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by Moises Velasquez-Manoff

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Title:An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases
Authors:Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Info:Scribner (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:non-fiction, science, immune system, parasites (worms), bacteria in the gut, allergies, MS, irritable bowel syndrome, Chrohn's disease

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Interesting insight into the possible causes of the increase in autoimmune diseases in our society. ( )
  CentralPeninsulaHosp | Sep 9, 2013 |
This is not a difficult book to understand. Anyone who suffers from these types of diseases, or knows someone who does, should read this book. ( )
  misssusan | Mar 3, 2013 |
I would recommend this book to anyone with a background or interest in biology, as it is heavy on the science. That said, that is what makes the book great, as it doesn't gloss over things but gives us all the research, for and against the various theories that have been proposed about the huge increase in allergies and auto-immune diseases in our modern developed world with its emphasis on hygiene. Fascinating and informative, it includes the author's own experience with dosing himself with hookworms to try to overcome allergies. ( )
  Scrabblenut | Jan 21, 2013 |
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Whether it is asthma, food or pollen allergies, type-1 diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, or Crohn's disease, everyone knows someone who suffers from an allergic or autoimmune disorder. And if it appears that the prevalence of these maladies has increased recently, that's because it has--to levels never before seen in human history. These days no fewer than one in fiv, and likely more, Americans suffer from one of these ailments. We seem newly, and bafflingly, vulnerable to immune system malfunction. Why? Science writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff explains the latest thinking about this problem and explores the remarkable new treatments in the works. In the past 150 years, improved sanitation, water treatment, and the advent of vaccines and antibiotics have saved countless lives, nearly eradicating diseases that had plagued humanity for millennia. But now, a growing body of evidence suggests that the very steps we took to combat infections also eliminated organisms that kept our bodies in balance. The idea that we have systematically cleaned ourselves to illness challenges deeply entrenched notions about the value of societal hygiene and the harmful nature of microbes. Yet scientists investigating the rampant immune dysfunction in the developed world have inevitably arrived at this conclusion. To address this global "epidemic of absence," they must restore the human ecosystem.… (more)

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