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Jenn Casey on Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 2)

Radio Interview: 16 October 2013

I interviewed Jenn Casey on "Living Safely with Food Allergies (Part 2)" on Philosophy in Action Radio on 16 October 2013. Listen to or download the podcast 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 Two of Two. Be sure to listen to Part One.

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, Bullying, Children, Communication, Education, Food, Health, Medicine, Parenting, Respect, Schools

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Subjects Discussed

The subjects discussed in this episode were:
  • Comfort zones, again
  • Educating friends and family
  • Vistors and rules
  • Talking to kids at different ages
  • Allowing foods to the non-allergic kids
  • Conflict over comfort zones with spouses
  • Extended family not respecting comfort zones
  • Problems with other kids, including bullying
  • Unpleasant and ignorant comments
  • Accommodations in schools
  • The limited value of food labels
  • Questions for food producers and restaurants
  • Peanuts on airlines
  • The value of doctors and other support
  • The biggest challenge of food allergies
  • Preventing food allergies
  • Silver linings

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