Categories
News

Frat Boys Rub Peanut Butter On Allergic Pledge’s Face, Nearly Kill Him

Hazing in fraternities is a common rite of passage, but they might need to start using some restaurant-like policies and ask pledges if they have deadly allergies.

Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity of Central Michigan University nearly killed a pledge with a peanut allergy after rubbing peanut butter all over his face, according to NBC 5. The pledge was eventually taken to CMU’s campus health clinic by a professor, and was treated.

The pledge’s mother, Teresa Seely, posted photos of her son, showing his face as disturbingly bloated, and disfigured. She said in the post:

“Last night, we found out that our son was a victim of a hazing incident at Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity at Central Michigan University in the fall.

This is a picture of what they did to him. He has a deadly peanut allergy and they rubbed peanut butter on his face while he was passed out. He could have been killed. He was sent to the campus health clinic by a professor and treated. Luckily he is still alive.

Our family is devastated. Here are some of the steps we have taken so far: Notified the campus police. Notified Central Michigan University. Notified the Local News Agencies.”

The incident reportedly happened during the 2016 fall semester, and one of the students involved actually spoke about it, saying, “It was just a joke. We used peanut butter and put it on his face. We didn’t know he was allergic.”

The frat also reportedly offered to pay for the medical bills, as they were sorry the whole thing happened.

The off-campus fraternity is unrecognized by CMU, being closed in 2011 due to hazing incidents.

Director of Communications at CMU, Heather Smith, told NBC 5 that they responded immediately. The investigation is ongoing, but the students could be expelled, or even face legal trouble.

Thankfully, the victim is alive, and while he transferred from CMU, it was allegedly because he got a tennis scholarship, not because this frat messed him up.

Categories
Health News

Peanuts Help Infants Avoid Peanut Allergies, Per New NIH Guideline

a-baby-being-fed

Photo: Medical News Today

Peanut allergies are some of the deadliest and well-known in the United States. While only a small proportion of Americans have this allergy, its symptoms are severe, with even just a little peanut dust potentially being able to cause anaphylactic shock and death in some.

While there is no cure for this allergen, the National Institute for Health (NIH) believes they’ve found a way to keep your infant from developing this deadly allergy.

New guidelines have been issued by the NIH to healthcare providers regarding the introduction of foods containing peanuts to infants to prevent the development of this allergy.

The new guidelines are extremely vigilant, with allergy tests being included to determine the safety of introducing peanuts into the diet, and introduction occurring slowly at 4-6 months of age — after other solid food has been introduced to infants and they begin to eat it.

The guidelines also specifically focus on eczema, a dry skin condition more prevalent in infants likely to have a peanut allergy, and characterizes the rates of introduction of peanut foods based on the presence of eczema.

It sounds crazy to give someone who may have peanut allergies peanuts as an act of prevention. However, it’s based off of the concept of vaccination, where a milder form of the virus is administered so that the immune system can recognize and easily destroy it.

It seems that the same concept works for peanut allergies. Research has shown that infant peanut consumption has the ability to prevent peanut allergies. That same research prompted these new guidelines from the NIH.

While we definitely recommend that you get this verified with your doctor before trying, it’s worth a shot to keep peanut allergies from occurring with your child.