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A Skin Patch to Treat Peanut Allergies Just Passed a Crucial Test

A wearable patch to sensitive children to peanuts and their peanut allergies has just passed a crucial test in clinical trials, Gizmodo reports. This is welcome news for parents, as peanut allergies are on the rise.

This adds to previous research that shows exposing children with peanut allergy to very low, trace amounts of peanuts may allow their immune systems to tolerate them. While there is no complete answer to why so many people are developing allergies these days, we do know that environmental factors play a role.

For example, genetic engineering can increase existing allergens, or produce new, unknown allergens. Both appear to have happened in genetically modified (GM) soy, which is found in the majority of processed foods.

This may explain why food allergies are the fifth leading chronic illness in the U.S., and on the rise. We do know that dietary factors, which influence the health of your gut, are a key factor in this, and researchers have concluded that a junk food diet (which are usually heavily-laden with GM food products) increases children’s risk of allergies.

Since the quality of the food you eat is directly related to your allergy risk, tending to your gut health by eating fermented foods, high-fiber vegetables, and minimal processed foods is vitally important. This will help your gut bacteria, which play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract, which then aids in the production of antibodies that can train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately.
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