New Mums and Dads may believe they are correct to avoid letting their infants get down and dirty with the family mutt.
But new Swedish research shows dog slobber, dander, and muddy paws —may actually reduce the risk of infants later developing childhood asthma. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics (JAMA Pediatrics), November 2, looked at the incidence of childhood asthma in children who were raised in homes with pets or on animal farms in their first year of life. It was a large sample size, and it found a 13% lower risk for developing asthma in children who were exposed to dogs as babies, and a 52% lower risk if the babies were around farm animals. The study builds on a growing body of information that the microbiomes of dogs and humans have some organisms in common, and that they tend to share them when they live together. To support the theory, another study from researchers at the University of Colorado found that “dog ownership significantly increased the shared skin microbiota in cohabiting adults, and dog-owning adults shared more ‘skin’ microbiota with their own dogs than with other dogs”. UCB’s department of chemistry and biochemistry collected and analyzed microbes taken from dogs and their human companions. So you think a dog’s mouth is clean? Define “clean.” “Whereas human skin tends to be dominated by a few taxa at relatively high abundance (namely Propionibacteriaceae, Streptococcaceae and Staphylococcaceae), dog paws and forehead harbor a more even mixture of taxa commonly found in a variety of host-associated environments including mammalian gut (Enterobacteriaceae, Fusobacteriaceae), mouth (Porphyromonadaceae, Veillonellaceae), and skin (Propionibacteriaceae, Staphylococcaceae), as well as free-living environments such as soil and water (e.g.., Hyphomicrobiaceae and Sphingomonadaceae” Until the Swedish study, there was little proof that sharing microbes had a measurable benefit. The study was feasible in part because In Sweden, dog owners have been required to register their dogs, with either an ear tattoo or a microchip, since 2001, meaning there are better records regarding dog ownership than in many other countries. About 80% of dog-owners comply. Researchers used multiple nationwide birth registers to get data on births, then looked at two other registers to find asthma patients. There were 1,011,051 children born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2010. Researchers defined exposure to dogs as “having a parent registered as a dog owner during the child’s whole first year of life.” The study also included children whose parents were registered as being “animal producers or related workers” in the Swedish Longitudinal Integration Database for Health Insurance and Labour Market Studies. According to the results, “Dog exposure during the first year of life was associated with a decreased risk of asthma in school-aged children” even when the researchers adjusted for potential confounders. The results were true for children whose parents had asthma, for first firstborn children, and when alternative definitions of asthma were used. Exposure to farm animals showed “a notably reduced risk for asthma.” It may seem counter-intuitive that pet ownership could reduce the likelihood of children developing asthma, but in an interview, researchers cited the hygiene hypothesis, which posits that some infectious organisms protect humans from autoimmune disorders.
For that reason, the theory goes, the human immune system benefits from being around animals due to the sharing of some normal bacterial flora. “Exposure to dogs in early life may be beneficial during normal immune maturation,”
While the news may surprise parents, physicians and scientists should take the findings in stride. “Physicians won’t be too shocked” by the results, said James Schmitt, DO, a pediatrician with Sentara Pediatric Physicians in Elizabeth City, NC, “The hygiene hypothesis as it applies to allergies is well-known,” he added, and allergies go hand-in-hand with asthma, as well as with eczema.” If a young child’s exposure to potential allergens such as those in animal dander prevents allergies, it should also help prevent asthma. Lena Van Horn, DVM, of the Signal Mountain Veterinary Clinic in Tennessee, agreed, adding “I think this is something we knew was going to be proved, we just didn’t’t have much science on it yet.” Kids and pets do seem to naturally go together, and Van Horn said, “The immune system doesn’t’t work unless it is educated.”
Having a pet teaches the immune system “what it is not to be human,” she said. Fall concurred, but added that one aspect of the study surprised him: “I was surprised to see that asthmatic parents in Sweden do not seem to avoid pet ownership, and I am glad to be able to comfort them that the same risk reduction is seen for their children.” A secondary finding of the study, which Fall described as a “quite crude analysis,” is that while early exposure to dogs appears to decrease the risk of asthma, it may increase the risk of pneumonia. It could be that the exposure to certain microorganisms and the fact the children’s immune systems are still developing play a role in that finding. Dr. Fall says “further analysis is needed” before any conclusions can be drawn. As for what this study might mean in practice, both Fall and Schmitt say that the results can serve as a way to alleviate worries new parents may have. Schmitt said he has shown concerned parents other studies that concluded dog exposure may reduce childhood allergies. “My take-home message from this study is that parents at this point do not need to worry about keeping their dog or getting a puppy when expecting a baby for fear of asthmatic disease.” There are several areas for potential future research. Fall says he would be interested in seeing “studies with randomized interventions of dog and farm environment exposure in children,” and Schmitt is curious about the possible link between pneumonia and early exposure to dogs. Belgian researchers have looked at the benefits of breathing “farm dust” in childhood. They even raised the interesting possibility of locating day-care centers on farms. Despite the good news in the study, there are caveats, such as it is important to make sure pets are not carrying parasites. “You can get worms from your dog,” said Van Horn. “You do still have to be wary and make sure the pet is healthy, of course.” Fall cautioned that the recommendation to get or keep a dog “is valid only for families without a child already having allergies.” He adds that while having a pet is “likely to enrich the family life in many ways, and perhaps also enriches the child’s microbiome and immune system” it does not come with a guarantee that all children who cuddle up with canines will be asthma-proofed.
For years now I’ve had a piece of ‘knowledge in my head that has made me prey to all sorts of woo woo cures.
It’s the idea that our telomeres in our DNA ‘shorten’ as we get older, and that this is the reason for ageing and decline. The ‘woo-woo’ cures were always using some new ‘technology’ or ‘technique’ either from Russia or Tibet that claimed to use quantum physics to restore telomere health. Of course it’s a complete load of BS but I always looked at the adverts because fixed in my mind was a picture of my trillions of little telomeres randomly dropping bits off their strings. So today’s news is very good news to me. The big news is that there is a reason that bits drop off them and that reason is something I personally can address. You see, news from a team of experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo is that INFLAMMATION is the cause of telomere destruction. Why is that making me happy? Because molecular hydrogen – the same H2 that our UltraStream adds to its pure water oputput, and according to published scientific studies, it’s a super efficient inflammation fighter. We are getting some great reports from users already (see our testimonials page). In tablet form it’s classified as a sports supplement and Steve, our inhouse trainer swears by it. he plays two games of soccer each weekend and at age 45, he says he was never able to achieve this so easily. There are some many books, studies and reports on the problem of inflammation. It’s already been linked as a precursor to many of our 5 star diseases – the ones that keep the Big Pharma industry so happy. It’s acknowledged as the big cause that no-one really takes much notice of, but just think; if the scientists are right, then H2 is the fabled ‘elixir of youth’. Here’s a link to that report. Here’s a link to the UltraStream In Australia In Canada In the US In the UK And here’s a link to the I LOVE H2 tablets
A new study shows that using hand sanitizer (and other skin products) before handling receipts increases BPA absorption by as much as 185 times and leads to BPA levels associated with obesity, diabetes, CVD, infertility, and cancer.
Imagine the following scenarios:
- You go to the gas station and fill up your tank. You use the hand sanitizer next to the pump to clean your hands, then grab the receipt from the payment terminal before getting back into your car.
- You go for lunch at a fast-food or take-out restaurant. Just before ordering, you use the hand sanitizer positioned near the counter. The cashier hands your order to you with the receipt stapled on top of your bag, which you carry out with you.
- You work as a cashier at a retail store. You keep a bottle of hand sanitizer next to the register, and use it frequently throughout the day as you ring customers up.
These scenarios happen millions of times each day all over the world. We are told that 50 million people in the USA alone eat in a fast-food restaurant each day. A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, suggesting that using hand sanitizer prior to handling receipts can dramatically increase exposure to a chemical called BPA is well.. frightening! (1)
What’s BPA (and why should you care?)
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical that has been used in consumer goods since the 1950s. It’s found in plastic containers, food cans, DVDs, cell phones, eyeglass lenses, automobile parts, sports equipment, and in the thermal paper used for airline ticket, gas, ATM, cash register, and other types of receipts. BTW: We do sell BPA-Free water bottles, jugs and water ionizers. We wouldn’t do less.
I have taken my ‘eye off the ball’ on one of our quiet achiever products.. Rocket Fuel. So I took notice yesterday when a customer ordered TWO litres of it! And it made me think that we are actually in this amazing place where our two biggest products are what surround ever continent on earth, what falls out of the sky. When it comes to effective partnerships, who or what springs to your mind? Lillee & Thommo, Newcombe & Roche, Morecambe & Wise, Kyle & Jackie O, fish & chips, your right hand and your left hand? All excellent individually of course, but in each case when they team up together they create something really special. I bet Hydrogen & Oxygen didn’t occur to you! But if you truly value your health, they should be at the very top of mind. And not just because they hook up together to bring us life-giving water (you all know our thoughts on that)! AlkaWay has sourced two world-leading products that enable you to bring your body’s hydration (7.2 Recovery Hydrofx)and oxygenation (Rocket Fuel) into equilibrium at a whole new level – the molecular level. Not only that, we hold the ‘world record’ for water devices that produce molecular hydrogen – the fabulous UltraStream. These products respectively make molecular hydrogen and oxygen readily available to your cells, addressing any deficiencies and positioning your body to function at its best. Hydrogen comprises about 10% and oxygen 65% of the human body – three quarters of you! That’s how vital this partnership is. When these elements are optimised your body is able to deal most efficiently with everything you consume, extracting and utilising the nutrients, neutralising and eliminating the toxins and waste, optimising your natural flow of energy.
Organophosphates and carbamates are the more common active ingredients of household, garden, and farm insecticides, and are highly toxic to all animals and humans. What do they do to the heart? In a 2004 study, 37 adults were admitted to a Singapore hospital with acute pesticide poisoning (organophosphates or carbamate) over a three-year period, and 62 percent of these patients later developed cardiac complications. But just to give you an idea of how these chemicals can be prevalent without you even knowing it, consider the work of Theo Colborn, Ph.D., who found that the herbicide 2,4 D (the most widespread herbicide) was detected in 50 percent of semen samples from a group of Canadian men ages 20 to 59. He also found that the pesticide CPF was detected in 82 percent of urine samples tested. These are just two pesticides that were tested out of more than 1,400 known pesticides that have been developed! And you thought you were pretty safe from environmental toxins? They are quite likely contributors to the outrageous rates of heart attacks and cancers seen in younger aged people each year.
Organophosphates and carbamates are the more common active ingredients of household, garden, and farm insecticides, and are highly toxic to all animals and humans. What do they do to the heart? In a 2004 study, 37 adults were admitted to a Singapore hospital with acute pesticide poisoning (organophosphates or carbamate) over athree-year period, and 62 percent of these patients later developed cardiac complications. But just to give you an idea of how these chemicals can be prevalent without you even knowing it, consider the work of Theo Colborn, Ph.D., who found that the herbicide 2,4 D (the most widespread herbicide) was detected in 50 percent of semen samples from a group of Canadian men ages 20 to 59. He also found that the pesticide CPF was detected in 82 percent of urine samples tested. These are just two pesticides that were tested out of more than 1,400 known pesticides that have been developed! And you thought you were pretty safe from environmental toxins? They are quite likely contributors to the outrageous rates of heart attacks and cancers seen in younger aged people each year.
The Untold Truth Video is here. Taking a serious look at the alkaline diet philosophy. http:///alkaway.com.au/blog/
Is there a future for Kale in your life? It’s a grand champion alkalizer.. but unless prepared properly it tastes like an Indian dog’s breakfast. Dr Ben Kim offers his best shot at making it work for him here.