Friday Links – Gender and the Clean Western Childhood, Meal Sniffing

Women, Asthma, and the Hygiene Hypothesis
I’m pretty sure this marks the first time I’ve ever linked to a philosopher’s research on lung health.

Excess Airway Mucus Enzyme Discovered, Probably Leading to New Treatments
The same enzyme involved in other inflammatory conditions also plays a role in asthma and COPD, and guess what? The medicines to block it already exist – scientists just have to test whether they’ll work for lung patients, too.

Inhaling Your Food. Literally.
Do you remember reading about chocolate and coffee inhalers anywhere last spring? I didn’t write about them, but lots of other people did. Here’s that concept times 1,000.

Sarah’s Awesome Takedown of Richard Friedel, Asthma Quack
I have nothing to add to her post but this: if people could just train their bodies not to have asthma, the whole world would know about it.

If only it were that easy.

22 responses to “Friday Links – Gender and the Clean Western Childhood, Meal Sniffing”

  1. Steve says:

    This is particularly exciting news for me, as I fall in the class of severe asthmatics who have over-active mucus producing cells.( interestingly, I never cough stuff up).

    I have an email into Sally Wenzel to see if she knows anymore about this.
    I hope to write a follow up post in the future.
    Thanks for posting this Amy!

  2. Kelley says:

    -Interesting article, but…I live in the NW, home of really high rates of autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and MS…as in some of the highest rates in the country. I don’t think we’re that clean up here, but that the theorized link between very low vitamin D is likely; however, these are much higher in women, which I suspect has more to do with estrogen and all of the fun hormonal differences between men and women. I must concede that my asthma is very mild and I was a full-on tomboy in the dirt and sand, so….maybe?
    -I love any news about more effective treatment on the horizon. It gives me hope.
    -I can’t stand people who do this. Sarah’s blog on this is awesome! Thanks for the link and Happy Friday!

  3. kerri says:

    Okay that inhaling food thing is just WEIRD. I like it going into my tummy, thanks! :P

  4. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the plug!

    Regarding the hygiene hypothesis and girls being “cleaner,” I’m unsure.

  5. Amy says:

    Steve–Fingers crossed for you, big time.

    Kelley–I agree re: hormonal stuff. And while both my kids love being outside, AG is definitely more athletic/outdoorsy than her non-asthmatic sister and plenty of other girls AND boys her age. (Not that my family specifics prove any theory, one way or the other.)

    Anyway, it’s an interesting idea and probably worth looking at, just in case.

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