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Allergies A Man Made Problem

It’s important to know the difference between a food allergy and intolerance. Food intolerance is the result of poor digestion and the symptoms normally include diarrhea or other intestinal upsets.

Food allergies are the result of the over-response of the immune system to a food protein. Nearly all food your dog eats contains protein and these proteins all have the ability to trigger food allergies.

It All Started With A Dog And A Jellyfish In 1913, French physiologist, Charles Robert Richet won a Nobel Prize for his experiments on vaccines. He injected dogs with trace amounts of jellyfish poison, to see if the dogs would develop a tolerance to it. When he injected the dogs the first time, they seemed OK. When he injected them the second time, the dogs reacted violently and quickly died. This response was opposite to the protection that Richet expected and he named this reaction anaphylaxis. This is Latin for anti-protection. Curious about these results, Richet experimented further. Over the next few years, he injected trace amounts of milk and meat proteins into cats, rabbits and horses and got the same results. The first injection created a sensitivity to the injected protein and subsequent exposure to that protein resulted in reactions to that same protein.

The large number of people suffering from allergies was unheard of before vaccines were introduced on a mass scale. But by the turn of the century, doctors had clearly identified them as a cause of allergy.

The Role Of Vaccines Most viruses (like distemper and parvovirus), need to be first grown and harvested to make the vaccine. This process begins with a small amount of virus, which needs to be grown in cells. Various types of cells can be used, including chicken embryos, calf serum, or other cell lines that reproduce quickly and repeatedly.

Once the antigen is grown, vaccine manufacturers try to isolate it from the cells. But proteins and other food particles can still be present in the vaccine. Then an adjuvant (a material that stimulates an exaggerated immune response) may be added, as well as stabilizers or preservatives. Many vaccine adjuvants are made from vegetable oils, such as soybean, corn and peanut, and these plant-based oils can also cause food allergy. It’s no wonder so many children have recently developed peanut allergies.

And of course, these injected food proteins can cause a myriad of other health concerns. Robert S Mendelsohn MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Illinois warns, “No one knows the long term consequences of injecting foreign proteins into the body. Even more shocking is the fact that no one is making any structured effort to find out.” Until the day comes when scientists, vets and doctors make an effort to learn more about how these injected foreign proteins cause allergies and many other auto-immune diseases in our dogs (and ourselves), the best approach to food allergies is prevention.

So to summarize, an allergic reaction occurs to the foods that contain the food proteins that were present in the vaccine. *DogsNaturallyMagazine

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