View Full Version : Can Early Exposure To Bacteria Lower Allergy Risk?

11-08-11, 04:55 AM
Kristina Chew (http://www.care2.com/causes/author/autismvox)
November 6, 2011

Children who are exposed to a wide range of bacteria as infants are less at risk of developing allergies, says a new study (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091674911008542) by Danish researchers. Ironically, something that has long been considered a threat to public health — bacteria –could actually be a “fundamental part of a healthy life.”
Today, 25 percent of the population of Denmark suffers from allergies, or oversensitivity diseases. Professor Hans Bisgaard, professor of children’s diseases at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and other researchers studied 411 children whose mothers have asthma. The children were monitored, interviewed and tested continually from birth on. Researchers found a connection between intestinal bacteria and the child’s risk of developing allergies (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111102125601.htm) later in life:

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11-08-11, 07:26 PM
I believe a bit of dirt is healthy! My mother sprayed Lysol on everything and my immune system didn't get exposed to healthy dirt.

11-08-11, 08:37 PM
I totally agree with you Reesacat. I grew up on a home probably more sterile than an OR and didn't develop much of an immune system!

11-08-11, 11:14 PM
My home may have been clean but I was left unsupervised all day to roll around in the fields, wade in river water, climb trees, jump in haystacks and silos, shoot rats at the dump, walk along the railroad tracks, climb rocks in an abandoned quarry and pick bloodsuckers off my legs. No wonder I'm never sick!