Everyday substances increase the risk of allergies and that information has been confirmed by new research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center. This research links antibacterials in personal care products to allergy risks in children. Below are some of the comments - view entire article at: http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/Antibacterials-in-Personal-Care-Products-Linked-to-Allergy-Risk-in-Children.aspx
Antibacterials in Personal-Care Products Linked to Allergy Risk in Children
June 18, 2012
Exposure to common antibacterial chemicals and preservatives found in soap, toothpaste, mouthwash and other personal-care products may make children more prone to a wide range of food and environmental allergies, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Results of the NIH-funded study are published online ahead of print June 18 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
“We saw a link between level of exposure, measured by the amount of antimicrobial agents in the urine, and allergy risk, indicated by circulating antibodies to specific allergens,” said lead investigator Jessica Savage, M.D., M.H.S., an allergy and immunology fellow at Hopkins.
In the study, those with the highest urine levels of triclosan — an antibacterial agent used in soaps, mouthwash and toothpaste — had the highest levels of food IgE antibodies, and therefore the highest allergy risk, compared with children with the lowest triclosan levels. Children with the highest urinary levels of parabens — preservatives with antimicrobial properties used in cosmetics, food and medications — were more likely to have detectable levels of IgE antibodies to environmental allergens like pollen and pet dander, compared with those with low paraben levels.
“This finding highlights the antimicrobial properties of these agents as a probable driving force behind their effect on the immune system,” said senior investigatorCorinne Keet, M.D., M.S., an allergist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Children with the highest urine levels of triclosan had nearly twice the risk of environmental allergies as children with the lowest urinary concentrations. Those with highest levels of propyl paraben in the urine had twice the risk of an environmental allergy. Food allergy risk was more than twice as pronounced in children with the highest levels of urinary triclosan as in children with the lowest triclosan levels. High paraben levels in the urine were not linked to food allergy risk.
On a personal note, I remember that many of my children's friends had allergies and some even used inhalers. When I was in grade school, OK- many years ago, it was rare for kids to have allergies. What has changed over the years?
Well...Since 1950, at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity. We are, by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and our children and their children are the experimental animals. [Source: Herbert l. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Raising Children Toxic Free]
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