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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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August 02, 2009

Comments

deborah randall

Hello Bo and family,
I have breifly read about your journey. My daughter, Natalie, is 8 years old and is living with an extreme peanut allergy like yours. We are very interested in starting the peanut allergy desensitization process. We are quite nervouse and would love any information you can give us as to the best place to get questions answered. Good luck in your continued success.
Deborah Randall, North Berwick, Maine

manhattan allergist

Wow, Bo's treatment is improving. I'll be following your progress too, thanks.

-Keith

Jake Better

Wow!! This is the first time I've been to your site and it has already filled me with such hope! My son has a peanut allergy (actually he also has an egg and milk allergy also). I am so frightened that as he gets older, and I'm not able to watch the candies or foods that he eats, that his peanut allergy may win someday, but your information about desensitization has truly motivated me. I will continue to stop by your site.
I just recently started a blog on helping others (and myself) to cope with some of the challenges of peanut and other food allergies. If you don't mind me sharing, my site is http://nomorepeanutbutter.blogspot.com . Thanks again for all of the valuable information.

Mom on a Mission

Good luck getting the issue with your food challenge worked out. My 6 year old daughter is in a peanut clinical trial at Duke in NC. We've been just 7 times, each time hoping for a sign that we were not on the placebo. After an incident this last week, we feel pretty confident that we're getting the real thing. It's a 300 mile round trip for us so I really didn't want to repeat the first year. That being said, I totally would endure it to be peanut allergy free!

We're doing a different trial using sublingual immunotherapy, basically she is given drops under her tongue versus eating a flour.

I'll be following your progress. If you don't mind, I'll link your blog to mine. You can read about our progress at www.peanutclinicaltrial.blogspot.com.

Best of luck!

Melanie

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