Kryptonite & Peanuts
“Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!" "Yes, it's Superman!” When I was a child he was the coolest superhero EVER. I wanted to be just like him…forget Wonder Woman… Superman could fly! As invincible as he was, there was one small detail in his story that could destroy him. Kryptonite.
For food allergy (FA) kids their little body’s immune system identifies certain foods an “invaders”, or allergens. Their immune system overreacts by producing antibodies known as immunoglobulin E (IgE). The antibodies travel to cells which release chemicals causing an allergic reaction. The result…symptoms in the throat, lungs, stomach, ears, skin and sinuses occur and freak out; depending on the severity of the allergy, without treatment it can cause death. My son is deathly allergic to many foods but a common offender and one of his is peanuts…Matthew’s Kryptonite. That is what I used to tell him when he was a toddler. What I would like to do, is get the government to notice FA kids in the cafeteria. Sure add fruit and vegetables, bake chicken and fish, provide healthier foods to kids, but if your kid has an allergy to any of the foods it won’t make a damn bit of difference. Dedicated areas in the cafeteria would help, actually following the CDC guidelines would help (right now it is voluntary). This is just another reason I decided to take matters into my own hands and design the EpiPen® BackPack!