article from the timesUK

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 10:43pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00


'a too clean upbringing may turn nuts into a killer food.
if link not working try [url=""][/url] use search 'nut allergies' this article was printed 1st april 03.

this is a slightly older link, but interesting,
Adrenline jabs badly managed.

teachers and medicine in the classroom.


Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 11:34pm
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

There are a lot of really confusing statements in this article.
There's the subtitle about weak immune systems. My son has the best immune system in the family.
I can't believe they are digging up the 'too clean' theory again. Anybody here confessing to being too clean. I'm afraid I can't.
Is the incidence of PA higher in the rural areas of the UK because I think it is the opposite here? Also, kids living in a country setting tend to be a whole lot dirtier than those in the cities. That's my experience.
Also my son was not treated with peanut containing creams, nor did he drink soy milk.
There are some good things in the article such as the personal account of dealing with it, and the explanation of why the peanut is so highly allergenic.
Also I noticed that the numbers are getting more realistic with a 1 in 70 PA rate in children and only 5% outgrowing it rate.
Thanks for sharing the article Sarah.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 9:20pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

the hygeine theory is a general comment of the fact that for generations we are not catching /being exposed to the diseases we would have been in the past , or if we lived in one of the poorer , third world nations.
We have generations who have immune systems that have not been 'triggered' by exposure.
The theory explains that the immune systems in some, are over reacting , hence allergic reactions . It could explain the rise of atopic disease, and of atopic adults producing children with severe food allergy.
Well, thats my understanding of it any way.
Perhaps covallis mom would pop in here and explain?

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