I do not remember anybody being allergic to anything when I was a kid. The Nature of Things presents yet another fascinating documentary February 27th at 7 p.m. The Allergy fix that in part explains why so many more people are allergic to so many more things now than thirty years ago. The possible answers will surprise quite a few people.
I have heard many blame the environment for the increase in people with allergies. It turns out that is the case but not because we live in a more polluted world but because we live in an overly hygienic world so some do not have the opportunity to build antibodies. There are a few other quite surprising possible causes.
You also learn some really fascinating things like allergies are culturally based: Japanese kids develop rice allergies, Western kids develop milk allergies, Inuit kids develop whale blubber allergies.
It also seems that the adage of not feeding potentially allergenic foods before the age of three is the wrong thing to do.
The Allergy Fix also focuses on a few possible solutions. The lease charming is certainly the use of hookworms. The most promising is desensitization where the allergen is gradually introduced in minute quantities until the allergy can be kept under control.
Whether or not you or your child have an allergy, The Allergy Fix makes for really interesting television.
The program repeats on CBC News Network Sat. March 2 at 7. On CBC Sunday March 2 at 2 and Monday March 3 at 11 a.m.