The hygiene hypothesis, which was coined from a british medical journal in 1989, refers to the fact that children who are exposed to pathogens, viruses and microbes early on in life will have a better immune system and have a lower rate of infection later on in life versus children who are not exposed to these different pathogens.
The hygiene hypothesis is the idea that the obsession with cleanliness along with other factors explain the increasing rates of allergies and asthma. The jury is still out, but there is also debate about whether the new levels of hygiene could be contributing to higher rates of multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Graves’ disease, Celiac disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
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