Q: My son is allergic to tree nuts and I have been unable to find an answer to this question: If you are allergic to tree nuts, can you use almond milk and various other products that include nontraditional ingredients? I saw an advertisement for butters made from almonds, olives, and so on, and also almond flour. I am afraid to make baked goods calling for these ingredients. Can you please educate me so I do not endanger my son?
Answer: You should avoid such products until an allergist can safely assess your son’s allergies.
“People who are allergic to tree nuts cannot have flours, milks, butters, etc, made from any nut they are allergic to, as it could lead to an allergic reaction,” said Dr. Russell Traister, a pediatric allergist with Wake Forest Baptist Health. “Most people who are allergic to tree nuts are not allergic to all of them. With young children, I generally advise that all tree nuts be avoided as they are too young to differentiate between nuts.
“But as children get older if testing reveals that they are not allergic to all tree nuts, specific tree nut introduction could be made based on testing by an allergist. Unfortunately only about 20 percent of children with a tree nut allergy will outgrow it.”
Q: What are the statutes on trimming or removing a tree that is on the property line?
Answer: The applicable statute regarding damage to a neighbor’s tree is 14-128, which says in part that any person “not being on his own lands, who shall without the consent of the owner thereof, willfully commit any damage, injury or spoliation to or upon any tree... or who cuts, breaks, injures, or removes, any tree, plant of flower, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”
However, if the tree is truly on the property line, that is a complication that is not addressed in the statute.
“A tree on the line is effectively owned by both landowners,” says local attorney Mike Wells. “Any action taken that might impair the health of the tree should be taken only with the clear consent and agreement of both landowners. Hopefully the landowners will agree on pruning and tree maintenance decisions.
“If the landowners disagree on these decisions, I hope they will recognize that a tree trimmed up neatly on one side but not on the other side will not help either landowner.”
You can read the full statute and some exceptions involving the Department of Transportation and right-of-ways, at law.onecle.com/north-carolina/14-criminal-law/14-128.html.
Q: My wife, who can barely walk, loves to fish. Do you know of any lakes in Winston-Salem where she can catch fish?
Answer: Winston and Salem lakes both let people fish for free, said William Royston, head of the city’s recreation and parks department. Anyone 16 or older must have a North Carolina State Fishing License to fish at either lake.
Salem Lake offers pier and boat fishing for hybrid bass, large mouth bass, catfish, crappie, bream, carp and white perch. Fishing is not allowed from the banks of Salem Lake, only from piers or boats. Go to www.cityofws.org/departments/recreation-parks/salem-lake for more details.