While many of us contend with runny noses and watery eyes this time of year, we wonder: how did our human forebears of past millennia cope? Are the old claims about their “brutish” lives substantiated by Claritin deficiency? Probably not. Our ancestors had several things going for them that likely protected against seasonal allergies:

  1. They had parasites. Hookworms, pinworms, whipworms, and other helminthic parasites were mainstays of nomadic hunter-gatherer existence (and of pre-industrial agrarian societies
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