Why Are We Allergic to So Many Foods?

Please forgive me if you see this Ted Talk everywhere, but I just had to post it after watching it. Michelle, at What’s Cooking with Kids posted this yesterday, and it is fabulous. Robyn O’Brien talks about why our food allergies have gone through the roof since the early 90s.

Please share this with as many people as you can. If we all stand up for ourselves, our children, and those who need to eat (aka all of us), we can make a difference.

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22 Responses to “Why Are We Allergic to So Many Foods?”

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I know. Information I hadn’t heard before. It’s crazy, isn’t it?

    • No where in my whole family tree do we have any cancer…. until last year I was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma. I was devastated and had a hard time trying to figure out WHY ME? Also… I was the one in the whole family tree with allergies…. and now I am one of those one in 3 women with cancer…. and YET… I have always eaten only whole foods and cook on a daily basis. Makes me think back and remember that my grandparents and parents NEVER had gut or intestinal problems like this generation does…. HOW can the government allow this to be introduced into our generations? If we had a huge march on washington to open up their ears and pass some GOOD laws for a change then maybe something would start the ball rolling. The FDA is a JOKE….. and should be held responsible for this tragedy….

      • Glugle Gluten-Free

        Wow! Deb, I am so sorry for your issues. I understand your feelings about the FDA. It sure seems like they are there to help out the corporations to sell their stuff instead of keeping us healthy. Most countries have a prove-it’s-ok -before-we-allow-it policy, instead of our allow-it-until-it-is-proven-unsafe policy. Just crazy.

        I hope you are able to get a handle on your health. Sounds like we all need to go back to growing our own, some how.

        xo – Tia

  1. Jennier Young

    So does this mean if you have a child with food allergies and you feed them the organic version of the same food they are allergic too they won’t react to it?????

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Unfortunately, I don’t think that is the case. Wouldn’t it be nice. I am guessing that feeding us (the mothers and fathers passing on genetics, and the mothers eating while pregnant) and the children this engineered food has caused a reaction that we can’t undo. And now, we are having an issue with the whole genetic strain of the food. Maybe in the future we can eat the food, but I’m not sure I would take the chance right now. But, on the other hand, maybe some individuals are only allergic to the engineered stain. Who knows?

      Tia

  2. Thanks for sharing. I actually watched the whole thing, it is such good information. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been wondering why the increase myself. I am celiac and intolerant to many foods and know many with food allergies/intolerances. I wonder what we can do though? Does this mean that we need to eat organic to help? or will that not solve the problem b/c we’ve been eating that way for life? What about those of us who don’t have children yet? Would feeding kids organic solve the problem? Or not, because of genetics? The one thing I was left wondering was, that’s terrible, now what do I do?

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I have all of those same questions. But, I have no answers. The only thing I can think of is voting with our wallets. There are a lot of things we don’t have that most people can’t “live” without because I would rather spend the money on eating the best food possible. So far, the Little Man is doing well. We will see how he does as time goes on.

  3. I loved this video. Very eye opening for someone who already knew that there was too much junk in our food. This was presented really well.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I really liked it, too. That’s why I just had to put it up, even though I am taking a “break.”

  4. Thanks for sharing this with your readers Tia! Ever since you first told me about it, I think I’ve watched Robyn’s video 3 times and I’ve already ordered and read her book, The UnHealthy Truth. As much as I thought I knew, I learned so much more from her. I was really saddened by the information she shared about the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)…nothing is as it seems anymore.

    I should do a post sharing this video too. :-D

    xo,
    Heidi

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Seriously, do you never sleep? How do you do all of this stuff? I just put this up because I could do it fast during the moving/sickness brigade. And, I thought it was really cool. I haven’t even had a chance to see that she has a book. Must get that. But I’m kid of scared to read it. That whole ignorance is bliss, can’t unread something thing.

      xo – Tia

  5. I’m really glad you posted this video. I hadn’t seen it anywhere else (sometimes I grow like an onion, with my head in the ground!). I love TED. So smart, such good info. Like being a fly on the wall in a think tank. Thank you for posting this!

    Warm regards,
    Nicole

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I love TED, too. Just wish I could get it to work on our Roku. We used to watch them every night until it stopped working. And don’t worry about being an onion. Onions are good and flavorful. ;)

      xo – Tia

  6. great talk. super frightening. i must say though, i think she overstates how much ‘safer’ Canadian food is. We have skyrocketing allergies here as well. And organic doesn’t always fix everything- organic soy-based insecticide still passes as ‘organic’ and is used on organic products. Organic from California, is not the same product as organic from China- there are different rules for international imported foods than for local… *sudden urge to plant a garden*. Wait. with organic, pesticide free, non-engineered seeds- if i can find them anywhere! lol
    So much to think about. so much.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Yes, it is. And you are welcome.

      xo – Tia

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this video! I hadn’t see it yet, so I am glad you did. That has been my theory for awhile, that because of GMO practices it has wreaked havoc on our bodies. The other frustrating thing is that even when you try to buy organic, the organic industry is such a mess as well. You never know what is truly organic. This is the first year I am growing my own, truly organic garden, and I am so excited!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Good for you! that is exciting. I wish I could grow one. I use lots of excuses to not. But, luckily, my FIL is a crazy gardener. So, we always get stocked up when we visit.

      xo – Tia