I also couldn't prevent people from sending their children out while sick, even just a minor cold in someone else could be a death sentence for her. We spent a lot of time hiding her away from public it felt. We still have to be cautious and I question some but not to the extent I used to have to do. And she is able to go to school though she is usually out a day a week because of illness. This is still a vast improvement over how our lives used to be.

 

And then I had DS1 in a classroom last year where eggs, dairy, nuts, and bananas were banned.

 

Ive never heard of eggs, dairy or bananas being life threatening. Unlike nuts. So i would be curious to know the reasoning here. Obviously restricting foods left right and center is going to make it impossible to feed your child. As it is, i  basically assume my child wont get enough food during the day, i feed them  real food as soon as they get home. I pack them apples, bananas, carrots, sometimes cheese, sometimes tuna (they cant have gluten) raisins, but basically fruit and vegetables. I wish i could give them more nourishing food. Nuts would help alot. Still, i think the point about whether or not something is life threatening needs to be the main consideration as others have said upthread.

 

And he has ASD with a very limited diet range due to ASD issues and another neurological disorder that affects his muscles and ability to chew. He essentially starved all last school year because of the bans because from 8-3pm, he couldn't eat his limited preferred foods. He lost massive amounts of weight and I truly chalk up this classroom experience to setting off a even more severe eating problem then we already were dealing with. 

 

 

I'm not entirely sure what the answer is to this important problem

 

I think its only going to get worse. Gluten intolerance has gone up 4 fold just in the 3 years my son has been at school. Never before has food been so plentiful, but yet inedible.

post #86 of 87
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Originally Posted by rachelsmama View Post
 

All this talk of mold is giving me a craving for a blue cheese and peanut butter sandwich.  Yummy!

I love peanut butter too much. I just hope that my immune system can deal with the mold. 

 

Btw, its also said that orange juice contains mold.

post #87 of 87
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 I've never heard of eggs, dairy or bananas being life threatening. 

My daughter has a life-threatening allergy to dairy.  So, you are partly wrong here.  On the other hand, I don't think the severity of those three is on par with nuts, shellfish and fish like tuna, so you are partly right.  DD's allergy is not so sensitive that I would worry about her in a group setting.  Small, accidental amounts in baked goods would give her a bad stomach ache and hives and discomfort from contact.  Only swilling cow's milk straight will cause her throat to close alarmingly (and yes, BTDT).  

 

The problem with allergies is that past reaction cannot reliably predict future reaction.  Reactions can worsen without becoming slowly severe over time.  So, someone who has a reaction that has yet to be life threatening is not necessarily safe from an acute reaction the next time they are exposed.  

 

I'm not using that as a blanket defense for prohibiting foods in classrooms and /or schools, just wanting to clarify.  I don't prohibit dairy and wheat in my own home, but I have strict protocols to prevent contamination and accidents e.g. vanilla cow's milk for dd2 cannot be poured into a glass, it must stay in the milk box.

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