Want a life free of allergy and asthma symptoms? Head on down to the farm. According to recent news reports, studies have shown that Amish children have lower rates of asthma and allergies than the general population and even children from other rural settings. The protection from asthma is believed to be related to the apparently unique house dust the Amish live with.
Sound like fiction? Here’s the science:
The protection is believed to be related to the “hygiene hypothesis,” which essentially theorizes that as humans have become increasingly clean, autoimmune and allergic diseases have increased. Perhaps our immune systems are bored and under-stimulated? Or, maybe the primordial infectious agents that evolved with humans actually provided us some protection through a misunderstood symbiotic relationship!?
It’s all just (fascinating) speculation currently, but the recent news about the Amish lends some validity to the argument. The correlation certainly exists: some allergy rates have climbed more than 50 percent in just the last 20 years for the general U.S. population.
However, before you quit dusting in order to cure your allergies or asthma, you should know that the exact correlation is not known and it’s believed in the case of the Amish that dairy cows play a role. So, unless you plan on pasturing cattle in the backyard, keeping your house free of dust and particulate is a better defense.
Fighting allergies if you don’t live ‘down on the farm’
If you suffer from asthma and allergy symptoms; pollen, dust and mold are the usual culprits. No matter how hard homeowners try, these invaders will always find their way inside the house. However, with a high-efficiency air purifier, the particles can be trapped and removed from the air before they enter your lungs and cause symptoms.
With whole-home solutions, you can fight allergy and asthma symptoms without turning your house into a barn!