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An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases

by Brand: Scribner


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  • A brilliant, groundbreaking report on the dramatic rise of allergic and autoimmune disease, and the controversial
    therapies scientists are developing to correct these disorders.

    From asthma to 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 five—and likely more—Americans suffers from one of these ailments. We
    seem newly, and bafflingly, vulnerable to immune system malfunction. Why? One possibility is that we have systematically
    cleaned ourselves to illness; this belief 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.

    This groundbreaking book explores the promising but controversial “worm therapy”—deliberate infection with parasitic
    worms—in development to treat autoimmune disease. It explains why farmers’ children so rarely get hay fever, why allergy
    is less prevalent in former Eastern Bloc countries, and how one cancer-causing bacterium may be good for us. It probes
    the link between autism and a dysfunctional immune system. It investigates the newly apparent fetal origins of allergic
    disease—that a mother’s inflammatory response imprints on her unborn child, tipping the scales toward allergy.

    An Epidemic of Absence is a brilliant, cutting-edge exploration of the dramatic rise of allergic and autoimmune diseases
    and the controversial, potentially groundbreaking therapies that scientists are developing to correct these disorders.

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