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wild_liger wrote

I saw someone point out once that what is often depicted in fiction as "poisoning," a clutching at the throat and a sudden death, is curiously similar to what happens to someone going into anaphylactic shock after eating something they're allergic too. A lot of actual poisons tend to be less sudden and dramatic in their effects.

I'm not saying that environmental changes couldn't be having an effect on increased incidence of allergies, but it's also worth considering that the concept of allergies is barely a century old. It's entirely possible (and the article hints at this at times) that they were conceived of differently in the past, that our patterns of movement and consumption expose us to more potential allergens than people were exposed to historically, etc...

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