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Radio Readers BookByte: Food as a Weapon

Sep 25, 2017
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Hello, Radio Readers – I am Jason Harper, food and fiction connoisseur (as well as solely self-proclaimed chef and author) coming to you from Hays, Kansas. Today, I’ll be talking about High Plains Public Radio Reader's Fall 2017 theme – Food and Story, delivering part three of my four-part Book Byte about Five Quarters of the Orange, a novel by Joanne Harris.

Today, my focus is that the characters in Five Quarters of the Orange use food as a weapon.

In the novel, the narrator describes how she, as a child, would bring oranges surreptitiously into the house because the very smell of them would trigger her mother's migraines, thus buying the child hours of freedom after her mother took heavy narcotics and lay in bed. Unbeknownst to her, these frequent headaches and that "medicine" she took led to a crippling opiate addiction.

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Saving your child from peanut allergies could actually be really simple, reports The prevalence of the potentially life-threatening allergy  has risen more than 300% in the US since 1997. But last year, a team of British researchers struck on a promising method.

Lone Star Tick Bites Can Be Agents for Meat Allergy

Jun 18, 2013

Lone Star Ticks are becoming more common on the High Plains.  They look like other ticks, but females have a white spot on their back.  On my return from hiking in western Kansas canyon breaks last weekend, I found one had hitched a ride home with me.  I didn't think anything of it until I came across an article from the Wichita Eagle telling about an allergy to meat that can develop a few hours after being bitten by one of these little buggers.  In the piece, allergist, Thomas Scott, says the allergy is not to the tick bite itself.  The tick is just the vehicle.  As with any allergy, some reactions are serious.  The article can be found here.  A little digging led me to another article by NPR last fall about the increased distribution of the tick, the causative agent of the allergy, and said there are no governmental warnings at this time.  It also reminded me that an ounce of prevention, in the form of DEET, before I head out is worth avoiding the whole worry.