Tap Water Pesticides Linked to Allergies

A new study indicates that food allergies may be actually linked to pesticides found in tap water.

Food allergies are become much more common than they were years ago.   The number of children and teens with food or digestive allergies in the United States has increased 18% between 1997 and 2007.  Eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat make up 90% of food allergies.  Symptoms can range from mouth tingling to anaphylaxis, which is the swelling of the throat and tongue and can lead to death.

A new study indicates that food allergies may be actually linked to pesticides found in tap water. Dichlorophenols amounts in urine urine samples were measured. Dichlorophenols are a kind of chlorine in certain pesticides that are known to kill bacteria, and in theory, they could be killing the naturally occurring bacteria in humans' digestive systems.

When researchers have compared bacteria from the bowel in healthy kids versus bacteria in the bowel for kids that have lot of allergies, they've noticed a big difference.  There is a statistical association, meaning they were not able to examine patients to see how these chemicals physically caused their allergies.  These findings could mean that the chemicals caused the food allergies, or it could mean the food allergies caused the chemicals in the urine. That part is not yet clear.

Researchers were surprised to find that dichlorophenol levels in urine didn't vary between urban and rural areas.  They concluded that even those who opted to drink bottled water instead of tap water could ingest the pesticide chemical from eating fruit, fruit juices and foods with cocoa powder, like chocolate.

My conclusion is that the best options are to:

1. Repopulate the beneficial bacteria by take a good probiotic, and eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurt.

2. Drink filtered water that removes the dichlorophenols.

3. Consume organic produce that is pesticide free.

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