Science be damned, allergies are not good for you
Nothing to Sneeze at: Allergies May Be Good for You:
In a paper published April 26 in Nature, Ruslan Medzhitov, an immunobiologist at Yale University and his colleagues argue that allergies are triggered by potentially dangerous substances in the environment or food to protect us.
More generally, hated allergic symptoms keep unhealthy environmental irritants out of the body, Medzhitov posits. “How do you defend against something you inhale that you don’t want? You make mucus. You make a runny nose, you sneeze, you cough, and so forth. Or if it’s on your skin, by inducing itching, you avoid it or you try to remove it by scratching it,” he explains. Likewise, if you’ve ingested something allergenic, your body might react with vomiting. Finally, if a particular place or circumstance ramps up your allergies, you’re likely to avoid it in the future. “The thing about allergies is that as soon as you stop exposure to an allergen, all the symptoms are gone,” he says.
Even if Medzhitov’s theory proves true, I still hate allergies.
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