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Freedom from lice may have led to modern allergies
New Scientist ^ | Apr. 22, 2009 | Debora MacKenzie

Posted on 04/22/2009 5:32:15 PM PDT by decimon

Humanity's bug-infested past might be why we have more allergies today (Image: James Gathany/ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)

It is well established that intestinal parasites dampen mammalian immune reactions. But in a surprise result, scientists have found that another kind of parasite – the body louse – does too. That means the epidemic of allergic disorders in modern, urban people might be due to our having rid ourselves of lice and worms.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: allergies; crabs; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; lice
Hug a louse for health.
1 posted on 04/22/2009 5:32:15 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Any way you slice it....I hate those bugs!


2 posted on 04/22/2009 5:38:12 PM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: the lastbestlady
Any way you slice it....I hate those bugs!

Do you know if human lice are the same as those on cats and dogs?

3 posted on 04/22/2009 5:43:41 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I think I’ll stick with Claratin instead, thank you. LOL


4 posted on 04/22/2009 5:55:02 PM PDT by dajeeps
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To: decimon
Don't worry....those bugs have come back...


5 posted on 04/22/2009 5:55:21 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: dajeeps

Ditto for my Allegra.


6 posted on 04/22/2009 5:55:34 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: dajeeps

I like my Claratin as well.....just don’t give me Zyrtec.....it turns me into psycho bitch from hell.....


7 posted on 04/22/2009 5:59:49 PM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: decimon

I can assure you the total opposite is true for my household.


8 posted on 04/22/2009 6:04:55 PM PDT by Gabz
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To: decimon

9 posted on 04/22/2009 6:22:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

10 posted on 04/22/2009 6:27:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s what happens when you scratch the bite.


11 posted on 04/22/2009 6:29:17 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

12 posted on 04/22/2009 6:37:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: decimon

How long does the immune supression effect last, I wonder ? A lice infestation as a kid, would it give you an allergy free adulthood ? Or would you need to have parasites all the time ? Just wondering ?


13 posted on 04/22/2009 6:38:18 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Red Boots
How long does the immune supression effect last, I wonder ?

Good question but I have no idea.

14 posted on 04/22/2009 6:40:50 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Paved Paradise

Allegra (taken am); Singulair taken at the same time each evening; NasaCort at bedtime and Proventil (as needed) have made me human again. Of course I meet my Rx co-pay deductible by mid February...but I can breath and don’t break out in hives.


15 posted on 04/22/2009 6:41:09 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (M. Thatcher, "The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

But why do all that when a few friendly lice will do?

Couldn’t resist.


16 posted on 04/22/2009 6:42:42 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

I have read sooooo many times that we have all the allergies we have because we are “too clean.” One article, I read years ago claimed that daily hair washing removed all important pollens and allergens and by not having constant exposure (from allergens clinging to your hair) we make ourselves allergic. Who knows...

I’ll just continue taking my “stuff.”


17 posted on 04/22/2009 7:07:30 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (M. Thatcher, "The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Well I’m sure that’s right. I read a book several years ago while doing some research on autoimmune diseases. Allergies are on the lowest end of the spectrum - they are nothing more than an autoimmune response.

Anyway, the book pointed out that a doctor in the early part of the 20th century started experiencing symptoms that were, as we all know now, just basic allergy symptoms but he didn’t really know what they were and he tried to find other people to study with the same problem. Guess what? He could find very, very few people for his study.

Sure wouldn’t have that problem today, would he? I think there’s something to the “too clean” thing. Polio was another thing. A doctor came out with a good book about the polio epidemic and said that polio only happens in wealthy countries like the U.S., Canada, Britain, etc.

Interesting.


18 posted on 04/22/2009 7:10:15 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

yeah, but when i was a kid, in the 70’s, no one had lice and no one had allergies. I hate to say it but if they want to see where the allergies have come from check out the time line. allergies went up in direct proportion to homes becoming smoke free.


19 posted on 04/22/2009 8:00:58 PM PDT by annelizly
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated 4/22/2009.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks decimon.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


20 posted on 05/26/2013 5:22:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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