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  • The two other pinheads in my department are both allergic to peanuts and had fairly upper middle class backgrounds. I'm allergic to nothing and grew up pretty poor. Anecdotal that.

    I eat peanuts at my desk when I want to be left alone to get work done.
  • I know black people with peanut allergies......SO.........
  • CSB:

    I dated a German girl a couple years back who was in the states working as an au pair. Through some serious networking prowess (and a bit of luck), she managed to work for a handful of very wealthy families off and on over the course of about a year and a half (yes, I realize that it's mostly rich folks who can afford an au pair, but bear with me). She began to notice that the wealthier families tended to be more hygiene-obsessed (one woman in Chicago requiring her kids to wash/sanitize their hands upwards of 7-8 times a day), and that their kids had more allergies, to a wider array of ordinarily innocuous things.

    This is just an anecdote; feel free to draw your own conclusions.
  • We're lower middle class and our youngest had it....terrible outbreak after a PB&J. He's also in the 20% that outgrew it.

    /We're normalcy busters.
  • my wife was dirt poor and is allergic to peanuts. Oh wait, shes black
  • "Interestingly, the development of the allergy in people older than nine isn't linked to wealth at all."

    Wonder why. Did the excessive hygiene stuff begin less than ten years ago?
  • BarkingUnicorn: "Interestingly, the development of the allergy in people older than nine isn't linked to wealth at all."

    Wonder why. Did the excessive hygiene stuff begin less than ten years ago?


    I'd say it was more like 15 years ago, but it would have taken some time for things to really hit full swing.
  • Heamer: This is just an anecdote; feel free to draw your own conclusions.


    I almost never get sick. Not allergic to anything that I know of. There are numerous photos of me when I learned to walk crawling around in the mud out back. Crawling over the dogs. Eating dog food out of the dog dish with them.
  • Yes! Someone finally believes me. I used to teach English as a Second language in the elementary grades and in high-poverty schools, no one worried about peanuts because regardless of ethnicity, poor kids were simply not allergic to peanut products. Never, ever. The vast majority of my students were from Mexico or Central America, but there was no obvious genetic factor in play - poor black and white kids were not allergic either. It's unlikely it would have been missed considering the severity of the allergies apparently present in children of more affluent families.
  • Bullshiat!

    /from personal experience.
  • I've had an allergy to peanuts since I was 16 years old (44 years ago). My parents were never even remotely wealthy.
  • Heamer: CSB:

    I dated a German girl a couple years back who was in the states working as an au pair. Through some serious networking prowess (and a bit of luck), she managed to work for a handful of very wealthy families off and on over the course of about a year and a half (yes, I realize that it's mostly rich folks who can afford an au pair, but bear with me). She began to notice that the wealthier families tended to be more hygiene-obsessed (one woman in Chicago requiring her kids to wash/sanitize their hands upwards of 7-8 times a day), and that their kids had more allergies, to a wider array of ordinarily innocuous things.

    This is just an anecdote; feel free to draw your own conclusions.


    Not surprised at all. Lack of exposure to whatever crap around is a major factor in developing allergies. Allergies are caused by an overactive and stupid immune system- if your immune system develops properly, they're generally rare. Hyper sanitize your house, and you're encouraging it. And the hypersanitized crap does seem to appeal to the upper middle class more than anyone else.

    As a kid, I licked the cat, ate food off counters, played in dirt, climbed trees, scraped my knee, ate peanut butter with my fingers straight out of the jar, and did everything kids used to do until not all that long ago. My dad, a pediatrician, encouraged all this. Guess what? I grew up with a bulletproof immune system. I have no allergies, not even to poison ivy (I think I just got lucky on that one though). In a stunning revelation, it seems that immune systems that have evolved to deal with dirt, feces, rotting food, and all manner of other shiat work, and do best when they have enough exposure that they recognize exactly what they're supposed to fight against.
  • Well that wealth comes in handy when it comes time to sue a school district to make it a peanut free zone. Ya know, rather than send your snowflake to a private peanut free zone.
  • spentmiles: [i45.tinypic.com image 402x402]


    Too close.

    Get your robot out of my head peacefully, plz.

    Thank you.

    P.S. I'll take my world with me. I live on earth. Earth isn't about money...
  • I'm deathly allergic to cats and mildly allergic to dogs and I had both as a child. Exposure did not work for my pathetic immune system.
  • the_colors: I'm deathly allergic to cats and mildly allergic to dogs and I had both as a child. Exposure did not work for my pathetic immune system.


    I love all critters and get along with them quite nicely, actually: see Grizzly Adams for reference...
  • cptjeff: As a kid, I licked the cat, ate food off counters, played in dirt, climbed trees, scraped my knee, ate peanut butter with my fingers straight out of the jar, and did everything kids used to do until not all that long ago. My dad, a pediatrician, encouraged all this. Guess what? I grew up with a bulletproof immune system. I have no allergies, not even to poison ivy (I think I just got lucky on that one though).


    I was the same way as a child and only had an allergy to sulfa drugs. Had my tonsils taken out as a 4 year old and have barely been sick since (28 years ago). I've had the flu once and it was gone in 24 hours. Strangely, I did get pneumonia once in undergrad but had it for three weeks before I was diagnosed and my only symptom was an occasional cough.

    But out of nowhere, boom - when I was 21 I developed mild asthma and allergies to cats and pretty much every pollen. The immune system is really weird.
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