Great article Susan! I've been saying for years that the reason there are so many ill children these days is because they are too sanitized. Us boomers shared garden hoses and soda bottles, played in the dirt, then ate something (when mom wasn't watching...LOL), we didn't always wash our hands, we weren't dragged to the doctor for antibiotics when we got a cold or fever - our moms treated us first and if after a day or two things didn't improve or were worse, then we went to the doctor, and still we were not immediately put on antibiotics. We didn't get sick often, kids with allergies was almost unheard of, in fact I didn't know of any. In all my youth I only knew 1 kid who had asthma - today it seems every kid has asthma or allergies. I truly believe it is a combination of too much sanitization, not to mention some of the chemicals in our foods. Kids cannot grow up to be healthy on all levels when they are kept in bubble.
Sorry for the ramble, I was just so glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks we have become "too clean".