A speculative and harsh one, true, but a possible one:
But general practitioners must do more to identify those suffering from the rapid increase in immune disorders, which now affect one in 20 young people in Britain, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) warns.
The vogue for complementary cures may be a consequence of the NHS\’s inadequate response to the problem, Nice believes. Hospital admissions for food allergies have risen by 500% since 1990 and the UK appears to be one of the most severely affected countries.
The most common foods to which children are allergic include: cow\’s milk, fish and shellfish, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, wheat and kiwi. Severe allergic reactions, such as the anaphylactic shock experienced by those unable to tolerate peanuts, can lead to difficulty in breathing, swellings and, in extreme cases, fatal heart attacks.
The cause of growing sensitivity among children remains a mystery, said Dr Adam Fox, a consultant in paediatric allergy at Guy\’s and St Thomas\’ hospital in London.
There are various hypotheses put forward. More caesarians (eh?), less breastfeeding, homes that are too clean (both leading to less pump priming of the immune system) the \”chemicals\” in modern life etc.
How about this though. Such allergies are inheritable.
We\’re currently getting perhaps the first (or over the past couple of decades have been getting the first wave of) generation of children born to those who have survived such allergies themselves. We are thus seeing a rise in the allergies as a percentage of the population.
The simple reason being that in previous generations, up until 30-40 years ago, those with the allergies died. Now they survive to have children themselves, leading to an increase in the frequency of said allergies.
Pleas enote, I\’m not saying this is true: only that it\’s possible.