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May 01, 2008

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actually there is some logic to the conclusion they drew, but i don't think they fully explained it in this article. When your immune system is first exposed to a virus or bacteria it has no experience to draw on and therefore is unsure how to tackle this new enemy, however once it has learned how to fight the virus or bacteria you are prepared for future encounters (this is how immunizations work, introduce a small amount of a particular virus so your body can learn how to fight it. Now what dogs have to do with this. Dogs are fairly dirty animals (not meant as an insult to dogs) they lick places you wouldn't want to lick, eat things that have been lying around on the ground picking up all sorts of nasties, and thats fine for dogs, evolution have given them a very strong immune system (particularly their saliva has many anti bacterial and anti viral properties). However humans are not blessed with such a strong immune system, so when fluffy licks our face (or is around us) they pass on all those germs. This is how having a dog can strengthen your immune system by exposing you to germs you would normally be rarely exposed to. By the way 99% of scientific studies aren't flawed, the flaw mainly occurs when people other than the scientists who did the study (e.g. the journalist writing the article) draw conclusions that they really can't draw from the results.

Ranzear

"/Previous/ studies have suggested that exposure to pets may have a protective effect against allergies but many of these studies were based on retrospective questioning of subjects about their exposure."

Key word pseudo-italicized. You failed to notice that the study subjected in the article goes against what you pointed out, it was planned ahead of time and then executed, /unlike/ the previous studies that were retrospective surveys.

It is solid theory now that growing up too clean is what promotes environmental allergies. Furthermore, emotional trauma combined with an allergen, such as beestings at a young age, can develop and worsen an allergy with successive events.

Don't refute the method, but instead try to cross-examine and interpret the study for yourself. I don't see you working with 400 families with children trying to de-randomize thinking about allergens and exposure to them.

Personal note: I grew up with dogs, cats, rabbits, and snakes. I hated mowing the yard as I was generally uncompensated for my acre of work. I developed a grass allergy around my mid-teens that annually destroys the livability of this season for me.

icantseeyou

I grew up with an Alaskan Malamute. They shed TONS. My neighbor who I hung out with all the time had a cat. My father made me mow the freakin lawn ALL the time.

Since I was in high school I have been taking over the counter allergy medications that barely helped. It was so bad that I couldnt concentrate and had a hard time breathing.

Then in college 20 years ago I was given a nose spray called Vascense... it worked PERFECTLY - allergies were gone (except cat... I hate cats). They stopped making it and now I use Beconase which also works great. I will be taking these the rest of my life.

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