You can be too clean!!!!!!!!!!
October 25, 2008 10:07am CST
Asthma rates in kids are on the rise. Surprisingly, some experts say it may have to do with our sterile lifestyle and overuse of antibiotics. Exposure to bugs puts the immune system into fighting mode - and that's good thing. Kids with H.pylori bacterium are half as likely to have asthma as those who don't, according to recent research. Since the invention of antibiotics, this bacterium has been on the decline. The discovery could lead to the development of a preventive treatment. Until then, replace antibacterial soaps and cleaning products with normal ones. And when possible, avoid giving your child's antibiotics.
5 Nov 08
Yes, it is true that we should not take too much of antibiotics. I went to my family doctor when I was in the primary school because I had skin allergies. The doctor told me to use ordinary soap, and avoid using anti-bacterial soap. Using anti-bacterial soap will kill all the germs - including the good ones. When the good bacterias are not present on the skin surface, bad germs from our surroundings can easily attack us. That resulted in skin allergies.
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1 Nov 08
There's also been recent studies to suggest that there's a double whammy to this for some kids; not only are alot of homes too clean...if they live in a big city without alot of treesk, their environment's a stark contrast of toxicity that they can't deal with...which weakens the immune system. The key is MODERATION. Live somewhere where the air's clean, if possible, and don't obsess over eliminating ALL GERMS.