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News - October 4, 2013

Help for picky eaters

Food allergies can be deadly; local researchers are working on a fix

by Nick Veronin

Stephanie Lau-Chen's children are picky eaters. According to the Mountain View mother, there are only a handful of restaurants where she can take her kids, and most of the time she and her husband cook at home — making sure the food is just right. And for good reason. If they didn't, their children might die.

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Posted by JT, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

"PICKY" eaters??? Do you realize these kids are not picky by choice (for example, due to a diet fad, dislike of the taste, etc.), but it's for their own safety? Anaphylactic reactions are life-threatening and no joke! Please consider updating the title so it's not so misleading. Thank you.

Posted by JT, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Btw I do think the article is very informative. Just the title needs a little work. Thank you! :)

Posted by PS, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Great article. We need more articles like this to drive awareness for severe food allergies. All too often people think that an allergic reaction just amounts to a scratchy throat--NOT TRUE. The general public needs to understand that life threatening situations can very easily emerge.

Thank you Stef and Dr Nadeau for her SAFAR research.

Posted by Polina, a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

What the children picky about? Their desire to live? Please correct the title to reflect the moral of the story, which is hope for children with life-threatening food allergies.

Posted by ABR, a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Great article but the title is offensive to anyone who lives with food allergies. Please continue to raise awareness about this important issue, thank you.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm

THANK YOU so much for a wonderful piece about SAFAR! The research that they are doing is such great news for 15 million Americans who have food allergies. 1 out of 13 (2 in every classroom!) children have food allergies, some are allergic to multiple foods, some get very sick not only from ingestion but also contact and inhalation. We need more people like Dr. Nadeau and her team at SAFAR to help us find answers! Hopefully, people will realize that food allergy sufferers are not "picky" but must be careful to avoid their food allergens to stay alive.

I would like to invite Mountain View Voice readers to attend FARE's 5K Walk/Run for Food Allergies in Memory of BJ Hom on October 12, 2013. 9 am to 1 pm at Lake Cunningham Park (Cypress Pavilion) in San Jose. It is a FREE 5K walk/run with fun family friendly activites, sponsor booths, and live entertainment, raffles, and silent auction. Everyone is welcome!

Posted by Paula, a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thank you for your article on life-threatening food allergies and for helping to spread the word about SAFAR research. But please, the title of the article is misleading. While I get that you used the title Picky Eaters to describe the Lau-Chen kids, I feel pretty certain that they are not so much picky eaters, but terrified eaters. They know that just one bite can cause potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis, which makes them extremely cautious, not picky.

Posted by Victoria, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm


There is a huge difference between not liking nuts and potentially dying from eating them. I have a child in the study and I can tell you it's not a resistance to the allergy that they are working towards, it's desensitization. There is no way someone on the SAFAR staff, especially the PA Tina that would get that incorrect. The journalist needs to get his/her facts straight.

On a happier note GO team SAFAR! I love the staff. Tina always makes us feel so safe and at ease. I applaud you and your team for all that you do. Your work one day will open the doors for so many other children like my son. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

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