A 2018 study suggests that regular immunizations and excess cleaning may cause babies to become more susceptible to diseases such as childhood leukemia.
The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has been working for nearly 30 years to collect evidence to prove that the suppression of the immune system and lack of exposure to bacteria could be the cause of children developing more severe illnesses throughout their life. ICR has specifically been focusing on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which has the potential to harm one in 2,000 children.
What Is the Cause?
The study concluded that 1 in 20 children are affected with ALL. Professionals are saying this type of cancer most likely forms when a child is born with a mutation. The mutation in combination with the lack of exposure to bacteria will cause a weak immune system as the child develops, potentially causing the leukemia cells to form.
What Are the Professionals Saying?
Professor Mel Greaves, who helped lead the ICR during this study stated, “ALL is increasing globally at the rate of about one percent a year. The problem is not infection. The problem is lack of infection.”
Other healthcare organizations around the world also acknowledge the importance of this study. Cancer Research UK stated, “This research sheds light on how a form of childhood blood cancer might develop, implicating a complex combination of genetics and early exposure to germs, dirt, and illness.”
What Can You Do?
You may be concerned, and wonder how you could prevent such disease from developing in your child. You’ll be relieved to know that 90% of children diagnosed with ALL have been cured. This process, however, is long, and taxing on the child; not to mention toxic!
Professor Greaves (ICR) states that there are the three primary ways to make sure your child does not become susceptible to these childhood cancers. They are:
- See a healthcare professional see if your child was born with a genetic mutation that could influence their immune system.
- Be aware of your child’s immune system and its development.
- Do not over clean your home, so that the child can expose themselves to benign bacteria and viruses during the first year of their life.
The report mentions the importance of keeping your child socially active because this allows them to exposure to the “right” bacteria they may not find at home. Daycares, older relatives, day-to-day errands can also help expose your child to the other forms of bacteria in a productive way.
These are just some ways to build your child’s immune system. Discover additional ways to build a healthy immune response in your child today.