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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Sorry. I've not been blogging much this last few weeks.
Note to self: Must do better and take more painkillers.

Allergies on the increase.
Allergic conditions increased threefold in Britain over last 20 years.
UK now has one of the world’s highest prevalence of allergic conditions, with allergies affecting one third of the UK population.

* Approximately 18m people in the UK will develop allergy at some time in their lives
* 4 in 10 school children have at least one allergic condition
* 25% of 13-21 years olds suffer hayfever
* 1 in 8 children has asthma
* 5.1 million people have asthma
* 6 million people have eczema
* 9 million people have hayfever
* 1 million people have a food allergy

(Source: Royal College of Physicians, National Asthma Campaign, Allergy UK)

That's an awful lot of itching, wheezing or sneezing people.
Many of whom will suffer regular sleep deprivation as a result.
Not to mention missed schooling, exams, lost days at work.
Plus, the cost to NHS for drug treatments, plus prescription charges to affected families.

Wouldn't you think that someone, somewhere would have told Tony Blair about all this.
Then our Nanny State could ban us, on pain of ASBO's, from suffering above conditions and save us all that time and worry.
.......as if Life (TM) was that simple.

“Allergic conditions increased threefold in Britain over last 20 years” it’s similar over here in the states. Here are the stats! Alan.
Prevalence Statistics for Allergies
Prevalence of Allergies: 50-60 million (NIAID); 9-16% (NIAID); 50 million cases annually (NIAID); 10% of American women (NHWIC); 8,526,000 children respiratory allergies (NHIS-97); 7,304,000 children non-respiratory allergies (NHIS-97)
Prevalence Rate: approx 1 in 5 or 18.38% or 50 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalence of Allergies: Two estimates of allergy prevalence in the United States are 9 percent[2] and 16 percent.[3] The prevalence of allergic rhinitis has increased substantially over the past 15 years.[4]1 ... Overall, allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans.
Here are the most common bad guys!
• Cereals containing gluten and their products
• Crustacea and their products
• Egg and egg products
• Fish and fish products
• Milk and milk products
• Nuts and sesame seeds and their products
• Peanuts and soybeans, and their products
• Added sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more
• Royal Jelly presented as food or present in food, bee pollen and Propolis.
Got to run and blow my nose, cheers! No alcohol though, red wine is the worst! Must be all those sulfates!
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