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NYT's Blase Report on Deadly Food Allergy Increase in Children

Epi-penNote: Where is  the journalism 101 question. WHY?  The MD/author is a pediatrician who also writes fiction, non-fiction and the mishegoss known as American Pediatrics circa 2018 where children are sicker than ever, longer than ever and yet no one seems to care. 

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Anaphylaxis is the scary end of allergy, the kind of reaction that can kill. It can happen almost immediately after the exposure — being stung by the bee, eating the peanut — and it can move fast. In anaphylaxis, your immune system turns against you with a vengeance, revs up and releases histamines and other chemicals that set off a range of dangerous physiological changes.

Your airways squeeze tighter, so it’s harder to breathe — especially dangerous in children, who start with smaller airways. Your lips and tongue and throat can swell. Your blood pressure can drop until you’re in shock. You can also get hives, you can develop nausea and vomiting, all possible clues to the advent of anaphylaxis.

A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield looked at allergy diagnoses and at emergency room visits for anaphylaxis from 2010 to 2016 among their subscribers, who include 9.6 million children 18 and under all over the country. The report showed an increase in the incidence of children being diagnosed as “at risk” for anaphylaxis over the course of those seven years. And correspondingly, the rate of emergency room visits for anaphylaxis more than doubled, to 3.5 visits per 10,000 children in 2016 from 1.4 in 2010.

Of those emergency room visits, 47 percent were attributed to specific food allergies, largely peanuts and tree nuts and seeds. The other 53 percent were attributed either to unknown foods or “to other unspecified causes.” (Because the study was done by examining insurance claims, the information is conveyed by billing codes; some codes specify “anaphylactic reaction due to shellfish,” for example, but others just say, “anaphylactic shock, unspecified.”)  Read more here.

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Carol

"In the early 1970s, scientists at the UCLA Medical Center, including one of the most respected rheumatologists in the country at the time, Carl M. Pearson, started looking for a less toxic alternative to Freund's [adjuvants]. They ran a series of experiments with a variety of edible oils on the assumption that because they were 'metabolizable' the body could process them safely....Pearson's associates, Michael Whitehouse and Frances W. Beck, injected more than a dozen of these metabolizable oils into rats, including castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame seed oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, wheat germ oil, safflower oil, cod liver oil, oleomargarine and the commercial lubricating oil, silicone....All of the oils were toxic; they all induced arthritis in rats with varying degrees of severity. The data changed Whitehouse's views on the safety of metabolizable oils. 'To summarize very simply, I think most oils are dangerous,' he now says. Based on their ability to cause arthritis, the researchers assigned the oils 'arthritis scores,' ranging from (+), which was moderately toxic, to (++++), which was guaranteed to cripple."

Vaccine A by Gary Matsumoto

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bob moffit,

the doctor who invented munchhausen by proxy, the diagnosis that they sometimes use to put parents in jail when the baby died from vaccine induced SIDS, was also on the sub-committee for MMR safety.

https://healthimpactnews.com/2016/munchausen-syndrome-by-proxy-a-false-diagnosis-to-blame-parents-for-vaccine-injuries-and-deaths/

bob moffit

"NOTE: Where is the journalism 101 question: WHY?"

It should surprise no one this critical question is NEVER ASKED. Simply stated .. by not asking the question, the "sock puppets" can offer their carefully constructed "plausible denials" to explain increasing incidents, such as:

"Guidelines for parents were published in March in JAMA. It’s possible that the increased incidence of emergency room visits may in part be good news; parents may be watching more closely, noting early signs of possible anaphylaxis, using their EpiPens (anyone who uses one needs to be seen immediately in an emergency room, in case the reaction recurs or continues)."

There you have it .. there really is no increase .. because "parents may be watching more closely, noting early signs of possible anaphylaxis" ..

Gee .. where have I heard that very same explanation before? In any event, I wonder how many Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS) .. instead of being caused by "parents sharing the bed with the infant or placing the infant on his/her back/front" .. are actually caused by anaphylactic reactions to the infants most recent vaccine? Indeed, is that possibility even considered in SIDS deaths?

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