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What do eczema, food allergies, hay fever and asthma have in common?

Are you on “the allergic march?”

So, I’m going to guess that if you have/had eczema, you also have allergies. And if you’re over forty, you may now have asthma.

Did they follow a pattern something like this:

  1. eczema in infancy
  2. food allergies in childhood
  3. then hay fever followed by
  4. asthma in your forties?

If this sounds familiar, then you’re on the “allergic march.” Scientists describe this as “atopic” – meaning that you have a genetic tendency to develop allergies.

There is a typical “allergic career” for many people who suffer with allergies, and it generally follows this pattern:

  1. eczema,
  2. food allergies
  3. hay fever
  4. asthma.

If this is you, (or your child) you’re not alone!

Today, about one in four European children suffer from allergy, and one third of the whole population is affected, 1 making allergic disease the “non-infectious epidemic” of the 21st century. 2 Some estimates suggest that nearly 4 million days of missed work each year due to allergy symptoms. 3

Allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever are problematic for about 30 percent of the population in the developed world. Researchers have developed various treatments to control allergy, but to date no cure has been found. 4

Here’s the thing about the allergic march – if you let it go, it will just trundle through its progressive nasty stages.

Scientists estimate that up to one-third of infants with eczema may end up with a documented food allergy. 5

And studies show that 50% to 70% of children with severe eczema go on to develop asthma. By comparison, in the general population only 9% of children and 7% of adults have asthma. 6 But there is some good news as well – you can halt the allergic march! Findings suggest that if you stop the march at the eczema phase, you can short-circuit the whole nasty progression. 7

If you stop it in its track, at the eczema stage, it will never progress through the other points, and you may be able to prevent your child from getting asthma in their 40’s.

The most powerful way to stop the allergic march in its track is immunotherapy. This means drinking a powerful probiotic like kefir to heal your insides and repopulate your gut with the good microbiota it needs to functions, while simultaneously applying a kefir lotion to your skin, to heal your skin biome.

Probiotics have been shown to help disorders such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, diarrhoea and allergies. 8 What probiotics like kefir do is to help adjust the immune system, so that’s not mistakenly squirting out histamines that inflame the system.

Rather than squashing the entire immune system with immunosuppressants, using kefir on the inside and the outside in the form kefir drinks, kefir soaps and kefir lotions, boosts the immune system and helps it work better – thus halting the entire allergic march!

Drinking kefir can even help with asthma as an adult. We had this letter from one mother who saw amazing results in her adult son:

Nicholas who has been suffering from asthma from the age of five, he is now fifty-two, has made incredible progress with his breathing since the second supply of kefir. Although his lungs are scarred he now wakes up with no tightness in his chest – oxygen is flooding his body and he is like a different person. He has informed me that he will write to you expressing his feelings.As his whole life has been shaped by this illness, it also robbed him of any progress – when you have to struggle for every breath, then you are only half alive. As a double whammy, he became diabetic also. Your kefir has been the light in the tunnel – he seems as if a veil has been lifted from his mind and he seems more lucid.So I have to keep ordering your kefir because he is frightened to stop taking it. So sometimes, you will get a little tired Shann, but the work you are all doing is giving someone like Nick a life. Thank you. Ever grateful.
Pat Wurmli


  1. ScienceDaily - "Allergy: Solving The Mystery Of IgE". Written by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Immunologie e.V./German Society for Immunology on September 14, 2009
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  2. ScienceDaily - "Breastfeeding reduces the risk of allergies, study suggests". Written by European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) on October 14, 2011
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  3. ScienceDaily - "Hay Fever Can Send Work Productivity Down The Drain". Written by Ohio State University on April 26, 2007
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  4. ScienceDaily - "Key Molecular Signaling Switch Involved In Allergic Disease Identified". Written by Virginia Commonwealth University on October 30, 2006
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  5. ScienceDaily - "Dermatologists caution that atopic dermatitis is a strong precursor to food allergies". Written by American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on February 7, 2011
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  6. ScienceDaily - "Why Eczema Often Leads To Asthma". Written by Washington University School of Medicine on May 20, 2009
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  7. ScienceDaily - "Neurodermatitis genes influence other allergies". Written by Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association on November 6, 2015
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  8. ScienceDaily - "Probiotics reduce infections for patients in intensive care, study finds". Written by BioMed Central on December 2, 2011
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