Pigpen was right!

From the Journal of Allergy and Immunology:

Healthier than Lucy?

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Infants who encounter a wide range of bacteria are at less risk of developing allergies later in life, researchers in Denmark said.

Professor Hans Bisgaard of Gentofte Hospital and the University of Copenhagen said 25 percent of the population of Denmark suffer from allergies.

“In our study of 411 children we observed a direct link between the number of different bacteria in their rectums and the risk of development of allergic disease later in life,” Bisgaard said in a statement. “Reduced diversity of the intestinal microbiota during infancy was associated with increased risk of allergic disease at school age, but if there was considerable diversity, the risk was reduced and the greater the variation, the lower the risk.

Time to let the young’uns roll in the mud!

Seriously…this study adds even more oomph to the argument against the steadily increasing cesarean rate, as the best way to acquire a diverse intestinal microbiota (the germs that live in your bowel and promote health in a number of ways) is to start life with a trip through the birth canal.

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