Exposure to animal-specific microbes has beneficial effects, including potentially strengthening infants’ immune systems. Some of these findings have been helpfully summarized by veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker at healthypets.mercola.com. In my opinion, the developing immune system “interrogates” viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that enter our bodies, and is coupled with the microbiome in our guts. The more diverse the microbial population, the better the immune system is “educated” to function against allergens and potentially harmful microorganisms. SUNSHINE MILLS RECALLS DOG FOOD DUE TO AFLATOXINSunshine Mills recalled three varieties of dog food due to high levels of aflatoxin, a naturally occurring byproduct of mold that can cause lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice if ingested.