Do you have allergies? Are you sensitive to certain foods or chemicals? If so, you are part of an epidemic explosion in the incidence of allergies and sensitivities in the U.S. and Western societies. The allergy epidemic is frequently blamed on the profusion of pollutants and toxic man-made chemicals in modern industrial society. And the conventional medical approach to dealing with allergies is to avoid exposure to allergens, and to block allergic reactions by using antihistamines.
But there is an alternative explanation and a more effective treatment, consistent with the theory of hormesis. The explanation is called the hygiene hypothesis and the treatment is called allergen immunotherapy. I’ll discuss these both shortly, but first let’s look at what is really behind the outbreak of allergies in the modern world. Read More