Unbelievable! (I cannot think of a more appropriate title)

Just the other day, Meredith Broussard, a writer for the magazine Harper’s wrote a story titled, “Everyone’s Gone Nuts About Food Allergies.” She was also given a fifteen minute spotlight on the radio station, NPR(you can listen and read the comments here), while being interviewed about the article.

Broussard’s article, and the mere fifteen minutes she spent trivializing food allergy could potentially cost the lives of children across the globe. You may think this statement sounds exaggerated, but it is the truth. All of us familiar with food allergy/anaphylaxis know first hand how serious and real it really is. We have put a ton of effort into teaching and advocating for our children so they can live a safe life outside of their homes. Unfortunately, there are people out there who read her article or listened to the NPR broadcast, and now have misconstrued information regarding the subject. When a child is having an allergic/anaphylactic reaction, there is NO ROOM FOR ERROR! She has made it sound like parents of food allergic children are exaggerating, when in fact we are not.

As an example of the fact that there are people out there who will feed into her claimed “expertise,” you can read some unbelievable posts on the blog site of allergymoms.com. The topic is peanut bans in schools. What I found unbelievable was not the fact that there is controversy on the subject, but what some of these people actually had to say! One such quote is, “. . .Be responsible for your own child and keep him/her home and make friends w/ other peanut allergy children so that can be sure to be completely peanut free together.”

Keep in mind, both of these examples happened within the past few months. Talk about being overprotective; I am afraid to put the lives of my dear children in the hands of these kind of callous people.

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4 responses to “Unbelievable! (I cannot think of a more appropriate title)

  1. Canico

    Thank you so much for blogging to correct this mess that Meredith Broussard made. Please go to her website and post a messages on Meredith Broussard’s blog. The lastest one by “kpat” makes me want to scream. How can people take her seriously! Dr. Sampson will be speaking on NPR Jan. 31st, but to me, not soon enough. I’d like Meredith to know since she started all this. I already posted. Thanks!

    http://www.failedrelationships.com/blog/2005/2007_12_01_archive.html

  2. Canico

    Apparently Meredith has turned off the comments feature on her blog about failed relationships. We can still e-mail her at mer@failedrealtionship.com (if that works!) Nice that she writes a damaging article then disappears and can’t be contacted.

  3. RandCsMommy

    Calico, thanks for your comments and the link to her blog. I didn’t know it existed. You are right, the comment feature has been turned off. I really have no interest in communicating to her, though.

    Amy

  4. Canico

    Here is the latest article from the New York Times out today 1/9/07. It’s an interesting piece about food allergies and some comments on FAAN and their allergists. The article comes at a time that the retirement announcement from FAAN coincidently happens in the same week. I don’t think it has to do with Meredith Broussard’s article, as much as this piece. FAAN still has saved lives….don’t know what else to say about that.

    Meredith Broussard has no merit in my book, but this woman has some interesting points. She also quotes the CDC’s statistics from 2004, but states they may be underestimated for all we know, not overestimated like Broussard does. In the wonderful world of food allergies, who knows what to believe anymore! Can we ask that she also be on the NPR radio show on Jan. 31st? Her and Dr. Sampson may have slightly different takes?

    Here’s the article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/09/dining/09alle.html?scp=1&sq=food+allergies

    It would be nice to get some factual answers….
    Carol Depke

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