Essay on Why We Get Sick The Increased Prevalence?

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For roughly the past one hundred years the prevalence of allergies has been increasing (Isolauri, Huurre, Salminen, Impivaara 2004). According to Randolph Nesse and George Williams authors of Why We Get Sick the increased prevalence is one of the most worrisome health issues that demands real answers. Nesse and Williams, two leaders in the field of Darwinian Medicine, have posited several hypotheses as to why allergies are increasing. Some of their theories have become refuted while others remain plausible, if not definitively verified. In the years since their book was written several studies have proven fruitful in more accurately pinpointing the causes behind the escalation in allergic reactions. The studies, while not exhaustive have put modern medical practice on the right track to determine how to combat allergies and possibly reverse the trend. The most promising of the studies have been based upon the “Hygiene Hypothesis”. The hygiene hypothesis has already had many ramifications for nearly all-autoimmune diseases. Research based on the hypothesis has already proven effective in remediating allergic reactions.
When writing about the causes of different allergic reactions Nesse and Williams differentiate between respiratory allergies such as hay fever or asthma, and food allergies such as a reaction to peanuts or shellfish. One early hypothesis for the increase in respiratory allergies was that they could be a result of air-borne allergens, such as dust mites, in…

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