For the past 16 years, I've believed a falsehood about pancake mix.

Many early mornings in my adolescence and early adulthood were spent reading Abigail Van Buren's long-running advice column from the Chicago Tribune back page.

After receiving a letter from a worried parent in 2006, I've always been afraid of eating breakfast. 

I WANT TO ASK ABBY A QUESTION. 

Using a pancake mix that was in our cabinet, I recently cooked pancakes for my healthy 14-year-old son.

However, he admitted that they tasted "weird." 

He started having trouble breathing and his lips started turning purple around 10 minutes later.

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