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Old 03-15-2013, 04:09 AM - Thread Starter
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I heard an update to this on NPR but can't find the link, however, I found the original 2012 article and think this is pretty amazing! A map of the microbes on our bodies? Did you know that only one in ten of our cells are human? The rest are viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.  The guest mentioned that this could be a contributor to the relatively recent increase in food and other allergies.

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"Taking too many antibiotics, our obsession with cleanliness and even maybe the increase in babies being delivered by Caesarean section may disrupt the normal microbiome..."

"...the microbes in a pregnant woman's birth canal start to change just before she gives birth. Scientists think that's so their babies are born with just the right microbiomes they'll need to live long, healthy lives."


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Martha Testerman, Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator in the Concord, NH area

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Definately food for thought. Especially when you think you are doing your best for the little one by making sure they are clean!

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I agree. Too much use of antibacterial soaps and cleaning products...not enough time outdoors-playing in the dirt, rolling around in the grass, not enough exposure to pets &'s no wonder people are so allergic & sick. Our bodies need exposure to these things to build our immune systems! 

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This is an older post. 


They hygiene hypothesis is not new in the allergy world.  It is also just that, a guess.  There is a lot more to it including genetics and other environmental factors at work here!

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