Stefan li Rous
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Mon Aug 11 23:19:19 PDT 2008
Isabella, Seeking Enlightenment, asked:
<<< But why would people be so hostile to a not terribly unreasonable
health issue? Are they that selfish and unsympathetic? >>>
I think that's a harsh judgement, both the hostile adjective and the
implication that people are being unsympathetic.
I do sympathize with you. But I don't think these total bans are the
way to go. And I suspect that many others feel the same way, rather
than being hostile to finding a solution.
A lot of the "hostility" may be towards changing the lifestyle/habits
of all for the benefit of the few. Maybe that makes me selfish.
You mention in a follow-on message "A tangential answer to this issue-
I never knew about so many different food
allergies until I joined the SCA. Off the top of my head, just the
know-dairy, strawberries, vodka, shellfish, mushrooms, wheat, pork,
Admittedly many of these are probably not as quickly life-threatening
as a peanut allergy can be. But you can also add sugar to that list.
In my case, a sugared Coke can cause a big problem as a type-I
diabetic. An unlabeled or mistakenly provided Coke could put me in
the hospital or in a coma. If I'm managing things correctly though, I
should see the signs first and correct it with insulin, as an
allergic person can with the epi-pen.
But if we ban all these items that can cause an allergic reaction,
what is left?
We've had quite a number of discussions over the years on handling
allergies amid SCA feasts. There are folks that are offended that I
drink beverages containing Nutra-sweet and say it gives them
headaches. So, should both sugared colas and artificially sweetened
ones be prohibited? It is probably easier to make a case for peanuts
and peanut butter being good for kids than sugared drinks.
<<< This is an honest
question, I just don't get it. It's not about bad life choices that
have made or about bad parenting, it's just something that happens,
I heard they had no idea why peanut allergies have skyrocketed.>>>
As has diabetes. Both type I and II. The "free enterprise" medical
insurance industry that our current administration promotes as a
solution to our health care crisis, won't sell me insurance at any
price. And the other day, a spokesman was saying insurance was only
needed for those who made poor choices and that healthy people
shouldn't be subsidizing those who made poor choices. Almost all the
current evidence is pointing to type I diabetes having a strong
genetic component. But I guess we can start requiring genetic testing
and regulate who can and can not get married, err, have sex.
<<< We are lucky
that our girl's allergy is only moderate, there are much more severe
out there. Eating a peanut butter sandwich and breathing on someone can
trigger it. >>>
In your case hopefully she will grow out of this. I haven't got a
good solution. As we start to understand the human immune system we
may eventually be able to selectively prevent an individual's body
from (over)reacting to non-serious "dangers" but it's hard to say how
long that will take.
(now about banning all those overhead menu signs in fast food places
that I can't read and can't get close enough to read...)
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
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