What Are We Really Allergic To?
Are we really allergic to food? Or is it the chemical processing, additives, and added junk that's causing so many allergies?
Moving to the U.S. was interesting. I quickly learned that the food supply here contains a lot of ingredients that I didn’t know existed- strange pesticides, hormones, additives, chemicals, food dyes, and genetically engineered foods (as well as the junk you can also find in the UK). All it takes is to look at the back of an oatmeal packet in both countries and compare to see the astonishing difference.
LET'S TALK FOOD ALLERGIES
The United States has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and it’s ever increasing. From 1997-2007, the rate of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions increased by 265%, according to the CDC. The number of people with peanut allergy in the U.S. has more than quadrupled since 1997. It seems that today kids can’t bring PBJs to school because in nearly every classroom, there’s a child with a peanut allergy. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity has increased by 500% in the past decade.
AND WHAT ABOUT CHEMICAL PROCESSING?
Chemical processing is happening just as fast. In 2012 alone we saw a 12 million pound increase of BPA and a 270 million pound increase in Roundup in the US. Pesticide application stands at over 1 billion pounds in the US each year. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, has been shown to cause gut dysbiosis, harm to the small intestine, and more (hello, gluten intolerance and celiac disease?!)
THE EPIPEN INDUSTRY
What’s even more interesting is the EpiPen profits in this country. The EpiPen is a $1 billion brand with huge profit turnovers for Mylan every year. The price of the Epipen has increased 500% in the US market to over $600, whereas it sells for $100 in other countries.
So are we allergic to food? Or are we allergic to all the craziness being done to it? Something to think about this Thursday morning.
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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