Child Food Allergies On The Rise

By Dennis Douda, WCCO-TV

— Children with Vitamin D deficiencies are two and a half times more likely to be allergic to peanuts, according to a new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

“Food allergies have doubled in the U.S. and Canada,” said Pediatrician Nancy Ott, who is President of the Minnesota Allergy Society.

Up to 8 percent of American Children and 2 percent of adults have food allergies.

While she can use shots to help kids with allergies to pollen or pets, she is frustrated she has very little to offer a child with a potentially deadly food allergy.

“If someone has a food allergy the only standard of care at this point is avoidance,” she said.

Peanuts are a good example. Some Airlines avoid passing them out as snacks for fear of severe allergic reactions.

Desensitization is strategy under study giving the patient minute exposure to the foods that make them sick.

“A small enough amount that you don’t want them to react to it. This has been studied at Duke University and there are some good results from that with peanuts and tree nuts,” said Ott.

Another possible breakthrough being studied is a Chinese herb nicknamed FAHF.

Check out the full report in the video above.

  • Esther Williamson

    MY Naturpathic Doctor at Valeo Health and Wellness in Eden Prairie, MN teaches that food allergies are on the rise due to genetically modified food in our food supply. The GMO’s interrupt cellular communitcation in the body so that our bodies do not have a proper immune or digestive response. Has anyone researched that link yet?

    • Troy

      Right on my friend, research Jeffrey m. Smith Seeds of Deception. A very enlightening book on GMO food. Start to grow or know where your food comes from or suffer the consequenses.

  • Troy

    Also, think twice if you think Monsanto is a god send to our food industy, they are polluting the food chain with most of the GMO crops. Boycot Monsanto.

  • Jodi

    Thank you Dennis Douda for this informative story about food allergies! As a parent of a child with life-threatening food allergies, we know too well the importance of raising awareness and accurate facts for the health and well-being of our child. Thank you.

  • amy parish

    Love the story about children with food allergies. It brings up a current topic that is impacting so many of our lives. In response to the comment regarding airlines being hesitant to serve peanuts on flights- we only wish they were hesitant or would stop serving peanuts. The airlines will not budge their peanut loyality, not even for the safety of their passengers.

  • smilinggreenmom

    So amazing to me! Our son has severe food allergies and the one thing I craved when I was pregnant was milk. I drank it all the time and now he has an allergy to it. He also had TONS of intolerances too along with eczema, but thankfully the one and only thing that has helped him after everything we have tried has been his children’s probiotic from Belly Boost. It’s a chewable that he loves to take and I love it because it has truly changed our life.

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