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Early Microbial Exposure Prevents Leukemia

microbial exposure prevents leukemia

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  • Among children born with a genetic mutation that can cause acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), lack of exposure to common infections in the first 12 months of life may increase their risk of later developing a virus or bacteria that triggers ALL
  • This “delayed infection” theory thus posits that “priming” the immune system via exposure to a variety of germs, dirt and microbes in early life is essential for its optimal function later
  • Missing out on this key process, which is becoming increasingly common in developed countries that value regular disinfection and antibacterial cleaning products, could set the stage for the development of ALL

By Dr. Mercola

Exposure to microbes, or lack thereof, has long been named as a factor in developing diseases ranging from allergies to asthma. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer, may also have a microbial link, according to Melvyn Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, U.K.

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