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.