I have not been a good blogger– life has definitely gotten in the way and I apologize to any of you who have been checking in to see if I had written anything. New Year’s Resolution: blog more!
I saw an interesting article in the NY times today and just had to blog about it. The article was actually published yesterday, entitled “Babies Know: A little dirt is good for you” (link here) and discusses a new idea that worms and other things that you might pick up from eating dirt may actually help your immune system develop. The decreased exposure to dirt and other pathogens has saved countless peoples’ lives, but there may be a downside, and some researchers think that without the “instruction” given by worms and other organisms to the new baby immune system, people may end up more likely to get sick with an autoimmune disease. This might help explain why there has been such an increase in autoimmune diseases in developed (clean) countries.
One of the researchers interviewed for the piece even goes so far as to say that he does not recommend that kids clean their hands before dinner, and should be allowed to play outside barefoot and have dogs and cats.