OPINION: A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic


Originally Posted as an OPINION NY Times Sunday Review

A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic?

Celyn Brazier

By MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF Published: November 9, 2013

WILL the cure for allergies come from the cowshed?

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, beginning, it seems, in the womb. Microbes are one intriguing protective factor. Certain ones seem to stimulate a mother’s immune system during pregnancy, preventing allergic disease in children.

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