Food Allergies

February 7, 2011 The New Yorker

The Peanut Puzzle by Jerome Groopman

What a great article! I have often wondered about the rise in food allergies and how this can be.  I personally subscribe to the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ in all things parenting.  This says that our cleanliness has lessened our body’s ability to fight off infection, germs, reactions, etc.  More dirt is better for kids.  Step away from the Purell.

So this article gets into the nitty-gritty on how the allergic reaction occurs, how cooked dairy has a different profile than raw and what is being done currently to get a handle on the situation.

I especially enjoyed reading about the on-set of warnings to pregnant women about foods to stay away from and likewise, foods to keep infants and toddlers away from.  Why?  Do not eating something keep your body from reacting?  The honest comments that at this point, we don’t know what to recommend about food really were refreshing.


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