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CLEANING UP THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS.
May 17, 2017
I’ve just come across an excellent article in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – by science writer Megan Scudellari. The article is generously peppered with quotes from the lead proponent of the “old friends” hypothesis, Graham Rook, and his colleague, Sally Bloomfield.
Both argue that the term “hygiene hypothesis” is an historical anachronism and a misnomer because it is widely taken to mean that the key to later immune health requires a slackening in standards of hygiene, and that an obsession with hygiene and antimicrobial cleaning products is to blame for the current epidemics of allergic and autoimmune diseases. This literal interpretation of the hygiene hypothesis has been replaced with the understanding that it is the dysbiosis of the gut microbiome that is to blame for the poor regulation of our immune systems.
Rook is quoted as saying: “We know an awful lot now about why our immune system’s regulation is not in terribly good shape, and it’s got absolutely nothing to do with hygiene,” while Bloomfield weighs in with: “I’ve even seen things in the media saying we shouldn’t wash our hands. What the hell are they talking about?” Well worth a read.