Autoimmune Diseases in Modern Times

I give you a fascinating pair of articles from Wired on the topic of the dramatic rise of autoimmune diseases in modern times.

The first extracts some verbiage from a book on the topic, but specifically addresses the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean:

Book Excerpt: An Epidemic of Absence

That is a great set-up for the 2nd article:

Q&A: Parasites, Modern Life and Immune Systems Gone Haywire

In part:

A fast-growing body of research suggests that immune systems, produced by millions of years of evolution in a microbe-rich world, rely on certain exposures to calibrate themselves. Disrupt those exposures, as we have through modern medicine, food and lifestyle, and things go haywire.

Interesting theory.

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