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It's no coincidence that allergies, asthma and weak immune systems are on the increase as we continually try to limit our exposure to germs by disinfecting everything or preventing the kids from getting filthy.
The Antibacterial Products-Allergy Link
Besides resistance, the antibacterial craze has another potential consequence. Reports are mounting about a possible association between infections in early childhood and decreased incidence of allergies (18). In expanding this "hygiene hypothesis," some researchers have found a correlation between too much hygiene and increased allergy (18-21).
This hypothesis stems from studies that revealed an increased frequency of allergies, cases of asthma, and eczema in persons who have been raised in an environment overly protective against microorganisms. In one rural community, children who grew up on farms had fewer allergies than did their counterparts who did not live on farms (19).
Graham Rook, University College, London, has likened the immune system to the brain. You have to exercise it, that is, expose it to the right antigenic information so that it matures correctly. Excessive hygiene, therefore, may interfere with the normal maturation of the immune system by eliminating the stimulation by commensal microflora (20).
It's actually been noted in several studies and reports over the years that children who are kept in a bacteria free environment are more liekly to develop such afflictions than those who are exposed to dirt and germs.
The story goes that he was taken to the hospital last night, sent home, then died this morning in between waking up and getting ready to be taken to his regular doctor.
I ignore every piece of advice the eugencists give. Scorn survival of the fittest philosophy some people put out(it's for you, not for them) ;the meak will inherit the earth.