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It seems the scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine have discovered a link between modern hygiene and food allergies! It seems that modern hygiene, diet and antibiotics along with anti-microbial agents disturb the bodies bacterial balance. Some of these bacteria that reside in our gut can prevent or insulate us from food allergy incidents. Tests done in mice are very positive, if this proves to be the case, it's a possibility that a simple reintroduction of this bacteria into our gut can give us tremendous relief regarding food allergies.


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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "There is nary a fool so idiotic as to discourage other fools from paying heed!" >>>>> Walter Pidgeon "Sufficient for each day is its own badness!" >>>>> Jesus Christ

    by jonnybullet on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 08:33:55 PM PDT

  •  Yes! I have long secretly believed (12+ / 0-)

    that people who disinfect and clean things obsessively are probably only weakening their own immune systems.

    "[T]he preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." - John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law. (1765)

    by AnacharsisClootz on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 08:52:10 PM PDT

    •  Research Shows That Gut Bacteria (9+ / 0-)

      impacts all sorts of things, like your heart, lungs, etc.  And since 75% of your immune system is in your colon, where these bacteria live, it's not too surprising.

      It is important to keep replenishing the bacteria in your gut by consuming foods containing probiotics.  I drink Kefir and/or Kambucha on a daily basis but I also eat Bulgarian yogurt, which has up to 90 billion organisms per serving.  

      You can also purchase probiotics in capsule form as well.

      And to keep those bacteria flourishing, eat lentils a couple of time a week.  You'll build a strong colony in your colon and your immune system will thank you for it.  

      "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

      by unapologeticliberal777 on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:23:15 PM PDT

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    •  Hah! My cleaning deficiencies are justified! (5+ / 0-)

      I apparently did my kids a huge favor by being such a lousy housekeeper all the years they were growing up, as well as encouraging them to crawl around the floors, play outside, dig in the garden with their bare hands, and go to a summer camp where they ran around barefoot.

      Glad to get that cleared up after all these years. I thought I was just a bad wife/mother.

      •  Seriously: Yeah, sort of. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm not sure my procrastination around housekeeping is good -- Slowing down all those germs that come home from school is good. But I do remember my mother (or was it my father) quoting the saying about eating your peck of dirt in your lifetime.

        As far back as I can remember I felt that while getting dirty or getting scrapes were not good things in their own right, they were (are) an expected result of doing other things that are good.

      •  You are absolved. ;p (1+ / 0-)
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        Of course, I am not saying people should wallow in filth; I'm just saying that people who obsess about perfectly sanitary environments are probably not really doing themselves any favors. :D

        "[T]he preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." - John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law. (1765)

        by AnacharsisClootz on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 09:57:14 AM PDT

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  •  You have to eat a peck of dirt in your lifetime, (6+ / 0-)

    i recommend doing it as a kid.

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    by Mentat Render on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 09:55:31 PM PDT

    •  You sound like my grandmother- (4+ / 0-)

      her version was "you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die". Her house was always clean, but she had a distinct aversion to Lysol and the concept of disinfecting. She lived a long and healthy life.

      My niece, on the other hand, uses so much Lysol that she keeps it out on the counter in her bathrooms and kitchen, along with the anti-bacterial soap. She gets sick constantly, and so do her kids.

  •  My daughter's in grad school studying, (9+ / 0-)

    among other things, the microbiome. We have a lot to learn about the flora and fauna that share our bodies with us.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 10:12:48 PM PDT

  •  Ancedotal evidence has long been in accord (11+ / 0-)

    Allergies were relatively uncommon when most kids played in the dirt. Certain allergies (i. e. peanuts) were pretty rare. Now that kids are obsessively disinfected, allergies are all too common.

  •  Not surprising. (6+ / 0-)

    Obesity is also provably caused by gut microbiota, at least in mice. Thin mice can be made obese, and obese mice made thin, by giving them each other microbiota. If we could narrow it down to one type of bacteria, that experiment would satisfy Koch's Postulates and obesity would be considered a classical bacterial disease. However it appears more likely that obesity has to do with the balance between different groups of gut bacteria.

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    by atana on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 11:04:10 PM PDT

    •  In my case it was caused by eating too much. (2+ / 0-)
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      (Though I wasn't technically obese, it was getting pretty close.)

      •  not mutually exclusive (1+ / 0-)
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        I suspect that hunger sensations (in people who are taking in way more calories than they need) and other types of eating imbalances may also be triggered by organisms out of whack, and be linked to food sensitivities.

        And conversely, I've seen some studies that people who manage to lose weight by significantly reducing their intake (and adding more vegetables) and increasing exercise -- or by lap-band surgery -- then have a different micro-organism mix, which helps them to keep the weight off. The change in diet and exercise changes our body chemistry, which changes the micro-organism mix.

        Congrats, BTW, if you've taken a bunch of weight off. It's often hard work but well worth it.

  •  Many examples of the problem with "missing (8+ / 0-)

    microbes" can be found in the 2014 book by Dr. Martin Blaser: Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. The author was interviewed on The Daily Show not long ago:

  •  Great news! (6+ / 0-)

    I reached a point last year where food allergies kept me virtually bed-ridden for six months.

    Every time I turned around, there was something new I couldn't tolerate. No grains (wheat, corn, oats), no white potatoes, no tomatoes, no soybeans, no processed oils. Couldn't even be in the same house where some of these things were being consumed.

    A strict and very limited diet, grocery trips that took three times as long because every label had to be read in finite detail, and lots of probiotics made a huge difference. But 'recovery' was painful and slow.

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    by ExpatGirl on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 12:03:55 AM PDT

    •  How did you recover? (2+ / 0-)

      My daughter can't tolerate any of the foods you mention, plus more — although she can be in the same house... She's had stomach pain from food her entire life and her doctor is still trying to figure out why. She has Fructose Malabsorption, but her diet seems to be way more restricted than that would suggest.

      Were probiotics painful? I tried them once with my daughter, but she cried from the pain. Did you also find the probiotics to be painful or were you metaphorically referring to the whole process of trying to cure your gut problems?

      “Poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity.” Mother Teresa

      by theKgirls on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 04:25:21 AM PDT

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      •  Poor baby! (3+ / 0-)

        I remember discussions of your children well, particularly whenever ADHD/ADD comes up.

        My problems extended well beyond my stomach. My immune system attacked me from every angle - from my brain, to my eyes (episclera inflammation), to my skin (rashes and vitiligo), to my hair (falling out), to my bones and joints (excruciating) and everything in between.

        In terms of healing, I had to be incredibly careful about everything. For example, I could only eat strawberries from California where they are grown with plastic mulch instead of wheat. I made all of my own soaps, etc. I only bought organic and free range/grass fed products to keep what I consumed as pure as possible. There were times that all I could handle was broth.

        Has your daughter been tested for autoimmune issues or vita-d deficiency?

        Also, relating to this diary, she should be tested for overgrowth of bacteria in her small intestine. Particularly if she has fructose malabsorption issues.

        I don't know if you have ever researched SIBU before, but it is well worth looking into.

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        by ExpatGirl on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 04:57:19 AM PDT

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        •  oops. SIBO not SIBU. (0+ / 0-)

          I've got three tools in my arsenal: my voice, my wallet and my vote.

          by ExpatGirl on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 04:57:39 AM PDT

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        •  Her doctor did a (2+ / 0-)

          stool sample test for SIBO as soon as she was diagnosed with FM, but as I understand it, that only tests for specific bacteria. Maybe another breathe test is in order since it finds that one has any type of SIBO.

          It's weird because food hurts as soon as she eats it — FM supposedly takes a few hours or even days before the pain begins. There must be something more going on. She can eat beef with a mustard based glaze, but if I do a glaze with soy sauce and sugar, she says it hurts. She doesn't know my ingredient list, but her pains are consistent with particular items...

          Everyone I know who has an autoimmune disease says Kgirl sounds as though she has autoimmune deficiency. I know in various blood tests her inflammation numbers are elevated, sometimes alarmingly so — but it's always assumed that's because of her tree and weed allergies or an illness she's just gotten over. Maybe I'll ask for more tests when we go back to her gastro doctor in October...


          “Poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity.” Mother Teresa

          by theKgirls on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 05:38:45 AM PDT

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          •  My heart goes out to you. (3+ / 0-)

            It was difficult to find answers for myself. And even then, it was trial and error. I don't know how I would have coped if it was happening to my child. Getting to the bottom of his inattentive ADD was hard enough and that is much better understood than food issues - a definite emerging science.

            I found the PaeloMom websiteincredibly helpful in my darkest days.

            I've got three tools in my arsenal: my voice, my wallet and my vote.

            by ExpatGirl on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 06:07:57 AM PDT

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  •  johnny - very interesting article (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for sharing it.

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    by VClib on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 06:12:00 AM PDT

  •  Far too many people (especially children) (3+ / 0-)

    are affected by asthma, allergies, and food allergies. Besides all the "anti-bacterial" products out there that are used everywhere in the home, another problem is pesticides.
    Just think of the kid whose mom bathes him/her with antibacterial soap, uses the stuff all over the house, and then sprays toxic sprays to get rid of bugs in the home. Then the parents hire a company to spray their yard with pesticides, or dad spreads it on the lawn. And the kid goes off to play on soccer fields sprayed with more pesticides.
    We can get upset at Monsanto for GMO's and farms for spraying neonicotinoids, killing good bugs and affecting the honeybee population, but it all starts in the HOME.
    People can start by eliminating anti-bacterials in their home,  and by stopping the use of pesticides on their property. Maybe once their homes are clear they might just realize it's not good for nature either.
    But commercials on TV and radio bombard people with products that kill, kill, kill. So it's a big mountain to climb.
    We are upsetting the balance of nature and paying the price. Nature gave us everything we need to be healthy and keep our homes and environs healthy. if only we would listen.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 06:39:00 AM PDT

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