Up next, the hygiene hypothesis, with special guest lecturer:
Ben Hanelt PhD, Department of Biology. University of New Mexico.
The Hygiene Hypothesis.
How does exposure to microorganisms affect chronic inflammation and allergic diseases? Is exposure to a diverse microbial environment a good or bad thing for humans?
Very similar extra reading:
99th Dahlem Conference on Infection, Inflammation and Chronic Inflammatory Disorders: Darwinian medicine and the ‘hygiene’ or ‘old friends’ hypothesis 2010. Rook G. Clinical and Experimental Immunology. 160: 70–79.
And here is an optional resource, a Radiolab program on hygiene: