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Parents of Food Allergy Children And Their Frustrations

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The parents of Food Allergy children are getting frustrated. The children of America are increasingly becoming allergic to many foods. Most of the allergen foods are: cow’s milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and eggs.  A great deal of the children are developing anaphylactic responses instead of just intolerance.  So we are getting more and more intense responses to food allergens.  The immunotherapy that will reduce the anaphylactic response has been under study for years.  What is available is very expensive and some what reliable.  The researchers keep promising that this therapy readiness is just down the road, but they have been promising that for years.  Parents should be frustrated. So far the only reliable therapy is elimination of the allergen.  This  is difficult, and time consuming for the parents and now schools

Data is showing that food allergies are on the rise and becoming an epidemic.  Food Allergies are doubling every 10 years.  Experts are still wondering if the reason is genes or environment.  I would like to inject my opinion on this.  I have been watching the experts and researching this problem since 1979, and I have come up with a theory.  It is: while some allergies were noted back in the time of the Roman Empire; the proliferation of processed food with milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and eggs, mixed into our food and non-food products such as cosmetics cause our bodies to react to these allergens in what is called an “Iceberg effect”.  That is it reacts with our body and causes changes without the awareness of the individual.  Sometimes it is a gene change, sometimes it is sensitivity and inflammation of the body that is explained away by scientists or physicians as abnormal.  Whatever happens, the true effect seems to happen worse on the second or third generation in the family.  What I am trying to point out is, when we try new products that have processed food in them, we may be affecting our generations to follow.  Eating natural foods may be the best gifts you can give your children and grandchildren.  It takes generations for a species to adapt to new environments (and foods).  Try not to ingest new foods unless you know what is in the food.  Stay away from fast food restaurants whenever possible to prevent new allergies in your family tree.

Want Early Dementia? Eat another Donut.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Sugar in any form seems to be the guilty culprit again.  Two recent studies out this summer found that individuals consuming high levels of sugar have a higher risk of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease).  So what is a high level of sugar?  A normal amount of sugar in the blood is considered to be 100 milligrams per deciliter.  Only 15 more milligrams per deciliter in the blood was found to make the difference in the dementia risk.  It is even worse for those with diabetes.

The studies followed individuals who had reached the age of 65.  These individuals were then monitored for years.  The studies received about 17 blood samples per individual over the years.  So far no study has been initiated to see if changes to the diet will lower the risk of dementia.  One of the biggest problems of individuals over the age of 65 is changing patterns and getting around processed food.  Many individuals have been eating a certain way for so long it is hard to change.  Processed foods with it’s hidden sugars make it difficult for the lay person to discover what foods contain dangerous high sugars. Learning to shop and cook a new way is a definite challenge for the Baby Boomers who are turning 65- 10,000 individuals a day.

At Last some Good News On Food Allergies

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

As you may or may not know, humans as a species will take about a hundred years to mutate to any new influences be it food or environment.  When the new influence is overwhelming to the population it results in a phethora of reactions.  Food allergies is just one the reactions to processed foods that are barely 30-40 years old.  In the past only a minority of individuals and children reacted to the foods.  However, recently a pandemic of reactions is affecting individuals in both the USA and Europe.  Most of these reactions are due to the constant mutation and changes to the food we are ingesting.  Our bodies cannot mutate fast enought for the new foods.  A couple of studies will hopefully give relieve to individuals reacting negatively.  One study that shows promise is a study on animals to get individual immune system not to react  to food allergies as a threat.  This is in it’s early stages of the study.  Another study, an old one, is to give the individual tiny amounts of the allergen to cause a small reaction and start building the individual’s immune system to the allergen.  This is done under strict medical supervision.  Another study closely connected to the prior study will put tiny amounts of the allergen under the individual’s tongue.  Again trying to build up the immune system and under very strict medical supervision.  The last study is based on Chinese Medicine.  an herbal formula is given to the allergic individual.  The theory behind this study is that the solution will alter the immune response.  These studies and other will someday find a solution for allergic individuals.  Until that day the best medicine is to stay away from processed foods.

A Diet High in Processed Food has Unpleasant Consequences

Monday, March 11th, 2013

In the past 30 years the population as a whole is consuming less whole foods such as: vegetables, fruit, whole grains,fish, dairy products,and lean meats.  Instead they are consuming processed meats, sweetened desserts, refined grains, fried foods and sodas.  People on the whole are eating more unhealthy foods.  Meats, vegetables, and dairy products are being replaced by processed food in the food budget.  Less money is being spent on grocery items and more money is spent at fast food restaurants and take-outs.  Soda drinks, energy drinks and other processed drinks consumption has more than doubled in the last decade.  These drinks and processed foods has caused a dramatic increase in weight gain throughout the country.

The newest research shows the new trend in eating has far-reaching results.  First Americans and Europeans are experiencing the expanding waist-line.  With the weight change comes the diseases associated with weight gain: diabetes and obesity.  One of the most recent research shows approximately 50% decrease daily energy after ingesting processed foods.  This again works with weight gain.  Another study showed how food high in protein caused individuals to feel “full” faster than food containing other ingredients.  Lastly, the study I liked the least was the one that linked high processed food intake to depression.  The more often we eat at a fast food establishment the higher risk we have becoming depressed.  So before you decide on whether you are cooking tonight or doing “fast food”, ask yourself : “Do I want to give my family healthy food or do I want to increase their chances for diabetes, obesity, low energy, and depression.  Your choice!