Be sure to take the time over the weekend to catch the little video in the previous post-
There was some news this week about Amish children being remarkably immune to the very disorders that affect the rest of the population- Interesting for what the originating article said and for what it didn't say.
“Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.
"The rates are very, very low," said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study's lead author. "So there's something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish" than in European farming communities.
What it is about growing up on farms -- and Amish farms in particular -- that seems to prevent allergies remains unclear.
Researchers have long observed the so-called "farm effect" -- the low allergy and asthma rates found among kids raised on farms -- in central Europe, but less is known about the influence of growing up on North American farms.
Holbreich, an allergist in Indianapolis, has been treating Amish communities in Indiana for two decades, but he noticed that very few Amish actually had any allergies.
The researchers surveyed 157 Amish families, about 3,000 Swiss farming families, and close to 11,000 Swiss families who did not live on a farm -- all with children between the ages of six and 12.
They found that just five percent of Amish kids had been diagnosed with asthma, compared to 6.8 percent of Swiss farm kids and 11.2 percent of the other Swiss children.
Similarly, among 138 Amish kids given a skin-prick test to determine whether they were predisposed to having allergies, only 10 kids -- or seven percent -- had a positive response.
In comparison, 25 percent of the farm-raised Swiss kids and 44 percent of the other Swiss children had a positive test, the researchers report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Drinking raw cow's milk also seems to be involved, Holbreich said.
The going theory is this early exposure to the diverse potential allergens and pathogens on a farm trains the immune system to recognize them, but not overreact to the harmless ones.
As for why the Amish kids have even lower allergy and asthma rates than the other farming kids, "that piece of the puzzle we really haven't explained," Holbreich told Reuters Health.”
Recall I mentioned what made this story interesting the mentions and the non-mentions?
Genes got mentioned- As if the Amish have some sort of mystical genetics.
They don't. When the concept of 'good genes' as opposed to 'bad genes' is put forward, what never gets mentioned is how very responsible human exposure to pollutants, antibiotics, radiations etc is for altering genes.
Sometimes referred to as flipping switches in genes from benign to dangerous
Discovering How Environmental Exposures Alter Genes Could Lead To New Treatments For Chronic Illnesses
“Emerging research demonstrates that diet, pollution, and other environmental triggers can alter both the function and expression of human genes and lead to a heightened disease risk. These environment-gene interactions can cause so-called epigenetic changes in gene expression—patterns of which genes are switched “on” or “off”—that may account for the rising mortality from chronic diseases in industrialized nations.”
Environmental exposures altering Genes. No mystical gene superiority.
Perhaps, just plain old clean living. Clean food, not factory farmed. Clean air, not polluted city air. Cleaner water. Unpasteurized raw milk. A more symbiotic relationship with their environment.
Lets look at the unpasteurized raw milk consumption-
That mention is very interesting because promoters of the right to raw milk have often cited the very beneficial health benefits from drinking raw milk
Kids who drink raw milk have less asthma, allergies
This article contains the corporate spin about dangerous bacteria.......
If that was the case, how come we don't have Amish children dropping dead? Instead we are looking at very healthy kids
Children who drink raw milk are less likely to develop asthma and allergies than those who stick to the ‘safer pasteurized’(??? )version, according to a large European study.
Researchers believe certain milk proteins that are destroyed by heat could be helpful to children's developing immune systems.
"On the one side it is protective for the development of asthma and allergies but on the other side it may imply serious health risks due to harmful microorganisms."
As mentioned healthier Amish children don't appear to have suffered serious "health risks" due to their raw milk consumption. Hence milk industry/factory farm/corporate spin.
From the same article
In the U.S., more than seven percent of adults and even more kids have asthma, causing millions of visits to emergency rooms and doctors' offices every year.
Millions of emergency room visits every year? How many deaths? How many emergency room visits, drugs and inhalers and deaths could be prevented with access to raw milk for those who wish to drink raw milk?
How prevalent is antibiotic usage amongst the Amish?
There have been connections made between antibiotics triggering asthma-
Do the Amish people fill their children with antibiotics? Likely not, since they seem generally healthier.
Vaccines? Could vaccines play a role in asthma, allergies besides a suspected role in autism?
Speaking of autism. The Amish have very low rates of autism.
The Amish and rates of autism
It is unanimous, apparently -- the rate of autism among the Amish is low. Really, really low. So low that if it were the same in the rest of the population, we wouldn't even be talking about the subject. Shockingly low.
But not so shocking that anyone feels compelled to follow up on the information or its logical implications -- not four years ago when I first pointed it out, not today when the clues it contains are more intriguing than ever -- in fact, never, never, never.
In April 2005 I wrote a UPI column called The Amish Anomaly that began this way: "Where are the autistic Amish? Here in Lancaster County, heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, there should be well over 100 with some form of the disorder. I have come here to find them, but so far my mission has failed ..."
What is their level of exposure to other environmental pollutants that may be causing other human genes to flip switches and increase disease?
How about exposure to electromagnetic radiation.?
Most doctors shy away from those questions, instead preferring to focus on genetics and the push by pharmaceuticals to make designer drugs for specific genes. As part and parcel of the corporate profit making agenda as opposed to legitimate health promotion.