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Environment is cleaner. Your immune system has never been so unprepared

The immune system's enemies list was attenuated, largely for the good

Matt Richtel | NYT 

Excerpted from “An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System,” published on Tuesday by William Morrow. Should you pick your nose? Don’t laugh. Scientifically, it’s an interesting question. Should your children pick their noses? Should your children eat dirt? Maybe: Your body needs to know what immune challenges lurk in the immediate environment. Should you use antibacterial soap or hand sanitizers? No. Are we taking too many antibiotics? Yes. “I tell people, when they drop food on the floor, please pick it up ...

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 00:30 IST