Antibiotics & Allergies Specialist Benton Harbor MI

While we tend to think of allergies and asthma as involving mainly the respiratory system, this research suggests the microbes in the gut play a role, too.

Jagir Singh Judge, MD
(269) 429-1085
2550 Niles Rd
Saint Joseph, MI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1965

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Paul S Judge, MD
(269) 429-1085
2550 Niles Rd
Saint Joseph, MI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Byra M Reddy, MD
(616) 428-0002
3906 Stonegate Park
Saint Joseph, MI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Karnataka Inst Med Sci, Karnataka Univ, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center
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St Joseph, MI

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Edward Michael Zoratti, MD
(313) 876-2662
1 Ford Pl # 4B
Detroit, MI
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Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1985
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Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mi
Group Practice: Henry Ford Medical Center Sterling Heights; Henry Ford Medical Group

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Sutinderpal Singh Judge, MD
313-745-0203 x8182
1855 Boardwalk
Saint Joseph, MI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1999

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William Barney Smith, MD
(616) 429-6593
2727 S Lakeshore Dr Apt A2
Saint Joseph, MI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1985

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Byra M Reddy
(269) 428-0002
3906 Stonegate Park
Saint Joseph, MI
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George J Leach, DO
(248) 476-1210
20270 Middlebelt Rd Ste 10
Livonia, MI
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Allergy & Immunology
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Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dale H Stone
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20228 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI
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Antibiotics: The Road to Allergies and Asthma?

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The rates of allergies and asthma have skyrocketed in the past 40 years, for reasons that have been frustratingly unclear. Now it turns out that the rise of another phenomenon—the use of antibiotics—may hold a clue. A study from the University of Michigan Medical School has found that antibiotics seem to prime the immune system to overreact to substances it could just as well ignore.

When the Michigan team gave mice a five-day course of antibiotics, the animals showed the same effect seen in humans: an upset in the balance of yeast and other microbes in the gut. The researchers then exposed the mice to several common allergens. The mice given antibiotics were hypersensitive to them, while the other mice had a normal immune response.

While we tend to think of allergies and asthma as involving mainly the respiratory system, this research suggests the microbes in the gut play a role, too.

The results support part of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that modern societies are too sanitary—when you’re not exposed to very many bugs, your immune system has a hard time telling the difference between a harmless substance (like pollen) and a dangerous toxin, so it’s likely to overreact.

And the findings provide yet another reason to encourage the growth of “good” bacteria in our bellies. To do that, Gary Huffnagle, who worked on the study, recommends a diet rich in fiber and active-cultured yogurt and low in refined carbs and sugar. “It’s a good idea to do this even when you’re not taking antibiotics,” he says. And if you do need to take the drugs, he advises taking probiotics afterward. Your nose, as well as your stomach, will thank you.

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