Posted On: Monday - January 24th 2022 7:11PM MST
In Topics:   Books  Healthcare Stupidity
I picked up Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World, The co-authors, Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta, are medical-science types in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I only skimmed this book for 15 - 20 minutes, so this post is NOT a book review. I'd gotten this book out of the library for my wife to peruse, or at least see the cover of, for fun and shock value. Yeah, the title is pretty clever, at least if you're familiar with the famous "Let them eat cake" quote, attributed to the big-breasted last Queen of France prior to their revolution. (Wiki says the quote goes back a few decades before then, written in a story by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Confessions.)
One can see the idea that the 2 authors wanted to get across from the title. Large increases in asthma, allergies, and other ailments have been attributed to the modern house being TOO clean. This is not at al a problem for our household, and we have not seen such health problems. There's you one data point.
From skimming, I see that the authors also took aim at the modern-day indoor/snowflake type of living that kids now are experiencing. Due to their not spending nearly the amount of time outdoors than the kids of a generation or two ago, they are not exposed enough to the many germs that could give them better immunity against quite a few diseases. Has that concept been forgotten? (I can't be sure that the authors didn't also mention the value of Vitamin D from the sunshine, but they mostly concentrated on the microbes.)
For a new parent, I suppose the title of this book could be shocking,* The book was written in '16, well before the Kung Flu PanicFest. Maybe if they had bought Let Them Eat Dirt beforehand, some more people might have been on our side. The ideas within apply.
* It could be a good ploy to sell a few books to some outraged Moms, in the way that I've sometimes just got to read a yahoo article to see how stupid and disingenuous it is. Those Moms might be pleasantly surprised. I have not been so far with the yahoo articles.