Food sensitivities and allergies are on the increase. One of the primary suspected culprits is the high level of toxins that are present in many homes and which are part of commercial food production. Although industry leaders swear that they are not to blame for the rise in allergies and chemical sensitivities, the increased levels of toxic substances present in our environment argue against their stance.
Allergies are triggered when the immune system sends out a signal that a substance is potentially dangerous. The allergy trigger can be a food that is eaten, substances that are inhaled or substances placed on the skin. Well-known allergy triggers are nuts, pollen, animal dander and dust. However, more and more people are showing up with allergies to chemicals that are found in households or foods.
Allergic reactions can range from sneezing and wheezing to skin rashes. In children, asthma is often an allergic reaction to being exposed to allergy triggers, such as chemicals and food substances.
Pesticides and Tap Water
In a study published in the December issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, researchers found that a chemical found in many pesticides and to treat tap water is associated with food sensitivities and food allergies. Dichlorophenols are chemicals that are used in many weed killers, insecticides and to chlorinate water. High levels of this chemical are found in individuals who show signs of allergies.
Many people think they are improving their healthy by drinking bottled water. However, if they are eating commercially produced foods, they may still be exposed to many pesticides. Additionally, tap water is used by most people to wash their clothes and dishes. Also, tap water is used for showers, to brush teeth and many other regular daily activities. As a result, most people continue to be exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals in their daily activities.
Since World War II, the use of industrial chemicals has increased substantially. Many pesticides were developed from chemicals used for warfare. Additionally, chemical use has substantially increased in almost every aspect of modern life. Unfortunately, the result for many people is also increased food allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Do you have allergies or asthma? Are there things that help you with these conditions?
– The Alternative Daily