I am actually On A Break from Ms. Broussard at the moment (think Rachel and Ross) because I need to step back a bit. I'll write some more tomorrow or this weekend. Trust me, there's more.
Why do people raise such a stink about food allergies? My favorite pet theory is about Control. Food allergies are (seemingly) new and nobody has figured out just why it's happening and it is an inconvenience to people--the afflicted and innocent bystanders. On one hand the afflicted are inconvenienced with severe health issues, up to and including actual death. On the other, the innocent bystanders are being asked not to eat PB&Js in the presence of the afflicted. Death or Turkey Sandwich? Both are, evidently, extremely dire consequences.
What this woman has done is to deliberately and falsely cherry-pick her data to make it seem like FAAN and a couple drug companies and a few select doctors have colluded to terrorize thousands of innocent children. Well, the innocent bystanders are apparently Mad as Hell and Not Going to Take it Anymore. They are going to stand up for their God-given right to eat PB&J sandwiches and use eggs and milk in their cupcake recipes or go down trying.
As if I'm enjoying the fact that my kid could die from eating a yummy food. As if I'm enjoying the attention we got when half the neighborhood saw the fire trucks at our house. As if I've got nothing better to do.
More power to them. Fight the fight, I say. But don't expect it to be easy.
I intend to take a detailed look at some of her blog posts this weekend. For now, I'm off to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (aka the Train Museum) with my kids, some more kids, and a friend. Bye!