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"The archetypal link between dirt and guilt, and cleanliness and innocence is built into our language," says journalist Katherine Ashenburg. But Dr. Mary Ruebush counters that with the fact that Western civilization's obsession with antibacterial soaps and our quest to be clean all the time is actually making us sick.
Why Dirt is Good is a fun look at the plus side of dirt and germs. Complete with cartoons, the book features irreverant yet medically sound advice that illustrates how we can become healthier by exposing ourselves to a bit of dirt and germs. Divided into four parts, the book will explore through text and cartoons:
Part 1
  • Dirt = good, antibiotics = bad
Part 2
  • How your immune system really works
  • How the immune system develops in children
Part 3
  • What a germ or bug is trying to do to prolong its life in the presence of antibacterials and antibiotics
Part 4
  • What you can do to make your immune system healthier

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Author: Mary Ruebush
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication Date: January 06, 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 1427798044
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4Short, sweet and convincing  Mar 02, 2009
By Kristine Lofgren
In this book, Mary Ruebush makes the case that we need to get a little "dirtier" if we want to improve our health and the health of generations to come.

Laid out in 5 different sections, this book explains how we have created "super-germs" and have actually lowered our immune response with our use of anti-bacterials and our hyper-cleanliness and how a little dirt and allowing our immune system to actually do its job will make us healthier in the long run. She shows that the use antibiotics, except in the most serious cases, actually weakens our immunity and how your immune system tends to become lazy and ineffective if it isn't given a job. She also explains the importance of vaccinations. Explained in simple terms and accompanied by cartoons, this book is a super quick read and based in solid scientific evidence. I give it four stars only because it is less an actual book and more like a hard-bound essay it is so short.

After taking an hour to read this book front to end, I found myself taking a deep breath and resolving to follow the advice laid out in this book, despite my germ-o-phobia, that is how convincing and solid this book is.

I would recommend this book to anyone curious about "Why dirt is good", but particularly those with babies or parents-to-be, as that is the primary audience that this book is aimed at. Not only will you find yourself having a better understanding of how our immune system works, you will find yourself better armed to deal with the day to day life with germs.

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4Dirt is good  Aug 26, 2011
By R. P. Stratton "DXinXS"
The author of this very readable little book makes the case that children should experience germs in order to acquire immunity. I have passed this book on to friends who have children and are almost paranoid about germs, using antibacterial hand soap, etc., at every opportunity. As a psychologist, I extent this idea to include acquiring immunity, or resiliance, through childhood by experiencing life's disappointments, such as losing in sports and friendships, so children can learn to cope with the little things before having to cope with similar big things later in life. Unfortunately too many parents today are over-protective and shelter their children from disappointments.

5Everyone with children needs to read this book.  Jun 06, 2013
By ccgabe
She explains why a little dirt is a good thing and why too clean is a bad thing. My grand kids should be really healthy. A couple days ago my 1.5 year old grandson was sitting in the sandbox just grinning away with a mouth full of d sand and dirt.

5clear and interesting  Feb 01, 2013
By sari azrak
Its a short book, but full of interesting and helpful pieces of knowledge. the material was presented very clearly and concisely, most of it in terms that normal people can comprehend. it explains clearly how normal household germs strengthen the immune system, and how the ultra hygienic times we live in can actually weaken it and increase allergies to common items. every germophobe should study this from end to end! germs are good!

5Every expectant or young mother should read!  Nov 30, 2012
By Amazon Customer
There would be a lot less sick kiddos out there if all moms would learn to understand the scientific reasons for letting your children get dirty and enjoy being a kid!

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