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  •  I've known about the link between growing up (3+ / 0-)

    around animals and dirt and asthma for a number of years now. It was interesting to hear about the connection between dirt, pardon me, soil and other health issues.

    I'd just like to caution everyone against making too total a link between these findings, which I totally believe, and any given case. My sister and I are close in age and we played together outside all the time as children. We lived near a park and all the kids would meet there, without supervision, and play and get incredibly dirty until sundown. If anything, with me as a bookworm and her as a tomboy, she got dirtier more often than I did. Yet she is seemingly allergic to everything and has asthma and I lucked out. I'm allergic to close to nothing, and nothing at all that's naturally occurring, at least that I've found.

    It just bothers me because I feel that there's a real tendency to blame the victim for a lot of health issues. It seems that if anyone mentions a health issue, rather than getting understanding and sympathy, they get blasted with accusatory questions about lifestyle. Then the heartless person crows about their own perfect health which they believe is direct evidence of their virtuous lives.

    These factors decrease the likelihood someone will develop these illnesses, it's not a one to one correlation or perfect cause and effect.

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