We Were So Wrong about Allergies

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We Were So Wrong about Allergies

We Were So Wrong about Allergies

Food allergies aren’t exactly rare, but previous attempts to prevent them may have actually made them more common than they would have been otherwise.

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  • Posted on May 14, 2019 at 00:32 am

    Coming from the west and having lived in the Middle East and North Africa recently it seems that the increase in allergies can mostly be found in western developed countries. I would be interested to see what the Chinese, Russian and Indian health organizations have observed regarding this.

  • Posted on May 14, 2019 at 05:01 am

    I mean an allergy is just an immune reaction. Makes perfect sense that early, limited exposure would help the body normalize the proteins that trigger allergic reactions.

  • Posted on May 14, 2019 at 07:45 am

    Alergies are the result of a hypochondriac lifestyle.

    BTW, how can you stand those thin braces?

  • Posted on May 14, 2019 at 08:18 am

    maybe its not that it should be delayed but the dosage given when given should be less so as to not trigger the immune response. train the immune system not to care or over react when it sees those allergenic foods.

    I wonder if the study might have been thrown off by the dosage when connected to baby body weight. it might have been the first tests was the result of too much given for the baby body weight.

    the new tests might have such influences as smaller doses or larger babies or both.

    if the body over reacts when it first sees it that might incorrectly teach the body to over react.
    just some thoughts I wonder if they had been considered.

  • Posted on May 14, 2019 at 13:08 pm

    My parents exposed me to cigarette smoke at a young age so hopefully I'm now immune? Seriously 50 years ago they'd bring you your baby to nurse in the hospital along with an ashtray. And probably a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. It shows how primitive we still are regarding health care. People worry about food yet poison alcohol and new forms of smoking various substances are still very popular

  • Posted on May 14, 2019 at 14:06 pm

    What they found out was basically if you start kids on solids earlier, you find out what they're allergic to quicker

  • Posted on May 16, 2019 at 04:11 am

    Here's what you do:
    Drop your baby on the floor and don't pick it up before 5 seconds pass.

  • Posted on May 17, 2019 at 06:57 am

    Sheltered kids are the ones most susceptible to this sort of thing. I thought that was common knowledge since the dawn of time.

  • Posted on May 18, 2019 at 07:54 am

    If touching a nut kills you, then maybe…JUST MAYBE…you shouldn't be alive in the first place.

  • Posted on May 18, 2019 at 22:33 pm

    I'm Chinese, yet I'm allergic to dogs and cats

  • Posted on May 20, 2019 at 14:28 pm


  • Posted on May 22, 2019 at 14:47 pm

    Didge animal products, sugar and salts it is that easy.

  • Posted on May 23, 2019 at 17:05 pm

    Did you look into which companies sponsored the studies? Wouldn't that be interesting?

  • Posted on May 24, 2019 at 08:28 am

    LEAP and EAT? Scientists live acronyms

  • Posted on May 25, 2019 at 16:13 pm

    3:21 so are epipens free now to try this or no?

  • Posted on May 27, 2019 at 13:53 pm

    It's possible that the old advice was due to maybe the study being based on researchers either faulsifying the research, or they just did simple research where they only asked the mums when they started introducing food, and perhaps some of the mums actually gave good earlier without knowing or telling the researchers? Who knows, but it is possible that allergies worked differently because we now have GMO, etc; that way it's possible that allergies work totally different now.

  • Posted on May 28, 2019 at 05:10 am

    im just gonna bombard my kid with plenty of exposure to vaccines, outside air/soil, native microbes, and allergens.

    a tested immune system is an effective immune system

  • Posted on May 28, 2019 at 13:40 pm

    I dont want to jinx it but I’m allergic to absolutely nothing

  • Posted on May 31, 2019 at 23:04 pm

    I'm not convinced. There is a milk allergy in my family, or rather lactose intolerance. My cousin introduced milk from the word go whereas I delayed its introduction for two years. My cousin's children developed lactose intolerance and had to drink goat's milk for nearly 10 years before they grew our of it. Mine could drink milk as soon as I introduced it to them. On the other hand, I think many allergies are caused by too clean environment: when the immune system has no job to do because the environment is so clean, it will overreact against what should be safe to touch or consume. This idea is based on my anecdotal observations as a mother, nanny and a kindergarten teacher over the last 35 years in hygienic western world and in third world where it is not usually possible to reach to the same level of hygiene.

  • Posted on Jun 08, 2019 at 02:19 am

    No kids>kids

  • Posted on Jun 12, 2019 at 20:55 pm

    Random idiots on the internet like…. you? Lol

  • Posted on Jun 30, 2019 at 11:01 am

    What if simply kids in the 90s are different from kids now?

  • Posted on Jul 06, 2019 at 19:43 pm

    Is there any research on infants being exposed to allergens through their mother's milk during breastfeeding? I've always figured I'd eat as full a diet as possible while pregnant and breast feeding, so the baby is exposed to potential allergens in a smaller, more controlled way before they can even eat solid food. I thought this was also a part of recommendations for pregnancy, but it wasn't mentioned here?

  • Posted on Aug 23, 2019 at 02:32 am

    Doctors are morons.

  • Posted on Aug 25, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    And circumcising minors is also dangerous archaic medical advise.

  • Posted on Oct 01, 2019 at 06:10 am

    I like cantaloupe and other melons… but only realized I was allergic very recently. I was with a friend at a buffet and she asked why I didn’t take any of the cantaloupe since she knew I liked it and I told her I didn’t want to deal with an itchy mouth for the next few hours. She said “Uhh, what?”
    “I love cantaloupe but I don’t like how it makes your mouth and throat all itchy.”
    “Yeah, you’re allergic to cantaloupe.”
    I’m 20 years old.

  • Posted on May 04, 2020 at 01:57 am

    Let me put in a word of caution about exposing babies to possible allergens. The amount matters. When my grandson was about 10 months old, I very carefully touched his tongue to the teensiest bit of pistachio paste. He immediately vomited violently and profusely and then screamed for 10 minutes. I was delighted I hadn't given him a big chunk of the stuff.

  • Posted on Apr 28, 2021 at 15:21 pm

    if it's so important to consult a pediatrician, why didn't you guys just consult one?

  • Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 00:47 am

    Covid-19??? 😊
    Same as other viruses that we already have and help/control our bodies.
    Well, to each his own. What is effective is much better.✌

  • Posted on Sep 05, 2021 at 16:07 pm

    My wife was a nut so I was feeding our daughter months before she realized.

  • Posted on Dec 02, 2021 at 00:22 am

    I heard from my paediatrician brother that one theory suggests that allergies in children could be linked to being in an environment that is too sterile. It sounds like the growing body needs something to fight – if not viruses and bacteria then it’d be allergens and parasites. I would like SciShow to look into this and create a new video once there is sufficient research in this theory. Thanks so much for your videos and good work!

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