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.
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.