Back in 2003, I wrote a book called The Allergy and Asthma Cure. Five years later, the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was launched. The HMP is a massive study looking at how bacteria (microbiota) are associated with health or disease. And one of many great things to come out of the HMP is that many of my theories on this topic have been proven true.
For instance, the premise of The Allergy and Asthma Cure focuses on healing your body from within, so you have built-in protection from external environmental triggers.
Of course, when I say “within” I’m talking about your gut. And now, the NIH seems to agree with me, according to a new study they just published.
Scientists from the National Cancer Institute (which is a division of the NIH) looked at data from 1,879 adults participating in the American Gut Project. Overall, 82% of the group reported having some form of allergy (seasonal, food, topical, etc).
And guess what the data showed for these allergy sufferers? Their fecal samples contained markedly fewer species of microbiota compared to people who didn’t have allergies.
I told you this 13 years ago. Yet the NIH is just now figuring it out.
And get this…
The researchers said the worst allergies were associated with gut dysbiosis. And then they went on to say “the origin of the dysbiosis is unknown.”
“Unknown” my foot!
I can tell you why people with allergies have an imbalance in their digestive tract. It’s because of the hideous standard American diet (aptly nicknamed “SAD”), which is chock-full of one form of sugar after another.
But wait, the commentary gets even more ludicrous…
They went on to ponder if the “prevention or amelioration of the dysbiosis can modify allergy prevalence or severity.”
I can tell you that the answer to that question. It’s a resounding YES.
And the earlier you start, the better.
People can develop allergies at any age, but it appears that low bacterial diversity as an infant sets the stage for more (and more severe) allergies — not to mention a whole host of other illnesses throughout life.
In my book, The Allergy and Asthma Cure I stressed that correcting gut imbalances in childhood results in a much lower likelihood of carrying some of these issues into adulthood.
And the best way to correct gut imbalances is by following a consistent healthy diet and supplementing with a live, multi-strain probiotic formula like Dr. Ohirra’s.
Obviously, this is critical for any of the children in your life. But as I always say, it’s never too late to start.
If the HMP has taught us anything, it’s that the key to overall health begins in the gut.