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Cleanliness Equals More Sickliness? March 4, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Enviroment.
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Immune Systems Increasingly On Attack – washingtonpost.com
Our obsession with germs and cleanliness is not exposing children the ability to develop resistance and anti-bodies.  Some studies now indicate that more than half of the U.S. population has at least one allergy.

The cause remains the focus of intense debate and study, but some researchers suspect the concurrent trends all may have a common explanation rooted in aspects of modern living — including the “hygiene hypothesis” that blames growing up in increasingly sterile homes, changes in diet, air pollution, and possibly even obesity and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. (more…)

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