Bacteria and fungi offer protection against asthma
One of the tenants of alternative medicine is that natural is usually better. This means, in part, that for healthy immune system development, children and infants should be exposed to naturally occurring microbes.
A study from Germany adds evidence to this idea. Several studies have shown that children living on farms are significantly less likely to develop asthma than others. According to the researchers their study shows that the lower susceptibility of farm children to asthma can largely be accounted for by the fact that they are exposed to a greater variety of microorganisms than other children living in the same regions
The researchers have identified several species that might be responsible for the reduction in asthma risk. If so, the results have broad implications for the prevention of asthma in other sectors of the population.