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.
This is totally interesting to me... It does make sense, but I hadn't heard anything about it yet. Thanks for posting.
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.
Last edited by ClairesMommy; 11-13-2012 at 05:28 PM.
I think you add in not having enough exercise and the amount of crap the kids are eating also weakens their immune system.
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.
Last edited by Jessica80; 11-13-2012 at 11:25 PM. Reason: Long day at work...wrong word choices
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.