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More Pets, Fewer Allergies

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Recent data demonstrate the more pets infants are exposed to early in life, the lower their risk of allergies, wheezing and atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions are the result of an immune mediated response in your body to a protein molecule. The reaction triggers the release of a powerful combination of histamine, leukotrienes and prostaglandins affecting multiple organ systems
  • In the U.S., allergic reactions create a financial burden over $18 billion; food allergies have a financial burden exceeding $25 billion each year in lost productivity, medical costs and treatments
  • Additional countermeasures include using locally sourced honey and raw milk, optimizing your vitamin D levels, using herbs and supplements and addressing leaky gut syndrome

True allergies are mediated by exposure to foreign proteins in the environment, triggering immunoglobulin-e (IgE) antibodies. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, up to 40 percent of the global population are sensitized to some type of foreign protein.

According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans experience some type of allergic reaction each year, and it is the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. Allergic conditions, seasonal allergies and food allergies are the most common health issues affecting children in the U.S.


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