The Allergy March

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Hi! I’m Melissa Raymond from Your Journey
to Healing. I help parents of kids with eczema and allergies with bigger-picture,
evidence-based information so they can stop wasting time searching for this
information themselves and they can actually move forward through any
barriers and actually get started with helping their child… I’m basically
the research nerd so that you don’t have to be! Now today we’re going to be
talking about The Allergy March (or the Atopic March)and this is a link between
eczema, allergies, asthma and hay fever. Now 70% of kids have parents or a family
member with one of these four conditions. So an “atopic” condition is that sort of allergic-type condition when we’re talking about eczema,
allergies, asthma and hay fever. So if one parent of a child has one of
these four conditions then their child is about thirty five percent more likely
to develop one of these conditions in particular eczema and if
two parents have an atopic condition (that is eczema, asthma, allergies or hayfever) then the child is fifty percent more likely to develop one of
these conditions, so it’s pretty high, right?So typically what we see is that
it starts with eczema… although what I’m seeing now with a lot
of my clients is that they have eczema, allergies and asthma.
So usually eczema or atopic dermatitis/ atopic eczema starts in the first 12
months of life. Fifty per cent of kids develop it in the first 12 months and 95% of kids who
have eczema development within the first five years of life. That often tends to then result… not result in but some of those kids then go on to
develop asthma and allergies as well and they may be linked as well as many kids
with eczema actually do have allergies. Why am I talking about this today well it’s really really interesting and
the researchers out there as saying that imagine if we could treat eczema at the
root causes and actually stop it from progressing or stop it from continuing
through childhood and into adulthood now perhaps we can actually prevent these
allergies and asthma as well I mean asthma is a particularly can be a
particularly high risk condition with being potentially severe or spiritual
breathing problems so it can be quite a severe condition and the same with
allergies as well being on a spectrum of a few started with a few hives ending up
in potential anaphylaxis where someone has difficulty breathing so imagine if
we could treat eczema and manage it at the root cause imagine a life without
allergies and a life without asthma that would be fantastic
right so there are the researchers have found that there are some genetic genes
genetic genes there are some genes that cross both eczema and asthma and also
research has shown that gut health is impaired in people with eczema its
impaired in people with asthma and it’s also impaired in people with food
allergies so that looks like a really great place to start with one of the
potential root causes of eczema asthma and allergies from they all tying
together in actually addressing it gut health now what I mean by gut health if
you haven’t heard of gut health before or you have and you’re not quite sure
what it is it’s basically the health of our gastrointestinal system and
specifically we’re talking about the gut microbiota the different microorganisms
that live in our gastrointestinal tract now the gastrointestinal tract ear
starts at the mouth ends at the bottom and the biggest
concentration or the greatest concentration of these microorganisms is
actually in the colon now the diversity of bacteria these microorganisms so
bacteria and other other things like Eastern and and and other microorganisms
that live in the gut they have a really significant role to play and just
because the bacteria doesn’t mean they’re bad in our gut we have good
beneficial bacteria and we also have potentially pathogenic or potentially
bad bacteria now that is really important that it is it is in balance so
we have a good range of different bacteria in our gut but we also have a
good good levels of those beneficial bacteria now there’s no one perfect
microbiota there’s no one perfect level of concentrations of bacteria or
diversity because it depends on what foods you eat and where you come from
and it gets passed on from generation to generation so there are differences of
microbiota throughout the world but diversity is linked with all high
diversity or good diversity is linked with health it’s what happens is when we
have a lower concentration and less diversity of the beneficial bacteria
that could potentially pathogenic or the potentially bad bacteria can grow and
that’s what we don’t want run we actually want the good guys to me and
good concentrations and diversity and that keeps the potentially bad bacteria
in check and what they found is that in eczema asthma and allergies this balance
is out of balance it’s not balanced and that creates a dis viruses so it’s it’s
out of balance in the bad bacteria are increased and that’s certainly what the
research is showing that it’s not the same across everyone with an eczema but
there is less diversity and increased pathogenic
teria that’s potentially one of the reasons that these three conditions of
three or four conditions are linked in that a topic much and it is that march
towards starting with eczema and in heading towards asthma and allergies as
I mentioned before there are some genes that overlap and mapping the genome
project you know the genetics with linking it to all these conditions is
going to take some more time but it’s really interesting that even though you
have might have the genes associated in the next month it doesn’t mean that you
put you are going to develop a next month we have a fantastic influence over
our genes and the way that they are expressed and this is a field called
epigenetics I’m not going to go into it too much in this video today is I just
wanted to talk about the allergy March but we it’s not a life sentence and
there are things that influence our genetic expression and leads this
lifestyle so it’s diet stress exercise and exposure to chemicals so all of
those things influence the health of our body and the way our genes are expressed
and this is something that we can do and be positive in our approach towards
excellence now if you would like to know more I do talk a lot about this in one
of my Facebook groups called kids with eczema allergies and asthma I’ll pop the
link down below and I would love you to join us and join in the conversation and
I’ll also pop the link down for my website down below so that you can
access some of the free resources there if you’re interested in learning more
about ways proactive ways that we can help approach children with eczema I’ll
see you on the next video bye

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