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Article: Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

Article: Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

Article: Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

Lately I hear a lot of people claiming that “primitive” people were endlessly suffering from disease and died at young age. Well, here’s some news from the immunology section. When nature is intact and untouched, a lot of diseases that humanity struggles with right now wouldn’t have occurred in the first place.

Some of the worst diseases that we know are actually children of the so-called “agricultural revolution”, the beginning of the vast destruction of nature and the beginning of humans alienating themselves from the community of life that they are inevitably a part of.

“[…] AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.”

“In the Amazon, for example, one study showed an increase in deforestation by some 4 percent increased the incidence of malaria by nearly 50 percent, because mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, thrive in the right mix of sunlight and water in recently deforested areas.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sunday-review/the-ecology-of-disease.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

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