Health beat: Allergy-free zones at games are a hit

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2012 - 6:50 PM
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xorcistAug. 30, 12 8:11 PM

This is yet another baseless story about food allergies. Fueling paranoia about exposure to certain foods being deadly is both irresponsible and inexcusable.

Very few people suffer from such sensitivity to food, and the fact that groups such as the Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota can so easily manipulate the media to spread their lies to more people should cause journalists to cower in shame.

If these people were really that sensitive to these foods, then they wouldn't be able to leave their homes or breath the air, because those allergens are in the air. But facts don't lie: there isn't a great risk at all for these kids. Promoting fear and paranoia is not what any responsible parent should be doing, much less the media.

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BallFourAug. 30, 12 8:47 PM

xorcist: Very few people suffer from such sensitivity to food, BALLFOUR: Blatant lack of source attribution for this subjective statement aside, if you were one of them, you might like what these teams have done. If you don't suffer from food allergies, what's the big deal about this story?

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xorcistAug. 30, 1210:41 PM

BallFour wrote: "Blatant lack of source attribution for this subjective statement aside, if you were one of them, you might like what these teams have done."

I don't need to cite long-established science; if you don't keep up on science, it's not my responsibility to do it for you.

These "groups" haven't done anything but spread lies, misinformation, and bogus "studies" to further their agenda, including the oft-repeated one that peanut allergies have increase 10 fold over a 10 year period. It's not true now, nor has it ever been true.

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Midge22Aug. 31, 12 7:08 AM

This is a great idea. More and more schools are going peanut free. I have an 8 year old that loves the twins. To be able to have him at the game, and not cringe when the person to my left, and right, front, behind us are cracking peanut shells. I'm all for the "section". More and more kids are having these allergies, and to say they shouldn't go enjoy america's pasttime is terrible. We go to all sporting events, and carry and epipen so if he does happen to ingest enough peanut/tree nuts.. Gotta stab him in the leg.

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