Preventing childhood allergies
25
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


“Preventing Childhood Allergies” The prevalence of so-called
atopic diseases— food allergies, asthma, hay fever, eczema— appear to be increasing year by year,
around the world. Doubling, tripling, even quadrupling. Here’s asthma rates over the years. Here’s hospitalizations for food allergies
among American children over just a few years. What’s going on? Well, we had a little
new insight recently. Eczema—atopic dermatitis— is a red, itchy, bumpy rash
that can develop into thick, scaly, or leathery lesions. Researchers in Japan wondered if the
Westernization of the Japanese diet could account for the
dramatic rise in incidence. In the first study of its kind, they found that higher maternal intake
of meat during pregnancy was significantly associated with
an increased risk of both suspected and physician-diagnosed eczema. They suggest that “certain
components of meat” may affect the fetal immune system. They thought maybe
it was the saturated fat, but that didn’t pan out. Maybe it’s the cooked meat carcinogens? Bottom line: they don’t know
what it could be about the meat. They were surprised that fish did not
reduce the incidence of the disease, given the anti-inflammatory nature
of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. They suggest maybe it’s the mercury
and dioxins that are accumulated in fish that might be counteracting
the omega-3 advantages.


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