This is gutting for the clean freaks, but your body likes it ...

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This is gutting for the clean freaks, but your body likes it dirty

All this cleaning and protection we’ve built up against the natural world doesn’t come without consequences

Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello

In today’s urban societies, we’ve become very good at keeping things clean and holding any dirt at bay.

We use antibacterial sprays in our homes, and too often keep windows and doors firmly closed against whatever might blow in from outside. In New York, there are even some apartments where the windows can’t be opened at all.

We move from air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned offices, and sanitise our skin with hand gels. Our built environment is also a highly artificial one. We overuse plastic and other synthetic materials and exclude natural elements from our surroundings...

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