A study has been released comparing the asthma and hay fever rates of Amish children and Swiss children and Swiss non-farm children. The one group I’ve not been able to find included in the study are non-Amish American farm children. Maybe I just missed it but I’ve read several abstracts of the study and can find no mention. That, to me, would seem to be important because is the study showing that AMISH children have lower asthma rates or FARM children in general? I’m unclear. I get that the study includes Swiss farm kids…but…I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something? The study’s findings show that Amish farm children have the lowest rates of asthma among the groups. It would have been helpful to include non-Amish American farm kids in the study because that would seem to eliminate any genetic factors found among the insular Amish that might fight off asthma. The study would seem to point to various environmental factors found on the farm that might inhibit asthma and hay fever. For instance, perhaps, we’ve all gone overboard on anti-bacterial sanitizers and the like. And, now – SIGH – this is an example of how the internet can echo-chamber an error. This is a more mainstream “wire service” version of the asthma story that is running…I first spotted the error on one news site this morning, now it is all over, can anyone spot what it is?