I have an intolerance – of people fussing over minor allergies | Nicholas Lezard

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 06:00 in Health & Medicine

Food allergies appear to be affecting more people in cities but perhaps we should just put up with minor dislikes and irritationsChildren brought up in the countryside are half as likely to suffer from food allergies as those brought up in cities, according to a new study from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I see no reason to be suspicious of this announcement: Feinberg is a respectable institution; the study isn't one of those particularly attention-seeking exercises in raising a research institute's public profile; and the results somehow feel right (not, of course, that intuition is in any way scientifically useful once the science has already been done; but it represents a kind of public validation).In suggesting something wrong with our modern, urbanised lives, studies like this strike a chord, and if they result in a radical reappraisal of our lifestyles, and we learn to shun the processed...

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