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It's like my daughter's food allergy (which by the way, is clearing, thanks to diligence practiced in keeping away offending allergens that she had tested positive to when she was 11 months old).
One theory about the rise of food allergy in children is the proliferation of antibacterial products and the national obsession with fighting the germs. No parents today allow their kids to play in dirt, dig for worms, jump in leaf piles, catch frogs because they're all considered germy and dirty.
Absense of bacteria from the system make antibodies and immunity system rather idle. The system, that has traditionally fought bacteria and other external offending matters have nothing to attack so they go after new targets; often, they are specific proteins found in certain particular food, thus triggering reactions to food in varying degrees of severity. Curiously enough, the rise of food allergy is confined mostly within children of developed nations.
What do food allergies have to do with the divisive nation?
The US of A have always had external threats: the British upon Independence, the Spanish and the Mexicans, Germany, the 'Japs', and then came the Cold War and those scary commies that kept America frightened for quite a long time. Upon the collapse of Soviet Union, there was a big vacuum of fear and hate towards external threat. Saddam conveniently appeared but he was arrested and executed. North Korea - perhaps, but nothing compared to Soviet Union, and Iran, just like North Korea, too far, too small, and too exotic to keep an average Joe plumber scared.
There has always been a divide in this country - race, for one - but never before the divisiveness has become so deep because we have lost all external threats that bring all of us together. Remember that cheesy movie, "Independence Day"? It took aliens to unite the world and that's the next magic bullet.
What would 200 million idle haters do but to turn on their neighbor for putting up a political sign from opposing party on his front yard?
It's America in autoimmunity disorder.