The following excerpt not only reinforces my thoughts on avoiding antibacterial hand sanitizers and soaps, but it also makes me excited to get my kids helping in our garden this summer!
Read an excerpt from The Maker's Diet:
So-called “enlightened parents” do everything they can today to keep Junior from getting “dirty”. The sad truth is, our environment is too clean! Immune cells that do not have adequate exposure to soil microbes tend to overreact when they do come into contact with them. Too many adults and children have been denied this much-needed exposure to soil microorganisms. The immune systems of children and even adults are overreactive because they are no longer being properly “educated” in the biological playground of life.
To make matters worse, we oversterilize everything with disinfectant dishwashing, hand soaps, and shower gels; disinfectant body lotions and skin bars; and “deodorant soaps” loaded with antibiotic disinfectants such as triclosan. And we sterilize our soil using pesticides and herbicides that destroy beneficial and harmful microbes alike. These agents harm even the natural immune systems of the very plants we try to “help” with our technological advances.
After years of medical and nutritional research, I am personally convinced that our immune systems need regular exposure to naturally occurring soil organisms for long-term health! The immune system of a child deprived of early exposure to soil organisms may seriously overreact when exposed to various benign intruders later in life. It seems to be a consequence of our lost connection with earth that children and adults develop allergies, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of asthma.
A growing body of evidence implies the immune system will never reach its peak defensive capability against foreign organisms and chemical toxins until we reestablish this lost connection to the earth's soil.”