Food allergies impact around 2 million kids and 12 million adults in North America. If you or your kids are among those affected, keep reading to discover some good-to-know facts about food allergies.
Food Allergies: An Introduction
Food allergies occur when the immune system of the affected person mistakes a normal food as a harmful food. In response to the perceived threat, the immune system starts creating antibodies. When your child eats the food, the immune system releases chemicals such as histamine to protect the body against what it considers a threat. Once they reach the bloodstream, these chemicals trigger different symptoms that impact the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, or the skin.
A common immune system reaction to particular foods occurs when the body creates immunoglobulin E antibodies that react with the food to produce different chemicals that cause hives, asthma, and other allergic reactions.
Although a child can develop allergy to any food, there are some common foods that are responsible for food allergies in almost 90 percent of all cases of allergic reaction. These foods are:
- Peanut and other tree nuts (walnut, cashew, etc.)
- Seafood (particularly shellfish)
What happens during an Allergic Reaction?
Production of excessive histamine or any other chemical in the body can result in the following food allergy symptoms:
- Tingling sensation in the mouth
- Swollen tongue and throat
- Breathing problems
- Abdominal cramps or diarrhea
- Drop in blood pressure
Neglecting these symptoms can open a Pandora’s box of health issues, and in extreme cases, can even result in death.
Some less noticeable symptoms of food allergies are:
- Nasal congestion
- Skin discoloration
If your child is allergic to a particular food, allergy symptoms will usually surface within minutes of them consuming the food.
The Biggest Culprit
We have been conditioned to believe that there is no better food than milk. In the 1990s, a campaign to promote milk as a superfood was launched. The primary objective of the “Got Milk?” campaign was to project milk as a miracle food; however, studies show that milk is no superfood.
Dr. Robert Kradjian heads the Breast Surgery department at California’s Seton Medical Center. Dr. Kradjian has extensively researched on whether milk is the perfect food we desperately need. Over the past few years, he has studied numerous archives of medical and scientific journals. On the basis of his findings, Dr. Kradjian concluded that milk is not the superfood it is reported to be.
Dr. Kradjian noted that though an increase in the intake of dairy products may not induce common childhood disorders, it can definitely aggravate these conditions that are characterized by:
- Infections impacting the ear and tonsil
- Intestinal bleeding (lesions)
- Colic, and
- Childhood diabetes
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents against including milk in their child’s diet before their first birthday. Dr. Frank Oski, a noted pediatrician who spent years as the chair of Pediatrics at John Hopkins University believed that milk should never be given to kids. Dr. Oski was a staunch critic of milk, and cited various health issues such as iron deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding, and manifestation of food allergies as the primary reasons why people must not consume milk in any form.
Eggs, Soy and Wheat
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be breastfed for the first 12 months after their birth. Many pediatricians wrongly advise nursing mothers to supplement. Parents, who take the advice, unknowingly contribute to the factors that may result in the development of food allergies in their child.
Usually, a nursing mother needs to breastfeed her baby every 2-3 hours. To get a good night’s sleep, many parents take the advice of their pediatrician, supplementing the child’s diet with baby cereal and formula. Studies show that this is not a good idea. Introducing baby food into an infant’s diet can result in them developing an allergy to wheat and soy.
With time, these allergies worsen, often resulting in further complications such as asthma and respiratory problems.
The Chiropractic Factor
To help your child defeat their allergy, you need to get to the root cause of the problem. Allergies are caused due to the immune system mistaking a normal food as harmful. The first step to curing your child would be to ensure their immunity system functions properly.
For humans, the immune system is part of the central nervous system. Many central nervous system issues are a direct result of spinal deformities, which is why you must get your child’s spine checked immediately. The doctor of family chiropractic care in Rocklin is dedicated to the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation, a condition that impacts the body’s central nervous system.
Though food allergies can just be managed, and not cured, many parents who opt for chiropractic treatment for their kids report a visible improvement in their condition. If your child has a food allergy, talk to your family wellness chiropractor about how regular chiropractic adjustments can benefit your child. Have questions? Connect with us at (916) 624-4553.
Dr. Michelle Arietta has a thorough understanding of the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic to help people improve body function to its highest potential allowing them to live life fully connected. She is passionate about serving pregnant moms, children, and families who are seeking natural ways to stay healthy and vital. Dr. Michelle is a 2002 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West and has completed over 200 hours in postgraduate pediatric and prenatal care and has been Webster Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2002. Her clinic offers cutting-edge diagnostic tools to objectively measure a person’s current state of health, including heart rate variability testing, surface EMG, and thermography. Follow Connected Chiropractic on Facebook and Dr. Arietta on Instagram.