Researchers are concerned that attitudes to hygiene are being undermined by the hygiene hypothesis, and that this misleading misnomer could contribute to the spread of infectious disease.

The diverse ecosystem of microorganisms in our body – the microbiome – is essential for our health. A key function of the microbiome is to ensure that the immune system does not overreact to harmless stimuli, such as pollen and foods; thus causing allergies or other immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, type 2 diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

 

 

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