Farm Life and Immunity

Farm Life and Immunity

Children who are raised on a farm have a significantly reduced risk of asthma, eczema, and hayfever, according to a study in the October 6, 2001 issue of The Lancet. Non-farm children who were exposed to stables during their first year also showed this protective effect, with the degree of protection depending on the duration of exposure both during and after the first year, up until 5 years old.

All of these conditions are over-exuberant responses to substances in the environment. Both too much and too little immune response is unhealthy.

Experiences in early childhood can teach the body to set the level of immune protection ‘just right’.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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