The “hygiene hypothesis” proffers that infants and toddlers exposed to basic bacteria and dust/dander/pollen in their home environment may end up with a much healthier immune system that lasts for most of their life. If they are born on a farm and spend time outside among the crops and animals when they are young, they [...]
OnPoint today had a great show on bacteria in the human body, and new research showing how it may regulate many aspects of human health. Bacteria are our friends, right? Here are my rough notes:
Bacteria in the gut – helps digest food, absorb nutrients that regular enzymes can’t. Bacteria have their own genome, 3 [...]
I live just a few miles from Van Meter, Iowa. That’s the birthplace and boyhood home (and museum site) of one of the greatest baseball players in history, fireballing pitcher Bob Feller, The Heater from Van Meter, who died at age 92 Wednesday night. Joe DiMaggio called his curve ball “not human.” Ted Williams, the [...]
Triclosan: and EDC-classified molecule
Don’t forget that acronym: EDC. It stands for “endocrine disrupting compound.” A new University of Michigan study suggests that exposure to an EDC substance called triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and other products like diaper bags and toothpaste, may be linked to higher instances of allergies among young people age [...]
Here are some factoids about allergies I’ve picked up that were very interesting to me. It’s amazing what you can learn.
One out of 20 people who are allergic to pollen has oral allergy syndrome, which means the immune system mistakes the compounds in certain foods for pollen proteins, says Sublett. Some foods — such [...]
Thought I’d post a brief roundup of some worthwhile immune health stories and updates I’ve come across recently:
The Nashville Tennessean has a great column published this past week on immune system balance and the “dirt” exposure school of thought on immune system development. Good perspective and anecdotes. The Omaha World-Herald ran a story last [...]
The video below gives some good, common-sense advice on “germ-proofing” your kids. And even more amazing, it’s produced and narrated by microbiology scientists and it’s still interesting and engaging. It’s part of a pretty sizable collection of video instruction at the site called Microbe World, operated by the American Society for Microbiology.
I like its basic [...]
The recent findings of a Duke University research project (NBC News video below) gives hope to kids who suffer from severe allergic reaction to peanuts. What’s this have to do with us?
The general methodology used in the study was very basic: “training” the immune system to not over-react to an allergen when it enters the body. [...]
They say frequency and repetition in delivering a message to the masses is a good thing. So here’s the next version of the “dirt and kids” theme. Let me know when you’ve had enough. I’ll then dish up some more. This is getting to be such a widely touted topic here and elsewhere, I’m going [...]