8 percent of US children now have food allergies
June 20th, 2011
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"Dad, my throat hurts. Can you get me some cough drops?" B.J. Hom asked his father, Brian.

Brian had no idea those would be the last words he would hear his son say.

The Hom family had just arrived at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, to celebrate B.J.'s high school graduation and 18th birthday. But while Brian went to get cough drops at the gift shop, B.J. collapsed, his lips blue and his face pale, gasping for breath. He died that night from an allergic reaction, probably to unnoticed peanuts in a dessert from the dinner buffet.

"It was like someone reached in and ripped our hearts out," said Brian Hom of San Jose, California.

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  1. wendy

    i'm surprised it's only 8%... with all the drugs and steroids and other stuff they put in food today this unfortunately does not shock. to discover an allergy that would normally be easily looked after in such a manner is so heartrending...prayers to the parents. seems that allergy testing is going to be the 'norm' now for kids as are the vaccines many get. regular testing will likely become required.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  2. Truth

    Is there any conclusive evidence of why this is happening. It seems that not only are we dealing with more and varied food allergies, but also with other issues like puberty happening much earlier. Any theories why?

    June 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Conspiracy Theories

      Please cite some peer-reviewed scientific studies that show that puberty is "happening much earlier." Otherwise, you're making outlandish claims over nothing.

      June 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
      • Aliza

        @ Conspiracy Theories – it would have been nice had you attempted to do a quick google search before attempting to blindly take someone else's claim apart. There're numerous studies suggesting that it is true that girls are menstruating much sooner now. The following is from Canada's Women's Health Network; http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/39365

        "...good documentation exists over the last hundred or so years to establish that the average age of first menstruation in young white girls in the United States has declined by several years, from an average age of 17 to 13. Over the last 50 or so years, the age of first menstruation in the United States has continued to decline, but at a much slower—by a few months, and with wide ethnic disparity"

        And btw, here's another take on it – the Torah, Bible and Koran have all made certain predictions for the future. Islam's prophet Mohammed (pbuh) proclaimed that the age at which girls would start menstruating would start to decline more and more as the 'Day of Judgement' nears. It also speaks of children learning to speak at an ever-earlier age, there being more earth quakes and other natural disasters etc. all of which seem to be happening :-)

        June 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  3. The Witty One

    Ohhhh boy....here come the crazy peanut people!

    But seriously....this sucks.

    June 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
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