Research Paper: Food Allergies What Are

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[. . .] Probiotics introduces a good bacteria into the individual's system (usually via the stomach). The good bacteria helps to improve the balance of good vs. bad bacteria that can sometimes cause intolerances. Rifaximin is an antibiotic that when given does not get absorbed into the bloodstream, instead it stays in the digestive system where it fights off bad bacteria.


A number of steps were taken to provide the data necessary for this paper. First a general search was undertaken on the internet and at the local library. Key words were entered on the Google search engine.

The key words includes; food allergies, food intolerances, treatments, preventions, and diagnosis; this led to various websites that provided the general information and the general knowledge on the afflictions. Additionally a number of books were read that assisted the author in understanding the prevalence of the problem, what is being done to address the problem and the numbers involved, especially in the United States. The next research step taken was to enter the EBSCO website and find academic research that would provide the necessary foundation and documentation needed for an academic paper.

This step was quite conducive to accomplishing the academics needed as there is currently a large amount of research on food allergies and intolerances that is available through EBSCO. The direct citations and quotations were (for the most part) garnered from the EBSCO access.


The author discovered some very interesting information concerning food allergies and intolerances. This information helped the author understand the prevalence and importance that research on this particular subject could provide. Additionally, the author was somewhat surprised to discover that the problem was as big as what it seems to be; especially surprising was the fact that nearly 60% of all undiagnosed health problems in America are directly related to food allergies and intolerances and that 50 -- 90% of the people who believe that they have food allergies (and many of these have been confirmed by doctors) do not in reality have food allergies, but food intolerances.

The research allowed the author to grow in knowledge and understanding concerning this subject, and with that understanding the author was able to discern particular areas of interest that might need further studies. The NIAID has stated that there is no cure for food allergies and that it affects a significant amount of people around the globe, which leads the author to wonder why a cure has not been discovered as of yet, or at least more effective treatments that would contain the affliction so that those who suffer from it do not need to be on a constant guard against ingesting the different allergens. It would seem likely that additional research would help in addressing that specific question.

Overall, the author was pleasantly surprised at both the depth of the problem as well as the depth of the available research on the problem.


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Harvard Women's Health Watch (2011) Food allergies and food intolerances: Both are on the rise -- and it's important to know the difference, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 4 -- 6

Howard, M.; (2010) The food allergy news everyone needs, Redbook, Vol. 215, Issue 3, pp. 122-129

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