A little dirt for the Immune System?

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A few of us privileged to grow up in the suburbs with our parents or grandparents can remember Playing in the sand, building Mud castles and other dirt play that got us scolded but mostly because we got our clothes dirty and hardly because of the fear of infections.

I remember babies crawling on the ground and parents wiping dirty toys with their hands and it goes straight back into the baby’s mouth. Its fair to say that there were hardly cases of Severe Allergy or Asthma found among kids that grew up in such environments.

A recent study by Brett Finlay an Assistant Professor at The University Galgary , made a case that we are raising children in more Hyper-Hygienic environment and this can lead to chronic conditions ranging from allergy to obesity. She further states that we arent born with the Microbes needed to build an immune system, hence they need to be introduced into the body at an early age to help develop a sturdy immune system; according to her, “They produce molecules and substances that directly interact with the cells of the lining in our guts, but also with the immune cells that are on the other side of the lining in our guts.

They literally train them. It is only upon the encounter with these microbial substances that an immune cell obtains the information to do what theyre supposed to do. Then these cells in our gut have the ability to transport themselves to other parts of the body to do more training.”

She states her case thus Studies have also shown that cleaning everything that goes in babys mouth increases their chances of asthma. The incidence of developing asthma is decreased if the pacifier is cleaned in the parents mouth. And all of these points to the fact that we are just living too clean, to a point that it is not beneficial. Hygiene is crucial to our health. We should not stop washing our hands, but we should do it at a time when it is effective at preventing disease spread before we eat and after using the restroom. Any other time it is not necessary (thenewfamily.com).

A few points here might cast a shade of doubts in our thoughts but quite a few points ring true or what do you think.

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