Monday, December 3, 2012


LINKED TO FOOD ALLERGIES - As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers the first proof that they may be linked to pesticides found in tap water.
Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology used existing government data to see whether people with more dichlorophenols in their urine were more likely to have food allergies. 
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, causing food allergies. 
“We wanted to see if there was an association between certain pesticides and food allergies, and we were specifically interested in dichlorophenols because those were the ones that had this antibacterial effect,” said lead researcher Dr. Elina Jerschow.

The number of children and teens with food or digestive allergies in the United States has increased 18 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to a 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 3 million people under 18 years old. Eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat make up 90 percent of food allergies, according to the CDC report. Symptoms can range from mouth tingling to anaphylaxis, which is the swelling of the throat and tongue and can lead to death. Researchers were surprised to find that dichlorophenol levels in urine didn’t vary between urban and rural areas, Jerschow said. They concluded that even those who opted for bottled water instead of tap water could ingest the pesticide chemical from eating fruit, fruit juices and foods with cocoa powder, like chocolate. “The study findings fit in with a growing evidence that pesticide exposure can damage the immune system, which could increase allergies as well,” said Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, who directs the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center at North Shore University Hospital.

Chlorine in tap water has been linked to the rising number of people developing food allergies, a study has revealed. The chemical, which is used to treat drinking water and is also present in commonly-available pesticides and household items, may weaken food tolerance in some individuals. A rising number of children are diagnosed with gut allergies linked to common foods such as cow’s milk, wheat, soya, eggs, celery, kiwi fruit and other fruit and vegetables. The research, published in journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, concluded: "Excessive use of dichlorophenols may contribute to the increasing incidence of food allergies in Westernised societies." This is a consequence of the artificial style of Western life. The water is purified but the process brings unintended consequences. Society should adopt the principle of "simple living and high thinking" in everyday life.

From the very beginning, of ISKCON one of the objectives was to create agricultural communities. Not only so that devotees could make tremendous spiritual progress by developing this type of consciousness of compassion and service to our mother and to all of her children, but also as an example, an alternative to display to the world. In the west, in the colleges among thoughtful students the number one concern is not how to make money. Its how to deal with the problem of the ecology and the environment, because they are thoughtful enough to understand that no matter how much money we make, we are going to be diseased, miserable and going to die unless mother earth provides for us. We have created a society that is unsustainable, unnatural and offensive to human spiritual values. Srila Prabhupada explained the principle of “simple living, high thinking” for these communities. Actually, this is the principle of Vrindavan.

Śrīla Radhanath Swami Mahārāja :
“The Real Significance of Bhumi Puja”
“The Principle behind a Spiritual Farm Community”
At Govardhan Farm, Wada - 2nd October 2009  -

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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