02 Dec What Is Truly Behind the Allergy and Chronic Illness Epidemic?
Allergies and chronic illness seem to be at an all time high. Doctors, researchers, and even top allergists are finding themselves baffled and scrambling to find a solution to this increase. But how can we find a solution, if we don’t address the root cause?
One of the most prevalent allergies I want to focus on is that of peanuts and peanut butter. There was a time when peanuts were a staple of the American diet. Children ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or fruit dipped in peanut butter quite commonly.
Now, we are seeing that entire schools are having to ban peanuts and other tree nuts for fear that some of their students may have deadly anaphylactic reactions. At any given time, the nurses’ offices will have a plethora of Epi-Pens assigned to students in case of anaphylaxis. This was unheard of before.
Whereas peanut allergies were very rare in our not too distant past, the cases of severe peanut allergies have quadrupled in the last 15 years. Why such an increase? Is it the actual peanuts, or is it the chemicals found in our soil?
In the mid 1990’s, glyphosphate began to be used by Monsanto as the main ingredient in their weed killer, Round Up. It became increasingly popular as an herbicide for agricultural use. As the soil became more and more saturated with glyphosphate and other pesticides and herbicides, our food products grown in this soil was affected as they absorbed this chemical compound.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and scientific studies, glyphosphate is carcinogenic to humans. With so much of this chemical present in our soil and in our food, the possibility of it causing and creating severe allergies and other forms of chronic illness is quite strong.
As a mother and as a doctor, I am passionately involved in finding a cure for chronic allergies, like peanut allergies. At the very least, I want to educate others on what we can do to start decreasing the incidences of these allergies and other chronic health conditions. I invite you to come back and visit our blog for the continuation of my findings on this subject. Thank you.
Riya Pulicharam MD, CPI
National Medical Director, Population Health & Clinical Outcomes
Healthcare Partners (A Davita Medical Group)