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    These new studies are showing kids who are more wealthy or live in cities are more likely to have food allergies.
    Some are saying it is because of this "hygiene hypothesis" which is basically that since kids aren't exposed to as many germs their immune systems don't develop as well. Do you think this has any basis or do you think other factors are skewing the results of these studies?

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    I don't know how true it is but it's been a thought that I've had for awhile and have read a few arguments on it.

    It would make sense.

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    This is totally interesting to me... It does make sense, but I hadn't heard anything about it yet. Thanks for posting.
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    I've heard about this stuff for a few years - floating around on our national news and such. Yeah, makes total sense to me. I come from a long line of non-asthmatics, married a guy with no asthmatics in his family, but then have a son with asthma.

    I don't know if it's a wealthy phenomenon or not, but yeah I think definitely the middle class and up, through education and media etc. have been frightened into chronic hand washing, hand sanitizers, sterilization at home, refusing to expose their kids to common viruses etc. In public or high school I didn't know a single kid through all those years allergic to peanuts or shellfish or eggs or milk. Not one. Now a freaking generational explosion of auto immune disorders. I definitely think there's a strong correlation.

    eta - I still am a big advocate of hand sanitizer after getting off public transit. That's a whole other germ pool.
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    I think you add in not having enough exercise and the amount of crap the kids are eating also weakens their immune system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    I think you add in not having enough exercise and the amount of crap the kids are eating also weakens their immune system.
    Yep. Totally agree. Refined sugar, growth hormone injected beef, etc. combined with hours of inactivity can't be good for the immune system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Yep. Totally agree. Refined sugar, growth hormone injected beef, etc. combined with hours of inactivity can't be good for the immune system.
    And country kids aren't breathing in as much pollution, probably get better sleep, and their parents are usually (generalizing) more likely to allow the child to do things city kids can't/shouldn't.

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    Another theory I've read about and it reminded me with this post...is the ability to save preemies and sickly babies. I, of course, applaud all the things we can do now to make sure our babies survive even micropreemies but they are also a pool of babies and children that have lifelong health issues, allergies and asthma included, that can also increase the numbers. Back when our parents were kids these kids wouldn't have survived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Yep. Totally agree. Refined sugar, growth hormone injected beef, etc. combined with hours of inactivity can't be good for the immune system.
    When our parents were growing up food was made with food, not food additives. Chicken soup had chicken, water, noodles, veggies and spices. There wasn't any msg, colour or 16 letter food additives. I think that may have a lot to do with it.

    I agree with the theories on dirt too. I don't buy hand sanitizer. We are meant to encounter dirt, germs, illness etc. That is why we have an immune system. We need to be able to use it. If their are no germs anywhere, what does our immune system go after? Random things like pollen and peanut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Another theory I've read about and it reminded me with this post...is the ability to save preemies and sickly babies. I, of course, applaud all the things we can do now to make sure our babies survive even micropreemies but they are also a pool of babies and children that have lifelong health issues, allergies and asthma included, that can also increase the numbers. Back when are parents were kids these kids wouldn't have survived.
    This makes a lot of sense too.
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