Skip to comments.Dirt prevents allergy
Posted on 11/02/2011 8:41:40 AM PDT by decimon
If infants encounter a wide range of bacteria they are less at risk of developing allergic disease later in life. This is the conclusion of research from the University of Copenhagen, which suggests completely new factors in many modern lifestyle diseases.
Oversensitivity diseases, or allergies, now affect 25 per cent of the population of Denmark. The figure has been on the increase in recent decades and now researchers at the Dansk BørneAstma Center [COPSAC, Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood], University of Copenhagen, are at last able to partly explain the reasons.
A variety of bacteria offers protection
"In our study of over 400 children we observed a direct link between the number of different bacteria in their rectums and the risk of development of allergic disease later in life," says Professor Hans Bisgaard, consultant at Gentofte Hospital, head of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood, and professor of children's diseases at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
"I think that a mechanism that affects the immune system will affect more than just allergies, he concludes. It would surprise me if diseases such as obesity and diabetes are not also laid down very early in life and depend on how our immune defences are primed by encountering the bacterial cultures surrounding us."
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A mud pie for every little kid! Woot!
A friend of mine, whose son has always liked eating dirt, will be so pleased to hear this. I, on the other hand, am in trouble because I was never allowed to get dirty when I was a kid. :)
Years ago, my Mom was a Lysol fanatic. She would soak the cloth diapers in it, mop the floors/bathrooms in it, wipe the walls down with it, add it to the laundry.... in hopes that we wouldn’t get sick. Our family pediatrician at the time said, “You created almost a sterile environment. The kids need to be exposed to some dirt to build anti-bodies”. Now... she was trying her best to keep us healthy but I have learned a little bit of dust here, a bit of dirt there... isn’t a bad thing!!
It’s called ‘Playing Outside’.
Maybe I could I start a business selling dirt to parents who dont let their kids play outside?
Make sure it is labeled organic and you will make a fortune.
If infants encounter a wide range of bacteria they are less at risk of developing allergic disease later in life.Well, I guess I'm not in the 99% after all. ;')
There’s a talk this coming week at the University of Chicago entitled “How Intestinal Bacteria Regulate Allergic Responses to Food.” That should be interesting.
HMMMmmm...that sounds interesting....I seem to have food allergies (milk, sugar, flour)
Ha...we used to make mud pies, and play in mud puddles....and I STILL have food allergies.
Hormesis bump. Spread the word brother.