Finally, there has recently been an important study that came out that confirms what I’ve been saying for years. Research presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress in Munich, Germany reports that germs in the hides and fur actually primes the immune system so that it does not trigger allergies. What this research study reveals is that sleeping on animal skin an fur reduces a baby’s risk of developing asthma and allergies later in life.
Over 2,440 healthy German infants were observed during this study and their progress was monitored until the age of 10 years. More than half of these infants slept on animal fur during their first three months of life. Get this – these children were seventy-nine percent (79%) LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP ASTHMA by six years of age than the children not exposed to animal skin and fur.
This is telling us that too much cleanliness early in life can increase the chances of developing allergies. In medicine, the hygiene hypothesis is a hypothesis that states that a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms (e.g. gut flora or probiotics), and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing the natural development of the immune system. In particular, the lack of exposure is thought to lead to defects in the establishment of immune tolerance.
I’ve seen parents that, at the first sign of any sort of dirt, grabs one of those cleaning wipes or liquid hand sanitizers that have flooded the marketplace. The makers of these products know how to push your buttons and have trained most people to think that any germs are terrible, potentially lethal, agents that could harm your kid(s). Whenever I see that, it makes me a little sick to my stomach because that parent, without knowing it, is stealing a chance for their child to develop a normal immune system.
Have you noticed that there are so many kids that have so many problems? Many of these problems are directly linked to the immune system and how it functions or responds to what’s in the environment. There are way too many allergies, asthma and a whole host of other ‘sensitivities’ especially food sensitivities so parents and kids have to watch what they eat.
It isn’t your fault if you’ve robbed your children of a normal immune system, you’ve been tricked by companies such as Johnson & Johnson or Purell into thinking that your child is going to die due to some germs. On the label of one of these products it states that it “Kills more than 99.99% of most common germs that may make you sick.” The problem is that also kills all of the other germs that won’t make you or your child sick too. Without giving your immune system recognition of different germs early on, it much more than likely kills any chance of your child having a normal life. I personally hold responsible these manufacturers who have lied to you and threatened you into believing that all germs are bad and make you think that if you don’t use thier products to keep your child clean, they will die. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I love this research, in fact, an animal skin with fur should be given to each baby born within every country throughout the world. Will that happen? Probably not, but I suggest that if you are about to have a new baby, strongly consider it. These hides with fur actually help the new baby stay warm and helps them to naturally regulate the body temperature.
In fact, as your child is growing and playing outside let them get dirty. Give them a fighting chance at a normal life by allowing their immune system to develop like it should. When I was younger I played in the dirt, some days I would get so dirty you couldn’t see some of my skin, the dirt and mud was so thick. I thank my parents for letting my immune system develop normally and because of it I have no known allergies at all. Why won’t you give your children the same opportunity?
1.) “Sleeping on Animal Fur in Infancy Found to Reduce Risk of Asthma.” ERS International Congress. European Respiratory Society, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015. <http://www.erscongress.org/media-centre/press-releases/47-press-releases/216-sleeping-on-animal-fur-in-infancy-found-to-reduce-risk-of-asthma.html>.
2.) “Hygiene Hypothesis.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.