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A cure for peanut allergies?

It is no secret that food allergies are on the RISE.

The U.S. has the sickest, most allergic kids of any country!!!

 

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education:

  • Food allergies among children increased 50% between 1997 and 2011.
  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergy sends someone to the emergency room. 
  • Eight foods account for 90% of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.
  • Children with food allergies are 2-4x more likely to have other related conditions: asthma and other allergies.
  • Food allergies may be a trigger for or associated with other allergic conditions: atopic dermatitis and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Peanut and tree nut allergies are usually are lifelong.
  • 3 million people in the US have reported an allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. 

 

I got the chance to hear this amazing mom and author (Heather Fraser) speak about her quest to understand the rise in peanut allergies and how it affected her family. She wrote a book to help families who are curious about this too!

 

She links the rise in diagnosis and decrease in the immune system to:

  • the hygiene hypothesis 
  • increased antibiotic usage
  • increased number of vaccines – 20 vaccines in 1980 to the 68 vaccines in 2011, 36 vaccines all before age 18 mos.
  • extra ingredients in vaccines, like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and ethylene glycol
  • starting in 1980, peanut oil was the preferred oil used alongside the active ingredient in vaccines

Check out her book:

 

I would also add to her list the introduction of GMO’s and increased usage of pesticides and herbicides. 

 

We don’t hear much about HOW this all started or the solution to this epidemic. However, there is some great research going on surrounding food allergies, specifically the peanut allergy. With the rise in the diagnosis, there needs to be a solution before this situation gets worse (dare I say that?)! 

 

So what are the possible solutions? 

 

Desensitization and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus or L. Rhamnosus 

L. Rhamnosus is a probiotic bacteria, which can be found in yogurt. We are 10x more bacteria than cells, so BACTERIA really does matter!!!

 

The benefits of L. Rhamnosus include:

  • builds and supports the immune system
  • prevents and eliminates the growth of harmful bacteria in intestines 
  • promotes regular bowel movements 
  • reduces the risk of respiratory tract infections
  • could stop allergic reactions to peanuts in 80% of children
  • prevent atopic dermatitis 

 

In a recent study (18 mos. clinical trial) in Australia, 60 children (ages 1-10) were given doses of peanut flour (equivalent of 6-7 peanuts) along with the probiotic, L. Rhamnosus (equivalent of 44lbs of yogurt).  “Following the treatment, about 80% of the children were able to tolerate four grams of peanut protein, equivalent to about 14 peanuts.”

 

“These findings provide the vital first step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly for all food allergies.” 

 

Another study by Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago, showed promising effects of the bacteria, Clostridia. It had surprising effects on the gut of mice. The bacteria helped keep peanut proteins out of the blood stream. She says, “…a probiotic consisting of Clostridia could be a new allergy therapy”. 

 

This is not a one-size fits all approach, but it is refreshing to hear that scientists and researchers are working hard to help find a “cure”.

 

Please DO NOT try any of these studies mentioned at HOME! 

 

Until there is a cure, we can work building and supporting the immune system of the affected children by:

  • lowering sugar consumption 
  • reducing processed foods 
  • eating organic, whole foods 
  • saying not to GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) 
  • using non-toxic home cleaners, laundry and bathroom products 
  • drinking filtered water 
  • gettting tested for other food or chemical allergies  

 

 

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_rhamnosus

http://www.probiotic.org/lactobacillus-rhamnosus.htm

http://www.foodsmatter.com/allergy_intolerance/peanut_treenut/articles/history_peanut_allergy_epidemic.html

http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/allergies/vaccines-and-the-peanut-allergy-epidemic/

http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/whats-really-behind-peanut-allergy-epidemic/ 

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/08/gut-microbe-stops-food-allergies

pic credit: http://www.zmescience.com/medicine/nut-allergy-cured-0432423/

 

 

 

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