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Preventing Allergies Even Before Birth
By Dr. Alan Greene

Childhood asthma and a number of food allergies are frequently diagnosed during early childhood. Often the key events that determine these allergies, it is thought, occur even earlier—in the womb. During this marvelous nine-month period, you might increase your child’s chances of being allergy free by increasing your intake of foods

  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found, for example, in wild salmon or flaxseed
  • Containing antioxidants—fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

  • Containing cultures of beneficial bacteria (probiotics), as found in some yogurts
    And by decreasing your exposure to
  • Tobacco smoke

  • Peanuts
  • Acetaminophen

You might also reduce your child’s allergy risk by making a visit to a farmyard! Studies have found that the children of women who were exposed prenatally to the microbial compounds in a farming environment were protected against the development of immune system changes that led to sensitization and asthma.1
1.Ege, M., and others. “Prenatal Farm Exposure Is Related to the Expression of Receptors of the Innate Immunity and to Atopic Sensitization in School-Age Children.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2006, 117, pp. 817–823.


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