diggingfrworms.jpg The girls digging for worms 

A simple kind of life never did me no harm
Raisin’ me a family and workin’ on a farm
My days are all filled with an easy country charm
Thank God I’m a country boy [ girl]
– John Denver / Lyrics

New Scientist said adults who had a greater exposure to germs than usual might build up a better resistance to bugs, including cancer.

“Some researchers are starting to wonder whether the higher incidence of certain cancers in affluent populations – including breast cancer, lymphoma and melanoma – might also have something to do with sanitised, infection-free living,” the researchers said, noting the unexpected links between exposure to dirt and germs and cancer risk.

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Most of the time, both my sister and I walk around the urban homestead barefoot.  We even occassionally go into the 400 sq ft animal enclosure barefoot (and yes, occasionally step right smack dab on “it”).  Not only that but we also handle poultry/goat manure on a daily basis and always have our fair share of dirty hands from working outside.

Thanks to our citified farm animals they provide companionship, eggs, and manure which are health benefits for both ourselves and our garden.  

Getting dirty is good for your health.

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  1. LaVonne says:

    I’ll take the study’s word for it about manure, but the quote above about cancer ignores one important component of so-called infection-free living: chemicals. People who live in squeaky-clean environments generally use harsh, carcinogenic cleaning solvents. Seems like an obvious connection to me.

  2. rhonda jean from down to earth says:

    Lovely chickens, Anais. What are they?

  3. Urban Homesteader says:

    Greetings Rhonda Jean,

    So nice of you to comment (thanks for the referral too!) When I have time, I love browsing your very informative and extensive blog/site. 😉

    They are beauties aren’t they… oh, and the blonde one knows it (she’s aptly named Dora btw). She’s just soooo stuck on herself and a bit ditsy (sorry no offense to blondes!) 😉 . OK, before this post goes into describing quirky chicken behaviors, the chickens from left to right — belgian bearded bantam, bantam buff cochin and a bantam partridge rock.

    Love & blessings,

  4. Cathy says:

    I have been saying for years that exposure to germs is the best possible thing you can do for yourself! Common sense tells you that exposure builds immunity. You can’t build immunity by staying sterile and clean. It’s really good to see that the scientists are finally catching on!

  5. P~ says:

    Well on the topic of Urban Chickens, We just got ours yesterday!! I have a very cute little clutch of chicks in a brooder in our front room filling the house with their mellifluous chirping. Soon the 100Ft diet will have a jump start. (So will the compost heap from the looks of the bottom of the brooder!)

    Love the pictures Anais!

  6. Anais says:

    Howdy P~

    Oh, such cuties. Makes us want to raise baby chicks every year here on the urban homestead.

    Raising chickens is so much fun and learning experience. Last year we raised over 150 chicks. Of course, we only kept seven and sold the rest to local backyard chicken enthusiasts.

    Look forward to hearing more about your chicken raising efforts.

    And… enjoy the chirping chicks while they are young – they grow up fast!

    See you along the path,
    Urban Homesteader

  7. Christine says:

    Beautiful Chickens Anais!
    I can tell the way you write about them that you trully love them and your lifestyle! Plus you see so much by the power of the picture! We are taking a trip to see our new Grandbaby, and our children! When we get back, we will be building our chicken house!!!!! Can’t wait!

    Working in the dirt, walking in the dirt, all of it is good! I think society in general has lost touch with reality when it comes to where their food comes from. To raise ones own anything, brings back groundedness. (Do I make sence?)… Latter, C

  8. Anais says:


    Thank you for your comment. I just love watching our chicken – they are so full of personality.

    You make perfect sense and we agree – dirt is good!

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