Over the years, we have read how there has been an overuse of antibiotics, especially for children who are experiencing earaches. And we have seen an increase in children developing an allergy to peanuts. This allergy can be life threatening. I recently came across a video and an article on Katie Couric World 3D that ties together the overuse of antibiotics and allergies to peanuts. Very simply, the overuse of antibiotics has killed certain bacteria in the gut that is useful in the digestion of peanuts. Below is the article and video (4 minutes long) for you to read and view. I want to let you know that the article and video are disturbing.
There definitely is a place for antibiotics in our health care. But often, we hear of children being proscribed course after course of antibiotics for an ear infection, and the child is not any better. It may have started out as an acute ear infection or on going earaches, but with the use of the antibiotics, it has become a more chronic condition. Homeopathy can be very helpful for acute and chronic earaches and ear infections.
If your child does have an allergy to peanuts, it is important to continue the care with their physician and avoid any foods with peanuts in them. In addition, you may want to look at homeopathy. Homeopathy may lessen the allergic reaction as the child’s immune system is strengthened and brought back to a more balanced state.
The following article and 4 minutes video was posted on Katie Couric World 3D. If you click on the link you can view the video.
Researcher Claims Food Allergies Could Be Caused By Antibiotics
By Gabe Noble
Giovanni Cipriano was an ordinary 14-year-old high school freshman who had a passion for baseball and had just made the honor roll. One quiet night, as he snacked on trail mix and watched a movie with his mother, his throat began to incessantly itch. Unbeknown to Giovanni and his mother, there were peanuts in the mix, which he had been allergic to since he was 18 months old. His mother gave him a double dose of Benadryl and frantically rushed to the hospital.
“I took his hand and I said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re here.’ And when I grabbed his hand, he was cold and his body was blue,” Giovanni’s mother, Georgina told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga from her home in Long Island, NY. The anaphylactic reaction led to a coma, and he died several weeks later.
Giovanni was one of the 6 million children in the United States who suffer from food allergies, an alarming number that has nearly tripled in the past two decades. Dr. Martin Blaser, a microbiologist and professor at New York University, is working tirelessly on groundbreaking research into this dramatic spike in food allergies. His hypothesis is that exposure to antibiotics early in life is diminishing positive gut bacteria and thus weakening children’s immune systems, making them more susceptible to allergies. Blaser warns parents: “Antibiotics are not free, they do have a cost. And it is not just monetary but in the development of the immunity in children.”
Blaser’s theory has been tested on young mice and while his research is still a work in progress, the results so far are positive and he hopes could lead to a cure for food allergies.
Note: An earlier version of this story indicated that the peanut allergy in mice had been eliminated by Dr. Blaser’s experiment. The doctor clarified by saying while that is the goal of his work “We have no experiment that shows that we can turn around the immunological findings that we have observed.”