Farm Effect

Health secrets of the Amish – NYT

In recent decades, the prevalence of asthma and allergies has increased between two- and threefold in the United States. These days, one in 12 kids has asthma. More are allergic. The uptick is often said to have started in the late 20th century. But the first hint of a population-wide affliction — the sneezing masses — came earlier, in the late 19th century, among the American and British upper classes. Hay fever so
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EconTalk podcast

Here’s an hour-long conversation with Russ Roberts over at EconTalk. Very gracious host. I love it that after reading Epidemic, people say, “I bet I had worms.”
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A cure for the Allergy Epidemic?

Allergies are often seen as an accident. Your immune system misinterprets a harmless protein like dust or peanuts as a threat, and when you encounter it, you pay the price with sneezing, wheezing, and in the worst cases, death. What prompts some immune systems to err like this, while others never do? Some of the vulnerability is surely genetic. But comparative studies highlight the importance of environment, beginnin
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