If you’ve ever left speechless from a doctor’s office after being told you have allergies, if you’ve ever spent hours on the throne (and not the good kind), if you’ve ever had a skin allergy test and had your back covered in big red itchy welts, you know how frustrating it can be to realize your favorite foods are making your sick.
Food allergies and sensitivities are becoming an epidemic. It is estimated that 1-in-5 Americans now have some sort of food allergy! A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that ER visits at Children’s Hospital Boston for allergic reactions more than doubled from 2001 to 2006! What could be causing all these reactions? Well, there are many theories – from the infiltration of genetically modified foods to our obsession with anti-bacterial everything in an effort to sterilize our environment – but everybody is in agreement on one thing; up till about 50 years ago allergies were rare, & now they are rampant.