Can Science Find a Fix for the Alarming Increase in Food Allergies?

| February 24, 2014 | 8 Comments




Can science find a fix for the alarming increase in food allergies?

Premieres Thursday February 27, 2014 at 7pm (7:30 NL) CBC Television’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki

More than a third of North American children are now allergic to something, be it food, animals, or plants. Food allergies in North America have more than tripled in the last twenty years.

In searching for a fix, scientists are up-ending the conventional wisdom about what causes allergies and how to deal with them. From deliberately giving peanuts to babies…to absorbing parasitic worms through the skin…to investigating the lifestyle of Amish farm families, doctors are attacking food allergies in new and inventive ways.

You can watch the trailer:


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Category: Food, Wellness

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Brenda A says:

    I will definitely be watching. Thanks for this! Allergies are a huge concern for everyone, whether they are supportive of being careful or not. I hope the show addresses the environmental factor that could be a part of the increasing number of allergies.

  2. francine says:

    I will probably watch. we are lucky that we don’t have any food allergies (that we know of. there are foods the kids haven’t tried yet like lobster, shrimp…)

    I have a mild allergy to bee stings (causes a rash so nothing serious) and my kids have never been stung.

  3. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Thanks for the information on this, I will definitely watch these. I have a severe allergy to bee sting & latex so they do impact us everyday.

  4. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I often wonder why allergies are getting more common every year.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I heard about that study! It’s a pretty major breakthrough and it’s interesting that it goes against what has been conventional advice for moms for decades now.

  6. Heidi C. says:

    My little guy has a peanut allergy and I often wonder had I done something differently in terms of diet when I was pregnant/nursing or starting food with him, would we have avoided this for him?

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    I find it very weird that more and more allergies are coming out every year, meanwhile back in the day you never heard of any allergies…I think it’s the goverment’s way of killing people off (this will probably offend some) but that’s how I feel

  8. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the information

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