Is obsessive cleanthliness to blame for the increase in allergies among children?



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    It would certainly seem possible. Scientists have postulated this idea for a few years now, as asthma and allergy rates have been steadily rising since the 1980s. Likewise, the use of harsh cleaning products has also accelerated in this timeframe. The use of “germ-killing cleansers” everywhere keeps our immune systems from developing resistance to many things. Instead, our systems will attack otherwise harmless proteins that we may come in contact with. However, eating a “semisterile” diet also is connected to the rise in allergies. In the Western world, we eat food that has been thoroughly washed of any kind of bacteria, and is often cooked. This further decreases our exposure to microbes, and allows our immune system to remain unchallenged.

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