Hmmm, interesting. As a young child, I used to get through three sets of clothing a day due to my liking for making mud pies and digging up worms. However, I am one of five children and we all played outside all the time and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was often caked in dirt.
We all ate homegrown veg all the time and often picked a young carrot or radish, rubbed the worst of the dirt on our clothes, and ate it straight from the ground. As an adult I had an allotment (until MS forced me to give it up).
I have asthma and rhinitis whilst my 4 siblings don’t so I am obviously genetically different to them and I react badly to natural things around me.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if someone has cracked part of the riddle. Of course, there’s still a long way to go, as this research still doesn’t explain why some of us react badly to this bacteria and so many farmworkers come into contact with soil on a daily basis yet don’t have MS.
It’s another wait and see scenario but in the meantime I’ll have to endure endless well-meaning relatives telling me how scientists have at long last solved the riddle …