The article titled "Do More Infections Mean Less Asthma?" (SN, 8/26/00, p.134) suggests that exposure to microbes in early life helps develop a child's immune system. Speaking of dietary habits among 18th-century "Scotch-Irish" immigrants to the back-country regions of colonial America, David Hackett Fischer notes in Albion's Seed (1989, Oxford University Press): "The quality of... Read More
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About John Derbyshire
John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.