Celiac and Peanut Allergies: An Alliance

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Any way you slice it or anyway you look at it; people diagnosed with celiac disease and people with food allergies (deadly or otherwise) need to stand beside each other.

More often than not you will find an individual who has been diagnosed with celiac disease might also have another food allergy. But, just because you have either or, it doesn’t mean that you can’t support one another. Schools step it up and take peanuts out of the equation to protect those who are in dire need of protection. This is a huge plus, and the right step in the direction of creating awareness for food allergies and eventually food intolerances.

Recently, I met a person who told me that when their children were in school (in the 80’s) they sent peanut butter sandwiches in their lunches. When questioned as to why, especially with the ban on peanuts in the school system, the only answer I got was that peanut butter alternatives and other options were to expensive. For this parent, the only viable option was peanut butter sandwiches everyday. Money was a factor. At that time, who could afford all the other choices for sandwiches?

There is and was a ban for a reason.

But, what kind of person disregards the safety of another child? How often does this sort of thing happen? Does this happen in our 21st century society?

In Canada, 1.52 per cent of children are allergic to peanuts, based on a history of allergic reaction. The comparable figure in the U.S., from a 2002 survey, is .83 per cent, representing an 83 per cent higher rate in Canada. Similarly, the rate of tree nut allergy is about 120 per cent higher for Canadian children: 1.13 per cent have a history of reaction here, compared to .51 per cent in the United States. – Allergic Living, 2010

Our children are always the first thoughts in our head, but what is the price of someone else’s child life? Stopping peanuts from coming into the schools is the first step to prevent terrible things to children and on the grander scale, families. It might cost more to send a sliced meat sandwich to school or a PB substitute, but if a child dies because of one parents disregard, negligence or lack of caring, where does that leave the world? What does that say about how you feel about other people?

Parents protect their children like fierce lions.

Other parents should respect that notion.

If your child had or developed a deadly allergy to something wouldn’t you want others, like parents the community to take all the precautions available to prevent a terrible accident?

Food allergies and people diagnosed with celiac disease need to stand together. Not because its required, but because both can often be misunderstood and both can often come with a poor sense of community understanding. Gluten and peanuts are worlds apart when it comes to allergies, intolerance and immediate threat, but if a governing body ELIMINATES it from schools, you need to take notice.

Eggs, shellfish, mustard, soy; to name a few, that need more understanding in the public. Companies label them to keep the individual consumer informed, but world as a whole needs to know that these types of thing, allergies, need to be taken 100%  serious. Food allergies need to be taken as serious as celiac disease and celiac disease needs to be taken as serious as food allergies.

Food allergies can be deadly.

Every one needs to know that and everyone needs to take that serious.

Celiac disease is serious as well and thats why those with celiac disease support those with food allergies. We all live in the same spectrum of misunderstanding and public negativity, with the same need to just be accepted as people. No one is looking to be singled out, deadly food allergy sufferers and diagnosed celiacs just want proper information to be conveyed to prevent terrible events from happening.

One person’s lack of caring could be one families tragedy.

No one needs that.

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  1. Beautifully put. I feel the same way. My friends have kiddos with peanut allergies, and I’d fight to the death for them. And I’m amazed that the allergy rates are double than here in the United States. It makes me curious as to why.

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