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What the Discovery Documents reveal about Ceecee’s Nut Allergies

The Discovery Documents confirm that Ceecee’s reaction to true nuts was “getting worse” each time she went to see the allergist. This suggests the younger child had an underlying peanut allergy which aggravated over time to include a tree nut allergy.

It’s unclear whether the ingredients in Shan’ann’s Thrive products could have played a role in this.

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Further Reading:

According to

In 2002 a medical team on the Isle of Wight found that around one in 70 children across the UK was allergic to peanuts, compared with one in 200 a decade before. (Grundy et al, 2002). A more recent follow-up study by the same group suggests a slight fall in cases (Venter et al 2010). The high rates of peanut allergy were acknowledged in a UK Government report in 2004, which put the figure among children in England at around 250,000 (House of Commons 2004). Similar trends for peanut allergy have been noted in the USA (Sicherer et al, 2010).
A 2011 paper shows that tree nut allergy is more common in older age groups than among children (Venter and Arshad 2011).

Foods likely to contain peanuts or tree nuts include the following: Cakes, biscuits, pastries, cereal bars, confectionery, ice cream, desserts, vegetarian products, salads and salad dressings. This list is not exhaustive.

Peanut allergy was once thought to be lifelong in all cases, but studies show that about 20% of young children outgrow it (Hourihane 1998 and Burks 2008). Doctors are unable to tell which children will be the lucky ones, although blood tests taken in the early years of life may provide clues (Ho et al 2008). Some experts believe that if a child has not outgrown their peanut allergy before the age of ten, it is likely that it will persist.

As with peanut allergy, a proportion of people with tree nut allergy will outgrow it. Research suggests that 10% of young children outgrow tree nut allergy (Skripak and Woods 2008).peanut-allergiesjpg-c0c7cbd9085753fc_large

According to

…about 35% of peanut-allergic toddlers in the U.S. have or will develop a tree nut allergy. Doctors often recommend that young children avoid tree nuts if they are allergic to peanuts. The FDA lists coconut as a tree nut. In fact, coconut is a seed of a drupaceous fruit. Most people allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. Coconut allergy is reasonably rare. 



  1. Kim

    On an unrelated note clearly they were over extended financially which added significantly to the marriage pressure.

  2. AC

    Nut allergies are like the new autism or ADHD– every kid has it now. I think Shanann went overboard on the nut allergy thing– you can have a nut allergy with lesser symptoms than anaphylactic shock, FFS. She made it appear that if Celeste came within sniffing distance of a nut, she’d go into shock and immediately die. These newer generations seem so utterly fragile anymore. A kid can’t just go anywhere without a laundry list of do’s and don’ts relating to some “symptom” or malady. (Of course, I think Shanann played this up so her kids could be perceived as “special”, which I think Cindy saw right through.)

    • nickvdl

      There seems to be an association [right or wrong] between diseases like lupus and hypochondria. I’m not sure whether it’s important that Shan’ann was one or not – just that Cindy [and others perhaps] suspected she was. That’s got to be a source of strife.

  3. Mary

    My son has severe allergies to peanuts. Every time he is exposed, it does get worse. Def believe her. My son, if he had a minute amount of peanuts, would stop breathing within 3 minutes.

  4. Eleni

    Curious as to where the doctor doing the autopsy would get the information? Did they get information from Celeste’s doctor? Or were they informed by Shanann’s family? Or did the cops relay it telephone-style?

    • dex

      The coroner usually contacts the usual treating doctor for past medical history.

      • Eleni

        Ah! It’s the little things are good to know. Thank you @dex.

  5. Marcie

    Shan’ann made Thrive Bites with peanut butter. One video has her assembling the ingredients with the whole family present, and another has her and Chris (the girls are sleeping) showing and eating the finished product.

    I don’t think Shan’ann ever asserted CeCe was allergic to peanuts. It was just tree nuts. Sandra Rzucek wrote “peanuts” in her letter to the DA, but she must’ve been confused or mistaken since the girls ate peanut butter.

    • nickvdl

      Marcie can you put the link to the video where she’s making Thrive bites with peanut butter.

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