These days everyone is so concerned about health, safety and extreme cleanliness. This makes me wonder what happens when the child leaves school. The world isn’t bubble wrapped and whilst I understand we need to have standards in place I also think we as the modern society are overly protective.
Back when I in kindergarten (or nursery as it’s known in the UK) I would nap on the semi-dusty floor, which lead my body to build a better immune system and tolerate old fusty areas much better. I am and always have been tremendously asthmatic but I wonder how I would be if I weren’t exposed to dirt and dust as a developing child.
Cleanliness and hygiene should be something we all embrace but a young child should be allowed to get dirty, get sick and strengthen their antibodies.
It’s funny that in medical terms a doctor referred to me as a clean-freak and, also frequently suggesting that I have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) but I just prefer to be squeaky clean – I don’t go out of my way with panic about how germs are going to kill us. If doctors say people such as me are obsessive, then that must mean nearly everyone who falls victim to the “kills 99.99% germs” brainwash.
Sterile soaps, pure laundry detergent, antiseptic cutting boards, and uncontaminated toys — the list never ends, with consumers coughing up hard earned cash for “clean living” then why would it?
It has always been scientifically recognized that overdoing the cleaning with antibacterial products will kill off good bacteria.
Now, I hate to sound paranoid, but businesses are programming people’s minds to see that every single little germ must be nuked and that if you don’t raise your child in a sterile home, you’re a bad parent.
Some bacteria are harmless and the sole purpose of their existence is for us to be exposed so that we can develop the antibodies that create strong immune systems.
The concept of germs is actually becoming a little bit of propaganda, with people feared into their hygiene. Governments around the world are slowly introducing smear campaigns against germs, claiming that they must be destroyed – what’s alarming about this is, it’s aimed at children. Now I am all for telling kids to cover their mouths when they cough, but I think we are going too far.
Be clean, be hygienic and smell nice, just don’t go overboard.