Thursday, January 15, 2009

Easing Back In...

Happy New Year Everyone!

I took a much needed blogging break, but I'm back and ready to go. As you might remember, posting every day in November really kicked my butt, so I am going to set an easier goal for myself: a post once a week. How does that sound?

A few things have gone on in the world of allergy since I last blogged. Here goes:
  • Nicholas Christakis gave his 'opinion' on the hysteria surrounding food allergies
  • Joel Stein tried to be funny (and failed miserably)
  • Researchers may have found a link between medication for Heartburn during pregnancy and Asthma/Allergy Risk
I'm not going to bother responding to either of the first two bullet points, especially when so many other bloggers and writers out there have had at them. The only thing I will say is that both articles make the lives of the allergic (and their parents) that much more difficult - now that folks are declaring that allergies are all in our heads, a desperate bid for attention, it makes it that much harder for us dealing with genuine allergies. I don't need people doubting that B's allergies are real. And I don't doubt that either author, if they have a child, has one with food allergies. Anyone who has would never write such things.

And as for the last point, there isn't a direct link to food allergies in this study, but it's scary enough for me to wonder if all the Tums I took to alleviate the incredible heartburn I suffered while pregnant was a good idea.

So what have you guys been up to?


Elaine said...

Glad to have you back.

Sean said...

That Joel Stein article is depressing.

Not just the column itself -- it's actually pretty typical "hey, let's try to generate some letters to the editor" fare -- but the comments section. It's full of "amens" and tragic tales of parents who can't make peanut butter sandwiches for their kids anymore.

Are parents of non-allergic kids really this angry about all of this?