Why the Increase in Food Allergies? A TEDx Talk Sheds Light
Because the fact of the matter is that twenty years ago, food allergies seemed rare. Most of us didn’t know a peanut-allergic kid when we were little. And back in those days, a PB&J and a carton of milk weren’t considered loaded weapons on a lunchroom table.
So what has changed? Are parents increasingly diagnosing food allergies?
Not according to the Centers for Disease Control who reported in October 2008 that there had been a 265% increase in the rate of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions. That was doctors checking people into the emergency room, not mothers self-diagnosing. And the boom in the sales of allergy medications like epinephrine injectors also speaks to the growing prevalence of this condition as these medical devices represent increasing revenue opportunities.
So what has changed?
At AllergyKids, we’re glad you asked. But first, we’re going to elaborate on what exactly a food allergy is.
A food allergy is when your body sees food proteins as foreign and launches an inflammatory response to drive out those foreign invader. At to us, that begged the question: Is there something foreign in the food supply that wasn’t there when we were kids?
And as a matter of fact, there is. And while correlation is not causation, at AllergyKids, we believe that the introduction of foreign proteins into our food supply just over fifteen years ago, foreign proteins that were either never allowed into the food supply in other countries or were introduced with warning labels so that consumers could make an informed choice, has a lot to do with the increasing rates of food allergies in the United States and in our loved ones.
So we invite you to watch our founder, Robyn O’Brien, in this TEDx talk, in which she elaborates on information that eaters in countries around the world have already been told about the allergenicity of these new, foreign proteins, and then let us know what you think. Because we believe that together, we can restore the health of our children, and that for the sake of our country, we have to.