Re: Allergies in todays societyDec 29th, 2009
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What I really think, on the subject of allergies, is that there are two factors involved. First, we're far too clean. A lot of kids these days spend their early years in a near-sterile environment, their immune systems do not encounter all the pathogens and allergens they did when I was a kid so they don't learn to cope with them at the age when they're best able to do so. Stroll down the detergents and cleansers aisle at any grocery store, how many of the products are advertised as "anti-bacterial?" Don't use those products, plain old soap and water and bleach are all anybody needs, those other products just create resistant strains of super bugs. And if your immune system's already compromised by what amounts to a lack of experience, when it encounters common stuff like ragweed pollen it badly over-reacts.
Second, there are now a whole lot of synthetic substances in our environment that nothing is evolved to cope with, like plastics and pesticides. There are no bacteria that break them down or use them in metabolism, they persist for decades and do harm far beyond their design parameters. DDT is the classic example, a superlatively effective insecticide, but it persists for years and concentrates up the food chain, causing metabolic disturbances in predators like birds.
We're not dirty enough, and we've crapped up our environment with toxins nothing is equipped to deal with. A large...
What about food allergies? Francis has a son allergic to nuts. We don't grow up around nuts here (well - not the kind you eat anyway). I'm allergic to prawns and from what I've heard, fish itself which is supposed to be so good for us, is the food most people are allergic to. My cantaloupe washing son grew up playing baseball and indoor and outdoor volleyball yet he is allergic to every grass there is. I'm not sure that exposure is the answer either. I do agree that we are too clean but I don't know how to make myself stop being that way. I'm not sure I want to.