8/04/2007

Mr. Peanut Wins Coveted " Goodman" Award - Beats Stiff Competition
























During a ceremony held in his own mind, Mr. Peanut was awarded coveted
"Goodman Award" for outstanding goodness and watchdoggedness.
The judges took special note of Mr. Peanut's frequent and eloquent school board
meeting speeches that championed the cause of the hundreds of taxpayer and local
concerned citizens. Judges also recommended that the Vatican should be petitioned
to begin the process of Mr.Peanuts canonization into sainthood.

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Public Health Warning said...

Throat scratchy? Stomach upset? If you're one of the more than 3 million Americans living with a peanut allergy, it could be something you ate. Peanuts are among the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn't imagine. Like that chili you had for lunch? It may have been thickened with ground peanuts.

But peanuts — which actually aren't a true nut, but a legume (in the same family as peas and lentils) — aren't the only nuts that can send you into a wheezing fit. People can also be allergic to tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews — and even sunflower and sesame seeds.
What Happens When a Person Has a Nut or Peanut Allergy?

An allergic reaction happens when a person’s immune system mistakenly believes that a harmless substance, such as a nut or peanut, is actually harmful to the body. The immune system responds by creating specific antibodies to that food, which are designed to fight off the “invader.” These antibodies — called immunoglobulin E (IgE) — trigger the release of certain chemicals into the body, one of which is histamine (pronounced: hiss-tuh-meen).

So when a person with a nut or peanut allergy eats a nut, peanut, or a food that contains nuts or peanuts, the immune system unleashes an army of chemicals to protect the body. The release of these chemicals can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and the cardiovascular system — causing allergy symptoms like wheezing, nausea, headache, stomachache, and itchy hives.