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Amish asthma test.

CHICAGO A study performed by the University of Chicago and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August has discovered significantly lower rates of asthma in Amish children (5%) compared to the national average (10.3%). Intriguingly, in Hutterite populations the rate was more than double (21.3%) in spite of a similar genetic background and lifestyle between the two groups.

Both Amish and Hutterites lead rural lives without many modern "vices" such as television or cars, but Hutterite farms use modern equipment and machinery--a stark contrast from the single-family dairy farms of many Amish communities.

Amish children spend much more time near animals than either urban children or Hutterite children. Since they are in and out of the house all day, this means the air in an Amish house is much richer in microbial activity. The body's innate immune system was strengthened by this exposure, which means less chance of asthma developing.

Of course, neither Amish nor Hutterite homes are dirty, and it's important to keep in mind that a too-clean home can have negative effects on personal health as well, ajlinks.ca/ amishasthma

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Title Annotation:Research Digest
Author:Parkinson, Jack
Publication:Alternatives Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2016
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