For many, spring is the season of sniffles n’ sneezes, thanks to pesky allergies. But Dutch researchers at Utrecht University have discovered a trend that COULD assist allergy sufferers – unfortunately, the treatment is rather laborious….
Move close to a farm.
Researchers surveyed a group of 2,500 adults, ages 20 to 72. The team found that nearly 30 percent of the adults had allergies of some kind. Then, they looked at how close participants’ homes were to any livestock farm; the data revealed that participants who lived within 1,000 feet of livestock were 26 percent less likely to have allergies compared to those who lived farther away.
Now, before you list the house and go all ‘Green Acres’ on us, the study IS observational in nature, meaning it can’t prove cause and effect. It’s believed that “elevated levels of components of (potentially protective) gram-negative bacteria” that were prominent in the atmosphere around farms, and downwind from areas in close proximity to the farms, may help prevent allergies in humans.
SO….forget the Reactin. Just move next to a bunch of cows. ~ Jason