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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Food allergies and the Paleo way


I just noticed that of the 8 most common childhood allergies, half of them are things not eaten with the Paleo Diet Lifestyle: milk, wheat, peanuts, and soy.

Of course the other four are: eggs, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

I could argue that Paleolithic man came across these four things rarely and so we are not yet evolved completely to deal with them.  I mean, being serious, man in the stone age would have had plenty of access to fruit, veg, roots, seeds, insects, and meat in various quantities.

Eggs would have been hard to get to, mostly being up in trees; nut trees would not be common; fish and shellfish, hard to catch/collect and much less available to non-coastal groups.

Makes sense to me.  What do you think?
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Blogger Dana Seilhan said...

Makes sense to me too.

I wonder how much of the allergy thing, even with food allergies, is kids being kept in near-sterile environments. I remember reading in the paper some years back that researchers had found a link between the two. The hypothesis was that being exposed to a wide variety of germs on a regular basis "trains" your immune system to fight actual invaders, as opposed to your own tissues.

April 5, 2009 at 10:20 PM  

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