Why Our Dirt Is Our Greatest Ally In Fighting Diseases, According to Dr. Andrew Weil
The Centers for Disease Control recommends 1,200 additional germs a day for children to develop healthy immune systems. Shutterstock
Dr. Andrew Weil, the renowned doctor and wellness expert, says kids need exposure to as many germs as possible. He explains in a Huffington Post interview why our most common, reliable source of germs, our dirt, is actually our biggest ally in fighting off an illness.
Our dirt contains an “antibiotic resistance door prize” explains Dr. Weil. It contains as many as 1,200 germs. In addition, if you make them comfortable, the natural microbes in our dirt (which are slightly less hospitable than the healthy microbes in your beds, towels, pillows and upholstery) are working together to fight a virus.
Because it is inherent to our evolution that children are the most susceptible to diseases, Dr. Weil suggests parents teach children how to be “dust pollinators” by keeping them as a good habitat for germs. Just being near your kid’s shoes, under their bed, brushes, shoes, socks, and hands can introduce them to 12,500 to 14,000 germs.
How do you earn the satisfaction of the dirt doorknob today?
Kids who grow up with dirt often last longer.
Although kids are at greater risk of developing chronic diseases, their development is faster than other age groups and they are more likely to maintain their health into adulthood, according to the CDC.
Here are some quotes to make your skin crawl…
“You get two billion different types of disease in a lifetime, and all you need is one in the nest to kick in and take over and take over.”
–William Shockley, Nobel Prize Winning Inventor of the transistor.
“We know of no other time when you didn’t have to feed the unhealthiest of children up until age 11 before they would be healthy.”
–Dr. William Hamblin.
“I’m convinced that if I could teach the kids we had in Hong Kong to love the dirt, they would always be healthy.”