Studies show kids who drink raw milk have a higher resistance to allergens

From Sarah at the Healthy Home Economist:

Raw milk child – photo via The Healthy Home Economist.

“The Hygiene Hypothesis states that when children lack early exposure to infectious agents, parasites, and symbiotic microorganisms like normal gut flora such as would naturally occur in a rural or farm environment, they are much more likely to suffer from autoimmune disorders such as allergies or asthma.

This hypothesis helps to explain why farm kids tend to be so much healthier and far less prone to immune disorders than children raised in an urban setting.

Now, an international team of researchers has taken the Hygiene Hypothesis a step further by looking at the role raw milk plays in protecting against hypersensitization to environmental allergens.

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is reporting that farm children who drink raw milk exhibit a far superior immune response than either farm children who don’t consume raw milk or children living in an urban setting.

The team of researchers led by Dr. Mark Holbreich MD, an allergy and asthma specialist, compared skin prick tests of mostly raw milk drinking Amish children aged 6-12 years old living in Indiana to non raw milk drinking Swiss children living in either a farm or urban setting.  Amish children in Indiana were chosen due to their genetic similarity to modern day Swiss children.

The results of the skin prick tests to assess allergic sensitization are summarized as follows:

  • Over 44% of the urban living Swiss children exhibited an allergic reaction.
  • Approximately 25% of the non raw milk drinking Swiss farm children had an allergic reaction.
  • Only 7% of the primarily raw milk drinking Amish farm children had an allergic reaction.

This study comes on the heels of the 2011 Gabriella study which found that:…”

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9 responses to “Studies show kids who drink raw milk have a higher resistance to allergens

  1. While the facts are nice, this should never be allowed to degrade to the point where you are trying to substantiate an inalienable right.

    Would you ever think of having to convince someone that you have a right to have children without permission from your government ?

    This is how insane what this debate sometimes sounds.

  2. It would be interesting to know if the Swedish kids or urban kids were immunize? We know the Amish do mot and that plays a key factor in disease and auto immune diseases. Is there a way to find that information out?

  3. D. Smith

    I agree 100%, having been raised as a “farm kid” myself. But we have to figure out an alternative here, because not every kid can be a farm kid and the way the politics of raw milk is going (in Canada and the USA) raw milk is not available to many of the children who could really use it, not to mention they probably never get near a farm to be exposed to all the rest of the stuff necessary for good health. What are we proposing for those children?

    • InalienableWrights

      D. Smith you can as Thoreau put it: hack at the branches (symptoms) or a problem or you can Strike the Root. (causes)

      All in almost all things the root cause is a failure to recognize that we have inalienable rights, and the dumbing down of the public so that they do not even realize this fact.

      I assume that most would agree with the axiom that what we put into our bodies is our choice and an Inalienable Right and not a permission granted from government. To those that do not – I suggest moving to North Korea as they think more like you do there.

      • D. Smith

        Excuse me??

        In other words, you have no suggestions for kids who don’t live on a farm 365 days a year? Boy, I must say, you’re a big lot of help. You’re part of the problem, not part of the solution with an attitude like that.

    • D. Smith- I do have a suggestion. Gear your vacations around farming. Go volunteer for a week with your kids on a farm. Have your raw milk sent via greyhound/overnight fedex. Join a milk share. I live in a large city and I get my milk brought in from a farm 8 hours away. I also visit farms on a regular basis and have lots shipped to us. I would also recommend learn about fermenting. I live in Canada and I use to drive to Spokane once a month for raw milk for my child. Once you start digging you start finding solutions. Now I dont drive to Spokane and I get my milk brought right to my door in a large city. If you want to be healthy you will find away. Stop acting liking a government conformed robot who can’t think outside the box. BTW- you are the problem, not the solution.

      • D. Smith

        Tonya, I have a suggestion for you, too. Learn to read. I GREW UP on a farm. I drank raw milk every day and still do. My children are grown and don’t live at home anymore and I now have 3 grandchildren – all of whom consume raw milk. I wasn’t asking for myself, I was asking for all the “city kids” who have no chance to do anything on a farm because their parents don’t have time or resources – or whatever the reasons. I live in an area of the country where the kids DO have these opportunities, but as I explained in my post above, not all kids have the opportunity. I don’t live in a big city on the east or west coast, I live in the center of this nation and would love to help others secure raw milk and the education about where it comes from, etc. But I have a very busy business and it takes priority over a lot of other things in my life. Like figuring out ways to help others who don’t have what we raw milk drinkers/supporters have.

        Is that outside the box enough for you, Tonya? How am I the problem? Can’t wait for your answer.

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