You know, I gave some thought to writing a flu vaccine sprout, as I recently read an article about a death that happened within a day of receiving the flu vaccine… one of those, “maybe it was this, maybe it wasn’t” types of stories. But that kind of story always has a place, regardless of season.
Then I figured it would be a good idea to write about holiday foods, and give some ideas for preparing healthy food dishes. As we all want to eat perfectly healthy over the holidays, right? Well, wrong. I know that most of you will eat whatever comes your way this holiday season, and its OK, I will love you the same, no matter what! Seriously, I don’t get upset when you eat poorly, don’t worry, I am not so shallow.
But, what really struck me, was this really cute (I don’t normally use that word) blog post about a toddler and a puppy. It was enjoyable to the point where I was giving some audible “ahhhhh”s as I looked at these photos. And I thought, “I’d like to share this”, but then reading the comments below the photos from other readers, I decided that I had an angle.
The angle is exposing our children, and ourselves to immune building situations. We wrote a Daily Sprout, long ago on dirt being really important in a child’s life. That was actually written by Dr. Amy when she was with us (you might remember her, PhD in biochem with post graduate work done at Harvard. Yeah, she knows a bit about this stuff, and recommends dirt. As do I. If you talk to me long enough, you’ll hear me say that I make my kids lick shopping carts. Which doesn’t really happen, but in a secondary kind of way, it actually does (with your kids too).
When they get into putting their hands in their mouth, even as they age, and it is done while putting food in, vs. shoving it in as a chew toy, they are still introducing whatever they have touched. And it is OK. The only way you or your children will “map” the protein shell of a virus, and have the ability to build the antibody that will eventually learn to destroy that shell, is to be exposed to the virus. And over years of life, as you map thousands of these viruses, you will become a better natural killer. Which is where the dog comes in.
So this puppy sleeps with this child during nap time. He runs in, jumps up on the bed, and snuggles the child and falls asleep. Laying all over the child… and forcing improved immunity on that child. Funny how some think it is awful because of the lack of cleanliness, vs. me feeling it is amazing because of the lack of cleanliness. Now remember, my results are a child turning 9 in two weeks, who has yet to have any drug in her body, ever. And she is REALLY healthy, so I kind of trust this method so far. So check out the photos, laugh and smile, then go get dirty!
To see the whole blog post with editorial and more pictures – visit : http://www.natureknows.org/2013/12/toddler-naps-with-his-2-month-old-puppy.html
Be well, Be Blessed and Be Dirty! - Dr. E