Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by SixofNine, Jul 31, 2013.
This family did everything right and their daughter still died.
Holy shit, that's rough.
Are these new allergies en masse for kids these days? Is it because we are seeing it in press now? I don't recall seeing or hearing about kids with allergies to peanuts when I was growing up.
I've been wondering the same thing for a few years now. A good portion of our daughters friends have gluten or nut allergies. When I was growing up, the only allergies any of my friends had were outdoor based (rag weed, pollen, etc.) and some pet allergies.
I was talking with a food scientist colleague of mine the other day and asked him the same question. He too doesn't know how to explain it but does suspect it has to do with what the mothers eat (or don't eat) during pregnancy and what we feed (or don't feed) our kids as infants and toddlers.
My personal opinion is society is coddling the kids too much as soon as they're born. Anti-bacterial soaps, sterilizing everything from toys to clothes, kids aren't being exposed to the germs and bugs that many of us were exposed to 50 years ago.
People like to point fingers at the food industry and the ingredients that they're including, but I think it's more basic than that. I have a sneaky hunch that parents are doing it to their kids, and they're completely unaware of the damage they're doing by keeping the kids' environment too sterile.
Wtf does exposure to germs and bugs at birth have to do with nut allergies??
And for the record, my 3rd kid has nut allergies and neither me or her mother do.
I do look forward to your usual expert explanation on this though of which her doctors didnt tell us.
What is an allergy? It's a reaction from your immune system. Exposing your immune system to more bugs strengthens it IMO. Make the environment too sterile and your immune system doesn't get the workout it needs to do its job properly.
The "hygiene hypothesis" hasn't been disproven, but that's part of the consensus "we have no idea what has caused the increase in peanut and tree nut allergies."
Another hypothesis is related to changes in food preparation. For example, roasting peanuts changes the sugar and makes the protein more stable to digestion and easier for the immune system to attack.
I remembered reading about Israel and (lack of) peanut allergies. I found the link:
and the study:
Basically, they found that in Israel where a peanut snack has 25% of the market and is given to kids as little as six months old, the rate of peanut allergies is far less than in England, (and other countries).
The study also found that if you give small amounts daily it will desensitize the body to the allergy.
So more or less what Tom said, exposure. Need exposure.
Andy, don't ever take any of this stuff personally. You didn't do anything wrong and you are in no way to blame for any of that. It's one of those things, bro.
It's beginning to look like "exposure" is key to preventing some allergies.
Peanut foods for infants may prevent allergies: panel
My daughter participated in an exposure-oriented FDA clinical trial at Johns Hopkins. She had a very sensitive dairy allergy, I'm talking trips to the ER. She went to Johns Hopkins once a week where they gave her small but ever increasing amounts of dairy. She also had a powder that she took every day in between visits. Her dairy allergy is completely gone. Of course, it takes years for clinical trials to make it to the market.
Peanut allergy cured in majority of children in immunotherapy trial