: Prince Charles writes in the Guardian that we are becoming allergic to our Western lifestyle:

The rising trends in allergy seen in developing countries, as they adopt our western habits, point strongly to factors in the way we live. We spend up to 80% of our time indoors, and the sealing of our houses to conserve heat and energy, the increase in soft furnishings and the rising numbers of pets all increase the chance of those genetically at risk becoming sensitised to domestic allergens such as dust mites, moulds, cats and dogs. Similarly, at work, increasing allergies give rise to the “sick building” syndrome. But increased exposure to allergens cannot be the whole answer, because we are also becoming susceptible to outdoor aller gens such as pollens, and to certain foods, especially fish, fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Dan Herzlich

    “Clinical trials of acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine and controlled breathing have shown benefit in asthma treatment.”
    I guess this is how Prince is going to deal with Big Pharma in his country. Looks like an asthmatic might rarely need to be seen by a doctor–another way to cut health costs.
    This will start happening in this country. Those who can’t afford the standard of care will have plenty of complimentarists at hand ready to offer a cup of herbal tea.
    DH – Hey, don’t call ME middle class.

  • jdwill

    Maybe some should do an analysis on the possibility that we are spending 80% of our time in the house because we are becoming allergic to our Western Culture (or lack of it)

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    Actually, one strong theory is that we keep things too clean for kids, so their immune systems develop oversensitivity.

  • Scott

    I copy Charlie. I think our obsession with cleaniless has caused it. Ole ‘Bonnie may be right about spending too much time indoors, but the rest of his argument is just the same old “we are bad and modern, time to go back to our tribal ways” claptrap.

  • Bryan C

    What Charlie and Scott said. With parents dousing their kids in antibacterial everything and demanding antibiotics at every opportunity I’m not the least bit surprised that many young un’s have dysfunctional immune systems.

  • Sarah e.g.

    Homeopathy? Give me a break. He must be hanging out with Cherie Blair. Homeopathy has been completely discredited–it’s nothing but sugar pills. Prince Charles should check out http://www.quackwatch.org and http://www.skepdic.com/homeo.html before he misleads his subjects again.
    It’s pretty much the same thing with acupuncture and herbal medicine as well.