What Is a Germaphobe
Germaphobes, Mysophobia, and Bacillophobia
Those who have a Pathological Fear of Germs, have really screwed it up for the rest of us! "Is there such a thing as being too clean?" remains the constant question on these people's minds. Living life with this condition, being so afraid of germs, can really stunt a persons quality of life. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often comes to mind when we witness germ fearing people undergo great effort to avoid the tiny microbes that lurk on every surface, handle, and human palm throughout their day. Well this fear has really screwed it up for the rest of us these days! And here's why;
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The American Germaphobia - Mexican Connection
I will preface this with saying I am not suggesting anyone take their child to the dog dish and have him lick the muddy mess, but rather look at the concept in rational form and stop going crazy with antibacterial everything!
Mexico has a tarnished reputation so prevailing that we Americans often feel Mexican license plates should read, "Don't drink the water." The reality is this, the American immune system is not familiar with some of the germs found in the water Mexico provides. The population of Mexican citizens does not suffer the throws of "Montezuma's revenge" as do the tourists. This is because Mexican immune systems have developed while drinking the water that contains the residing bacteria, thus their immunity to such germs is quite strong. The more a human body encounters germs at a young age, the better the body will become at fighting them off. So, Germaphobes, stop "antibacterializing" your kids hands fifty times a day and you won't have nearly as much to be fearful of when it comes to your child's immune system!
Germaphobes can Actually Ruine a Child's Developing Immune System!
Children Need To Be Exposed To Germs
If you believe that you are doing your kid any favors by being overly protective of the germ-to-kid ratio, you might just be mistaken. Bacteria (germs) actually play a vital role in proper immune system development. It's like building your child's muscles and bone strength through exercise, only to build strong immune systems your child requires a few battles to create resistance to infections. Don't run from cat dander, pollen, or dust either; if their body doesn't recognize them, it won't know how to put up a winning strategic battle when invaded.
(This concept totally excludes any people who suffer an illnesses that disables or prevents immune system development. Always check with your doctor before changing or starting any new developmental tactics with you or your children)
Statistics for Bacteria Found in Homes (Per the Center for Disease Control )
BACTERIA PER SQUARE INCH
Counter wash cloth or sponge
Around Bathtub drain
Around kitchen sink drain
Handle on kitchen faucet
Handle on bathroom faucet
Bathroom sink around drain
Petfood dish around rim
Kitchen floor in front of sink
Super-Resistant Bad Bacteria
A Germaphobia Nightmare!
It seems that over the past 15 years or so, the excessive use of anti-bacterial soaps has promoted the creation and development of SUPER-BAD-BACTERIA. This type of cleanser kills the bad bacteria all right, but it also kills the good bacteria we need to keep our immunities strong. We require the good bacteria for healthy digestion and for fighting germs. These good germs help to create vitamins that primarily protect our body's largest organ, the skin.
Now don't throw out all of your anti-bacterial soaps, gels, and wipes, right away. You will need these agents when a friend or someone at work comes down with a flesh-eating disease; or when that pandemic prediction come true.
You can do one simple thing that will significantly help reduce the possibility of coming in contact with an undesirable germ of the bad kind (this justifies every reason people become germaphobic); avoid using the same towel to dry your hands over and over. An over-used towel is the biggest bacteria trap on earth! Oh, and by the way, seriously don't drink Mexico's water!