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    Default Could Getting Dirty and Being Exposed to Germs Boost Your Health?

    Ruben Castaneda and Michael O. Schroeder
    Sept. 19, 2019
    Are allergies and asthma the result of being too clean?

    It's commonplace today for people to clean their hands with antibacterial or antimicrobial soap, spray their bathrooms and kitchens with bleach and other sanitizers and wash their dishes and clothes at "germ-killing" settings. No doubt, it's an effective weapon for keeping germs at bay.
    But that doesn't mean we should aim to have our families, including kids whose immune systems are still developing, avoid all germs – if there were even a way to do that. That's because a growing body of research is showing that microbes – microscopic organisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses – and dirt are crucial for our well-being. Research indicates that early exposures to a variety of microbes may help lower the risk of developing conditions like asthma and allergies.

    Keep reading: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/a...=Your%20Health
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    Default Re: Could Getting Dirty and Being Exposed to Germs Boost Your Health?

    Haven't some of us been saying for years that children need to be exposed to more 'dirt'? If I can find a satirical look back at the 50's I'll post it - it pokes fun at some of our obsessions today.

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