Food Allergies Can Lead to Chronic Diseases
October 7, 2013•9 min
Food allergies are a widespread problem and continue to be on the rise.Food allergies are a widespread problem and continue to be on the rise. In the US, an estimated 15 million people are affected by one, or multiple food allergies. However, most food allergy reactions are hidden, resulting in poor health that can lead to chronic disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are eight types of foods that make up 90 percent of all food-allergy reactions: cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews, etc.), fish, shellfish, soybeans and wheat. A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to a certain type of food that the body registers as a threat. Your body’s immune system job is to identify and destroy germs like bacteria or viruses that make you sick. However, a food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a harmless food protein, which triggers a reaction from your body. This can be vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, hives, swelling in the throat or dizziness. Not every reaction is immediate though; some reactions are hidden, prolonging the problem within your body, leading to a more serious condition. The controversial relationship between food allergies and chronic disease has been discussed for decades. Dr. Bradley Bush shares how the underlying reason for chronic disease can come from a food allergy.