4 thoughts on “Infant and Adult Inhalation Exposure Research”

  1. You need exposure to these bacteria and spores to help build an immune system. For example, American Academy of Pediatrics agrees you should introduce your kids to all foods by age 6 months, else earlier (yes, solid foods too), to ensure they don't have any allergies later in life. Just as a baby's brain needs stimulation, input, and interaction to develop normally, the young immune system is strengthened by exposure to everyday germs so that it can learn, adapt, and regulate itself, notes Thom McDade, PhD, associate professor and director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern University. Children who were exposed to more animal feces (living on farms) and had more cases of diarrhea before age 2 had less incidence of inflammation in the body as they grew into adulthood (Inflammation has been linked to many chronic adulthood illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's). The immune system is just involved in allergies, autoimmune diseases, and asthma, but think about its role in inflammation and other degenerative diseases, microbial exposures early in life may be important… to keep inflammation in check in adulthood.

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