The Unintended (and Deadly) Consequences of Living in the Industrialized World

This article is a must read for parents obsessed with cleanliness:

  • “the more microbial agents that children are exposed to early in life, the less likely they are to develop allergies and autoimmune diseases later on.”
  • “Think about it this way: At birth, our immune cells make up an aggressive army with no sense of who its enemies are. But the more bad guys the immune system is exposed to during life’s early years, the more discerning it gets. “The immune system is programmed within the first two years of life,” says Knip. “With less early infection, the immune system has too little to do, so it starts looking for other targets.””
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