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Jenn Casey on Living Safely with Food Allergies, Part 1

Radio Interview: 25 September 2013

I interviewed Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies, Part 1" on 25 September 2013. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.

Many Americans have food allergies to common foods such as peanuts, dairy, and eggs. Some of those allergies are so serious as to be life-threatening. Jenn Casey's son has a life-threatening peanut allergy, diagnosed when he was a toddler. What must people diagnosed with such allergies do to protect themselves from accidental ingestion? How can parents keep their children with such allergies safe? How should other people in their lives – such as family, friends, and teachers – do to protect them from harm? What should schools, clubs, and other organizations do? This episode is Part One of Two. Be sure to listen to Part Two.

Jenn Casey is a homeschooling mom to three hilarious kids, wife, small business owner, CrossFit athlete and coach, Positive Discipline educator, sometime blogger, puppy trainer, reluctant 5K runner, urban-chicken-raising wannabe, amateur gardener, humor dabbler, serious Beatles enthusiast, longtime Objectivist, economics nerd, even bigger operations management nerd, Sauvignon Blanc lover, bourbon appreciator, and President of ATLOS.

Tags: Allergies, Children, Food, Health, Medicine, Parenting


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The topics covered in this episode were:
  • Jenn's background
  • Food allergies versus intolerances
  • The most common food allergies
  • The increase in rates of food allergies
  • Jenn's introduction to food allergies: the peanut kaboom
  • Diagnosing food allergies
  • Food allergies in kids versus adults
  • Outgrowing allergies
  • Cures and treatments for food allergies
  • Dealing with a diagnosis
  • Managing a food allergy with a "comfort zone"
  • The dangers of not carrying an epi pen
  • Managing a food allergy in a toddler versus almost-teenager
  • The death of Natalie Giorgi
  • Epi-pen strategy
  • Life sustaining food as deadly
  • Allergies and the hygiene hypothesis
  • The topics for Part 2

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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.

From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.

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