Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Dirtyness - the key to Health
The Proceedings of the Royal Society B published a study suggesting that over-cleanliness could make babies more prone to inflammation later in life and raise the risk for stroke and heart disease.
The study found that the more pathogens a case group from the Philippines had encountered before age 2, the less cases of C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammation marker. Every episode of diarrhea lowered chance of higher CRP later by 11%, every 2 months spent in a place with animal feces cut it by 13%, and being born in the dusty, dirty dry season cut the chance by 33%.
So if you want your children to be healthy, let them get a little dirty