Do you have a food allergy?
It seems like more and more people are allergic to specific foods. This year, the schools in my county are no longer allowing any food to be brought in to the schools by parents (for birthdays, holidays, etc.) which is a relief, as the past couple of years I have had a few students with severe food allergies in my classroom. Do you think the number of people with food allergies is rising and why?
No. I have a bathroom allergy. Some chemical that makes bath soaps, lotions, and salts smell. Luckily the college has two different types of soaps in the restrooms. I've learned to stay away from the pink one... As for food allergies, I'm not sure if it is rising. I just think more people are aware. But that isn't a good idea. Just taking away something that harms you will not make you more careful, it will make the students more careless.
Thanks for your input Iburmaster. I think I have developed an allergy to milk (or the substances put into it) in the form of skin irritations. The school system did this after a 7 year old died last year after ingesting a peanut while at school.
Awww... That's sad... I wonder what form it was in.
I am gluten intolerant and, since eliminating all grains two years ago, I have never felt better. I agree that people are becoming more aware of food allergies so the number of incidents seems to be rising. Wheat hybridization has also resulted in higher instances of gluten intolerance. Essentially, today's wheat has been hybridized to be more hardy, less bug-impacted, and easier to grow than wheat of days past. While it may be hardier and more economical to grow, a percentage of the population cannot tolerate these new strains of wheat. See my blog for more info on gluten intolerance and how to manage it.
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