The "Hygiene Hypothesis" Blows Lent Wide Open
Driving to work yesterday, I heard a story on NPR about scientists studying the "hygiene hypothesis." The thinking behind the hypothesis goes like this:
- Developed countries have detergents, sanitizers, and machines to clean things in ways humans have never cleaned things before.
- We also don't hang out around livestock like our ancestors did Back In The Day.
- Children who grow up in these super-clean environments lose contact with good old-fashioned GERMS, tricking their bodies into thinking every microbe in town is hazardous.
- Thus, their adorable little immune systems go berserk: #eczema #allergies # asthma
Are we too clean?