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shanev · 2017-09-18 · Original thread
Auto-immune diseases and their link to gut bacteria is not new. The relationship between MS and gut bacteria alone goes back to at least 2006 [1].

To learn more about auto-immune diseases and gut bacteria, I highly recommend the book An Epidemic of Absence [2]. It's an impressively well researched book that doesn't skimp on the science.

I managed to get my eczema under control by learning about the relationship between gut, food, inflammation, and auto-immunity.



w1ntermute · 2016-06-17 · Original thread
The article author's book on the topic:
w1ntermute · 2015-10-07 · Original thread
See An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases:
w1ntermute · 2015-07-02 · Original thread
An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases:

Velasquez-Manoff on Autoimmune Disease, Parasites, and Complexity:

zapt02 · 2014-05-22 · Original thread
There's a great book written about exactly this that I highly recommend:

shanev · 2014-04-16 · Original thread
This is not surprising to me at all. Pathogenic bacteria linked to diseases such as Crohn's and IBS are only pathogenic if we get them later in life. When we get these bacteria in childhood, before the age of 7, they grow symbiotically with us and help ward off disease. Check out the book An Epidemic of Absence by Moises Valesquez-Manoff [1] if you guys want to learn more about this stuff. It's a fascinating account of a man who experiments with altering his gut biome to overcome Alopecia areata (total hair loss). The book is loaded with science and references a lot of other studies dealing with the gut biome.


jokull · 2013-09-07 · Original thread
For those interested in recent research focusing on the interplay between bacteria and our immune systems, I recommend An Epidemic of Absence by Moises Velasquez-Manoff.

Podcast introduction from Chris Kresser:

Amazon link:

shanev · 2013-07-09 · Original thread
There's a flip side to this story. While it's true that rates of certain acute diseases have gone down since NYC has gotten cleaner, rates of chronic diseases such as asthma have gone up. There's a school of thought that thinks our modern city existence is too clean, and we're no longer exposed to "old friends" that keep asthma and other chronic illnesses at bay. Check out the book "An Epidemic of Absence" for more details: In ten years from now, we may be taking pills for "beneficial parasites" as we do now for beneficial bacteria.

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