Allergies are now the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in America, costing U.S. companies more than $250 million annually due to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. With the incidence of allergies skyrocketing, eliminating the causes and discovering new treatments is the key to bringing the epidemic under control
Why are Allergies Increasing…unsuspected causes Investigators have identified many substances that can induce the production of IgE antibodies. A little known cause is the preservatives found in vaccinations. Mercury, aluminum and gelatin have all been reported in the medical literature to increase IgE concentrations, playing a potential role in the development allergies. Children are initially exposed to these substances beginning with the routine two-month old vaccinations. Because a newborn’s immune system is not fully developed, infancy is a high risk period for allergic sensitization.
Events that occur early in life, such as vaccination, have the potential for inducing the development of allergies and asthma later in life. Exposure to antibiotics has been linked to the development allergies. A recently study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Allergy, documents that children given antibiotics during the first year of life are more than four times more likely to develop asthma than children who have never taken antibiotics. When the statistics are adjusted for factors such as gender, ethnicity, family size, family history of asthma and parents’ smoking habits, the risk of developing asthma is six times greater in those who have received antibiotics than the risk experienced by children who have never taken them.