My Dad told me of a report he had heard about the natural immune-building results of kids being exposed to a fair share of germs…namely, eating dirt. I’ve been feeling this to be true for a while. We are really lax about germs. Not that I don’t bathe in hand-sanitizer as I leave our local thrift store, but it’s not uncommon for my children to eat lunch straight from the back yard, skipping the hand-washing all together. They eat stuff we’ve dropped on the floor, unless the floor is a public restroom 😉 They don’t take baths every day, unless it’s a grimy, summer day. (They’re kids already…how dirty could they be?) We don’t live in filth, but germs is just not one of those areas where I freak out. Glad to know at least part of the medical community is justifying my lackadaisical approach to dirt!
“The current germophobia with all its use of sanitizing hand gels, antibiotic soaps, antimicrobial kitchen sprays, germ-killing sanitizing wipes, pasteurized milk, irradiated food and antibiotic pharmaceuticals may actually contribute to a society plagued by autoimmune disease….” Read more…
I especially liked the acknowledgement, particularly since we are now drinking raw dairy milk, that pasteurized milk, intended to be helpful, actually creates a disadvantage by killing the good bacteria our bodies need.
And I loved this point, quoted from a doctor who advocates the “Hygiene Hypotheses”:
“When we visit the doctor to suppress a lot of things like colds, rather than, in effect, letting nature run its course, we’re making immediate treatment the priority rather than long-term prevention.”