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The marketing of products to keep your family safe and germ-free has fueled this fleeting fantasy of a hypersanitized childhood, free of the plagues and pathogens that had befallen previous generations. It is a noble, but futile fight.
Now comes news that these germ-free adolescents may be suffering from too much of a good thing. Too much cleanliness can be a bad thing for a young child’s developing immune system, according to a recent article on Slate.com by Amanda Schaffer.
The article goes on (backed by multiple recent scientific findings) to assert that early exposures to germs help teach a child’s immune system to regulate itself and provide much needed stimulation and training to insure future health and a bolstered immunity.
WASHINGTON -- Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy antiseptic labs, two studies indicate. The lesson for humans: Clean living may make us sick.
The studies give more weight to a 17-year-old theory that the sanitized Western world may be partly to blame for soaring rates of human allergy and asthma cases and some autoimmune diseases, such as Type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The theory, called the hygiene hypothesis, figures that people's immune systems aren't being challenged by disease and dirt early in life, so the body's natural defenses overreact to small irritants such as pollen.
Firstly, early man did not worry about cleaning themselves constantly
and were probably a lot healthier than modern day man
Haha, yeah, I was going to make mention of something like that, but I thought it was obvious...and I made note of not washing your hands after every time you urinate only...
I would highly recommend hand washing after defecating, especially if you have a job that is in any way associated with food prep.
Originally posted by CHA0S
As for more evidence about the health thing, I believe ancient man would have definitely been much healthier...except for maybe their teeth, but they were definitely a lot less susceptible to disease and sickness...
Ok, "ancient man" wasn't a good phrase to use, but I didn't say "paleolithic man"...basically what I meant was as you said, before man had all these modern devices to help keep us clean, and before all of these processed foods as you state, which is a good point.
Infectious disease was the number one killer of paleolithic man, and that's assuming he surpassed the odds of dying before the age of 5.
CHRONIC disease would not have been an issue with pre-agricultural/pre-industrial (processing foods) man.
I haven't showered for over a day and a half...I haven't brushed my teeth in two days...I chewed my nails earlier today, and probably yesterday, and the day before that. I've probably washed my hands once today - after eating dinner. I feel fine, my breath isn't really bad, a mint could fix it up for a while if need be. My body odor hasn't really gotten bad yet, but I'll be showering soon anyway. I keep it on the point of where I can be what most would consider unhygienic, yet they have absolutely no knowledge of it. They don't say anything because they don't know anything, my hands always seem perfectly clean to me and anyone else, even my nails look fine as my biting technique is mastered.
Its so nasty to be nasty - ickky!
Haha...that'd be a negative...it's a delicate art one must learn alone...
Originally posted by crazydaisy
So your Masters is in nail biting - do you teach a class
No, I wouldn't say obsessive...but it's getting there, brushing your teeth twice a day would be quite damaging IMO...
Do you consider showering once a day, washing hands 4 times a day( not counting the times they are in the dishwater) and brushing teeth twice a day obsessive? I
I don't think that's weird at all. Star for that post. It really just goes to show you can implement the ideas I'm talking about and live a good healthy life with someone who thinks the same way. Well done.
People think I'm weird, but I believe I am healthier for it.