Kids Go Eat Dirt… Its Good for you!

Posted on September 23rd, 2008 by A/C

For years now I have been touting the health effects of Good Clean Dirt. I know it sounds a bit odd, but it is true, Kids need good clean dirt. There is such a thing, so dont at me like that.

When my kids were growing up, I would take them outside and we would make Mud Pies, yum, We would collect snails, worms and bugs of all sorts. Being boys they loved it. My daughter she loves bugs, and although she cant stand leeches she handles most even spiders (the ones that dont hurt). The only one of my children who was adverse to getting muddy and dirty was my 2nd boy, who had then and still does suffer health issues with Asthma and Allergies being the main concern for him at the moment.

Kids need to be exposed to Bacteria, they need to put things in their mouth that they shouldn’t, they need to crawl through the compost at least once in there lifes in order to grow Strong and Healthy.

It is true, you don’t have to have your home a sterile shell in order to have it clean. These days our homes are as sterile as a hospital and in some cases even more so. Beleive it or not this is bad for your children and everyones health in General…….

YOUR MAD! I hear you screaming at the screen as you read.. but I assure I am not.. Allow me to explain:

When you are born, your immune system is not developed, in fact it only contains the antibodies you gained from your mother. Your immune system begins to learn, it begins to decide which are good healthy bacteria and which are not, what is the appropriate response to this or that bacteria, and ultimately what is threat and what is not.

One of the reason coming to light in regards to the rise in Asthma, Diabetes Type one, Allergies, skin infections, allergic reactions to foods and many chemicals, Auto immune over reactions etc.. is the childs exposure to or lack of it to various forms of bacteria. Yes by keeping your child in a clean, bacteria free environment you are actually stopping their immune system learning the appropriate response and how best to cope when an actual threat invades the child body.

Many of the allergies increasing at present are the those whose sufferers immune system over reacts to a percieved threat, such as in Hay fever and Asthma, a person breathes in a trigger and their system rather than seeing a peice of polline or dust etc as an benign element it actually goes into overdrive in killer mode to remove a sustance which would other ways pass through the body either in normal breathing or sneeze.

The latest studies into these increased numbers particularly with The rise in numbers of Type 1 Diabetes suffers seem to bear this out. Full story click here

“Having good bacteria in the gut may help protect people from developing type one diabetes, new research shows.
Australian endocrinologists have welcomed the findings of a US study that supports the “hygiene hypothesis” that being too clean is not good for the health.
Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that exposure to parasites, bacteria and viruses may help guard against allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system.”

The point is you can have a clean, safe and healthy home without the use of anti bacterial anything, in fact you only really need a few things in your cupboard to do it and none cost more that a few dollars. Every Kitchen Cupboard should contain the following cleaning products (pencils ready..)

Lemon or Lemon Juice
Bi Carb Soda
White Vinegar
and a good scourer perhaps steel wool…

That is about it there are few other things which you can add to this list such as Vanilla Essense for the Fridge, but over all thats it.
Over the coming weeks I dont giving hints and tips, where I can on a healthy Kitchen without the use of harsh chemicals, some of the worst being those we use every day. So stayed tuned…


25 Responses to “Kids Go Eat Dirt… Its Good for you!”

  1. Hooray AC!!!!! Great post and I totally agree with you…well, I don’t play in dirt, but I’d probably let my kids do so to a degree. But, I don’t have kids, so that is just an assumption. I have really bad allergies and sensitivities to everything and I have since I was a kid. But, I know all the new research is pointing in the direction or your post. Due to my allergies, we use baking soda and vinegar to clean most things. I know, at one time, hospitals used vinegar to clean their floors. The smell disipates once dry, but it is pungent for a while.

    Great post!!!!

    ClinicallyCluelesss last blog post..PAST JOURNAL ENTRY ~ September 30, 2005 ~ 6 PM ~ Mother flashbacks

  2. Gareth in Thailand says:

    “Every Kitchen Cupboard should contain the following”????

    Sorry I don’t understand most of this post, especially the line above. I thought the way to get things clean was to leave a note on the table, generally along the lines of;

    “Dear Pramana,
    Sorry for the extra mess today I was a little drunk last night, I think you can book an extra hour today. I think the patio furniture could do with a good going over as well as I spilt a few gin and tonics over the table last night. I also need my white shirt for tomorrow if you could manage it. I’m sure it’ll all benefit from your expert skills.
    Many thanks
    Gareth
    P.S. could you also pick up a pint of milk for me, there is some money in the pot by the TV.”

    • aussiecynic says:

      Well thats the life… lol..

      Mine would be called… Sven …. forget the milk and the ironing so long as he can give a good foot rub.. I am happy…lol…

  3. Jim says:

    Cheers AC -I used to eat dirt / soil as a kid and it didn’t do me any harm…honest! Good honest bacteria that our bodies can cope with as we grow, learning to combat the nasties….in todays’ clinically clean environment can we take this ‘DONT PUT THAT IN YOUR MOUTH YOU DON’T KNOW WERE IT’S BEEN’ this to far?

    Hmmm…

    • aussiecynic says:

      so many things are taken to extremes these days matey.. sad but true….
      Glad to hear you too were a dirt kid…

      good bacteria and healthy germs the way to a healthy life…

  4. Sweet Violet says:

    A saying from my childhood: you gotta eat a peck o’ dirt before you die! (My grandmother to my mother when she tried to put me outside to play in a dirt dooryard in a white cotton dress and pinafore, only to be upset when I came in dirty!)

    I have a strong immune system (despite being highly allergic). When I was working, I was always the last one to catch the office germ and if I did catch it, I’d be over it in half the time everybody else did. The average American gets about 4 colds a year…I usually got them about 1 every two years. Thanks, Gramma Violet, for letting me get dirty!

    We had a dirtpile in the back yard when my kids were young. Not a sand pile, a dirt pile. I bought them giant Tonka trucks and “action figures” and sent them out back with the admonition “go get dirty!” They did. They are as healthy as horses.

    My house is spotlessly clean (I have a maid so I can’t claim credit) but far from sterile. The only disinfectants in my house are for cuts. I have a blog on cleaning, http://www.cheaptricksntips.blogspot.com , and saving money, which means no expensive chemical cleaners. I agree with my grandmother. I agree with AC, too.

    Sweet Violets last blog post..Where’s that rock?

    • aussiecynic says:

      Thanks Violet and fully agree with your Grandmother..
      Its funny how what we told as kids and then listening to the experts stop comes around again isnt it…
      My kids did the same, and many a time I had to hid the shovels when they went into construction (better called destruction) in the back yard at the age of 5 and 6.. strong as an ox they are…

  5. Urban Pagan says:

    your grandma said ‘you got to eat a pecker before you die’

    what a liberal attitude she had to fellatio

    did she take her teeth out?

    • aussiecynic says:

      Pagan…
      ….slapping about the head with my broomstick….

      naughty boy….
      I am going to wash your mouth out with castic soda.. better known as soap…
      play nice or I’ll sit you in a bucket of Vinegar… ;)

  6. Emma says:

    Quite agree with you AC. These sterilising units for babies these days are more of a health hazard.

    As a primary school teacher, it became really disturbing how many children had bad asma in each class. (at one point 9 kids in a class of 24 had to have inhalers because their asma was so bad!) All due to not enough friendly bacteria to build up a healthy immune system.

    Get them out in the fresh air, playing in the dirt or down on the farm!

    Great post AC couldn’t agree more.

    Love the photo by the way, it is a great feeling to have mud squelching through your toes!

    • aussiecynic says:

      thanks Emma..

      There is something about warm mud.. I love it… squiching.. lol..
      Fresh air, dirt, climbing trees and skinning knees….
      Thats the life..

  7. Emma says:

    spot the corrected spelling mistake!!!! :)

  8. Jim says:

    Hey AC – this mud post has got me thinking…

    You’re ASK AUSSIE column – we could brand it like a compost heap here at flowers….

    AC – compressing down issues and dealing with everones cr^p!

    :-)

  9. Kathleen says:

    I would not disagree with the any of this – it’s all true – antibacterials are bad – sterile environments only breed weak immune systems.

    However, dirt used to be better than it is now – best not to eat urban dirt, at least not from the US – sigh – I used to enjoy an occasional mudpie myself, and about worms and bugs – well don’t we all just love them.

    Urban Dirt Responsible for Chronic Lead Poisoning in US Youth

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