This week blew up on Twitter as far as food allergies. So much went by that I wanted to promote, comment on, blog about, or whatever… but I didn’t get to any of it. Oh well. There are others out there… writing, educating, & commenting. So… if you’re interested & you can keep up, here’s a run-down of stuff that you need to see:
First off, the ridiculousness with food allergy protesters in Edgewater, FL:
- The Allergid Kid | Today’s Lesson: Hate and Intolerance – Excellent commentary here! You need to check out the flier that was distributed. Reading that the teacher showed the class news footage of the protest had me all heated last night. It’s basically validation from the teacher for all the other kids to single out the food-allergic child for harassment. Aren’t we nationally campaigning against bullying? Someone send Obama & Brittany in there.
- This is the original news story: Peanut allergy panic at Edgewater school has peeved parents protesting – The “median” sign where they mean “medium”? Priceless. They originally had up a much more biased poll, as explained in the above article. Really though, “panic” is certainly not fair & balanced here, is it? Maybe they need to see this: Food Allergies: Keeping Kids Safe at School
- Always Sick & Tired | Peanut allergy rules at Florida public school creates controversy, protests – More excellent commentary here. Surely washing one’s hands and using some mouthwash can’t be demonized? OH NO! MY KIDS… CAN’T BRING IN TREATS FROM OUTSIDE! When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to eat in class anyway.
And, then, all the rest…
- It was Food Allergy Awareness Week for WPIX TV 11 in New York. Awesome. There’s a plethora of incredible content available here: NY PIX 11 | Food Allergy Week – I still haven’t made my way through all of it. Looks like they’re covering all the angles though… form safety at restaurants and schools, to personal profiles, to cooking, to businesses helping out with allergy needs, to dealing with it mentally, to research, to legislation. I really applaud the drive & effort… and hope other news stations across the country pick up on this!
- Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies is out, & I finally got a copy. Just started reading, and I hope to eventually blog a review. Bonus: Author Sloane Miller got her own segment in the aforementioned WPIX Food Allergy Week!
- I read this essay from Keith at the FAAN website, and was quite moved: FAAN Community | First Reaction in 14 Years. Want to know what anaphylaxis feels like? It’s worth reading, and shows the importance of vigilance in reading labels, education, carrying an epi pen, and staying calm. Write to your state governor and the President with FAAN’s help, & ask them to support Food Allergy Awareness Week 2011!
- Quiznos has a lobster sub? Ugh. Disgusting. I still hate Lent.
- The Allergy Ninja has arrived to give support to the #FoodAllergyMomArmy, and I bet (& hope) he’s up to no good.
Am I missing something? I feel like I’m missing something.
Oh yeah. I need to update my links. Have a blog that I should be linking to? Let me know!