" What a child is doing when he puts things in his mouth is allowing his immune response to explore his environment,” Mary Ruebush, a microbiology and immunology instructor, wrote...it also plays a critical role in teaching the immature immune response what is best ignored."
"[Dr. Joel V. Weinstock] said that public health measures like cleaning up contaminated water and food have saved the lives of countless children, but they “also eliminated exposure to many organisms that are probably good for us...
“Children raised in an ultraclean environment,” he added, “are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop appropriate immune regulatory circuits.” source
Day One. I have not vacuumed the house in several days. I notice a piece of chicken on the floor that is looking more like jerky. I hope the baby eats it soon, re: prevent diabetes.
Day Two. The toilet is looking far more yellow than I can ever remember it being. Did we select Morning Canary from the American Standard catalog?
Week One, Tuesday. I feel like the gray edging to the carpet adds a kind of custom quality to our flooring.
Week One, Saturday. I'm tickled at the dusty patina our piano has developed. I ask El Guille to practice his letters in it. I'm reasonably sure he'll never have asthma!
Week Two, Wednesday. Before serving dinner I insist the children go outside and dip their forks into our neighbor's compost. Maybe they'll get some zinc, too.
Week Three, Thursday. I laughed in El Guille's face when he complained that he'd already worn those pants for two weeks in a row. "Well then, two more won't hurt now will they? Now put away the syrup."
I tease, they don't have to put away the syrup!
I tried to explain how he'll never have to deal with ragweed again, but then he started crying about how his sippy cups smelled funny. Kids say the darndest things!
Week Four, Sunday. Thought I heard a small child crying somewhere under the laundry piles. This place has the craziest acoustics! I swear you could perform an opera in here, like Miss Saigon or something.
Week Seven, Am blogging from phone as can't find computer.