Originally Posted by mclisa
Thanks plummeting for sharing your research. It has certainly given me something to read. I prefer scientific journals (part of my work training) such that you've provided rather than reading testimonials off some website that is trying to sell me something. Very interesting about pg moms taking it the last bit of their pregnancy/bf and to the infant. Something that I will want to contemplate in the future.
I know that my kids are at risk for developing allergies because of genetics. My paternal grandma had asthma (so before the devlopment of too clean of environment). My dad has asthma and horrible seasonal allergies. I have one sister that was allergic to milk as a kid and is still peanut allergic. She has asthma. My other sister is allergic to cats and ragweed, but no asthma. I have alot more seasonal allergies than her as well as the cat allergy, but again no asthma. So I see a wide spectrum of what can happen and I just want to minimize it.
Genetics are a factor, but not nearly as much as people think. My DD has had terrible dental health issues, and I spent several months believing that it was all genetic - that there was nothing I could do to help her. My DH has bad teeth, I had bad baby teeth (although my adult teeth are almost perfect) and I thought she was doomed. After all, "everyone" knows bad teeth are genetic.
Then a scientist I know explained it to me - rather than being a cause
of health problems, our genes are much more passive than that. Unless we have a specific genetic defect, like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia, our genes do not make us sick - they don't cause allergies, they don't cause dental disease and they don't cause cancer. It's only when our genes are acted upon by an outside force, such as pollution, less than optimal diet, gut dysbiosis and a million other things, that we end up with those problems. We have genetic predispositions to things, but there is no such thing as a "strong" genetic predisposition - none at all. It's hard to separate the effects of our diet, our living conditions and our gut flora from the effects of our genes, because we tend to pass those things onto our children as consistently as we pass our genes onto them.
Gut flora even more than diet, in fact, because it's so hard to change it. We can correct our childhood diet, but that alone generally won't correct our gut flora, especially when you throw antibiotics into the mix. Therefore, rather than your family having some mutant allergy gene, they have had a bad balance of gut flora, for generations. And every time a mother has given birth to her babies, she has passed that onto her children. Every time a mother breastfed, she passed that onto her children. Every time she bottlefed, she made the problem even worse. Every time someone took antibiotics, without taking probiotics (and probiotics didn't even exist 25 years ago) the problem became even worse. If your dad had allergies, it was because his mother passed on her gut dysbiosis, not because she passed on bad genes.
This is all evidenced by the fact that the incidence of allergies has increased exponentially in the past 50 years. It is impossible that it could be due to genetics. If it were due to genetics, there would obviously be a higher number of people with allergies, just because there are more people on the planet today than there were 50 years ago. However, the proportions
would be the same
. If only 5% of people had allergies 50 years ago, and allergies were genetic, then only 5% of people (give or take a few, obviously) should have allergies today. But that's not the case. There has been a HUGE increase in the percentage
of people with allergies and in the number of allergies allergic people have. Genetics couldn't cause that.
Since the problem of allergies has become more prevalent with formula feeding (which equals bad, bad gut dysbiosis), poor diet, invention of antibiotics, it's more in line with the science to believe that, in the presence of gut dysbiosis (and probably other factors, too), your family develops multiple (severe?) allergies. Your genes predispose you to it, if certain conditions present themselves, but your genes alone won't cause you to develop allergies.
I haven't had nearly enough sleep and I'm rambling waaayyy to much to try to make a point (although probably more to lurkers than to you, since you seem to have gotten it already, lol). The point is that you can take some control of this. There will be factors, like pollution and maybe even the occasional necessary antibiotic, that will be out of your control. I am not one to believe that allergies can ALWAYS be prevented or cured in ALL people ALL the time, because there are so many factors we really can't control involved. But I definitely believe we can reduce the risk to our children - and that some people can
cure their allergies. It's just worth trying, because there is definitely nothing at all to lose, and so much to gain.