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thenewgreen  ·  2856 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Fist Bump Manifesto

There is an inclination in society to become more and more sterol. Even our architecture reflects that these days. Stark white empty spaces etc. I'm noticing more and more hand sanitizer being used as an everyday occurrence, people keep it on their desks at work etc. People don't hug much or embrace. I wonder if we'd be better off if we did? Perhaps we are weakening our immune systems by not being exposed to as many germs because of our sterol, not embracing culture? Germs can be good, right? Is the fist bump a symptom of our increasingly germaphobic culture?





humanodon  ·  2856 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well, the article mentions antibiotic resistant infections like MRSA, (which by the way, fucking sucks) which are spread by skin to skin contact. The problem in this case is over prescription of antibiotics, but not quite in the way that you're getting at. The thing is, had we done what you're suggesting, then yes, we would now be better off. However, for certain strains of things, we are beyond that point. The use of antibiotics and sanitizers has created very, very strong strains of particularly nasty afflictions that people thought antibiotics had stamped out.

So yeah, for some stuff, getting down with the dirty is good for the immune system, but it also opens us up to exposure of antibiotic resistant shit. Unfortunately, antibiotics are in our food and a lot of kids aren't breastfed. Even those that are, get breast fed from women who have eaten stuff with antibiotics in it, at least in the developed world. What we really need is a strategy to strengthen human immune systems, not weaken things that challenge it.