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TEXAS NEIGHBORS | SPRING 2017 Could peanut allergies be a thing of the past? By Landee Kieschnick TFB Communications Intern Allergies. They’re tough to deal with, and even worse when they’re life-threatening. For one Texas family, a peanut allergy was no laughing matter. And so began the constant worrying. “I kept thinking she’ll never be able to do anything. A senior trip when kids fly some place,” An-tunes said. “She won’t be able to go because what if she had a That amount slowly in-creased. And today, Calista’s diet consists of eating at least eight peanuts a day to obtain immunity. “You can’t protect your-self from peanuts everywhere. perhaps the best way to combat peanut allergies is to introduce peanut products to infants. “We were thrilled when on Jan. 15 it became official that the scientific data that had been relea released stated that early intro-du duction to peanuts is really th best way to combat pea-the nu allergies,” Shelly Nutt, ex-nut ec ecutive director of the Texas Pe Peanut Producers Board, sa said. The scientific data showed th that early introduction of pe peanuts to babies between the ages of four and six months th best option to fight aller-is the gies, Nutt said. Nutt advises mothers and pregnant women to still consult with their doctors for the newest updated guidelines for early in-troduction of peanuts. Read more about the allergy prevention here and follow along with Calista’s journey on the family’s blog. “There was a constant fear of the unknown and the unseen,” Becky Antunes, a Waco mother, said. “We had an allergist tell us every reaction could get worse, and from the start we were told it was life-threatening.” Her daughter Calista was di-agnosed with a life-threatening peanut allergy before her first birthday. She was allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. reaction on the airplane.” Antunes said she tried every-thing from allergy tests to even buying a specially trained dog to sniff out peanut products. But the dog wasn’t needed. Because Calista began a treat-ment process—Peanut Oral Im-munotherapy—when she was six years old. One-four hundredth of a peanut was mixed into a liq-uid solution. You’re just constantly looking for it and it will drive yourself crazy,” Antunes said. “Since the treatment, we have taken many trips and done things we’ve nev-er done before. She can play at the ball park now with no fear.” And new research indicates NEW 2017 TM FOR A NONS TOP WORLD. A NONSTOP WORKHORSE R ANCH EDI T ION BUILT STRONG TO OUTWORK, OUTPLAY AND OUTLAST THE COMPETITION INTRODUCING THE MULE PRO-FX ™ RANCH EDITION HUMBLE K'S MOTORSPORTS 281-446-7165 ksmotorsports.com KATY WILD WEST MOTOPLEX 281-392-8850 wildwestmotoplex.com EQUIPPED FOR A NEW WORLD ™ A NE W W O R L D DEM A ND S NE W H O L L A ND. The T4 is versatile enough to meet challenges head on, or from any other angle. With an array of attachments, it can handle everything from small chores to heavy-duty tasks. The exclusive VisionView™ cab provides climate-controlled comfort and improved visibility for working in any conditions. This farmhand of the future packs large tractor power in a small tractor body, making it a reliable workhorse for years to come. Learn more at EquippedForANewWorld.com CROCKETT COLLINS TRACTOR AND EQUIP. INC 800-717-3157 www.collinstractorandequipment.com DE KALB BOWIE COUNTY EQUIPMENT 903-667-2584 bowiecountyequipment.com TAYLOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY EQ. CO. INC. 512-352-6381 wmcoequip.com KAWASAKI CARES: Read Owner’s Manual and all on-product warnings. Always wear protective gear appropriate for the use of this vehicle. Never operate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Protect the environment. The Kawasaki MULE™ side x side is an off-highway vehicle only, and is not designed, equipped or manufactured for use on public streets, roads or highways. Obey the laws and regulations that control the use of your vehicle. ©2016 Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. 17MULPFXR6X5C ©2016 CNH Indistrial America LLC. All rights reserved. “New Holland” is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates. “Equipped For A New World” is a trademark in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates. WWW.TEXASFARMBUREAU.ORG

Could Peanut Allergies Be a Thing of the Past?

Landee Kieschnick

Allergies. They’re tough to deal with, and even worse when they’re life-threatening.

For one Texas family, a peanut allergy was no laughing matter.

“There was a constant fear of the unknown and the unseen,” Becky Antunes, a Waco mother, said. “We had an allergist tell us every reaction could get worse, and from the start we were told it was life-threatening.”

Her daughter Calista was diagnosed with a life-threatening peanut allergy before her first birthday. She was allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

And so began the constant worrying.

“I kept thinking she’ll never be able to do anything. A senior trip when kids fly some place,” Antunes said. “She won’t be able to go because what if she had a reaction on the airplane.”

Antunes said she tried everything from allergy tests to even buying a specially trained dog to sniff out peanut products.

But the dog wasn’t needed.

Because Calista began a treatment process—Peanut Oral Immunotherapy— when she was six years old. One-four hundredth of a peanut was mixed into a liquid solution.

That amount slowly increased. And today, Calista’s diet consists of eating at least eight peanuts a day to obtain immunity.

“You can’t protect yourself from peanuts everywhere.

You’re just constantly looking for it and it will drive yourself crazy,” Antunes said. “Since the treatment, we have taken many trips and done things we’ve never done before. She can play at the ball park now with no fear.”

And new research indicates perhaps the best way to combat peanut allergies is to introduce peanut products to infants.

“We were thrilled when on Jan. 15 it became official that the scientific data that had been released stated that early introduction to peanuts is really the best way to combat peanut allergies,” Shelly Nutt, executive director of the Texas Peanut Producers Board, said.

The scientific data showed that early introduction of peanuts to babies between the ages of four and six months is the best option to fight allergies, Nutt said.

Nutt advises mothers and pregnant women to still consult with their doctors for the newest updated guidelines for early introduction of peanuts.

Read more about the allergy prevention here and follow along with Calista’s journey on the family’s blog.

Read the full article at http://texasneighbors.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Could+Peanut+Allergies+Be+a+Thing+of+the+Past%3F/2748615/396275/article.html.

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