It is already well known how allergic skin conditions as well as eczema are related to certain food allergies. Despite this established health fact, researchers from King’s College London in the U.K. did some further research on determining the role that the immunity of the skin plays. According to their research, they have discovered how skin barrier defects like eczema can cause and even determine what foods a person may be allergic to instead of the food allergies being the cause of skin barrier defects.
The results of the research were based on the data gathered from analysing 600 3-month old babies who were breast fed only. The researchers did skin tests on the infants for genes which were considered as conducive for the outbreaks of eczema. They then determined that infants who had impaired skin barriers were 6 times more prone to being sensitive to cow’s milk, peanuts, and eggs compared to babies who were healthy—regardless of their genetic predisposition.
The Challenge to the Findings by the King’s College Researchers
It is known how breastfeeding is the ideal way and is much better for infants compared to bottle feeding. However, because of modern lifestyles, even the moms aren’t always healthy and not equipped with milk which can enhance their child’s immunity. Because of GMOs or genetically modified organisms, some placentas have had traces of the highly toxic glyphosate which is a kind of pesticide.
Other POPs or persistent organic pollutants are also in the environment and these settle in body fasts. Since the breasts are made mostly of fats, they can be passed on to the infants who are being breast fed. Because of these factors, it can be said that unless a woman has a healthy diet and is considered as free of most toxins, there is even a danger of giving her baby contaminated milk.
Breastfeeding was the sure way to go to keep babies healthy but because of the modern day contaminants, it’s no longer a sure-fire way. According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, breastfeeding can be considered safe by determining the mother’s gut health. From her studies, she discovered how a baby’s basic foundation for its gut biology may come from when it gulps some of the fluids that the mother has in her birth canal.
The researchers from King’s College London weren’t able to factor some conditions which could have affected their study on the infants such as: the mother’s health and her breast milk’s condition, if the mother used birth control pills, if the mother’s gut was healthy, and even the vaccinations which have already been given to the infants.
According to other studies done by Dr. Campbell-McBride, infants who were not able to get a healthy and normal gut flora right from the beginning and those who then had to drink contaminated breast milk would result in their susceptibility to allergies, digestive problems, asthma, as well as eczema. These conclusions are all based on her numerous GAPS cases which can back up her claims.
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