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Things we are apparently supposed to eat.

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Created October 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Saw this interesting article about peanut allergies. http://www.postchronicle.com/news/health/article_212386411.shtml?rssfeed. I was most disturbed by this quote from the article,"We are supposed to be able to eat peanuts. We've restored this tolerance to the immune system." My question is; where will this end? the article is already alluding to the potential for "fixing" all types of allergies. Do you think this is a good or bad development?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:32 PM

I suspect that the downvoters think that allergies are all about food, and that an downvote on your comment is a downvote on people not being able to control their food choices. I'll admit that I think that eliminating some fatal allergies like bee-stings should also be considered... I +1 your comment.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on October 14, 2011
at 12:49 PM

Excellent response, Matthew!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on October 14, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Agreed; I think you've hit the nail on the head.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Absolutely agree. The issue is that no matter how stringently an allergic person avoids peanuts, sometimes he/she can't control what the person sitting next to them in school is eating, or has eaten, or has in their pockets. I am really in favor of things that don't kill my grandson. He's only 9 1/2 and I am not through with him yet!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on October 13, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Thanks for weighing in Jay; I get that. When I read the article I was thinking that no, I don't think of peanuts as healthy and I don't agree with their quote "we are supposed to be able to eat peanuts," but if this can prevent peanuts from killing folks, I'm cool with that and it's worth exploring further.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Meh, I'm not a downvoter...I'm neutral on your comment. I could however point out that we continuously try to "fix" problems by focusing on a single aspect of it i.e. the immune systems over reaction to the substance without taking into account the multitudes of other factors and systems that are effected 1) by our fiddling 2) by the new food you (which your body initially rejected outright). I think the question OP asks points to this being a trend beyond just peanuts also which I find beyond frightening.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on October 13, 2011
at 05:33 PM

+1 here too. Why let something only somewhat bad kill people immediately? :)

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2011
at 05:30 PM

This Jay also totally agrees....

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Don't worry, I don't get it either. Oh well, +1 from me for an insightful comment.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Oops, *life-threatening

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:50 PM

If the downvoters could shed some light- maybe I misread the article? Allergic reactions can be life-threatning; if something like this could save a life, I fail to see how it is all bad.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Could not agree more.

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Wake me when they find a way to remove 100% of the aflatoxins.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:46 PM

like all things, the real danger of "tricking" our nature will be seen after it goes wrong.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Could not agree more.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 13, 2011
at 05:30 PM

This Jay also totally agrees....

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I think if it helps keep people safe from life-threatening reactions, it could be a good thing; it can be really tough avoiding allergens.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 13, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Meh, I'm not a downvoter...I'm neutral on your comment. I could however point out that we continuously try to "fix" problems by focusing on a single aspect of it i.e. the immune systems over reaction to the substance without taking into account the multitudes of other factors and systems that are effected 1) by our fiddling 2) by the new food you (which your body initially rejected outright). I think the question OP asks points to this being a trend beyond just peanuts also which I find beyond frightening.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:50 PM

If the downvoters could shed some light- maybe I misread the article? Allergic reactions can be life-threatning; if something like this could save a life, I fail to see how it is all bad.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Don't worry, I don't get it either. Oh well, +1 from me for an insightful comment.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Absolutely agree. The issue is that no matter how stringently an allergic person avoids peanuts, sometimes he/she can't control what the person sitting next to them in school is eating, or has eaten, or has in their pockets. I am really in favor of things that don't kill my grandson. He's only 9 1/2 and I am not through with him yet!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 13, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Thanks for weighing in Jay; I get that. When I read the article I was thinking that no, I don't think of peanuts as healthy and I don't agree with their quote "we are supposed to be able to eat peanuts," but if this can prevent peanuts from killing folks, I'm cool with that and it's worth exploring further.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 13, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Oops, *life-threatening

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on October 13, 2011
at 05:33 PM

+1 here too. Why let something only somewhat bad kill people immediately? :)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:32 PM

I suspect that the downvoters think that allergies are all about food, and that an downvote on your comment is a downvote on people not being able to control their food choices. I'll admit that I think that eliminating some fatal allergies like bee-stings should also be considered... I +1 your comment.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:38 AM

I do not find this quote disturbing at all.

"We are supposed to be able to eat peanuts. We've restored this tolerance to the immune system."

Perhaps if we turn this statement around:

"We are not supposed to risk hospitalization or death when eating a commonly consumed food due to a minor fault in our immune system."

Allergies are not a "natural" reaction. You should be able to eat a peanut if you should choose to without risking death, regardless of any chronic health effects. You should also be able to eat something unknowingly contaminated with peanuts without risking death.

There are people with allergic reactions to all kinds of foods, not just ones you might judge to be "bad". Allergies to eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish and nuts are really quite common. There are even people allergic to beef. I'm sure that if I was allergic to eggs, dairy or seafood I would love to have a cure.

I don't really see how "fixing" life threatening allergies could be anything other than a good thing.

I think what people eat should be a choice and not determined for them by allergies.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 14, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Agreed; I think you've hit the nail on the head.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on October 14, 2011
at 12:49 PM

Excellent response, Matthew!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Fixing an allergy is not along the lines of eliminating an inherent negative consequence. It's simply correcting a defect. There's nothing inherently toxic about peanuts, but to correct an over-active immune response to peanuts would be a desirable thing.

Either way, it's an early study in mice. A decade or more from human trials of something similar.

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Excellent. Maybe they'll figure out a way for me to be able to eat wheat and soy again. Then I'll be a fully complete human again.

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3f3236d1f951d4b4c25eff387699a905

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on October 14, 2011
at 05:34 AM

I don't like this idea, because I think instead of going into am anaphylactic shock, it might do them long term damage, much like wheat does. It's tolerable, but not desirable.

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