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Allergies: Modern Life and Me



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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

Allergies are on the rise, and reaching epidemic proportions, but curiously only in the western world. Professor Graham Rook believes that the changes we have made to our environment are impacting our microbiome - the bacteria that live in and on every one of us - and that this is having a knock on effect on our immune system.
 
The program puts the lives of two ordinary families under the microscope to see if the theory plays out in the real world. From the food in their shopping trolley to the way they wash their hands, will the experiment offer an insight into why allergies are increasing?
 
With a raft of mini cameras, GPS units and the very latest gene-sequencing technology, the show discovers how the western lifestyle is impacting their bacteria.
Why are these changes making people allergic? And what can be done to put a stop to the allergy epidemic?