posted on Mar, 7 2014 @ 12:58 PM
This won't be popular, but....
1. I question the prevalence of these "food allergies." When we say these have increased by a whopping percentage in just a few years, we seem to
just take those statistics from CDC at face value. Where is the evidence, precisely? I suspect what HAS happened is a few more computers and a few
more spreadsheets directed at the problem along with "awareness" campaigns that encourage people to jump on the bandwagon to claim they or their
kids have yet another acronym disease. Often times things "increase" because we have broadened the definition to include more people. It's just
like the "poverty level." When the poverty level gets too low, what do we do? Raise the threshold to the point that today those typed at living in
poverty live like royalty compared to people in Africa and India. These things are often relative terms with the thresholds determined by bureaucrats
2. People who have serious allergies are usually quite capable of accommodating the world. When I was young I was allergic to milk, grass, trees,
coconut, animals, and a zillion other things. I was allergic to the world. So I avoided those foods and guess what? I grew out of them, or, more
likely, my system grew to accept that dogs and trees were okay. But did everyone keep dogs and cats away from me? well, I didn't have one as a pet,
so I adopted others in the neighborhood.
My wife has a deathly (and I do mean deathly: She stops breathing) allergy to shrimp. Does she demand shrimp be removed from every place she goes? Of
course not. She simply refrains from ordering shrimp. And she's had to learn to be smart about this, too. Often a restaurant will cook shrimp on the
same grill they cook, say, halibut. The oil from the shrimp cooked a few minutes before is enough to contaminate the halibut cooked a few minutes
after. All she does is ensure that doesn't happen in a low-key and unobtrusive manner. There's no need to deprive every other restaurant goer,
including me, from ordering shrimp.
3. There is a problem with people who claim deathly allergies to substances that may be in the same room with them: peanuts on airplanes, for example.
If it's really that bad, why are they alive? What we have done is circumvent the natural process of improving the species by artificially ensuring
that such deadly genes survive when they ought to have died out. This makes the species less healthy, and this process will grow over time. We are
making ourselves weaker and less capable of sustaining our own lives without intervention.
But with our attitude we rush to provide Bubble Boy with a pristine environment so that he might live even if it costs millions of dollars. And you
wonder why health care is so high? That's what Death Panels are all about, but we abhor the concept.
4. So here we have a daycare that is so afraid of food that it refuses to have ANY food other than that provided by the daycare because some kid might
MIGHT be allergic to something. They're trying to avoid liability, right? So here's this daycare that will serve only soy milk and gluten-free rice
crackers--certainly no sugar of any kind, no roast beef, in an attempt to avoid even the possibility of an allergy. Lord help these people when some
kid dies of allergies to soy milk. THEN we'll see about the liability.
Meanwhile, to sane parents of the world, you cannot protect your child from everything. No one is going to cut down all the trees because your kid
sneezes when he gets around them, or kill all the flowers because he's allergic to pollen, or kill all the cats because of that horrible cat dander
that makes your eyes swell shut. Get your kids dirty. Let him wallow in filth once in awhile. If he touches some dog poo he's not going to die of e
coli poisoning. he could even eat it and not get sick. THAT'S how to keep your kid healthy, not try to protect him from the entire world.