We are well aware that allergies have increased dramatically over the past 25 years. The increase in food allergies in children have skyrocketed - why? There have been many theories put forward such as genetically modified or heavily fertilised crops, over-processed foods and the overuse of antibiotics.
Recent research has identified that it is a lot to do with our DNA and much is decided before birth. A newborn's genes come with inherited baggage. The prenatal environment can have lasting effects on health outcomes. Researchers are now recognising that a variety of adult diseases such as diabetes, cancer and psychological disorders actually have prenatal origins. Environmental factors such as maternal nutrition have the potential to affect epigenetic imprinting and a child's future health. Mouse studies have show that eating a diet excessively rich in folate during pregnancy results in offspring that are more susceptible to asthma. Maternal allergy symptoms during pregnancy have been associated with allergies in children. Don't just blame mum, these allergy markers are affected by the DNA of both parents!
Some might breathe a sigh of relief thinking that all this information will be immediately available to all those who wish to live healthier and longer. The sad reality is that, while there are some good quality tests available to detect DNA adducts (toxins or epigenetic defects that alter the coding system that controls the chemistry in every cell of the human body), in Medicine we are still preoccupied with how to "silence" those invaluable symptoms that are supposed to alert us about something that needs attention inside the body, well before we get irretrievably affected.
Most of the patients that have been investigated at our clinics at Allergy Medical UK in the last 7-8 years for epigenetic changes in their chemistry, have found they have abormalities which need attention and have which has given us the opportunity to improve their health and future health outlook.