Burning Coal Is Healthier for Your Kids! Just Like I Thought

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Post Thu. Mar. 22, 2007 5:51 pm

Never expected to see this.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/312/7044/1448

The youngest here has asthma, no trouble all winter. Could it be the coal?

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Post Sun. Mar. 25, 2007 6:58 pm

This goes along with what I've always maintained - that it is far better to expose kids to a little dust, dirt, and germs rather than having them live in a nearly sterile, antiseptic environment as some would strive for. It revs up their immune system and gives it something to work on.

Our kids (16 & 13) grew up in this house, heated exclusively by wood or coal; we have no central heating system. Both have been surprisingly healthy as compared to their schoolmates. We also have cats and dogs, and while we try to keep it clean I wouldn't describe our house as spotless.

Coincidence?


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Post Sun. Mar. 25, 2007 8:02 pm

Oo-v-oO wrote:This goes along with what I've always maintained - that it is far better to expose kids to a little dust, dirt, and germs rather than having them live in a nearly sterile, antiseptic environment as some would strive for.
Can't say I agree with the dust but wholeheartedly agree with the germs part. Stands to reason that someone that has been exposed to such things is going to have a stronger immune system, on the other hand trying to kill off every little microbe just makes them stronger. Similar to what you are seeing happening with anti-biotics, no longer effective because people run out for them every time they get a sniffle.

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