TwistedHelix wrote:with puberty beginning earlier and earlier, their thymuses have even less time as a child to encounter every antigen before the sex hormones begin to shut down their function,
Bingo, Dom! Wonderful point. I was contemplating this last night watching my early-pubertied son and his not so mature buddy hanging out. My husband began puberty early (for a guy) at 12, and so has my son. Theirs is hereditary, grandpa had a basso voice at 13. I did not know that the flood of sex hormones affected the thymus so radically.
In recent years, it has become de riguer to vaccine kids against every known childhood illness...chicken pox, mumps, even sinus infections. I wonder how we are messing with the antigen production of children. And of course, hormones in food products contribute to earlier and earlier puberty. Perhaps this is why we are seeing MS begin at younger ages?
spot on, Dom...