Scientists Confirm Bacteria is Essential to Proper Immunity

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Scientists are now confirming what many natural health advocates have been saying for years regarding the role bacteria plays in the body. Bacteria, and exposure to bacteria on a daily basis, is essential to a proper immune system. With many parents ensuring that their children are virtually never exposed to enough bacteria through sanitizing everything they touch with triclosan-containing antibacterial wipes and gels, children worldwide are not being exposed to an adequate amount of immune-bolstering bacteria in the environment.

Adults are also being effected, as many individuals feel that virtually all germs or bacteria are bad and make a large effort to scrub them from their daily life. The new research, which simply enforces what has been known for centuries, shows that problems can arise when your exposure to germs is decreased. In fact, it could make you sick. The concept is referred to as the ‘hygiene hypothesis’, which essentially says that diseases affect more individuals in the modern world where hygiene and mobile sanitizers are king.

The new study comes from the Women’s Hospital in Boston, and shows just how drastically bacteria exposure can affect the health of you and your entire family. Researchers examined two groups of mice with very different outcomes. The first group was exposed to a normal bacteria environment, while the second was completely germ-free. The scientists then compared the immune systems of both groups, finding evidence that powerfully demonstrates the importance of bacterial exposure.

Not only did the mice which were exposed to microbes have stronger immune systems than the germ-free mice, but the germ-free mice had significant inflammation in their lungs and colon — similar to asthma and ulcerative colitis in humans. One immune cell in particular, the invariant natural killer T cell, was particularly hyperactive as well.

“There is a very beneficial role for microbes in health,” senior study author Dr. Richard Blumberg said.

While it can be a challenge in modern society, it is important to allow yourself natural exposure to bacteria in the environment. Something known as ‘grounding’ may be particularly beneficial. Grounding is simply the practice of coming into contact with the earth while barefoot, which has been shown by peer-reviewed research to help remedy a number of conditions. It is also highly important to consume an adequate amount of probiotics in food or supplement form, also known as the ‘good bacteria‘. Fermented food items such as sauerkraut, tempeh, miso or kefir are all rich sources of probiotic bacteria.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites FacebookTwitterWeb


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  • Gabriele

    I grew up asia and ate ate everything and when i raised my children I always told them a little dirt won’t hurt them 🙂 that is what my german parents have told us – I also do not buy any chemicals to clean !

  • Rick

    In primary school in the early 60’s, the teacher would walk the aisles checking our hands for cleanliness
    My friends and I would lick our hands and wiPe them on our pants to Pass inspection. I have also nibbled the calluses on my finger tips on a regular basis. I am now approaching 60 years of age and have had an extremely heathly life. I attribute it in part to these exposures to germs in my environment

  • Mary Titus

    Everytime I read on this topic it reminds me of the Sci-Fi thriller “War of The Worlds”, the old movie. The entire planet earth was saved because the violent aliens could not fight the germs that existed in our atmosphere. I don’t “fight” germs by boiling them or burning them or cleaning them with bleach. I fight germs by living with them, I drink raw milk and eat raw cheeses. I don;t even panic if a kid sneezes on me although I have a cold right now. I don’t think a sneezing kid caused it. My mother developed C-DIFF after taking antibiotics. I cannot believe that doctors and health professsionals use this without warning the patient of consequences. All they had to do was tell my mom to consume a little yogurt, kefir or raw cheese.

  • Thanks for this article, I think it’s very important, I cringe when I see young parents protect their children from literally *everything*!

  • In many indigenous tribes the Mothers to be would not bathe for lengthy periods of time. Children are born with a basically sterile internal environment, however just passing through the birth canal they pick up the Mothers micro organisms. The indigenous Mothers knew that the “dirtier” they were when they gave birth, the healthier their children would be. We have friends that have the dreaded “chicken pox parties” you hear about as some crazy horrible thing in main stream media….but their kids are very healthy. We ferment practically everything, something else our for fathers did that recent science, probably controlled by Big Pharma has conveniently forgotten the importance of….using antibiotics instead to destroy our own natural abilities of protection.