I just wrote about The New York Times’ Jane Brody last week. So I’m reluctant to do it again so soon. But, she has once again written a piece that hits at the heart of immune balance - the hygiene hypothesis. Two other posts on this blog from last year–highlighting a Washington Post article and an NBC Nightly News story–both address the same immune balance theory (which seems now to be moving past the theory stage and into the validation stage).
Brody’s piece in the Sunday New York Times takes it even further. She talks with an immunologist who says kids should be allowed to have two dogs and a cat to expose them to intestinal worms, which can help the kids form a healthy immune system.
The unaddressed question in all of this: can grown adults who may have been raised in an over-hygiened environment still do something to balance and reset their immune system? Hmmmmmmm. That’s the EpiCor of the matter.