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BarkingUnicorn: "Interestingly, the development of the allergy in people older than nine isn't linked to wealth at all."Wonder why. Did the excessive hygiene stuff begin less than ten years ago?
Heamer: This is just an anecdote; feel free to draw your own conclusions.
Heamer: CSB:I dated a German girl a couple years back who was in the states working as an au pair. Through some serious networking prowess (and a bit of luck), she managed to work for a handful of very wealthy families off and on over the course of about a year and a half (yes, I realize that it's mostly rich folks who can afford an au pair, but bear with me). She began to notice that the wealthier families tended to be more hygiene-obsessed (one woman in Chicago requiring her kids to wash/sanitize their hands upwards of 7-8 times a day), and that their kids had more allergies, to a wider array of ordinarily innocuous things.This is just an anecdote; feel free to draw your own conclusions.
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the_colors: I'm deathly allergic to cats and mildly allergic to dogs and I had both as a child. Exposure did not work for my pathetic immune system.
cptjeff: As a kid, I licked the cat, ate food off counters, played in dirt, climbed trees, scraped my knee, ate peanut butter with my fingers straight out of the jar, and did everything kids used to do until not all that long ago. My dad, a pediatrician, encouraged all this. Guess what? I grew up with a bulletproof immune system. I have no allergies, not even to poison ivy (I think I just got lucky on that one though).
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