The latest side effect of antibiotics: food allergies

By | August 30, 2014

Antibiotics are without a doubt good: imagine where we would be if not for the discovery of penicillin. But they are not only brutal to unwanted bacteria – the good bacteria in your digestive track is destroyed as well. And it seems that one side effect turns out to be the inability to break down certain foods – a food allergy.

With that reason in mind, a cure may be around the corner: build back your stock of good bacteria. It seems to work for mice; will it next work for primates and humans too?

/via +Daniel Ely Rankin

People Allergic To Peanuts, Rejoice! Scientists Have Figured Out How To Stop Food Allergies
NYU medical researchers may have discovered a cure for food allergies in the form of a bacterial solution.

22 thoughts on “The latest side effect of antibiotics: food allergies

  1. Randy Resnick

    I always wondered about peanut allergies and why I never heard anything about them the first half of my life. Antibiotics! Makes sense, and what else might we discover in future about these and other drugs in common use?

  2. Sophie Wrobel

    Several people claim to have overcome their sensitivity through various methods. Some tests of those claims would be interesting to see or at least statistics if Available.

  3. Valdis Kletnieks

    To be fair, the article talks about the role of the bacteria in preventing initial sensitizing to an allergen – keeping you from becoming allergic in the first place. It's not at all clear that this research has any real bearing on curing/treating those who have already become sensitized.

  4. Sophie Wrobel

    +deborah rabbit white i hope a cure for inborn conditions comes one day too! It's true that what is described in this article is the term that common folk call allergies, which include anaphylactic reactions, but also intestinal flora issues, psychological conditioning issues (see a previous post on why wheat allergies are more often than not a sham), and potentially other things.

    Inborn allergic reactions are usually only treatable with additional substances to prevent the reaction or by avoidance, at least with today's stand. on a related note, for some conditions you can suppress the allergic effect at a cost of a drug cocktail for around 800 a month, not covered by public health insurance and with side effects.

  5. Anders Sandberg

    +BRUCE DEMELLO There is no GMO in the paper. In fact, it is about reintroducing the right natural microbiota. (The purity/naturalness heuristic that drives many to be negative to GMO is in many ways a memetic autoimmune condition that leads to automatic scepticism of any intervention).

  6. deborah rabbit white

    Okay, still clears nothing for me. My child had the opposite of all the listed possible elements that could be possible causes of allergy.
    1. Mom milk until around 5 (i know it 's unusual, I didn't plan it – it just happened that way)
    2. no cesarean
    3. no sugars until over age of two,
    4. only two antibiotic usages once at 3 months once at 7.
    5. vegetarian diet with supplements…
    This allergy is frightening for us.

  7. deborah rabbit white

    I do not really get it, as my child just touches a pecan to lips and severe reaction begins. Doesn't even reach the gut.
    There has only been 2 usages of antibiotics in 8 years. ?
    I will read the other link provided in comments.

  8. Michael-Forest M.

    Food allergies are not the inability to break down certain foods—allergies are an immune response. Lactose intolerance, on the other hand, is an inability to break down certain things. That said, this is great news!


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