Today I read an outstanding and in-depth article regarding severe food allergies and the prospect of desensitization. I recommended this reading to everyone, as it’s something we should all know about. A big thanks to my sister for sharing this article with me in the New York Times entitled, “The Allergy Buster, Can a Radical New Treatment Save Children with Severe Allergies?” This article covers everything from desensitization to food allergens to potential causes of the stark rise in food allergies today. Reading this was very personal and close to home for me, as I can totally relate to the stories of these children and the fear aspect of living with intense food allergies. I’m quite lucky to have my most severe allergies as an adult and not as a small child. I’m so glad to see that there’s hope of it getting better for those of us with life threatening cases, especially children, who often cannot handle living with these problems on their own. Here’s an interesting quote from the article regarding some evidence for the recent spike in food allergic youth:
”One focus of Nadeau’s lab is studying whether the toxins found in pollution, pesticides or tobacco smoke damage the genes in ways that make children more likely to have allergies and the intimately related disease of asthma. There is evidence that having a parent or a grandparent who smoked — even if the child was never exposed to smoke — is a risk factor for food allergies, as is living in an urban area with elevated pollution.”
Also the evidence between poor diet during pregnancy and food allergy risk is not surprising to me. What do you all think of this touching article? It really hit home for me as I’m sure it will for others. But it really leaves me hopeful for the future.