Why It’s Important to Let Your Kids Get Dirty

As a responsible parent you will feel duty bound to keep your children as safe as possible. There are many ways in which you may do this, and one way is to keep everything as clean as possible. However, by creating a clean and sterile environment you may actually be doing your child a disservice, in fact, it may cause them greater harm in the long run according to a germ expert.

Professor Jack Gilbert is the Director of the Microbiome Centre at the University of Chicago and is the co-author of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System”. In it he claims “Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger.”

And this is the foundation of his entire argument, that exposure to dirt, and a lot of things most people would consider unsanitary, are actually beneficial.

He states a few examples, such as when children play in the garden is it not necessary to sanitise their hands before they touch their faces. And people often try and separate pets and children for sanitary reasons, however Prof Gilbert claims that there is nothing wrong with a dog licking a child’s face. He goes so far to say that even human excrement is not so unsanitary that you should panic if a child comes into contact with it.

He summarises by saying that in a normal household, as long as nobody is currently ill, then thanks to general sanitation and vaccinations, it is a perfectly safe environment for a child to be in.

In reality, creating a sterilized environment can have a detrimental effect on your child’s health in the long term. This is because they will develop a hyper-sensitive immune system and could suffer from issues such as allergies and asthma in the future.

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X-Runner Water Wipeout: Nottingham 2016

Team PTS does X-Runner Water Wipeout: Nottingham 2016

Over the weekend (9th & 10th July) Team PTS attended the X-Runner Water Wipeout extreme obstacle race.

The 5k Course consisted of over 30 different obstacles and involved the swimming, climbing, slipping and sliding. Team PTS completed the 5k loop successfully, with a couple of brave members of the team completing another 5k loop to total 10k.

The team returned safely to Northallerton on Sunday, although few of the team were battered and bruised. The office is a bit quite as most of the team are a little sore and stiff.

For more information on the X-Runner Water Wipeout please see their website .

Sara organised this as she is trying to get fitter and at the same time raise money for an amazing charity, Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB). They help women diagnosed with cancer deal with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.  Many women struggle with self confidence as their appearance changes over the course of their treatment. LGFB aims to improve the self-image and appearance of cancer patients through free group and self-help skincare and make-up workshops that create a sense of support, confidence, and wellbeing.

If you are interested in finding out more information about this amazing charity please click the image to see some of the amazing work they do. #warpaint4life

Finally, if you think they are awesome, as we do then you can donate by using the LGFB website directly or by clicking the Just Giving link below:

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.