Peanut allergies are serious. People can die even with just a tiny exposure. Unless they take a bit of poop bacteria with their peanuts. It’s not your imagination. Food allergies are more visible now than ever. A 2010 study found peanut allergies are increasing. But a new double-blind, long-term clinical trial found success with a pill. A prized probiotic peanut protein pill from poop. For 18 months, kids took a pill with a specific strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus part of a bacterial family that was isolated from feces. Our gut is a veritable metropolis of bacteria that help digest food, work with our immune system and just keep things rolling. Lactobacillus is a probiotic, meaning it may even help other bacteria flourish in the gut. Bacteria helpin’ bacteria. Also in the pill was peanut protein… and the amount of protein increased throughout the treatment. After that, the kids didn’t have terrifying allergic reactions to eating peanuts. It’s like a peanut allergy cure! Now, it’s been four years, and more than two-thirds of the kids can still eat peanuts! Meanwhile, almost none of the placebo kids can.
This is a game-changer for parents with kids who are like: peanut? Pea-nope. No one really knows why allergies are increasing. Epigenetics, the industrial food system, excessive cleanliness, or it could be that we’re, simply, more aware of the allergies now. According to the CDC, only eight foods account for 90-percent of allergies — milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish. It’s important to note, 150 to 200 people die in the U.S. annually from food allergies, with about half being peanut related. But peanut allergies aren’t that dangerous… 47 people die from lightning strikes each year you’re only twice as likely to die from peanuts as being hit by lightning. However, accidental ingestion of peanuts Is a huge worry for parents, and a pill changes the whole calculus! If we can knock down one of these food allergies hopefully we can move onto another… I humbly request it be shellfish.
I really miss all-you-can-eat shrimp. Like. A lot. Those lobster commercials are torture. This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about this allergy, for more on why it’s becoming so common — watch this video. Are you allergic to any foods? Shrimp for me. Sadly. Tell me yours in the comments. Thanks for watching seeker, please, take a second and subscribe so we know you’re out there..
As found on Youtube