The original idea was that decreased infections in childhood due to hygiene led to a weak immune system, prone to allergies - but. If the problem is that we are too clean, then, hypothetically, the issue can be easily resolvedby getting dirty, right? Wrong.
This is the opinion expressed today by Dr William Parker in the "Conversation". He says "What we actually have is a biodiversity problem. Our clean, indoor-centered lives and a Western diet rich in processed foods have depleted our biomes – the bacteria and worms that naturally live in our bodies, our guts in particular. These organisms play a role in the development and regulation of our immune systems, and scientists have identified the loss of biodiversity as being central to the high rates of inflammatory diseases in the developed world.
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