Why Do So Many Kids Have Allergies?

by Lourdes Garcia
(Arizona)

Back in my day there were just a few kids that had severe allergies. I remember it was the pasty, sickly kid in class that was always sneezing and snotting all over everything. Now allergies are everywhere. What happened? After dealing with my kid's issues, and seeing others, this is what I found.

Some research indicates that one in every 13 kids has a food allergy which is about two students in every classroom. Food allergies have increased, along with asthmatic kids.

A recent article in the New York Times said that, “each new generation seems to have more severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reactions than the last.”

When I was a kid neither I nor my parents ever heard of a food allergy. We brought a peanut butter sandwich to school every day and it never caused an issue. We ate dairy products, cottage cheese, milk, and ice cream. Probably not the best thing to eat, but no one that I knew ever had any kind of allergic reaction.

Since that time, food allergies, and in particular, peanut allergies, have tripled between 1997 and 2008. Even the "traces of nuts" have been banned from Summer Camp and cafeterias. And now those who suffer from allergies are talking with the airlines about this issue. The planes need to be scrubbed down before the next load of passengers are allowed to board. This is causing an issue with flight delays.

It's a vicious circle. Truly, and what I've found, is it's not the nuts that hurts you. It could be our own immune systems’ response to the nuts.

I'm a big proponent of eating healthy. We all know we should be few actually take the time and energy to really dig in and see what's going on.

Too many food additives, preservatives, pesticides, and chemicals are destroying our bodies.

They're altering the flora in our guts and causing us to be more sensitive to allergens. Things like GMO (Frankenfood), genetically modified organisms are a huge concern, no matter what the "experts" say. We're not designed to digest and use these chemicals and GMO food. We're literally starving ourselves to death. We might feel full after a meal, but it's not what our bodies need to survive. After 40 - 50 years of this, the body gives up. They're resilient, but only to a certain point. When we pass that point, there's basically no way back. And by that time it's too late.

Eating right? What does that mean? New research ahead.

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