(TruthSeekerDaily) In an opinion column by Moises Velasquez-Manoff of the New York Times, the cure for modern day allergies is presented, from one of the most peaceful animals on earth.. the cow!
The column title is A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic? and begins with the question: WILL the cure for allergies come from the cowshed?
The presumed answer is “yes.”
Moises, a science writer and the author of “An Epidemic of Absence,” recounts a visit to an Indiana Amish farm with an allergist from Indianapolis. They found that Amish people in northern Indiana are relatively free from allergies. In fact, he makes the rather astonishing comment that “the Indiana Amish are among the least allergic populations ever described in the developed world.”
They rule out genetics by noting that the Amish originally came over to the U.S. from the German speaking populations of Switzerland, but modern Swiss children, who would be genetically similar to the Amish, are just as allergy prone as U.S. children.
So what do they think is the “Amish secret” to avoiding allergies?
According to European scientists, they call it “the farm effect.” Here is how they summarized it:
The working hypothesis is that innocuous cowshed microbes, plant material and raw milk protect farming children by favorably stimulating their immune systems throughout life, particularly early on.
The column highlights the various aspects of farm life and exposure to various microbes that seem to prevent allergies from developing in farm children the way they do in urban children. Then, Moises makes a comment about raw milk:
In Europe, the consumption of unpasteurized milk has repeatedly correlated with protection against allergic disease. In America, 80 percent of the Amish studied by Dr. Holbreich consume raw milk. In a study published earlier this year, Dr. Schaub’s group showed that European children who consumed farm milk had more of those regulatory T-cells, irrespective of whether they lived on farms. The higher the quantity of those cells, the less likely these children were to be given diagnoses of asthma.
Read the full article here: [N.Y. Times]