Can Anything Be Done About Food Allergies
May 11th -17th was “Food Allergy Awareness Week”. This is when the public should be educated about food allergies and the concerns about them. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t see anything telling me about “food allergies” anywhere in the papers this year or on TV.
Here are some disheartening statistics about food allergies:
- Each week, approximately 2 to 3 Americans will suddenly lose their lives due to food allergies.
- Approximately 6 to 8 percent of children under age 4 have a food allergy.
- About 4 percent of people age 5 and older have a food allergy.
- Even by avoiding the foods one is allergic to, about 25% of those who have allergies will still have an allergic attack at least once a year.
Many babies who have allergies to milk and eggs will outgrow the food allergies within a few years but some of those kids will develop allergies to peanuts.
According to NIAD (National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease), “Allergic reactions to foods occur when the immune system over-reacts to food proteins, setting off a cascade of events that can range from itchy hives to difficulty breathing, cardiovascular collapse and a systemic, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis…. And about 30,000 cases of food-induced anaphylaxis occur in the United States each year, leading to as many as 200 deaths.”
If you are a parent and have a child who has a food allergy, it can be very scary when they are at school because a lot of teachers and cafeteria workers are not educated on the seriousness that a food allergy can bring.
Searching out an alternative method to allergies might be a solution as there is no cure for food allergies as of yet. Your doctor might give you an EpiPen or Twinject which is good if you need emergency treatment. If you don’t know what this is, talk to your doctor about it.
There are some alternative treatments that have helped some with their food allergies. Here is a tea that might prove somewhat helpful for food allergies in the long run. You should be able to get these ingredients at your local health store.
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon each marshmallow root
- 1 teaspoon peppermint leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger rhizome
Combine the water & marshmallow roots in a pan & simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add remaining ingredients. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain out herbs. For a 50-pound child, give 1 to 2 cups daily.; for a 50-pound child, give ½ to 1 dropperful (3060 drops) daily.