I'm not sure it is possible to demonstrate causality, but it is hard to
avoid noticing a particular association related to food "safety."
The more careful we have become about totally sterile food, the more
auto-immune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.) we have seen
in the population. Is it possible that the human immune system,
deprived of its normal work, turns on itself by default?
Having worked around manure for years, I found myself much less
susceptible to digestive problems in South America than the average
gringo. Since nevertheless adding a substantial tropical component to
my personal ecosystem, I find that I almost invariably can throw off
colds, flus, and the usual run of North American maladies.
If there's someone on this list who knows about such things, please
educate me and the rest of us.
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