reply to post by WyrdeOne
You make an outstanding point about our modern cultre being over "hygieneized" (made that word up). I remember spending my childhood in trees,
using our spit to wash off wounds, and combing burrs out of our hair. Parents would keel over now if that were the case. And as a result of our
active youths, we were rarely ill.
As well, exposure to nature, whether livestock or other forms CAN help (unless we worry about Hanta...). The highest rates of children's asthma is
in inner cities- the TB of the 21st century..
And our adaptibility (re: sickle cell and malaria) shows we hve co-evolved with microbes. The problem is US- not the microbes. WE have pushed the
microbes to an unnatural state, and not vice versa, IMO