A 34-year-old member asked:
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is there a reason it seems that so many more people now have peanut allergies or gluten intolerance?

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Dr. Linda Green
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Good question: Food allergies are becoming more prevalent in developed countries. Certainly increased awareness is part of the reason. Other theories include the "hygiene" hypothesis that our "clean" lifestyle has caused a switch in our immune system to overreact to normally harmless substances, i.e. Foods. There is still a lot to be learned.
Answered on Jul 12, 2013

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