Is A Peanut Allergy Genetic?

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peanut allergy genesI remember 21 years ago struggling with a child that had a severe peanut allergy. No one else in any of the families had a known nut allergy or at least they didn’t have any nut allergy symptoms.

While I have not tested positive for a peanut allergy, I do know that when I went on a raw food diet and my recipes were that of gourmet raw (meaning they use a lot of nuts) I began to lose energy and not feel really good after several months on the diet.  When I switched to a simple raw food diet of fruit and vegetables my energy returned.  I still do this type of diet 2 times a year to help feel renewed once again.  A genetic information may well hold the clue to why a high nut diet didn’t work for me.

Researchers were able to pinpoint specific genes associated with a peanut allergy. More and more information is coming out that allergies have a strong genetic tie.

Back when my son was in school, there were 4 peanut free tables in the lunchroom and 2 peanut free classrooms. That’s how many kids had peanut allergies!  When I moved to another state, peanut allergies were more rare. This puzzled me. Now, it doesn’t.

In the journal of Nature Communications, “Wang and her colleagues analyzed DNA samples from 2,759 participants (1,315 children and 1,444 of their biological parents) enrolled in the Chicago Food Allergy Study. Most of the children had some kind of food allergy. They scanned approximately 1 million genetic markers across the human genome, searching for clues to which genes might contribute to increased risk of developing food allergies, including peanut.  They found that a genomic region harboring genes such as HLA-DB and HLA-DR and located on chromosome six is linked to peanut allergy.  This study suggests that the HLA-DR and -DQ gene region probably poses significant genetic risk for peanut allergy as it accounted for about 20 percent of peanut allergy in the study population.”

I found out I carry the mutations but have no known allergies to nuts. Remember how epigenetics play a large roll in how a gene behaves and expresses? It’s actually the epigenetics that may regulate when someone develops a peanut allergy.

Food allergies have been steadily rising in the past 20 years. Nearly 10% of children are affected. From all of my research and testing, I will throw out there that the rise in allergies also coincide with our electronic use (EMF exposure) and the introduction of more vaccines, especially in children.

I was vaccinated with the MMR vaccine when I was 3 months pregnant with my son. From that point on I had nothing but problems in the pregnancy. He was born very, very sick and he was technically allergic to everything, including water. We sought out the advice and treatments of the top doctors around the world. None of them had ever seen a case like that and the vaccine was questioned as the potential cause. Pregnant women are no longer vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.  Most vaccines contain peanut oil.  Couple that with mercury and a whole host of toxic materials (even if they are in minute amounts) could have a very profound impact on a growing baby and could have been the trigger to turn on the peanut allergy gene expression.

I will leave you with a quote from Xiaobin Wang, MD, ScD, MPH, the Zanvyl Krieger Professor and Director of the Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“Hopefully, one day, we can manage or prevent food allergies in a safe, simple, effective way,” Wang says. “We might be able to use pharmaceutical treatment, but if we can figure out whether a lifestyle, nutrition or environmental change could reduce allergies, that would be even better.”

This quote holds some interesting observation and is the whole basis for which my business is based on:

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