I’m not talking about ants or spiders; I’m talking about friendly bacteria. That’s the hot topic these days for researchers trying to understand why food allergies and celiac disease diagnoses are increasing in our population.
Moises Velasquez-Manoff has written a book on this topic, “An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Disease”. And, this past Sunday the New York Times published this opinion piece he wrote: Who Has The Guts For Gluten? I really like the way he explains what scientists are looking at in this important research area.
In summary, Velasquez-Manoff talks about how and why good bacteria are good. And, very importantly, he takes the time to call the good ones by name – thus differentiating them from the bad bacteria. This gets at the paradox. There is still something very good about saving babies, and people of all ages, from deadly bacteria and other microbes. We haven’t necessarily ruined ourselves by being clean. We just need to pick the right bugs to be friends with and stay away from the bad ones.
I say thanks to Moises Velasquez-Manoff for his great writing on the topic, and also thanks to the scientists working to sort out the details.