Thursday, October 5, 2017

“Adult Food Allergies on the Rise, Report Finds, but Cause Still Unclear,” by Shamard Charles, M.D., NBC News, September 27, 2017

“But these near-fatal food reactions are all too common — and on the rise, especially in adults who had never previously experienced allergic food reactions before. “

“We have noticed that the prevalence of food allergy has tripled in the last 20 to 30 years,” said Dr. Jonathan Hemler, pediatric allergy and immunology specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.”

“. . . diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377 percent from 2007 to 2016. And half of adults with food allergies developed them after the age of 18.”

“The most common category, however, was "other specific foods" — 33 percent — which typically means the food causing the anaphylactic reaction is unknown. This category rose 71 percent from 2007 to 2016.”

[I personally believe that the 33 percent of "other specific foods" may be linked to the sudden increase in corn allergies (corn is ubiquitous)--up by 580.5% in the last 51 months.  I acquired my allergy to corn in 2008, which was confirmed via skin-scratch testing in 2011--in addition to numerous other allergies (most antibiotics, soy, yeast, pork, mushrooms, dairy, salmon, pecans, scallops, etc.).  I was relatively allergy-free until 2008.  What happened to cause my sudden, adult-onset allergies?]

Diane H., Corn Allergy Advocate
Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources

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