Allergies Are Mysteriously Increasing
If you think you're seeing more people sneezing and tearing up this allergy season, you might be right. Studies show that allergies are on the rise in developed countries, including the United States -- not just seasonal allergies, but allergies of all kinds.
An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to what are usually harmless, run-of-the-mill substances, such as pollen, cat hair, or even a peanut. About 54 percent of Americans are sensitive to at least one allergy-inducing substance, according to a national survey conducted from 1988 to 1994 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That's about two to five times higher, depending on the allergen, than the rates found by NIH between 1976 and 1980.
The result is that we are sneezing and wheezing and rubbing itchy eyes more than ever.
The insurance claims that people file when they see an allergist also document an increase, according to Dr. Jacqueline S. Eghrari-Sabet, an allergist at Family Asthma & Allergy Care in Gaithersburg, Md., and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.
And food allergies in children have also experienced an uptick. From 1997 to 2007, the number of children with food allergies rose 18 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"You walk in to any kindergarten, and they're all peanut-free kindergarteners because of the high incidence of peanut allergy," said Eghrari-Sabet. "Those kids are real, and they weren't there the generation before."
4 Possible Causes Why Allergies Are Increasing
We're Too Clean
Cleanliness could be to blame. The "hygiene hypothesis" proposes children aren't exposed to enough dirt, bacteria and other infectious agents early on, and their under-stimulated immune systems goes on the offense when exposed to benign stuff like food.
"Their 'bored' immune system goes out and attacks a peanut, an egg, wheat, milk -- foods that are in everybody's diet quite normally," Eghrari-Sabet said.
Children are actually increasingly allergic to anti-bacterial products, many which are ironically supposed to prevent allergies.
Previous studies have shown that children in daycares, known to be hotbeds for spreading germs, have fewer allergies than those raised at home with less contact with other kids, said Dr. Richard Honsinger, an allergist and immunologist at Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic in New Mexico.
However, Eghrari-Sabet notes that while both statements are true -- children are kept in cleaner environments, and children have more food allergies than ever before -- this doesn't make the hygiene hypothesis true.
The concentration of air pollution in our environment depends on both the amount of pollution produced and the rate at which pollutants disperse. This depends largely on wind (both strength and direction). In areas where the wind is very strong, pollution is dispersed and blown away. In areas where there is little or no wind, air pollution accumulates and concentrations can be high.
Geoengineering strategies are taking a huge toll on the environment of every major city in the world. High altitude chemtrails contain high levels of barium and lead as well as trace amounts of other chemicals including aluminum, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, selenium and silver. They have also been found to contain more than twenty different types of bacteria and fungii detected in various cities throughout the world at various concentrations with the potential to cause many different types of allergies and diseases.
Genetically Modified Foods
A popular book, Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith, is raising literacy about genetically modified foods and the threats they pose to sustainable life on our planet. The book also details how the increase in allergies could be largely attributable to GMO foods.
Researchers have found clear links among the consumption of GM-corn and immunological alterations in the gut and the exacerbation and creation of allergies.
Vaccines clog our lymphatic system and lymph nodes with large protein molecules which have not been adequately broken down by our digestive processes, since vaccines by pass digestion with injections. This is why vaccines are linked to allergies, because they contain large proteins which as circulating immune complexes (CICs) or "klinkers" which cause our body to become allergic.
Approximately 20 percent of children may outgrow their allergies, but with the increased frequency of recommened vaccines before the age of 3, severe allergic reactions will likely increase.
April 14, 2010