Children’s early interactions with their environment are essential for the immune systems to learn to differentiate between safe versus dangerous disease-causing microbes.
COVID-19 prevention measures are at odds with guidelines for healthy development of children’s immune systems. The result may be a cluster of youth with more allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease.
We’re cleaning and washing our hands perhaps more than we ever have before. But suggestions that all this this extra hygiene could weaken our immune systems are unfounded.
Modern diets are changing the compositions of our gut microbiota, and with that, our personalities.
For most of the twentieth century, we were at war with microbes, leading to substantial changes in our body’s ecosystem. This has changed our diets, disease profile, moods and even personalities.
There are downsides to clean hands.
Food poisoning or allergies – which to go for.
The types of bugs that may be calling your lungs home.
Understanding the bugs in our lungs could help treat certain diseases, including asthma.
Being too clean isn’t what’s making us sick. It’s the loss of biodiversity in the bacteria and organisms that live in our bodies and work with the immune system.
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world.
Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don’t yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.
I can’t believe it isn’t true.
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Most people who report allergies don’t actually have them – and there are other things you may find surprising.
Early exposure to siblings and dogs may help to train the developing immune system.
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Thinking of jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon? Better think again.
The Neolithic Revolution introduced a whole range of new foods and proteins into the human digestive tract. But this phenomenal change created the perfect conditions for the rise of coeliac disease. While…
Could cleanliness be causing the rise of auto-immune diseases and allergies?
Could our obsession with cleanliness in our homes be working against us? Advertisers fetishise germ-free kitchens and bathrooms where the threat of “harmful bacteria” is always lurking but can be eradicated…