There is pretty exciting new evidence that shows that if your family has a pet while your mom is pregnant or during the first 3 months of your life you are at a lower risk for allergies and obesity. This is the critical period that our immune systems are forming and the exposure to dirt and bacteria from your pets can help build immunity. Growing up with a pet specifically increases the amount of Ruminococcus and Oscillospira, which have been linked to reduced allergies and obesity. Children with dogs also have lower rates of asthma. All the more reason to go get a dog.
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT
I really liked this book. My main area of interest is in ecology, so big picture stuff like climate change is really important. I’m even in a class right now called Plant Responses to Global Change where we talk about how climate change is affecting vegetation. We have analyzed climate data and looked at trends and the whole shebang. We talk a lot about why people don’t believe in climate change, and basically everything Dr. Anderson says is in this book.
I obviously believe it is happening and understand what is going on because I deal with it in class almost daily. Dr. Anderson actually received a book in the mail not too long ago that she showed us which was put out by the NIPCC (the Non-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – There is a legitimate group called the IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well) which was full of cherry picked data trying to show that the Earth is actually cooling or something ridiculous. Most people have literally no idea what’s going on and will believe anything they see that looks remotely true, like what Stoknes says, but putting information out just for that purpose is pretty lame. I personally think that these people need to find something better to do with their time.
Anyways, even though I had already heard a lot of this info, I still really enjoyed the book and thought it was pretty interesting.