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  • It is reported that 8% of U.S. children have a food allergy, some of them severe enough to be considered life threatening. Approximately 125 people die in the U.S. every year from food allergies. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of death from food allergies. There are even kids with multiple food allergies. One of the kids I met through the peanut allergy study I am in, is severely allergic to more than 5 different foods!

    Approximately 90% of all food allergy reactions can be attributed to the following foods: eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. Since 2006, food makers have been required to clearly state on food labels (after or adjacent to the list of ingredients) whether their products contain these eight most common food allergens. But you can not rely on food labels alone. Did you know that "arachis" is an alternative term for peanut or that many restaurants add peanut butter to their sauces or chili as a thickening agent?

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March 26, 2009

Comments

Christina Henry

I am so inspired by your blog updates! My little guy (well, not qute so little anymore!) is 8 years old and I have been watching these types of treatments intently. Thank you for keeping us informed!

Dave

Hi there, great blog. I am 33 years old with a peanut allergy, and your story gives me faith that some day I will also be allergy free. Thank you so much for all that that your family has done. Bo, you are very brave and you are doing a lot of good for a lot of people.

Ann McDowall

Hi there! It sounds as if you are handling al this quite well.

I am a 41 year old with severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, soy and shellfish. As you describe in an earlier post, I always avoided peanuts and nuts and only discovered my severe allergy to peanuts at seven when some was forced into my mouth. While it is great that if the treatment works and you can relax a bit, I suggest you keep listening to that inner voice which says "Don't eat that."

Friends call this my spider sense and it really works for me. My allergist thinks that some of us can smell small amounts of things we are allergic too and that this helps protect us - if we pay attention. Keep paying attention, even if things seem okay, just in case. This has helped warn me of new allergies (e.g. shellfish) before I had a major problem.

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