So given all this (and I suggest reading far far more about the dismal state of where we really are environmentally in Stanford biology professor Paul Ehrlich's excellent new book, The Betrayal of Science and Reason), why should it be any surprise that human beings, with the most complex endocrinological, neurological, and immununologic systems on the planet, are similarly affected? And why shouldn't there be a wide range of individual variation and susceptibility to petrochemical pathogens? I always tell folks that it's not as if the stuff I react to is good for anyone; I simply react to it at lower doses than they.

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