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In my workplace there is ONE Lady who is allergic to Seafood. Now I can't bring anything that has any amount of seafood in it.
Banned from the workplace are items such as Worchester Sauce, Caesar Salad Dressing, Artificial Crab or Seafood Flavored Chips of any kind.

This Lady doesn't even use the downstairs break room, she works and eats upstairs.

When my Nephew had a Birthday Party, Latex Balloons were not allowed or else a couple of Kids could not attend the party. Nuts were also not allowed at the party. Seems that just being in the same room with these items is DANGEROUS.

All my Life this was not a problem. Now it is a problem. What changed?

The next party that I throw, I will be sure to have plenty of Nuts, Fish, Latex Balloon's.

Just wondering what other's think of this "New" Allergy Crises.
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I don't know what causes them, but last Christmas I took an Ibuprofen and suffered a massive asthma attack. I have now been told that I cannot take any pain killers or anti-inflammatories any more, making recovery from gym injuries a problem.

I worked with a man who had a severe pollen allergy (as I do). He always told me that the problem would get worse with age, and would need careful management. I didn't take him seriously. Then he died of toxic shock. Now I do take these things seriously.
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I've been wondering about all those allergies myself. Never heard of these thing when I grew up and not one of my friends or relatives or school mates ever died or got sick from eating peanuts.
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Four possibilities.

1. We are encountering more allergen-laden stuff than our ancestors. (Plausible as we travel more, live longer, move more frequently and trade goods worldwide.)
2. Our bodies are compromised and our immune systems don't work as well as our ancestors' did. (A popular hypothesis, but it seems less likely than #1 to me.)
3. We have better diagnosis than ever before. (This is indisputably true. Don't know how much of the upswing it accounts for.)
4. We've all gone soft and whine and complain about every sniffle. (According to the internet, this is it!)
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What most people call allergies are not truly allergies. Most people are refering to the body being concerned when encountering a "something" and setting of an histemic reaction as a "flush system" defence. This flush, watery eyes, runnny nose etc, often causes asthma is those so prone, and can be a real problem. For most people it is an annoyance.

A real allergy, often nuts and bee stings are real allergies, leads to anphalactic shock. This swelling and tightening of the bronchie tubes in the lungs can lead to death. Plain and simple that can kill someone who is sensative to it.

As for why an increase in the annoyance type, I think Magnus made a nice list above. Some might argue that increase in processed food has lowered our immune system. No idea if that is true or not, but it is believable.
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"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On Oct 4, 2015, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/allergy.html


That's it--a fact page???

Not one lousy argument???

Just where the heck do you think you are, young man???
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On Oct 4, 2015, landmark wrote:
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On Oct 4, 2015, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/allergy.html

That's it--a fact page???

Not one lousy argument???

Just where the heck do you think you are, young man???

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What are you guys taking about?!?!? Crime is the lowest it's been since the 1700's!!!

Oh wait, that was another thread. Smile
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On Oct 4, 2015, irossall wrote:
The next party that I throw, I will be sure to have plenty of Nuts, Fish, Latex Balloon's.


Sounds kinky...
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If you live long enough you will discover something to be allergic to.
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On Oct 4, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
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Four possibilities.

1. We are encountering more allergen-laden stuff than our ancestors. (Plausible as we travel more, live longer, move more frequently and trade goods worldwide.)


Except most of the kids I taught never really traveled much and still had lots of allergies.

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2. Our bodies are compromised and our immune systems don't work as well as our ancestors' did. (A popular hypothesis, but it seems less likely than #1 to me.)


Sounds reasonable.

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3. We have better diagnosis than ever before. (This is indisputably true. Don't know how much of the upswing it accounts for.)


Perhaps, but this doesn't explain stronger allergic reactions to things like peanuts.

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4. We've all gone soft and whine and complain about every sniffle. (According to the internet, this is it!)



BINGO!!!!!!

Now, what about the way WE react to these allergies? Is it reasonable to expect the majority of the people to have to bend to a small minority? Or is it best that those with the actual allergies have to make the adjustments?
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Really? People have possibly fatal reactions to peanuts (or other things) are merely soft and whining?
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Environmental pollution may be the reason, but I am not sure
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One thought is that a contributing factor is actually how advanced our medical care has become- in the olden days, you didn't meet so many people who could tell you they were allergic to peanuts because they died the first time they had an allergic reaction.

I personally think some of it is overprotective parents who clean everything with bleach wipes. Want your kids to have good immune systems? Get a dog, let them eat dirt and boogers, etc.

That said, I read an article a while back about someone who was deathly allergic to lavender. Doesn't sound like a problem, except it's the most popular scent in use, and just the smell could send her into anaphylactic shock. She found it dangerous to even leave the house.
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It's all caused by vaccinations!!!
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On Oct 13, 2015, imgic wrote:
Really? People have possibly fatal reactions to peanuts (or other things) are merely soft and whining?


Maybe's it's nature's way of weeding out the weak. We have a tendency to keep the weak going, nature don't play that.
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I mean, I seriously hope that was a joke. Everyone has some weakness. For some, that weakness is a lack of empathy in a species whose survival is based on sociability. For others, it's bees.
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