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Offline carolinepeterson

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The Science Behind Peanut Allergies
« on: March 01, 2019, 01:07:19 PM »
Just this week, a coworker (call her Mary) of mine was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. She had been suffering from what seemed to be severe seasonal allergies: headaches, runny nose, watery eyes. I personally stopped eating peanuts in the past 2-3 months to target a healthier Omega-3 balance and reduce inflammation and acne.

I know there has been a lot of research around peanuts following the recent rise in peanut allergies among children, but I'm having trouble sifting through the articles with trustworthy explanation for the allergic triggers. I had heard that peanuts were more inclined to be treated with pesticides and GMO. But after Mary shared her diagnosis, another coworker shared the following article (below), which claims a peanut allergy can be cured with slow introduction and adaptation to the food. This seemed to contradict what I had previously understood - if pesticides/GMOs were the primary contributors, I can't imagine immunotherapy would do much good.

I'm curious if anyone has insight into the root cause? Is it that peanuts are more likely to be treated with GMO or pesticides? Or, is it more aligned with hygiene hypothesis, that we simply need more exposure to microbes earlier in life?  If the latter, why such the surge in recent years?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Immunotherapy article: https://qz.com/1056526/researchers-may-have-found-a-cure-for-the-peanut-allergy/
Article of other hypotheses: https://peanutallergyfacts.org/2017/08/29/what-causes-peanut-allergy/