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> <no_reply@> wrote:
> > The chemicals probably effect us too. According to one theory they
> > confuse the genetic memory of our immune system and our bodies
> > pick fight with peanuts and tomatoes, with anything. This leads to
> > epidemic of allergies. Allergies were very rare in the beginning of
> > 20th century.
> To be fair, there's other factors too perhaps. A lot of weaker babies
> just died, and our houses are almost vacuum packed (not to mention
That's true, allergies don't have a completely satisfactory explanation
yet. But the problem of allergy is not the weakness of organism. Vice
versa, allergy is the excess of resistance power applied by our own
bodies. Our strong bodies pick friendly targets. In the worst cases of
autoallergy body starts to fight with its own tissues. For example skin
peels off, bloody mess.
Children mortality was high when the birth rate was also high. Now the
mortality is low and birth rate is low too. In the beginning of the
20th century 5% of German village population had some allergy, only 5%
of people lived in cities. In 1970s 5% of population lived in the
German countryside and 95% of them had some allergies. The reduced
mortality of children cannot explain such a big statistical change.
It is also a question of science fiction weather we can evolve fast
enough to keep up with the speed of changes in environment caused by