[Ok first, if you haven’t checked out Dirty=Good & The Hygiene Hypothesis, start there; otherwise:]
Just a short while ago, RadioLab replayed their fantastic September ’09 episode on Parasites!
The most important segment of-which was called “Sculptors of Monumental Narrative”, about Jasper Lawrence, a man who cured himself of basically ALL allergies by going WAAY out of his way to deliberately contract a parasite.
-One that’s rumored to help great swathes of the immune system, especially for people with some auto-immune disorders.
So check it out there or listen here to Dickson Despommier & Pat Walters on parasites and their relation to hygiene. -Hey where have we heard about that idea before??!?!?!?
“MONSTERS!”, by Flickr user, postbear eater of worlds
• Source: RadioLab-Parasites
• via: WNYC.org
• More Coverage: Columbia-Dickson Despommier | John D. Rockefeller.org | Rockefeller Archive Center-“Unhooking the Hookworm” | Jasper Lawrence’s AutoImmune Therapies | GuardianUK-Hookworm