Are we too clean?

It is interesting where our search for complete cleanliness has led us. We have gone too far. Doctors are now recommending that we stop using antibacterial soap except in places where it is really needed. We have created a society of people who are actually to clean.

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I grew up with a grandmother who was born in the 19th century. One of her adages was “You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.” Turns our she was on target. A recent article by a British physician who has studied childhood leukemia for the last 30 years has come to the conclusion that our immune system has to be kick started by, you guessed it, infection. He has found that lack of push to the immune system linked with several other factors is what is increasing the number of children diagnosed with this disease.

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This is no fly by night physician but a newly knighted doctor named Mel Greaves.  If you would like to read the article you can find it at

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/30/children-leukaemia-mel-greaves-microbes-protection-against-disease?CMP=share_btn_link

It is an eye opener. I suppose that my great grandson, who is in day care and exposed to everything, may be safe from this dread childhood disease. At least I hope that there is some benefit from being exposed at an early age.

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God willing, this physician and those who work with him will continue to explore this lead and find a way to stop the increase in this disease.

 

4 thoughts on “Are we too clean?”

  1. I hadn’t heard that before. I have heard the theory that allergies are a product of a bored immune system. With insufficient germs to resist, the antibodies start reacting instead to dust, pollen, etc.
    We Americans seem obsessed with physical cleanliness, but it doesn’t seem to be helping us. How much better to look at the dirt in our souls and look to the Lord to make us clean in the ways that matter eternally.

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  2. Great post! Indeed, they are even finding that people with intestinal problems benefit from “fecal transplant.” As gross as that may sound, their guy microbiome is not populated with the right bacteria.

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