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Allergies and Probiotics
Hygiene Hypothesis

The Hygiene Hypothesis says Sebastian and Isabel need to be exposed to microbesFor the medical community, the Hygiene Hypothesis grew out of the growing knowledge that people in the modern Western world have a much higher incidence of allergies than people in the rest of the world. The Hygiene Hypothesis basically says that infants need to be exposed to microbes early in their lives so the microbes will stimulate their immune systems to learn how to function properly (i.e. attack harmful microorganisms). If infants are not properly exposed to microbes their immune systems begin to over-react and attack substances that are not harmful, such as food and environmental allergens. Probiotics (good bacteria) can provide the stimulation that the immature immune systems need to develop.

Research is showing that the Hygiene Hypothesis is correct.

One of the studies that stands out to me was conducted at the Centre for Allergy Research by B. Bjorksten, E. Sepp, K. Julge, T. Voor and M. Mikelsaar. They worked with children from Western and Eastern cultures. They not only found that more children from the Western culture developed allergies but also found that they also had a configuration of a higher percentage of harmful bacteria in their guts before the allergies were developed. The researchers say, "Differences in the composition of the gut flora between infants who will and infants who will not develop allergy are demonstrable before the development of any clinical manifestations of atopy [allergy]." See B. Bjorksten.

Another study was done in connection with the Department of Pediatrics, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. The scientists looked at a number of babies to see if there were neonatal infectious disease (clinical sepsis) during pregnancy and delivery, plus any bacterial infection after the babies were born. The results were the following: "Data were obtained for 410 children (51% [51% of those who started the study completed it]). One hundred and forty-eight children (36.1%) developed allergic diseases. Among children whose mothers had allergies, the percentage of children who developed allergic disease(s) was significantly lower in children who had had clinical sepsis in the neonatal period than in those without clinical sepsis (26.1% vs 49.7%, P < 0.03)." See M. Ryozawa.

Please see links to abstracts of these two research articles in the green column in the top right side of this page if you want to read about the details further. There are also links to abstracts of eleven other studies on this topic.

By the way, it certainly does not take a rocket scientist to see how babies in the Western world are truly exposed to fewer bacteria, both good and bad, than are infants in the rest of the world. We peoples of the West are positively paranoid about germs. Most of us spend a good deal of time and energy in making sure that we are not exposed to germs, particularly in the foods that we eat. With our modern farming practices which include pesticides, fertilizers, the radiation of foods and less fermentation of foods, our foods no longer provide us with the beneficial organisms our ancestors had. In addition, many babies have been given antibiotics which kill all bacteria, helpful or harmful. For those infants that are bottle-fed, they do not pick up probiotics from their mothers milk.

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