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The Hygiene Hypothesis: Exploring the Connection Between Allergies and an Agrarian Lifestyle

Here's a look at the latest science on what leads to a healthy immune system.



Farms are richer in microbial environments than most modern dwellings—as are homes with pets or many young children.
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In 2001, one out of 14 people in the United States had asthma. By 2009, it had increased to one in 12.
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Studies have shown that children who grow up on farms have fewer allergies than those who don't.
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"The sort of environment we evolved in much more resembles a Bavarian cowshed than it does a modern apartment in New York or San Francisco." —Moises Vala squez-Manoff
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Unlike many medical disorders, rates of allergic disease increase as education and income levels rise.
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