Un-Associated Press - May 2013
A study completed over a span of time, covering a number of regions, has shown a correlation between children who have food allergies and mothers who love their children. An overwhelming preponderance of those studied were shown to be loved immensely by their mothers, though this love could not be measured fully, using conventional methods. It is rare to find 100% incidence in a study, but this was the case when motherly love was analyzed.
New studies are performed all the time, but this study shows a coincidence of motherly love, in those children with food allergies, but this motherly love was not indicated as a causal factor. The study also showed a correlation between allergic children and mothers who breathed air and ate food, at some point in their lives.
Dr. Iam Knott stated, "We are seeing a clear indication that this population of children with food allergies all seem to have very loving mothers - every one of them! We're also noting that they each have names with vowels in them, especially when we extend the criteria to include the letter 'Y', as we sometimes do...We haven't done enough studies to prove a firm connection, though, as correlation does not always prove causality. We're keeping a close eye on it, though, but don't yet advise the dropping of vowels from the 'Baby Names' books, at this juncture."
This, of course, is not a real article about a real study. I wrote it partly out of frustration with the constant back-and-forth studies we read about the causes of food allergies in our children. I do appreciate the hard work being done in the scientific community to arrive at an answer for us, but one must undertstand our frustrations and forgive us a little light-hearted ribbing. I also wrote this out of love for my fellow food allergy mommies who might, at times, feel the pangs of guilt, which these studies can sometimes cause to surface. These feelings serve us no useful purpose, yet pop up from time to time and I was hoping to replace those feelings with a little amusement. :)
P.S. I used the standard term "mothers", but this universal love, of course, applies to fathers, grandparents, step-parents, and other caregivers, whether linked by genetics, or not. The ties that bind extend beyond the confines of DNA.
Many thanks to Oh Mah Deehness for including this post in the May 2013 Living with Food Allergies Blog Carnival! Head over there and check out some great blog posts.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I had the honor of interviewing NFL football legend Jerome "The Bus" Bettis about severe allergies and anaphylaxis! He has teamed up with the makers of the Auvi-Q to bring us "The Severe Allergy & Anaphylaxis Playbook".
It's an excellent guide that covers not only food allergies, but bee sting, insect, latex and other allergies which can cause anaphylaxis. I am really impressed with this guide! Check out these sections:
- Jerome’s Top 5 Plays
- Food Allergy Plays
- Bee & Wasp Allergy Plays
- Latex Allergy Plays
- Allergy Plays Medication Allergy Plays
- Plays for the House
- Plays for School
- Plays for Travel
Given the rise of adult onset anaphylactic allergies, I think pretty much everyone should read this information and beware of the various causes of anaphylaxis and their possible symptoms.
I commend Jerome Bettis for using his celebrity status and visibility to promote this life-saving device and for bringing awareness to this ever-growing epidemic of anaphylactic allergies.
Below is the interview segment in which I was able to participate. He's such a great advocate!