Natural Exposure to Disease

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Natural Exposure to Disease
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Thu, 07-10-2008 - 12:56am

How many of you have been told that an infant's immune system is exposed to the same kind of threats on a regular basis (ie. in the car, at the mall, in daycare) even more so than being exposed to ANY vaccine?

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 12:08pm

ITA Jamie,

Further my infants gut was fed breastmilk for the first six months exclusively (not even medication of any kind). And I continue to nurse her still which means she has plenty of immunological matter (I know not the correct term) in her gut from my breastmilk also.






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Registered: 09-18-2007
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 3:38pm

I think you have touched on something I have observed about our society, an almost OCD paranoia about germs. Everything has anti-bacterial agents in them, which is breeding stronger, more resistant bacteria. In reality our immune system depends on being exposed to germs in our environment. A classic example is small pox. Even though it was a horrible disease for the Europeans, they had evolved with it for many centuries and developed a balance with it. When they introduced it to the Native Americans, it devastated them because they had never had any natural exposure to this disease.

Infants, children, and adults are supposed to be exposed to antigens in our environment. Those that survive the encounter go on to have children who are more resistant, etc. In the natural world, the strong survive and the weak die off which makes the species stronger. Humans are manipulating with the natural order so that the weak also survive. This may not be the best practice for the strength of our species.

When you apply this to vaccines and anti-bacterial everything, we may be inadvertently making our species more susceptible to disease and more likely to die from disease.

Cindy

DD 02/21/2008
DS 04/09/1995

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Sun, 07-13-2008 - 5:11pm

Very important aspect of breastfeeding.

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Sun, 07-13-2008 - 5:14pm

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Absolutely, ITA.


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Couldn't have said it better myself.

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Tue, 07-15-2008 - 11:22am
I agree with you about people being OCD about germs. I know a lady who wipes everything down w/anti-bacterial cleaners. Her house is no doubt immaculate! (Actually I've been there and it did seem quite clean but I didn't examine it closely.) I've always said that her kids' bodies won't know what to do when their bodies encounter a germ! My house is certainly not that clean. It's clean enough. I also think all those fumes from trying to keep an immaculate house can't be healthy.
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Registered: 09-18-2007
Tue, 07-15-2008 - 11:32pm
I agree, all the fumes from cleaning are probably worse than a few germs. I saw an episode of Dr. Phil with a lady who was OCD. A doctor took swabs from areas she had scrubbed to death in her house and there were still bacteria there that grew in a culture. So, no matter how hard you scrub, some will survive. Then if you over use anti-bacterial products, the surviving germs become more resistant. I only use anti-bacterial if I am cleaning a spot that had raw meat, animal waste, or something really dirty or disease infested like that.

Cindy

DD 02/21/2008
DS 04/09/1995

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 07-16-2008 - 7:45am
Plain old fashion vinegar works wonders....

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 07-16-2008 - 11:49am
My mom always used vinegar. And my husband thinks it's great. But I absolutely can't stand the smell of it! (Especially when I'm pregnant.)
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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 07-16-2008 - 12:29pm

if you think the smell is bad - try drinking it. ;-)


Rands

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 07-16-2008 - 1:16pm
My husband drinks apple cider vinegar and sometimes adds it to his bath water. I told him it's wife repellent!

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