A few years ago, Tyra Banks had a show about the dangers of bacteria. In “Baby Got Bacteria” episode of Tyra Banks' talk show, she had someone measure the amount of bacteria that the average person had on their feet when barefoot. The results, if I recall correctly, weren’t pretty under a microscope. One teenager’s friends were so grossed out by her high level of bacteria that they “forced” her to get weekly pedicures.
But is bacteria really all that bad for us? Are all kinds of bacteria the same?
According to a recent study published in "Science Express," bacteria might actually be helpful to us. The study confirms that the immune cells and the bacteria on the skin are likely to help prevent inflammation.
In the study, the germ-free mice had abnormal immune responses in their T-cells; however, when the researchers added Staphylococcus epidermidis (the skin’s usual bacteria) back onto the skin, the mice had their normal immune system responses back.
Inflammation can lead to other skin problems, including excema and other conditions. That said, some inflammation is good in order to ward off illness and disease.
I’m not certain how this will affect the germophobes amongst us: will the germophobes stop sterilizing their environments in order to make themselves healthier?
I doubt it.