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The Best Allergy Medication Might Be A High-Fiber Diet

Contributed by on March 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Breakfast Cereal 2Allergy medicine has reached the popular media in recent years as the approach has taken a more molecular and systemic biology path. Physicians and scientists are now looking at molecular reasons for what has been observed as an increase in reported allergies. Many factors have been suggested for why this phenomenon is occurring, namely global warming, greenhouse gases, etc. However, the call to understand allergies at the molecular level might now start being answered.

According to Food Allergy Research & Education, as many as “15 million Americans have food allergies — a number that increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.” Many argue that the only recent biological changes the public has been exposed to are diet related. Evolutionarily, bacteria found in the stomach and digestive tract possess enzymes necessary to breaking down fiber. When this occurs, a new substance is produced which biologists propose is preventative in allergic reactions. However, according to Live Science, “the modern diet — laden in sugar, fat and refined carbs — seems to promote the growth of different types of bacteria in the gut than the human ancestral diet did.” This is not an advance but rather a detriment to human health.

The fiber theory cannot be and is not the only factor related to the increase in allergies these past years. However, as Dr. Robert Wood, director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore told Live Science, “[the fiber allergy link] is on the list of 15 or 20 theories that do make some sense and do have a little evidence to support it.” Although physicians and scientists are confident in the evidence, it is still not enough to make any conclusive recommendations.

 

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