In the 1960’s at York elementary school in Springfield, Missouri there was a boy that got sick a lot. Many of the good Christian mothers would talk in front of their children about this problem. The statements were surprising. These housewives believed that this boy’s mother kept him too clean. The same women who were always on their sons to take a bath, wash their feet, necks or hair thought this boy was too clean. He was an only child and seldom was seen playing with the other kids and was never observed in dirty play clothes as many of the neighborhood children were. According to these ladies he was too clean and that caused him to be sick.
Some fifty years later they are proven to be correct. A recent story on Ozarksfirst.com talks about Dr. Bill Miller from the blog “The Microcosm from Within” making this same observation. The increase in people suffering from allergies in our modern times are because of how clean we are. “The Hygiene Hypothesis” states that the lack of playing outside and living inside where dirt and germs are kept to a minimum is causing our biological systems to be unable to fight off allergens in the outside environment and when these microbes and other bugs are brought into our homes the allergies to pet dander and dust mites intensifies.
Go get dirty. That’s the advise of Dr. Miller and others that agree with him. Your immune system as a child must be allowed to develop normally. Not enough of the natural contact with animals and dirt in general will cause health problems in later years. A similar study a few weeks ago made the same recommendation for contact with peanuts because nut allergies are increasing in both children and adults.
Your body is manufacturing natural antibodies that help to destroy invaders from outside. Even H. G. Wells used this fact in “The War of the Worlds.” The Martians died because they had no natural immunities to germs in this atmosphere. Over a hundred years ago an author used this fact for a fiction story. The experts have caught up with him and the ladies on Nichols Street back in the 1960’s. Now that’s progress.