I'm not sure if, in these PC day, people ever say it, but I remember the saying, "God made dirt so dirt don't hurt." Well, apparently it's really true! And my favorite guru, Dr. Christian Northrop agrees. This is bigger than the two-second rule, people.
“Researchers from Great Britain’s University of Bristol and University College of London have discovered that a bacterium found in soil—common, garden-variety dirt—has an unexpected health benefit. The bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, may be effective in fighting depression. This bacterium was already known to help stimulate the immune system and has been used in clinical trials to treat patients with cancer.
Graham Rook, a professor of immunology, has researched the link between exposure to microbes and the development of allergies. Rook believes that the modern world’s improved cleanliness may contribute to increases in such conditions as asthma, eczema, and hay fever, as well as autoimmune diseases such as type 1 Diabetes and Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disorder). ‘We’ve known for a couple of decades now that a whole group of chronic inflammatory disorders are becoming much commoner in the rich developed world,’ he says.”
Thanks for confirming what we intrinsically knew, but were too bamboozled by health companies to believe, Dr. Northrop and Co.