by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 24 February 2016, Allergies
If you have been wondering whether peanut allergies are more common these days, you are indeed correct. In every classroom, it seems that there is at least one student with a peanut allergy.
In fact, peanut allergies in children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008 in the U.S., presently affecting more than 400,000 children. From elementary schools to households, many environments are now “nut-free.”…
These days, more and more people suffer from food intolerances or allergies. Why is that?
For one thing, our high-stress lifestyles and poor eating habits are at least in part to blame, but there has to be more to it than that… So what mysterious mechanism could cause the body to go so off-kilter?
For starters, you might be interested to know that our diet, high in refined carbohydrates, grains and sugars, especially when combined with our over-use of antibiotics, plays a major role in the allergy phenomenon.
Until about 100 years ago an allergy was something out of the ordinary as formal infections were the most frequent causes of disease. Nowadays, allergies have been increasing uncontrollably and it is officially accepted that the contamination of our modern environment has created a climate favorable for the development of such illnesses.
What is an allergy?
When speaking of an allergy, we mean a changed or unusual defensive reaction against some known, or unknown, substance. An allergic disposition can be hereditary or acquired and we can get an allergy at any time in life, even as a bottle fed baby.
An allergic reaction to a substance or food can happen within seconds or over a period of up to 72 hours. Countless health problems or even serious illness can be caused by allergens.