Thursday, January 10, 2008

NYT: Food Allergies Stir a Mother To Act

It's interesting once people start really digging for info about the food they eat, that they are shocked at our poisonous food system! This woman went from someone who "rolled her eyes" at kids with food allergies to now only eating organic! She has a whole website about her work, interestingly, one of the kids featured was diagnosed with autoimmune food allergies and then a neuroblastoma (the kind of tumor they first thought our son had). Doctors keep telling us we are merely "unlucky" or lightning striking twice, three, four times...but I'm wondering if there is a way to get more parents to compare stories. Our kids are obviously canaries in a coal mine, showing us the results of MSG in food, GMOs, pesticides, heavy metals, zillions of vaccines, etc.

In Europe, they keep a much closer tabs on these things (and chemicals) because with their national healthcare systems, they know THEY have to pay for the consequences! Maybe I should bone up on my French...


By Kim Severson

January 9, 2008

ROBYN O’BRIEN likes to joke that at least she hasn’t started checking the rearview mirror to see if she’s being followed.

But some days, her imagination gets away from her and she wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.

Ms. O’Brien has presented her views, albeit in a less radical wrapper, on CNN, CBS and in frequent print interviews. Frontier Airlines and Wild Oats stores distribute the allergy-awareness gear she designed.

Her story is one of several in a new book, “Healthy Child, Healthy World” (Dutton, March 2008), whose contributors include doctors, parents and celebrities like Meryl Streep.

Sitting at the table in her suburban kitchen, with her four young children tumbling in and out, Ms. O’Brien, 36, seems an unlikely candidate to be food’s Erin Brockovich (who, by the way, has taken Ms. O’Brien under her wing).

She grew up in a staunchly Republican family in Houston where lunch at the country club frequented by George and Barbara Bush followed Sunday church services. She was an honors student, earned a master’s degree in business and, like her husband, Jeff, made a living as a financial analyst.

Ms. O’Brien was also the kind of mom who rolled her eyes when the kid with a peanut allergy showed up at the birthday party. Then, about two years ago, she fed her youngest child scrambled eggs. The baby’s face quickly swelled into a grotesque mask. “What did you spray on her?” she screamed at her other children. Little Tory had a severe food allergy, and Ms. O’Brien’s journey had begun.

read the rest here.

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Susan G said...

Thanks for use of the Times acces. It's easier to remember "green fertility" than my own info. Only now it recognizes me as...g/f! Probably remembers what I look at too. ...Allergies and kids -- that was quite an education for me. Fortunately I had already started the whole food/whole grain, Diet for a small planet route so I knew how to find alternatives. It's an opportunity to open up to all kinds of improvement in diet and lifestyle.

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