|Could probiotics make it possible for everyone to eat this??|
While devotees of the GAPS diet philosophy have been aware of this link for quite some time, this is the first time the mainstream media has caught hold of the connection between the gut and overall health. According to these recently-published studies, certain bacteria may be responsible for allowing the body to process particular foods, and the lack of those bacteria can result in an immune system response to food as "poison." Following this logic, early ingestion of heavy loads of antibiotics may be the source of food allergies, and replenishing these important bacteria with probiotics can reverse food allergies. (Please note, none of this is proven scientific fact -- just research studies and suggestions.)
These studies also point to bacteria at the root of asthma and obesity as well. In much the same way as ulcers were once thought to be caused by stress, but have now been proven to be caused by a particular strain of bacteria, our mysterious food allergies may be shown to be caused not by mom's ingestion of peanuts while pregnant, but by those multiple courses of antibiotics from the pediatrician. This theory may also explain why adults can develop food allergies later in life ... their cumulative load of antibiotics may finally catch up with them, and render their digestion unable to cope with certain foods.
In a completely unscientific experiment, I've been giving my eczema-tortured son a variety of probiotics over the past few months, in both pill and food form. Much to my amazement, his eczema has disappeared, for the first time in his eight years of life. In addition, he has been able to ingest small amounts of foods that normally cause rashes, without any symptoms at all. Certainly, there may be other factors at work, but it is very interesting that our experience bears out the theories published this week.
As I look back on the allergic history of all my boys, the pattern of their antibiotic use most definitely correlates with the onset of their food allergies. I am hopeful that we've found the key to at least alleviating the worst of our symptoms, if not curing our allergies altogether. I am interested to hear if anyone else out there has had similar experiences, either with probiotics or the GAPS diet. What did you do and how did it work for you? Do you think bacteria might be at the root of food allergies? What do you think it will take for doctors to jump on this bandwagon? Please leave your comments below....
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