Food Allergies In Children May Be Caused By Antibiotics

Food allergies have nearly tripled in the last 20 years.  A microbiologist from New York University has been researching this trend and has developed a hypothesis that use of antibiotics beginning early in life is reducing the beneficial gut flora (probiotics) thus weakening the person's immune system and leaving them more susceptible to food allergies.  

From the article...

"Blaser’s (the microbiologist) theory has been tested on young mice. They were fed a strong dose of antibiotics, and soon after their immune system changed and they developed a peanut allergy. They were then given the missing positive bacteria, and the results were astounding: The allergy was gone!"

Here's a link to the original article.  Here is a link to Blaser's website.