Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  44 minutes
Date:  2014
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Allergy Fix

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Scientists are attacking food allergies in new and inventive ways, driven by the alarming increase in the number of people, particularly children, who suffer, and can die, from them.

The Allergy Fix

Why is there such an alarming increase in the number of children with food allergies?

THE ALLERGY FIX explores the science behind the surge in childhood food allergies over the last twenty years. More than three times as many children have food allergies now than twenty years ago. And one out of every three children is now allergic to something, be it food, animals, or plants.

In searching for a fix, scientists are up-ending the conventional wisdom about what causes allergies and how to deal with them. From deliberately giving peanuts to babies...to absorbing parasitic worms through the skin...to understanding why Amish farm families have few allergies. THE ALLERGY FIX travels across Canada and to the US, the UK and Germany to investigate the latest attempts to fix the allergy epidemic, and highlights some innovative, surprising medical advances that are sparking hope.

'The Allergy Fix provides fascinating insight into the world of food allergy including the current thinking behind the possible causes and potential therapies for this growing health concern. In addition to discussing multiple theories regarding the epidemiology of food allergies, it gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the benefits and pitfalls of Oral Immunotherapy. While there is no magic bullet, this film provides hope that in coming years we will find some answers that may lead to more effective therapies, and possibly even a cure for food allergies.' Gina Mennett Lee, M.Ed., Owner, FoodAllergyConsulting.com, Founder, Food Allergy Education Network, Co-Founder and Director, National Allergy and Anaphylaxis Council

'The Allergy Fix is an around-the-world educational documentary that showcases how far we have come in treating food allergies and how far we have yet to go. The film weaves food allergy history with today's advances to tell a story full of hope and intrigue.' Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Program for Maternal and Child Healthcare, Northwestern University, Author of The Food Allergy Experience

'An engaging and compelling documentary on a question that is of pressing importance: Why have allergic diseases skyrocketed in recent decades? It explores the cutting-edge fixes in the works and, maybe more important, the emerging evolutionary-minded thinking on why these diseases have increased so dramatically in the first place. The 'cure' may lie in replacing the microbes and parasites that abounded in the world of yore. Take care with this documentary: It may compel you to frolic in cow manure, join an Amish community or, for the more adventurous, acquire a parasite or two.' Moises Velasquez-Manoff, Author, An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way Of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases

'As an author who has written on the hygiene hypothesis and as the grandmother of two children with peanut allergies, I found The Allergy Fix compelling and thought-provoking. This is a fascinating story that doesn't yet have a happy ending but, thanks to the gifted scientists and health professionals we meet in the film, now has a happier ending.' Katherine Ashenburg, Author of The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History

'Fascinating, educational, and informative, The Allergy Fix is especially recommended for public library DVD collections.' Midwest Book Review

'Recommended...The balance between the personal look at individual children and their families with the overall coverage of the prevalence of allergies works well...This film would be a wonderful resource in public libraries for interested viewers, especially families that have children with allergies. College libraries could possibly use it for classes that examine health or medical topics.' Mary Northrup, Metropolitan Community College, Educational Media Reviews Online

'This program may be helpful in schools where children suffer from food allergies, especially for parent education. High School physiology and biology classes may find this a valuable supplement to curriculum.' Ann Weber, School Library Journal

Citation

Main credits

Mohun, Bruce (film director)
Mohun, Bruce (screenwriter)
Ridout, Sue (film producer)
Slinger, Helen (screenwriter)
Suzuki, David (host)
Suzuki, David (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Tim Wanlin; director of photography, John Collins; music composer, Graeme Coleman.


Distributor credits

Sue Ridout

Sue Ridout
Bruce Mohun
Writer: Bruce Mohun, Helen Slinger
Editor: Tim Wanlin
Director of Photography: John Collins
Composer: Graeme Coleman
Production Manager: Alison Hill
Narrated by David Suzuki
Produced by Dreamfilm Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Docuseek2 subjects

Public Health
Food
Biology
Illness, Disease and Disorders
Nutrition
Nursing Education
Maternal and Child Health
Sociology

Distributor subjects

Allergies
Anthropology
Biology
Environment
Epidemiology
Food And Nutrition
Health
Immunology
Medicine
Nursing
Pediatrics
Sociology

Keywords

scientists, food allergies, children dying, increase in number of children with food allergies, allergic to animals, allergic to plants, peanuts, parasitic worms, Amish have few allergies, farming effect, farm vs urban kids, East Germany vs West Germany, bacteria, immune systems confused, allergy epidemic, medical advances, child development, epipen, epinephrine, hygiene hypothesis, desensitization, allergenic foods, the old friends hypothesis, epidemiology of food allergies,; "The Allergy Fix"; Bullfrog Films

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