The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s Causing It and How to Stop It

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The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s Causing It and How to Stop It

Why is the peanut allergy an epidemic that only seems to be found in Western cultures? Over four million people in the United States alone are affected by peanut allergies, while there are no reported cases in India, a country where peanuts are the primary ingredient in many baby food products. Where did this allergy come from, and does medicine play any kind of role in the phenomenon? After her own child had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter, historian Heather Fraser decided to discover the answers to these questions.

In The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, Fraser delves into the history of this allergy, trying to understand why it largely develops in children and studying its relationship with social, medical, political, and economic factors. In an international overview of the subject, she compares the epidemic in the United States to sixteen other geographical locations, finding that in addition to the United States, in countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia, and Sweden there is a one in fifty chance that a child, especially a male, will develop a peanut allergy. Fraser also highlights alternative medicines and explores issues of vaccine safety and other food allergies, making his book a must-read for every parent, teacher, and health professional.

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Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health... says:

BOOK REVIEW: THE PEANUT ALLERGY EPIDEMIC Have you ever wondered WHY there are so many kids with peanut allergies these days? Heather Fraser did after her child had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter.I’ve heard that a worried mom with a sick kid does better research than the FBI, and this book proves that point.WHY IS THAT?******************Ms. Fraser quickly points out that peanut allergy used to be a concern only for Western countries – why is that?She indicates that there…

Arya7 says:

incredible exposé Peanut allergies did not exist a century ago. Heather Frasier exposes the reason why they occur today in one in fifty American children. Many vaccine use peanut oil as an adjuvant. When a study was done on this practice was done in the early ’70s, Congress’ response was to pass a law in 1973 permitting vaccine companies to not put “inactive” ingredients on the vaccine packages, calling their formulas secret and proprietary, never mind that they were killing and disabling many thousands. The…

G. G. Walker says:

First Rate Exploration of a Critical Question The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s Causing it and How to Stop it is a masterful example of research and reasoning coming together to solve what had been a mystery, ie. why are far more people, mostly children at this point, allergic to peanuts than a mere three or four decades ago? Strangely, much of the previous scientific guesswork was nearly incompetent in that the answers proposed were obviously wrong–how the peanuts are cooked or how much is eaten at any stage of life is not going to…


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