Are We Killing Ourselves with Cleanliness?

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Are We Killing Ourselves with Cleanliness?

Post by Librarian » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:42 am

Hmmm... LSD to solve cat allergies? My gf's little boy's school has declared itself an "nut-free" zone.
Are We Killing Ourselves with Cleanliness? As Number of Allergy Sufferers Soar, Potential Cures Are More Radical

Alternative theories abound on why developed countries have such high rates of allergic reactions

In a Boston hospital, people are eating whipworm eggs.

Too small to see, they're swigged in cups of tasteless, odorless clear liquid. Once swallowed, they lodge in the gut and produce larvae. They're parasites, known clinically as Trichuris suis. Are they the next big thing in allergy relief?

Pathologist Marie-Helene Jouvin, who launched this study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with allergist/immunologist Mariana Castells, hopes they are -- and the sooner the better, as America's allergy rate is soaring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of young Americans with food allergies soared nearly 20 percent in the last decade. Eight percent of children under six now have food allergies. The number of adults with allergies has risen too
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Re: Are We Killing Ourselves with Cleanliness?

Post by Kitsune » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:45 pm

There is a trend right now and I can say that I have more allergies now than I did as a child, but I think a lot of the problem is that people used to have allergies to something and just try to avoid the thing that made them ill. Now people insist that the items be kept away from them as though every needs to cater to the omnipresent "health concerns".

Personally, I have an allergy to fluffy animals (rabbits, cats and dogs, mostly), but that doesn't mean I refuse to stay in somebodies house if they have them (in fact I usually end up cuddling with the rascals).
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Re: Are We Killing Ourselves with Cleanliness?

Post by Librarian » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:43 am

It could also be a case of many more cultures mixing. Scandinavains run a 10% rate of lactose intolerance while Asians are at 90%. What do you suppose happens when these two groups get together?
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