Overheard on CNN.com: More kids do have food allergies
B.J. Hom, center, died of an allergic reaction in 2008. His brothers Brandon, left, and Steven also have susceptibility to allergies.
June 20th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: More kids do have food allergies

Comment of the Day:

"Epi-pens should be right next to fire extinguishers and automatic defibrillators in every restaurant and public building." - JohnOBX

Study: Food allergies more common, more severe among children

If it seems more U.S. children are suffering from food allergies, they are, a new study in the journal Pediatrics reports. The study reaffirms earlier ones showing emergency-room visits have more than doubled for allergic reactions. Other studies suggest that too much cleanliness and too little exposure to allergens may be causes.

Why are food allergies on the rise?

o0hBoy said, "The solution to this problem is counter-intuitive, but people need to expose their toddlers to more germs. Allergies are an immune deficiency due to children not being exposed often enough to, well, basically dirt. Those who develop allergies are the ones who are more sheltered, raised by parents who keep their homes too sanitary."

NotAsecret said, "Newborns need to be brought to a farm, forest, and beach early on in life and be allowed to crawl in the mud, leaves, sand and sun. Hyper protection of seemingly normal children is one of many things to blame."

Binky42 said, "The rates are higher in most developed countries, but the rates in the US are almost double the rates in the UK, with practically identical lifestyles." thinlady asked, "Are the food allergy increases because so much of our food has been genetically altered?"

WossamattaU said, "It's good news for my kids as my house definitely is not too clean."

Guest said, "I was raised in Israel, and I've never even heard of food allergies 'till I was an adult. For some reason food allergies in Israel are almost nonexistent. Israeli babies are practically raised on a peanut finger-food snack called "Bamba" that hasn't changed in 40 years or so. The number of cases of babies that died from that is about zero. lessKCXPat replied, "That babies in Israel are fed a peanut product is the very reason they don't develop an allergy to it."

Many CNN.com readers said allergic reactions were unpredictable and could occur suddenly in adults.

scarlatta said, "Despite being a vegetarian for more than 20 years and in excellent shape, at age 54, after eating peanut butter out of a jar for years, I developed anaphylactic allergies to peanuts, all tree nuts, sunflower, pumpkin, mango and, white potatoes! No cure in sight at my age. The Epi-pen is my new appendage."

klaracan said, "I am severely allergic to sesame since I was 28. Never had allergies as a child. I suffered 3 allergic reactions in form of a rash and abdominal pain and the 4th reaction was a full anaphylactic shock. I almost died in the restaurant. If you see someone with allergic reaction, get help right away. Seconds count!"

debbie149 said, "Dyes are a common source of allergies, and one that nearly killed me. It was the yellow dye in prescription Zantac."

CABill said, "If your kids are allergic to any kind of food you should only feed them food you have personally prepared at your house. When you eat out, if you are severely allergic, you take the risk."

Judge hears case against Georgia's immigration law

A federal judge hopes to issue a written ruling on a Georgia immigration case by July 1, when the law is scheduled to go into effect. House Bill 87, which is aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, allows police to question criminal suspects about their immigration status and allows prison sentences for people who knowingly transport illegal immigrants during the commission of a crime. In a related column, Paul Bridges, a Republican and mayor of the small Georgia town of Uvalda, explains why he is joining the fight against the law.

Why I'm suing Georgia over immigration law

AKRH5 said, "That law doesn't sit right with me."

pmichner said, "Thank you for choosing Yellow Cab. Please remember to present your long form birth certificate and two forms of photo ID before entering the vehicle."

Tonylord said, "What amazes us Georgians is that, although this law will go in effect on July 1st, the police are already asking for proof of legal status during the traffic stops. People at our church have been stopped and asked for documents to prove their immigration status."

KENNNY said, "Now we have a new way of finding out if an immigration law may be illegal: when Republicans fight against a Republican supported law."

But Oldtimer1 said, "The mayor exaggerates the results of this law. The police will not be able to stop just anyone. Individuals questioned have to be criminal suspects." refudiator said, "The law is clear that they would have to be carrying a mop or leaf blower to be considered suspects."

CNN.com readers were divided over whether the law's effect on farm production would be beneficial. Bobby56 said, "So now farmers will pay more for laborers and pass the price increase to consumers. The middle-class just can't win. Anyway, most people are not complaining about the minimum wage jobs lost to illegals, but the good paying jobs that big corporations have transferred overseas."

mightyfine said, "The law is the height of hypocrisy. Americans won't work to pick berries, but we don't want 'those people' who will do it in our country."

Mason32 said, "Wrong, Americans won't work for that low pay to pick berries. They will work for a fair wage, and if you use an American for that job then you also have to pay a payroll tax. I don't understand why the same people who will argue for a minimum-wage hike will also argue for people to come here and work for less then minimum wage."

TRENDING: Bizarre episode steals spotlight at major GOP conference

When Obama impersonator Reggie Brown joked about the president, he got laughs at the Republican Leadership Conference. But when his target moved on to the GOP candidates, he was pulled off the stage. Conference organizers came in for their share of ridicule from CNN.com readers. Many said they "could dish it out but couldn't take it."

Bgrngod said, "The jokes went from 'big lols!' to 'inappropriate rhetoric' the second the target changed hands. Stay classy GOP. Stay classy."

xtl said, "Jokes comparing the president to an uneducated junk collector: funny. Jokes about Boehner and Republican presidential candidates: now you've gone to far, get off the stage!"

Lawrence in PHX said, "The distasteful performance only got 'inappropriate' when he picked on Republicans. That's surprising. I've never thought the Republican party was mean-spirited, had elements of racism, and was in general largely hypocritical."

seneca asked, "Who actually thought it was a good ideal to do this? Hate Obama all you want on his policies but hiring a look alike to make petty appearance jokes for your conference? What really boggles me is that the RNC can't see that the majority of Americans are okay with their fiscal policies but not their social ideals."

Scott Jones said, "Looks like I will vote Democrat the next presidential election, Republicans have gone too far. Here is one vote less for your candidate."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. jofish

    What overly useless drivel. Yeah, lets ask a bunch of random people who know NOTHING about the biology of allergies to comment on why they think allergies are on the rise. This disappointing "article" is nothing more than a place for people to spout about their own experiences with allergies and their biased, mostly unscientific opinions. 0/10 for effort CNN. What a joke.

    June 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • FSH

      I am not sure the exposure to dirt... makes much sense to me... I have two children who have been raised exactly the same and one has severe allergies and weak ammune system and the other has zero allergies and strong immune system.

      June 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      FSH – environmental factors start while in the womb. It's all a guessing game. The only thing you can do is try to raise them the best that you can, with as informed decisions as you can. In the end, none of us are here forever.

      June 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ jofish:
    You start thinking for yourself when you walk into an MD's office, pick up an "informative" pamphlet placed there for your edification, and read, "the etiology of asthma is unknown."

    June 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JustMe

    Believe me, my house is tidy but I'm NOT a fanatic about cleaning. I don't use bacterial anything in cleaners. My kids went to the beach, the to the forest, played outside, stomped in mud puddles, handled frogs and bugs, got muddy and dirty at my urging because I think that's what kids should do. My oldest son (now 24) has had environmental allergies all his life. He was tested and had severe reaction to every allergen but dog. No food allergies whatsoever, but allergies to dust mites, all weeds, all trees, all pollens and molds. And there isn't a dang thing you can do about keeping that stuff away from you.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bull

    I am not sure the exposure to dirt... makes much sense to me...

    – I totally agree with you. Lousy advice. I went through a lot of dirt and am allergic to house dust!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. skeeter

    Gee...let's see. It can't be "better living thru chemistry" we are growing up with can it? Or maybe the genetically modified foods we eat and feed the livestock....naw...not a chance.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Earl

    I believe the introduction of genetically modified foods may be a contributing factor to all these children with severe allergies. Most people are unaware that practically every soy and corn "product like food" has been genetically modified. Genetically modified food is banned in Europe and should be here too! In my opinion.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. www.ocfoodallergy.com

    This article would have been better served by focusing on the children and parents of children with food allergies that are impacted daily. Running a support group in Orange County (http://www.ocfoodallergy.com), you begin to understand how difficult it is when you kids have food allergies. Since most of the research is still inconclusive (and often contradictory), jumping to conclusions on the cause of allergies is somewhat misleading.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Angela

    Food alleries are on the rise because of the amount of lectin we eat – lectin causes leaky gut syndrome – when you have an inflammed gut it can cause tears and stuff that is supposed to stay in your gut leaks out causing a reaction in a lot of forms. Food allergies, headaches, muscle pains, rhematoid arthritis, gout, IBS, etc. Lectin is in ALL grains, dairy and beans (to include peanuts). For more information check out my blog: http://www.i-am-paleo.com I learned all of this when my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kendall Maohu

    Anaphylaxis can occur in response to almost any foreign substance.Common triggers include venom from insect bites or stings, foods, and medication.-;.^

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    June 7, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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