posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 05:15 PM
So I had a thought, that maybe the drop in breast feeding that's taken place (reversing itself to some extent now, I think) has some connection to
the problem of hyper-allergic, sickly kids.
My reasoning was that breast milk is a product of the lymph system, which I understand to be a sort of dump for destroyed and neutered alien
substances that make their way into the body. There are also antibodies in the lymph system, right? If they make their way into the breast milk, and
from there into the child's body, does that give the young, inexperienced immune system a sort of training course in how to deal with the nasty
things floating around?
Is it possible that a child who is not breast fed, and not exposed to his mother's antibodies, and the dead/dying germs, is more likely to react
badly to common substances?
So I'm thinking maybe breast feeding acts a sort of mild vaccination against common germs, as well as a primer in antibodies.
I don't know if there's been any research done on the subject (I've seen one study on the role of barnyard animals in preventing kids from
developing asthma, but that's about it, never seen one on breast feeding or on air conditioning, or on the effects of commercial baby food), but I
was hoping some folks here could correct me if I've made any grave errors in the basics.
I was vaccinated, and I turned out okay, but I was also breast fed, and I grew up alongside farm animals, and I ate a varied diet all through infancy
(no commercial baby food, just mashed up home cooking) - I've been healthy as a horse all my life. I get the sniffles twice a year like clockwork,
during the fall/winter and winter/spring transition, but other than that I'm never sick. I also have no allergies at all, that I'm aware of at
least. I also didn't grow up with air conditioning.
Does that last factor play into it at all, what do you think?
I realize the limited nature of my experience, which is why I started this thread, to get some other opinions/experiences to add to the mix.
I wonder if you could save your kid (and yourself) a lot of grief, by living without air conditioning, processed food, formula - all of these steps
would seem, to me, to help expose the child to a variety of potential allergens. Wouldn't this help the immune system mature and learn how to deal
with real problems effectively, while precluding the unnecessary freak-out when it comes to common foods and dust, things of that nature that aren't
harmful at all?