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Less Butter And Fish Implicated In Increased Teenage Allergies
Scientific Blogging ^ | September 21, 2009 | News Staff

Posted on 09/24/2009 10:54:36 AM PDT by decimon

Allergies are on the rise and there are a number of theories why. Some speculate that it's due to more parents getting kids tested for allergies; allergists will find allergies thta 40 years ago would have been dismissed as inconveniences. Other speculation is that over-hyped concern about sterility regarding babies has weakened their immune system.

A study conducted in 2008 by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg says diet may be the culprit.

In Västra Götaland County in western Sweden, half of all teenagers are considered affected by asthma, nasal symptoms and eczema, almost 10 percentage points higher than when a similar study was conducted in 2000.

Who is least affected? Those who eat more fish and butter.

(Excerpt) Read more at scientificblogging.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: allergies; health

1 posted on 09/24/2009 10:54:37 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Maybe it’s the vegan diets and the teens who are turning food that they go on to lose a few pounds into regular fare. They’re getting just enough, but not enough for the body to set aside to use to fight infections.


2 posted on 09/24/2009 10:56:18 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: WesternCulture

Hot buttered sole ping.


3 posted on 09/24/2009 10:56:22 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

“Who is least affected? Those who eat more fish and butter.”

Wisconsin kids are safe. Fish Fry dinner EVERY Friday for decades! :)


4 posted on 09/24/2009 10:58:22 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: decimon

LuteFisk

It’s not just for Christmas


5 posted on 09/24/2009 10:58:50 AM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: decimon
allergists will find allergies thta 40 years ago would have been dismissed as inconveniences

There's the culprit.

6 posted on 09/24/2009 10:59:57 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: decimon

Butter is good for you? Holy crap, next thing you know, we’ll find out that sunlight is required to produce, say, vitamin D or something...


7 posted on 09/24/2009 11:01:47 AM PDT by SandWMan ( A riot ist an ugly sing, und, I sink it's about time zat ve had vone!)
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To: decimon

Asthma and eczema used to be (may still be) associated with milk allergies.


8 posted on 09/24/2009 11:02:52 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: Niuhuru

I know a girl who buys pepperoni pizza at school and takes the pepperonis off because she claims vegetarian. It’s not like she can glue all the little pepperonis and make a new pig at the end of the school year. The pig died to feed her but all she’s doing is throwing it in the garbage. It disgusts me that her holier than thous ideals are so twisted.

Back in the day, we had fish at school every Friday. Now that schools don’t allow Christian beliefs, our children are getting sick. It all connects.


9 posted on 09/24/2009 11:04:04 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: decimon
I'm very curious about the nut allergies. There are freepers with children who suffer from this, and my understanding is that the allergy can be extremely dangerous.

However, when I was a kid, any gathering of children was likely to include a peanut butter sandwich. And no one suffered. No one died. No one even talked about allergies. Then, seemingly out-of-the-blue, nut allergies became a big deal and every classroom in America now contains at least one sufferer.

What's up with that?

10 posted on 09/24/2009 11:05:04 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Wisconsin kids are safe. Fish Fry dinner EVERY Friday for decades! :)

ROFLMSS!!!!!!

But, but, but.....for years we've been told asthma was CAUSED by second hand smoke.......... Funny thing is, the only kids I know with asthma are never exposed to SHS. Exzema is something I have had all my life, and just like seasonal alergies, it's a weather/season change related issue.

11 posted on 09/24/2009 11:06:44 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: decimon

My son will be one on Sunday. He has been eating salmon for four months now. Loves it! Other parents can’t believe that he eats it. I’m so sick of hearing, “All my son wants to eat is hot dogs and mac and cheese.” I don’t even keep those items in my house.
My in-laws do the spray butter thing and I can’t stand it. I call it chemical spray. That stuff has a list of ingredients that covers the entire back of the package. How can that be better for me than the miniscule amount of butter I eat?


12 posted on 09/24/2009 11:07:46 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Gabz

Not only did we go out for a fish fry every Friday, it was always in a smokey BAR!

The horror! The horror!


13 posted on 09/24/2009 11:08:02 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: decimon
That reminds me....Note to self: go fishing Saturday
14 posted on 09/24/2009 11:08:20 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: bgill

Funny how she isn’t concerned about the fat rendered off the pepperoni and absorbed into the pizza. I would definitely point that out and then enjoy her reaction.


15 posted on 09/24/2009 11:08:45 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Dianna
Asthma and eczema used to be (may still be) associated with milk allergies.

I don't have asthma, but have had eczema nearly all my life. As a kid the pediatrician claimed it was an allergy to peanuts and chocolate. I spent a very miserable year not eating either, and I still had it. I'm 49 and I still have it. It's basically a seasonal allergy, and is exasperated by stress.

16 posted on 09/24/2009 11:10:03 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Gabz

Love your tagline. Even though Rowling is a flaming lib, I equate tea parties to Dumbledor’s Army. Just me thinking out loud.


17 posted on 09/24/2009 11:14:15 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

The stench given off by that fake popcorn butter always makes me gag. Ick.


18 posted on 09/24/2009 11:14:21 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: decimon
Interesting. Our oldest son had severe food allergies as a toddler. On the advice of a very wise allergist, we followed a 14-day rotation diet, which included many different species of fish (being more diverse than animals, I guess). He ate everything from turtle meat (before it was banned) to smelts and lobster, depending on the day -- all of it prepared at home, from either fresh or frozen, with no additives other than those listed for that particular day (e.g. sauteed in corn oil, or baked with no additives, etc.).

The bottom line is that he overcame the allergies, which were severe enough in the beginning to hospitalize him for dehydration, without shots or medication, within two years.

And to this day, he loves him some fish!

19 posted on 09/24/2009 11:16:33 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: goodwithagun

The air heard has been told but doesn’t seem to grasp the concept. One time she ate pork ‘n beans and went crazy when someone pointed out what those white cubes were. Sadly, she’s vying for Valedictorian which here grants her free college. My wise old soul conservative teen is right below her in rank and I’ll be paying for his tuition.


20 posted on 09/24/2009 11:16:45 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: bgill
I know a girl who buys pepperoni pizza at school and takes the pepperonis off because she claims vegetarian.

Besides being wasteful, that is just outright silly. The oozing of the pepperoni on everything else has already occurred.

Back in the day, we had fish at school every Friday. Now that schools don’t allow Christian beliefs, our children are getting sick. It all connects.

I had fish every Friday at school also, but I attended Catholic school. Not all Christian denominations eschewed fish on Friday. Although I am now Episcopalian, I still do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent, nor do my husband and daughter who were never Catholic. Even in my daughter's public school there is always a non meat choice in the cafeteria on Fridays.

21 posted on 09/24/2009 11:17:52 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Gabz

All the different public schools I attended served only fish on Fridays. There was no question. You didn’t want it, you starved. That’s just the way it was.


22 posted on 09/24/2009 11:20:47 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"In this study, a third of the children with a hive of eight millimetres - which has been found elsewhere to be predictive of having peanut allergy - were found not to be allergic to peanuts when they took a peanut challenge. A challenge involves eating peanuts in a hospital environment."

Peanut Allergies Overstated, Study Finds

23 posted on 09/24/2009 11:22:13 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You evil mom, you.....................

ROFL!!!!!!!!

I’ll give you the epitome of irresponsible parents.....the Legion is having it’s annual picnic on Saturday (first we have to cook crab cakes for the monthly dinner tomorrow night, but that’s another story) and our 11 year old is not competing in just 1 horseshoe competition, but 2. She’s teaming up with daddy in one of them.

I can hear the cries of the nannies now -— but, but that SOOOOOOOO dangerous. HAH, they’ve never seen my daughter throw shoes. She’s good, real good.


24 posted on 09/24/2009 11:25:01 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: goodwithagun
My son will be one on Sunday. He has been eating salmon for four months now. Loves it! Other parents can’t believe that he eats it. I’m so sick of hearing, “All my son wants to eat is hot dogs and mac and cheese.” I don’t even keep those items in my house.
My in-laws do the spray butter thing and I can’t stand it. I call it chemical spray. That stuff has a list of ingredients that covers the entire back of the package. How can that be better for me than the miniscule amount of butter I eat?

Good for you. I believe that kids will eat anything you want them to eat, as long as a) parents will also eat it;  b) they don't get filled with junk food otherwise; c) you're willing to cook for them.

Being a grandma, I think I can attest that "c" appears to be the deal-breaker nowadays.

And yes, moderate amounts of butter can't help but be better than a spray.

25 posted on 09/24/2009 11:25:53 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: rdl6989
allergists will find allergies thta 40 years ago would have been dismissed as inconveniences

There's the culprit.

That's certainly part of it. Tests these days are so much more sensitive than they used to be that you can't necessarily interpret a reaction as a problem anymore. Neither can you dismiss it. Allergy medicine is an art.

26 posted on 09/24/2009 11:27:49 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Gabz

I’m still mad that they took ‘Jarts’ (lawn darts) off the market. Now THERE was a game! Sis and I used to wing them OVER THE HOUSE at one another, LOL!

Again...The horror! The horror!


27 posted on 09/24/2009 11:28:00 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: goodwithagun

I know Rowling is, but I did the tag line after seeing a bumper sticker that said “Republicans for Voldemort.” It was on a car with NJ tags and the people that brought it to my attention figured it must be some candidate in NJ (we’re in VA.) I later told the owner how offensive it was and her attitude was “It is supposed to be.” She has the same attitude about my bumper stickers and so we agreed to not discuss politics.

Other than that we actually both like each other very much..........


28 posted on 09/24/2009 11:31:27 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Is that you in the picture?


29 posted on 09/24/2009 11:36:05 AM PDT by Lizavetta (In Communism, everything is free. But there isn't any of it.)
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To: bgill

I have no idea if it is because of anything, I just know that in at least 2 public schools around here there is a non meat choice every Friday.

Of course where I live there are often fish choices on other days as well. We’re surrounded by water and many of the parents of the kids in the schools are commercial fishermen. It’s very plentiful. The watermen’s kids generally will opt for anything BUT fish or seafood.


30 posted on 09/24/2009 11:37:17 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Lizavetta

No...I yanked it off the internet...I wish it was.


31 posted on 09/24/2009 11:43:49 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: browardchad
I believe that kids will eat anything you want them to eat, as long as a) parents will also eat it; b) they don't get filled with junk food otherwise; c) you're willing to cook for them.

You're right. Although I will add a caveat here, my 11yo will eat things I won't eat, but her father eats, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, and bluefish. The only thing she is finicky about is tomatoes. She's picky about what kind she will eat raw, but adores any thing that contains cooked tomatoes.

32 posted on 09/24/2009 11:44:16 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

We actually have a set of them!!!!!!!!!!


33 posted on 09/24/2009 11:46:28 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: darkangel82

Fake popcorn butter actually causes a disease in people who work in the popcorn factories, oddly enough. Just checked- it was 8 people in 8 years... They are not doing away with it.


34 posted on 09/24/2009 11:46:32 AM PDT by PghBaldy (G20 police scanner, online: http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?mid=101)
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To: Gabz
You're right. Although I will add a caveat here, my 11yo will eat things I won't eat, but her father eats, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, and bluefish.

Dad's food preferences are an important element. If he's off eating Chips Ahoy and Pringles, the kids aren't going to be satisfied with brussel sprouts. I had the same experience -- my kids would eat things Dad loved, but that I could barely stomach. I pretended as best I could.

The only thing she is finicky about is tomatoes. She's picky about what kind she will eat raw, but adores any thing that contains cooked tomatoes.

Funny story -- my Mom and I took my eldest, the one with allergies, to the farm store one day, and I took my eye off of him, in a stroller, for a few minutes or so, only to find him munching happily on a raw onion he had grabbed. Raw, cooked -- as long as they eat it. LOL!

35 posted on 09/24/2009 11:53:13 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: Gabz
I don't have asthma, but have had eczema nearly all my life.

My oldest had allergies. As an infant, he needed soy milk. While we were working out that problem he broke out in horrible eczema all over his face (also the height of wintertime in Southern Maine). He remained sensitive to milk for another 4-5 years, too much would make him wheeze and he was eventually diagnosed with asthma, which troubled him seasonally. But he only had eczema that one winter.

In looking into all of that (which would have been a dozen or so years ago), many people mentioned that asthma, eczema and milk problems seemed to be associated.

I suspect that this was right at the beginning of the rise in allergies in children. It would seem to me that people who tend to be allergic to one thing may have a higher likelihood of being allergic to something else. Perhaps they were making too direct connections between various allergens?

36 posted on 09/24/2009 11:56:59 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: Niuhuru
An allergy is not an infection.
37 posted on 09/24/2009 12:01:21 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: browardchad
Funny story -- my Mom and I took my eldest, the one with allergies, to the farm store one day, and I took my eye off of him, in a stroller, for a few minutes or so, only to find him munching happily on a raw onion he had grabbed. Raw, cooked -- as long as they eat it. LOL!

Hilarious. Mine is the same way with garlic. I use a lot of garlic in my cooking, and so have ever form of it in the house all the time. She is notorious for grabbing the jar of chopped garlic and scooping out a spoonful and eating it. As much as I love garlic even I don't do that. But as you said, as long as they eat it.

38 posted on 09/24/2009 12:28:24 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Dianna
It would seem to me that people who tend to be allergic to one thing may have a higher likelihood of being allergic to something else. Perhaps they were making too direct connections between various allergens?

I have no idea. Other than breaking out in a rash because of fabric softener, and the daggone eczema, I never had any allergies. Then I moved to Delaware. I learned real fast what seasonal allergies were/are. 27 years later and I still know.

39 posted on 09/24/2009 12:38:17 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Dianna

I’ve got excema, allergies and slight asthma. I definitely see an uptick in flare ups when I eat more dairy. I’m allergic to milk, but do eat limited cheese, ice cream etc.

I treat it as a self-controllable inconvenience.


40 posted on 09/24/2009 12:51:24 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Dianna

>>”My oldest had allergies”>>>

You may find that at some point his allergies may return and he won’t necessarily be allergic to the same things. I hope that doesn’t happen because allergies can be a real curse.


41 posted on 09/24/2009 1:51:14 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
I hope that doesn’t happen because allergies can be a real curse.

I had no idea that could happen. It seems most of us in the family are allergic to something.

42 posted on 09/24/2009 3:19:39 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: ClearCase_guy

Well, no one you knew died, but a few kids did die. In some cases, way back in the day, no one may have connected the death with the food.

Anyway, there’s evidence suggesting that the rise in allergies is in some way connected to the decrease in...parasites. Modern medicine finally reaches some isolated little village or South Sea island. The HCPs note, among other information, that the populace has a high rate of tapeworms and other disgusting things, and at the same time, note no allergies. No sensitivity to shellfish; no hay fever. A few years and a lot of pills later, parasites are a thing of the past, but the allergy rates are creeping up.


43 posted on 09/24/2009 6:33:06 PM PDT by sugaree
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To: Gabz

That’s wasteful and silly if she is choosing to buy pepperoni pizza instead of cheese pizza vegetable pizza. But if the school doesn’t offer any reasonable vegetarian choices, well, she’s doing what she can. I pick plenty of yucky things off of my sandwiches and salads just because I don’t like them, waste be damned.


44 posted on 09/24/2009 6:38:13 PM PDT by sugaree
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