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Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
Where does our obsession with being clean come from? I don't just mean basic hygiene so you don't smell, i mean stupidly clean. I bring this up because of what i saw today.
I was at a party for a friends kid, he's five. As you can imagine this involved all sorts of games, kids running around hyped on sugar and general chaos.
I was a little tired to i sat down to rest. As i sat there watching the kids as they seemingly defied the whole perpetual energy debate i saw a kid fall over and hit the ground. As he went down he braced himself with his hands as most people would, it's instinct right?
At this point his mother rushed to him at a speed so fast that i suggest we recruit her as the next womens sprinter in the Olympics. She immediately fetched from her handbag a cloth wipe of some kind and proceeded to rub her childs' hands so hard you would think he'd put his hands in a bucket of anthrax. I mean honestly the way she scrubbed his palms you would think he was the next patient zero of the plague.
She even told him not to put his hands on the ground. So what is he supposed to do when he falls over? Fall on his face? I'm sure if that happened she would scrub his face so hard he would look like he's taken part in a beetroot bobbing contest.
After she had scrubbed his hands she picked him up and let him carry on. He seemed perfectly ok with it but seriously now, when did we get so obsessed with germs? He fell on grass for gods sake, it's not like he suddenly contracted ebola!
As a kid i played in the woods. I spent most days after school going with a friend to the woods where we wood camp, make bases, generally get dirty and often take food (which we ate with dirty hands). I have never had the flu or any of the common diseases. I have CFS (which runs in my family) but i just never seem to contract anything and you know what? Most of the people i played with didn't catch anything.
There is some very solid evidence to say that protecting a child from bugs makes their system vulnerable to infections. So where did this obsession with clean come from? Is it as simple as the corporations pushing cleaning products on us?
Well forgive me but i will continue to eat sandwiches with slightly dirty hands. I will continue to dig in the dirt as i plant crops. I will continue to pick berries from my bushes and eat them without washing them.
Our obsession with cleanliness is not a good one.
Germs Easily Transferred From Everyday Objects To Hands
A new study has found everyday objects such as telephones and kitchen faucets can transfer high levels of potentially dangerous bacteria to the hands. And from the hands, bacteria often end up on the lips. A related study by the same researchers found that oddly enough, you are more likely to contaminate your hands when making dinner than after using a public restroom.
In one of the studies, the researchers looked at coliform bacteria, including fecal coliforms, on the palms of volunteers' hands after making dinner, cleaning the house, doing laundry, using a public restroom, petting a dog or a cat, or returning home from elementary school.
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
Being clean and sanitary verse having obsessive compulsive disorder are 2 different things.
The mother you described clearly had OCD and I know a few people like her.
Originally posted by Tentickles
I distaste washing my hair... All those chemicals kill the health of my hair, I would rather have a little oil than dry crimpy hair.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
If you wash your hair too much it actually takes the natural balance off. I actually like my hair better (behaves better, lol) after 2 or 3 days.