Scientists have figured out that the reason so many people suffer from allergies is because of human breeding with Neanderthals. Considering that Neanderthals are supposed to have lived many thousands of years ago this leaves the question why only 100 years ago allergies were pretty rare. But as scientists do, this problem is simply ignored. When huge obstacles get in the way of a nice theory the easiest way is to pretend they aren’t there. That’s of course not scientific, but that doesn’t seem to bother anyone.
“seemingly passed on a gene that has had a significant impact on homosapiens’ immune system.” Seemingly. Once you start paying attention to it scientist remarkably often use words like “seem”, “might”, “could”, “possible” and such. They rarely seem to be certain of anything. It would make sense to first publish a study when you have some facts. “That gene is believed to be responsible for the some people’s sensitivities to things such as pollen, peanuts and eggs.” And yes, they also believe an awful lot. But if I say that science is just a belief system I’m vilified.
“scientists examined changes in the immune system of early humans”. Interesting. Very little is known about the immune system of living humans, but somehow they know what the immune system was of people who lived long ago. This cannot be based on anything else than wild assumptions.
“means the variation in those genes gives humans the ability to react to pathogens,” Interesting. How do genes influece how we react to pathogens? And what pathogens are we talking about? And why do some people get sick an in the same situation others stay healthy? That humans have an immune system is obvious, but making statements about our genes in connection with the immune system is a huge stretch. Again, just wild assumptions and a good dose of fantasy.
“Neanderthals lived in Europe and western Asia for about 200,000 before humans did.” So these two groups were different species? Then how did they produce fertile offspring? It’s known that interspecies breeding doesn’t produce fertile offspring. So how did the humans and Neanderthals did this? Doesn’t it make sense that Neanderthals had to be humans like you and me to populate the earth? Again such an annoying problem, which is ignored as usual.
“improving how we resist pathogens and metabolise novel foods” Funny, it looks like we are getting more and more susceptible to all kinds of infections, so the idea that we are better in resisting pathogens just doesn’t match reality. And we can metabolise novel foods? I’m not sure what they mean with that. If they mean that we survive eating large amounts of highly processed junk food, then that’s indeed pretty good. And something really new.
And it’s exactly these new things that are the cause of all our diseases. We live in a society where sick has become the new healthy. Many people who take daily medication, see a doctor a dozen times a year, have sleeping problems and get the flu every year still call themselves healthy. Many people, including doctors, have no idea anymore what healthy actually is. The cause of hayfever no doubt can be found in our poor quality diets and lack of breastmilk for infants. The cause of peanut allergies is so obvious that any search for the cause is laughable. If you inject babies repeatedly with peanut proteins then the logical result will be that they develop peanut allergies. The only question is why not all children who have been vaccinated have peanut allergies.
It’s amazing how many scientists are paid to do research to find answers to questions that have already had answers for decades. And how they get trained to ignore the elephant in the room. They could be flattened by that elephant and all they would suggest is that they really need to do research about why humans sometimes get flattened in a room.