At some point in our lives, we have done something or possibly will do something that has felt as though a panic attack or shortness of breathe has been triggered off. Was it excitement? Was it anxiety? What was causing it? For millions of Americans and people world wide it’s very possible that all of this was being brought on by an allergy to something that had been eaten, or something that has been eaten in the past that your immune system didn’t built a tolerance to. Enter peanut allergies. According to most scientists and researchers; peanut allergies may be one of the most life threatening of all food allergies if the allergy is not detected early on in life (Young 2). Like most of us when we were kids we have come to adapt or grow out of things that were inherited by our parents, better known as natural selection. Peanut Allergies are increasing and the cause of it is still a mystery; however, there are possible solutions to avoid this anaphylaxis epidemic.
When development occurs inside the mother of an unborn child, certain traits and genes are thought to be handed down through the stages of pregnancy. One particular gene although, not proven to be true is the gene for allergies, such as a peanut allergy. Researchers believe that an allergy such as a peanut allergy are transferred to the fetus through what the mother has eaten and or what the mother has an allergy to (Ryan 2). There is no direct evidence of such a transaction, but then again there is nothing to prove that it is not transferred that way. There are two schools of thought about the correct way to avoid this type of allergy. One particular thought is to avoid breastfeeding; however, it’s proven that breastfeeding is the healthiest most natural way for a baby to gain essential nutrition. Scientists and doctors agree that waiting to introduce high risk foods into a babies diet may help to delay or lessen the risk of developing an allergy to peanuts (Ryan 1-2). This is thought to help by letting a child develop its immune system fully and to help the child to fight off certain allergic reactions. It is stated that around the age of three, there may be a suitable time for peanut type foods to be introduced slowly. Professor Katie Allen offers us a bit of insight into what she believes is the fact of the matter when it comes to the correlation between breastfeeding and avoiding it. “breast feeding is best, we don’t think it will prevent allergies, but it won’t increase the risk of allergies being passed on” (Ryan 1). In other words it neither prevents or causes food allergies.
Our diet and what is sold to or given to us as a society greatly affects how and if we may have the allergy to peanuts. Many schools throughout the country are banning peanut items in lunch rooms and vending machines. There may be no need to do so if as a population we were all more educated as to what we eat. Statistics say 98.5 percent of the population is not allergic to peanuts and people may see it as senseless to take what could be an essential form of protein and nutrition away from the rest of society (“Mystery: Why Have Kids’ Peanut Allergies Tripled in a Decade” 3). There are steps that can be taken both in schools and in workplaces. It may be possible to have an area in stores where certain peanut allergy sufferers can shop to be certain that they are getting exactly what is needed for their specific diet. The same goes for schools and the workplace. If there are vending machines or areas in cafeterias where snacks are served, signage can be posted to caution the students or workers to make them aware that there may or may not be the presence of peanuts. It all comes back to awareness. In society we are cautioned to just about everything that we do. There is a certain awareness to peanut allergies lets just make it more evident, more common to see health risks associated with eating peanuts.
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