IF DOGS AND DIRT CREATE HEALTHIER CHILDREN;
WHAT DO ANTIBIOTICS AND VACCINES DO?
(Michaela, Malachi, and Bobus circa 2004)
According to Dr. Bergroth, "The amount of dirt is likely to correlate with bacterial diversity in the living environment, possibly affecting the maturation of the child's immune system and further affecting the risk of respiratory tract infections." But this should come as no surprise either. What have we learned over the past decade? We have discovered a shocking truth ---- that Americans are often not dirty enough. We have too many children that never play outside, never really get dirty, and live in a "sterile" environment ---- an environment saturated with antibacterial soaps, lotions, cleaners, detergents, and wipes.
Let's look at this another way. If things like dogs, dirt, and bacteria can positively affect a child's immune system by "developing / maturing" it properly, it would make sense that things like ANTIBIOTICS & VACCINES could potentially adversely affect a child's Immune System by not allowing it to develop / mature properly? Interestingly enough, I have been hearing this theory bantered around the scientific community since I entered Chiropractic School almost 25 years ago.
A quick search of the internet shows that there are many brilliant scientists and physicians who believe that because of Increasing numbers of Vaccinations and Antibiotic Overuse, we have traded acute childhood illnesses like Chicken Pox, Mumps, Measles, WHOOPING COUGH, etc, for chronic, debilitating illnesses such as CANCER, FIBROMYALGIA, NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS of all sorts, AUTISM, and on and on and on. In our age of "hi tech" medicine, it is easy to forget that 80% of your entire Immune System is made up of bacteria that reside in your gut (HERE). An indisputable fact is that Antibiotics assault your Immune System as opposed to strengthening it. In light of much current research, many believe that the same can be said of Vaccines.