- Study compared children on Amish farms in Indiana to children in Switzerland, where most Amish originate
- Amish children have 5 percent allergy rate, compared to 11.2 percent among Swiss kids
Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.
‘The rates are very, very low,’ said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study’s lead author.
‘So there’s something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish’ than in European farming communities.