• Contributor Joe with his asthma inhaler. Joe had his bacteria profiled to see how they may have contributed to his allergies. (Zenworks)Source: Zenworks
Allergies are on the rise and reaching epidemic proportions, but curiously only in the western world. Is there something about the way we are living that is making us allergic?
1 Sep 2015 - 11:24 AM  UPDATED 1 Sep 2015 - 11:33 AM

New research suggests that changes to the bacteria that live inside all of us are responsible for the increasing number of people with allergies.

Horizon investigates this claim by conducting a unique experiment with two families with allergies, in order to find out just what it is in the modern world that is to blame.

With a raft of mini cameras, GPS units and the very latest gene-sequencing technology, this documentary discovers how the western lifestyle is impacting their bacteria.

Why are these changes making us allergic? And what can we done to put a stop to the allergy epidemic?

Allergies: Modern Life and Me airs 7.30pm, Monday 7 September on SBS.