Keeping your kids mildly dirty may help them lead healthier, allergy-free lives, says the London Guardian.
While microbes found in dirt can pose a health hazard when they enter
the body, new research suggests that those living on our skin may be
doing us a favor. Researchers at the University of California, San
Diego, found that staphylococcus bacteria, commonly found on the skin,
can help prevent inflammation when a person is injured. The bugs
apparently impede overactive immune responses that can cause cuts and
scrapes to swell, and can lead to rashes. “These germs are actually
good for us,” says lead researcher Richard Gallo. The finding appears
to bolster the “hygiene hypothesis”—the notion that kids who are
insufficiently exposed to microbes and dirt are more susceptible later
to allergies and infections, including hay fever, eczema, and food
allergies. Parents “are constantly bombarded with advertising telling
them they have to buy antibacterial products,” says consumer activist
Margaret Morrissey. “Hopefully research like this will help parents
realize that it’s natural and healthy for children to get outdoors and
Dry skin tends to crack and flake and may become more permeable to
So if you want to avoid dry skin, and thus avoid getting swine flu, use handcrafted soap. I'm well known for inviting people to touch my soft silky hands. I tell them that not only do I never use lotion, I also have my hands in soapy water a LOT. And my hands are never dry, unless of course I do a lot of dishes!
It is a fact that commercial soap and detergents will dry your skin. And ours doesn't.
Last week I had a big rush order for a best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani. Dozens of my Valentine's Day Heart Assortment (pictured above) were sent to NYC for the unveiling today of her new book, Very Valentine.
A few weeks back, I blogged about the negativity in the press and how the media seems to be looking for bad news and creating a worrisome atmosphere that is very contagious. So I asked for your good news - and was pleased at the positive stuff that I got to hear about. Now I've found a website - the good news network - that has more good stuff. I think we should all balance out our steady diet of gloom and doom with positive news. So go read it!
KCCI viewer Katherine Gamble reports that
at least 50 people joined a spontaneous "pay it forward" effort Friday
morning in Johnston.
Gamble said she was the 50th person to pay
for the coffee for the car behind them in line at the Starbucks
location at 5250 86th Street.
"It's great to see the holiday spirit even during these hard economic times," said Gamble, in an email to KCCI.
workers said 53 people joined the effort during the morning coffee
rush. It started when the a man told an employee at the drive through
to use a $20 bill to pay for as many people behind him in line as
possible, others then kept the effort going.
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing all the negativity in the press. Yes, the financial markets are having a very rough time, unemployment is higher, there is plenty of bad news out there. But as I drive around my city, I do see crowded parking lots, both at restaurants and shopping malls. Soapourri is having its best year ever. There is still a lot to be thankful for.
Yesterday, I had a brainstorm and decided to make a Good News Soap. It will be a super duper price. Last night I made a whole bunch.
So for a few minutes, let's think of ONLY GOOD NEWS! Please post - I'm dying to hear it!
I read a PR request today that really made me want to barf. This was the gist of it: Blankety blank blank is currently seeking experts who can talk about how Lourdes, Madonna's
daughter, is currently impacting the fashion world. Expert should talk about
what she's been wearing and what older women (20-year-olds) can do to dress
Ha! Older women - 20-year-olds? But more importantly, Lourdes? She's a little kid - 11 years old!! Do we give a **** about what she wears? O.M.G. This is very wrong. So wrong.
You've probably read about Iowa in the news this week. Yes, there is some really bad flooding here. Some of our neighboring cities like Cedar Rapids really have it bad, and some areas of Des Moines are under water. Fortunately, here in West Des Moines things are fine. My kids did some volunteer sandbagging this week for the affected areas and the volunteers are really out in full force today. Scary stuff, floods are.