Read the book when came out and didn't come away with idea that V-M was putting forth panacea for a myriad of conditions- more like breathless excitement about new ideas regarding immunity (& the accompanying caveats). Kinda mystified, in fact, as to why there's been this backlash building towards him, seeing just advocacy, esp when his own experience to correct his universal alopecia via worms didn't work! (& is part of the narrative presented, exploring the idea of hygiene hypothesis- from worms to malaria- and then speculating on possible treatment approaches & how they might vary with age/ condition). Advise folks to get copy from library & see for selves (granted, starts slow- with his personal experience- but then gets into patterns of immune disease, from MS to allergies.)
Missed the review but have seen the multiple op-ed pieces and think NYT publishes because the hypothesis (ideas he's reporting on, not creating) is so very intriguing- esp when there's a paradigm shift happening in how look at immunity (indeed, whole biome).
(Besides, do reviewers call the shots on what's interesting to run elsewhere in the paper? Should Thomas Friedman be dropped from write op-eds if his latest tome is panned by reviewer?)