Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dirt can be good for children!

Researchers from the School of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, found a common bacterial species, known as Staphylococci, blocked a vital step in a cascade of events that led to inflammation which can be found in mud :)

Normal bacteria living on the skin trigger a pathway that helps prevent inflammation when we get hurt, the US team discovered.

A spokeswoman for Allergy UK said there was a growing body of evidence that exposure to germs was a good thing.

"Rates of allergy have tripled in the UK in the last decade. One in three people now has some kind of allergy.

"Some of this might be that people are better informed. But a lot of it is genetic as well as down to our environment," she said.

More can be found on BBC News - Dirt can be good for children, says scientists
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  1. I have been saying this for YEARS. When we keep our kids so clean and bacteria free we are preventing them from building up immunities that will serve them all their lives. Very healthy kids= not so healthy adults. (when referring to ordinary bacteria stuff)

  2. I truly believe that my son has not yet gotten sick because we didn't hide him at home when he was first born. We were taking him to Walmart and Target within days of his birth. We also do not use anti-bacterial everything. His immune system must be strong because he's been going to daycare for over three weeks now and still has not gotten sick.

    What's the phrase? "God made dirt, so dirt don't hurt." :)

  3. Thank you! I get so tired of people constantly using anti-bacterial, and wiping off the handles of shopping carts, and refusing to touch door handles. When did germs turn into the worst thing in the world?

  4. I have to say that a good bit of dirt didn't hurt me when I was a child. Other than a cold now and then I don't remember having the problems that my grandkids have today. Dirt is good!


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