“Germs are essentially nature’s vaccines, gradually training the innate immune system how to react properly to the many foreign substances that it will encounter throughout life… Germs and bacteria are meant to be encountered naturally, and avoiding them can leave the body more susceptible to disease.”
Ok I will admit I have NEVER been accused of being a “clean freak” or a “cleanliness fanatic.” That is not to say my house is a filthy pigsty. Far from it. I can’t stand clutter and I certainly like things clean and orderly. But I am not a fanatic about it. And that was especially true when my children were small. As much as our family room constantly strewn with toys used to get on my nerves every now and then, I must admit I kind of miss that messiness. (But that’s another post entirely!) However, where other moms were disinfecting everything their children could possibly touch, I was more concerned with feeding them good food and getting them outside to play.
Well imagine my delight upon reading this article that talks about how early exposure to allergens and bacteria build a stronger immune system in children. God created our bodies with an effective immune system and when it is allowed to do its job it works beautifully.
We should teach our children good health habits and washing their hands often and covering their mouths when they sneeze or cough is not only wise but considerate. However, I think we can go overboard and become “germophobes.” Not only does it create psychological problems, but as the article explains, it can cause health problems as well.
Do you consider yourself a cleanliness fanatic?
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