The FDA, which shut down Farmer Dan Allgyer’s raw milk business, for health reasons, apparently hasn’t seen the study which finds a remarkably low rate of allergies among Amish children. These kids were compared to cohorts of other farm children and those who are not raised on farms. U.S. Amish kids were compared to Swiss kids in an attempt to control for common genetic factors, and still a considerable difference was seen.
Other studies point to the farm environment, exposure to certain microorganisms, and to cows. Raw cows milk is also associated with the reduced allergy incidence.
This latest study, led by Dr. Mark Holbreich showed 7 percent of Amish kids testing positive for a skin prick allergy test, while 25 percent of Swiss farm kids, and 44 percent of other Swiss children tested positive.
Allergies are big medical business. Perhaps crony capitalism is the reason that the FDA felt such a need to shut down Dan Allgyer’s farm.