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An Epidemic of Absence considers the critical immune stimuli we inadvertently lost as we modernized, and the modern ills we may be able to correct by restoring them.

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An Epidemic of Absence asks what will happen in developing countries, which, as they become more affluent, have already seen an uptick in allergic disease: Will India end up more allergic than Europe? Velasquez-Manoff also details a controversial underground movement that has coalesced around the treatment of immune-mediated disorders with parasites. Against much of his better judgment, he joins these do-it-yourselfers and reports his surprising results.

An Epidemic of Absence considers the critical immune stimuli we inadvertently lost as we modernized, and the modern ills we may be able to correct by restoring them. At stake is nothing less than our health, and that of our loved ones. Researchers, meanwhile, have the good fortune of living through a paradigm shift, one of those occasional moments in the progress of science when a radically new way of thinking emerges, shakes things up, and suggests new avenues of treatment. You'll discover that you're not you at all, but a bustling collection of organisms, an ecosystem whose preservation and integrity require the utmost attention and care.

"Velasquez-Manoff’s engaging global study examines the boons and risks associated with the hypothesis that more parasites might prevent and possibly cure many illnesses, ranging from diabetes to depression. If you read one book about friendly parasites this season, let this be the one." ---Booklist Starred Review

"A solid, up-to-date report on a growing area of scientific research." ---Kirkus

"The author’s objective review of the data, paired with accounts of his own experiences, offers insight into the role of the gut in the immune response and provides a fascinating look at a growing area of medical research. A perceptive look at modern science." ---Library Journal

“Remarkable . . . Moises Velasquez-Manoff draws together hundreds of studies to craft a powerful narrative carrying a fascinating argument.” ---Wall Street Journal
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An Epidemic of Absence

A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases

Author Moises Velasquez-Manoff

Narrated by Chris Sorensen

Publication date Aug 8, 2017

Running time 17 hrs 8 min

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