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“Mommy, mommy, I got to go potty”, I looked around, no potty and no one in site, so I told my 5-year old son, “go find a bush,” to which he said, “is this bush okay?”, “it doesn’t matter which bush Cooper.” We were at the park a few days ago, coolish, spring day, the kids were happy to be outside, and definitely not ready to go home. I was talking to a friend who said, “seriously, did you just say that to Cooper?”. “What?he’s a boy, it’s bound to happen!“ “Are you the mom with the hand sanitizer ready to go?”, “No,” I replied, and it was in that moment I realized my mom was probably right, you’ve got eat a pound of dirt before you die. My son’s hands were filthy from playing on the equipment, in the sandbox and now he had touched himself.

So, although excessive soil consumption is unhealthy. There are cultures which consume it regularly. In sub-Sahara Africa, it is common for pregnant women to eat clay during all three trimesters. It is especially common in cultures where dairy is not consumed. Clay soils contain high levels of calcium, great for skeletal development, so in that culture it makes sense. Here in the US, certain parts of the south have similar cultural traditions.

Also, because soil contains lots of bacteria, as does a healthy intestine, it is believed that these “good bugs” positively stimulate the immune system in women who eat the clay. This kind of immunity is passed to the newborn during breast-feeding in the form of IgA. IgA is a healthy molecule that protects the newborn’s intestinal tract from infections and allows “good bugs” to populate their intestine. There is evidence to suggest that children who grow up on farms, as opposed to the city, are exposed to many more germs. Same reasoning applies, more “good bugs” in the intestines. This exposure is thought to lead to less allergies, and a healthier immune system overall through strengthening the intestinal immune system.

Seems to me, in this sanitized world of antibiotic resistant bacteria and strong strains of viruses, my kids need as much natural immunity as possible. So, yes, my son urinated outside with dirty hands. And went back to play in the sandbox. No hand-sanitizer, wipes, or other concoctions to rid himself of everyday germs. When we returned home, a hot bath with plenty of soap seemed to do the trick. Really, the only person who was slightly bothered was my husband as he joked that he should have been the one to teach Cooper how to urinate outside.

Dr Kristina Sargent is a chiropractic physician with a Master’s in Advanced Clinical Practice and 18 years experience. Her mission is to engage, educate and empower people to take control of their health to prevent chronic diseases and lead successful lives, through serving people with alternatives to medication. Her toolbox includes personalized diet recommendations, weight loss, exercise, chiropractic care, positive thoughts, prayer and meditation, and massage therapy. Her office, Restor Healing Centre, is located in Wheaton, Il. The website is .
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