Dirty Rats are Healthier than Clean Ones

Research in the past couple of years has confirmed what many have suspected: that all our focus on purity and cleanliness may be misguided. Dirty rats, it turns out, are healthier than clean ones, and even intestinal worms can help to prevent and clear up bowel problems. See these articles for more details:

Hygiene Hypothesis: Are We Too Clean for Our Own Good? by Dan Ullrich

Sewer Rats Healthier than Clean Cousins by Seth Borenstein

Can We Be Too Clean?by Jill Fallon

How to Live Long and Prosper: Get Dirty? by Robin Lloyd

War on Bacteria is Wrongheaded by Christopher Wanjek

Healthy Bacteria: Your Dirty Little Secrets

Don’t tell your doctor, but you are teeming with bacteria.

Legion of Little Helpers in the Gut Keeps Us Alive

I find it ironic to read how they predict that doctors may even be prescribing probiotics “someday. ” Naturopathic doctors and other sustainable health care practitioners have been prescribing probiotics for years, and old babushkas in Russia have been telling their grandchildren to finish up their yogurt for centuries.   The Weston Price Foundation has lots of good information on live foods that keep you healthy and provide you with nutrients you can’t get any other way.  My Real Food section provides books, links and other resources on foods that help keep your dirty little secret weapons alive and healthy.

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