Allergies and Allergy
The rise in allergies can be linked to the fuel crisis in 1976 after which governments stated that the reliance on fuel oil imports must be reduced by increasing thermal efficiency thereby reducing heating costs. Although allergy triggers can be very difficult to identify several factors have been established some allergies are triggers and others require initiation. Food allergies often develop when mould grows on food, producing mycotoxins. Allergies may result from an increasing exposure to mould and its metabolites and this in particular may be due to over prescription to penicillium or indeed its use as a growth enhancer in livestock. As penicillium is a derivative of mould and its potency in measured use is established for medical use, we should not underestimate its toxicity in the home or building where mould and its allergy causing metabolites are released in uncontrolled levels. Allergies have increased as buildings have become tighter and construction techniques have replaced bricks and stone with paper and chalk.