Over at the new SuperEco, Alex Fayle wonders if the increase in peanut allergies and the resulting peanut bans in schools are a lot of hooey.
Fayle cites stats that show the increase in peanut allergies is a North American thing. He says that in Spain, where I guess he resides, “no one ever talks about peanut or other nut allergies.” Nuts and nutty spreads are consumed at a much lower rate of course, but when Fayle asks parents about the topic, “they look at me blankly then say that it’s the responsibility of the parents to manage their child’s allergies.”
This jives with my own (admittedly limited) experience. I know someone who returned to the States after living in Europe and giving birth there, and they told me a story about visiting the doctor and asking about allergies. The doctor just shrugged and said, “Well, if you see symptoms, call me.” Basically, no big deal, just see what happens. Both of these anecdotes remind me of a Chris Rock routine