Growing up on a farm, reduces incidence of allergies

Recent study confirms growing up on a farm in the prenatal period and the first year of life, reduces the prevalence of allergic rhinitis later in life.  Exposure to highly diverse microbial environments on traditional farms (cows, cultivation), results in significant bacterial diversity in the microbiome of the nose and gut of children. These bacteria have anti-inflammatory effects that is thought to prevent allergic diseases by balancing the TH1:Th2 ratio. For more information about the Microflora Hypothesis, refer to my book Healthy Home Healthy Family.