Tuesday, 13 April 2021

GETTING DIRTY

 Sorry to disappoint anyone who thinks this is a porn post, it's not, lol

All the hand sanitizing that's going on now is coming in for some criticism it seems  as is appears that too much disinfecting surfaces etc can actually be a bad thing.

I'm not talking about generally wiping surfaces but I know with the recent events many people have become a bit paranoid over wiping almost everything down, even shopping in some cases.

We need a certain amount of germs to keep us immune from bugs and we don't get them if we keep wiping them out.

I watch mothers continually wiping kids faces and hands and not wanting them to get dirty and have to shake my head.

Tom and myself have made it to an old age and we have never been worried about germs with ourselves or with our kids.

When I was a youngster I played out in the street all of the time, couldn't wait to get out there with my friends.

We sat in the gutter playing marbles, we made tar lollies when the roads were re surfaced and poked around in the garden dirt.

We were almost never sick.

How come? we were rotten dirty at the end of the day.

A little bit of dirt does you good.

Briony

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16 comments:

  1. The only time I use a hand sanitiser is when I have put the trolley back in the supermarket parking lot. For a healthy person our natural immune system is programmed to fight off any invading nasties.

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  2. That's exactly my husband's sentiment Briony. He says I am too fussy about germs. He never washes his hands and I sometimes shudder when he makes my toast in the morning!

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  3. I totally agree with you Briony! A bit of dirt never hurt us (me and my sisters) when we were young and we did indeed get constantly covered in dirt.Dirt was part of the fun anyhow! I remember the time I fell in the dyke my goodness did I stink! They say germs help build our immune system anyhow. People are too finicky nowadays! keep well Amanda x

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  4. Just like you and Tom, I am also a dirty bugger.

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  5. My mother's old maxim was you had to eat a peck of dirt before you die. I agree.

    However, your post reminds me of a neighbor who was fanatical about disinfecting everything her toddler touched, including a small, portable swimming pool. Bleached everything, everyday. She even had her husband build a slightly raised wooden platform for the little pool. The kicker was that when they got ready to move and pulled up the wooden platform they discovered it was home to a large nests of Black Widow spiders. So much for safety!

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    1. You pipped us for that maxim Mary - my grandmother's also. Apparently getting dirty is not just good for our physical health, it improves mental health as well. Some study in NZ established why/how getting dirt on your hands when gardening sets off some chemicals or enzymes that make us less inclined to be stressed.

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  6. I'm totally with you on this Briony. I've eaten my fair share of dirt and bugs. Have you seen how many maggots float out of a tub of fresh picked blackberries if you soak them in water? I dread to think of how many I must have eaten from the hedgerow over the years. Still alive and kicking...

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    1. They probably only taste like blackberries so who cares (especially if you can't see them).

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  7. I agree. I've read that this is a big reason why so many modern kids have weird allergies. Their bodies don't learn to react to germs, so they react to allergens like peanuts instead. My brother and I played outside a lot when we were kids and we got plenty dirty. It was great!

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  8. I completely agree! So much hand sanitizer is being sold and used these days. In a few years were going to find out that all those chemicals being smeared all over your skin will have consequences!

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  9. Very true, you can be too careful a few germs is a great way to build natural immunity.

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  10. I agree. I even wrote a post about eating dirt!

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  11. Yes, I totally agree and I've been saying this all along ever since people started going crazy with the hand sanitizer

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  12. I did wipe a few bits of food shopping for about the first 3 days, when we were all a bit scared about this unknown bug that was going to kill us all, but never since. Now....hands are washed, and I use the sanitizer on my way in and out of the supermarket, but that is it!
    Apparently children brought up with dogs are much healthier than others....what does that say?
    Re Steve's comment......my son has the peanut allergy, and I was never a surface disinfecter or too much of a cleaner at all!

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