Monday, August 19, 2013

The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s causing it and How to Stop it by Heather Fraser

Here's a great summary on the above mentioned book that demonstrates the history of anaphylactic allergic reactions.  The term "serum sickness" was first used to describe these reactions at the turn of the 1900s.  This was shortly after the invention of hypodermic needles.  Penicillin was discovered in 1928, and originally cottonseed oil was used in the manufacturing process.  That is until mass allergies to cottonseed led to the use of peanut oil.  I've read numerous times that peanut oils is used as an adjuvant in vaccines, but I had no idea it dated back so far.  Prior to 1941 peanut allergies were non-existent but has steadily grown since.  I plan on getting the book to analyze the reference section.

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