Study suggests link between pesticides, food allergies

12/3/2012 | HealthDay News

Study data show people with food sensitivities had higher urine levels of dichlorophenols, which are used to make pesticides and are found in tap water, according to research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While the study does not conclude that pesticides cause food allergies, experts said, it raises the question and shows the need for more research. "The immune system begins developing in fetuses and continues its development through childhood. Therefore, it is plausible that exposure to these pesticides during this development could alter the immune system in ways that could increase the risk of allergies," said Dr. Kenneth Spaeth.

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