Fact or Myth?
1. Children who grow up in the countryide are at much lower risk to allergy than children in the city.
2. Infants on the farm have fewer allergies than those who grow up in sterile environments.
3. Children who grow up with a cat in the house are less likely to develop allergies or asthma.
4. Very few pet owners are allergic to the animals they love.
5. Children who have been breastfed are less likely to have allergies.
6. Milk, soy, wheat, egg, peanut, fish and meat comprise the most common food allergies.
7. Most reactions to food are not allergic in nature, but rather intolerance in which there is no allergic antibody involved.
8. Babies exposed late to cereal grains have higher risk to cereal allergy, especially wheat.
9. Regular use of “foreign” materials (e.g. nail polish remover, contact lens, metals) can eventually cause sensitivity and reaction to the products.
10. Allergy can induce strong and unwelcome mental and emotional reactions, such as altered perception or inappropriate changes of mood.
Answer: Each item is well supported by research - they are therefore true.