Show: July 29, 2012:
- What makes Amish children less susceptible to allergies?
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- How can urban farming affect impoverished American families?
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- Does the secret to health lie in the first 20 minutes of exercise?
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What makes Amish children less susceptible to allergies?
Interview: Mark Holbreich, M.D., specialist in the treatment of complex asthma and allergies at Allergy and Asthma Consultants in Indianapolis.
In his studies of children in northern Indiana Amish communities, Mark Holbreich, M.D., discovered a very low incidence of allergies and asthma in comparison to children who donít live on a farm. It has been theorized that pregnant womenís and childrenís exposure to barns, large animals and unpasteurized milk contribute to their invincibility to allergies. Specific immune changes occur when children and pregnant women are exposed to a wide array of allergens and pathogens that train the immune system not to overreact to harmless allergens. Holbreich, a specialist in the treatment of complex asthma and allergies at Allergy and Asthma Consultants in Indianapolis, shares how the setup of Amish families affects their health, as well as recommendations for people who do not live on farms.