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Eczema linked to food allergies: Study

Monday, August 12, 2013 by: PF Louis
Tags: eczema, food allergies, health

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(NaturalNews) Although it's been well established that eczema and allergic skin disorders involve food allergies, a UK research team from King's College London did some research to determine the role of the skin's immunity.

They determined that skin barrier defects, such as eczema itself, determine and even cause food allergies instead of food allergies causing skin barrier defects.

This conclusion, which seems like the cart is pushing the horse instead of the horse is pulling the cart, is challenged later in this article.

The King's College Study

The researchers analyzed results of over 600 three-month old infants that were exclusively breast fed from an ongoing study called EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance), a clever acronym that works well with the British version of inquiring.

By skin testing after screening for genes considered conducive for eczema outbreaks, they determined that impaired skin barrier infants were six times more likely to be sensitive to eggs, cow's milk, and peanuts than healthy infants, regardless of genetic predisposition.

Since the infants had not been fed solids yet and were all breast-fed, which is considered ideal for conferring infant immunity, they suggested that immune cells in the skin, not the gut, play a crucial role with food sensitivities. [1]

Challenging King's College

Ideally, breastfeeding is better for infants than bottle feeding. But not all modern mothers in our toxic world are ideally equipped to deliver that first food to offer maximum immunity to their children.

Thanks to GMOs, the highly toxic pesticide glyphosate has been found in some placentas. Other chemicals such as PCBS have been found in breast milk in higher concentrations than fish oils banned by California Prop 65's food toxicity regulations. [2]

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that linger in our environment find their ways into body fat, which is a large part of breast tissue, and then are passed on with breast milk to infants. Some of these POPs are in flame retardants used on furniture and clothing. [3]

In Japan, breastfeeding was discouraged because of dioxin contamination, which was easily passed onto children via breast milk. Fortunately, they found that chlorella ingested during pregnancy reduced that contamination considerably. [4]

So yes, unless a pregnant woman is on a nearly perfect diet and has detoxed considerably, there is a danger of feeding her infant contaminated breast milk.

Before all this contamination set into our environment so heavily, breastfeeding was a no-brainer for birthing healthier babies. And it still should be, depending on the mother's level of gut health.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride developed the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) system of regenerating gut health through diet. [5]

She has discovered the basic foundation of an infant's gut biology comes as the newborn gulps some of the mother's fluid in the birth canal. That fluid contains the genesis of the newborn's probiotic intestinal flora. Of course, cesarean deliveries probably prevent this event from occurring at all. [6]

According to Dr. McBride, most modern mothers were bottle fed when they were infants. Maybe some used birth control pills for a while. Then, many got at least a few vaccinations and used antibiotics often. All these factors contribute to a compromised probiotic gut immune system.

More modern mothers are returning to breastfeeding their babies without detoxing accumulated toxins and regenerating their intestinal flora. Their babies could be lacking the gut health foundation from that first gulp of a mother's birth canal fluid and then be taking in contaminated breast milk.

King's College London researchers did not factor these conditions or infant vaccinations, some allegedly containing peanut oil derivatives, among the 600 breast fed infants that were tested. [7]


Dr. Campbell-McBride has handled hundreds of cases with her GAPS diet, including curing her autistic son. But not all gut biology compromised newborns have strictly psychological issues.

She has written and lectured that not getting normal gut flora from the start, which then gets damaged further, results in "children and adults who suffer from digestive problems, allergies, asthma, and eczema." (emphasis added) [8]

This author favors Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride's understanding from successful clinical healing over the incomplete epidemiological research that has the dermatologists of King's College London so excited.

Sources for this article include:

[1] http://www.sciencedaily.com

[2] http://www.naturalnews.com

[3] http://www.greenpasture.org

[4] http://www.naturalnews.com

[5] http://www.gaps.me

[6] http://www.myvitamins.com

[7] http://www.naturalnews.com

[8] http://www.gaps.me

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