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Food Chain Radio Show #1070

Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist

The Hygiene Hypothesis of Disease Resistance

Would you spray your baby with Eau de Barnyard if it would prevent asthma?

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Guest: Anne Sperling, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Chicago

Why do so many Hutterite children have asthma, while so many Amish children remain unafflicted?

Risk in Amish and Hutterite Farm Children” published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are striking.

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio – Why do so many Hutterite children have asthma, while so many Amish children remain unafflicted?

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio – Why do so many Hutterite children have asthma, while so many Amish children remain unafflicted?

Whereas 20% of the Hutterite children in North Dakota suffer asthma, only 2% of the Amish children in Indiana suffer the affliction.

Both the Hutterite and Amish communities share similar backgrounds. The Hutterites originated in Austria, the Amish in Switzerland. Both groups tend to have large families and lead very simple lifestyles. Both groups share similar diets, do not expose children to tobacco smoke, or allow pets in the home.

In reading the paper, I was reminded of past shows in the Food Chain Radio archives, including #775 “The Amish Allergy Anomaly,” and #662 “An Amish Autism Anomaly,” and wondered…

Could the difference be related to the “hygiene hypothesis” of disease resistance?

And so we ask…

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Tune in here, for the syndicated Food Chain Radio Show #1070 August 27, 2016 Saturday 9AM Pacific 

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Michael Olson's LAWS OF THE FOOD CHAIN:

#1 Agriculture is the foundation upon which we build all our sand castles.

#2 The farther we go from the source of our food, the less control we have over what's in that food.

#3 Cheap food isn't!

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